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Hoberman Switch Pitch Throwing Ball

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Color Flipping Fun
  • Assorted Colors
  • 4 inches diameter
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Amazing color flipping ball from inventor Chuck Hoberman. 4 inch size. Assorted colors. Send message if you prefer a particular color, otherwise I'll choose for you.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.1 x 4.1 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 2.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000P13PL0
Item model number SP-100
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #41,753 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#234 in Toys & Games > Novelty & Gag Toys > Toy Balls
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4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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I love this toy. Saw it in a store and bought it for myself - and I'm in my 20's. Showed it to my math and science friends and we all stopped studying to play with the ball in the study hall. Glad we didn't get yelled at. Excellent toy. i've had it a year with an 8 yr old around and it has not yet been broken, but I've been careful to avoid dropping it too many times. It is well designed and it's probably been tossed, rolled, and played with for a total of at least two hours. I'd suggest playing with it over grass/ semi-soft surface as, based on its structure, it could break. Still, get it for any 10+ kid to boggle their brains. Get it for a younger kid and let them have fun.

The product itself is fascinating. When you toss it in the air, the ball pulls apart, and if it passes the midpoint, returns with a new color on the outside. So, blue to purple and back again. The ball comes in two or three colors. considering what it is and does, it is very durable. It twists a person's mind as he/she tries to understand how it changes color. Very fascinating.

To slowly pull it apart, place your fingers in three (purple) triangles and lift upward and inward. The Blue circle will go inward toward the center, the blue strips will fold inward, and the purple where your fingers were will join together, revealing the purple side. You can also balance it in an open position.
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This is a great ball for all ages - I purchased it for a four year old's birthday and it was a hit. I have to say, I went looking all over the ball for directions and you don't need any. Just throw the ball and it flips to the different colored side as if by magic. And it makes a very satisfying sound. It is light enough for a kid to throw and there isn't a requirement to twist or turn any special way, so they won't get frustrated. Great toy!
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Great gift item. My friend has been seeing these in Japanese dramas for a while and has always wanted one. I was glad to find one and she loves it! Colors seem to be chosen at random though. I did request a color set but I didn't receive a response nor the colors I preferred. All is well though, not a big deal and no issues with the functionality!
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Entertains the kids a bit but I noticed after some time & heavy use the ball gets stuck in the translation occasionally, whereas it didn't when it was first bought. Too many retailers here do not send you the right color either (including shipped from Amazon)
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This ball is a lot of fun to play with. The ball is constructed from plastic panels that are two colored. As you toss the ball, the panels shift so that the inside facing panels rotate to the outside. Every kid that has seen this has been curious if not fascinated by it. Cool stuff!
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Actually, maybe more. At a recent party, the adults were playing with this more than the kids. The kids (around preschool age) thought it was fun and enjoyed tossing it and making the colors change. The adults were trying to puzzle it all out. All told, hours of entertainment. Makes an excellent gift.
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I bought this for my son for Christmas last year, he was 10. Hoberman never disappoints and it is no wonder that we have seen their toys in gift shops of science museums. It is well made and kids love this. You need to have enough room to toss it with a little force to get the color to change.
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Brilliant, beautiful, and fascinating. I love it, and so does my 8-year old. It's not meant to be a sturdy ball for dropping on hard surfaces (as the low review seems to believe), but rather a toy to be tossed in-hand, or on a carpet, pondering the mechanism that allows the surface panels to flip.
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