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Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Balancing Toy

by Fat Brain Toys
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: 19.99
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  • 6 colorful spheres with two textures and weighted
  • Children can stack, spin, balance, and more. Open ended play
  • Great for children to learn about colors, size sequencing, and more
  • For children 1 year and up
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight680 g
Product Dimensions20.3 x 11.4 x 29.5 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 months and up
Item model numberFA060-1
Number of Puzzle Pieces6
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB004HFLSI2
Best Sellers Rank 38,819 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight680 g
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Date First Available24 Jan 2012
  
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Product Description

Tobbles has a great modern design for a stacking, balancing, and however you want to use it toy - and the possibilities are many. Each of the colorful 6 spheres has a dual-textured surface and there is a pleasant heft to each weighted piece. The 6 Tobbles pieces can be carefully balanced, suitably nested, and more. Designed for encouraging sensory exploration, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and visual spatial awareness.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tobbles Balancing Toy 28 Jan 2014
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Bought this following a review. The product was an awardwinning toy but my child has little or no interest in it what so ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tobbles 7 Feb 2014
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Fun to build and to try to knock over. My two year old grandson enjoyed playing with it. A strong, durable toy.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  78 reviews
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you have a kid who likes to throw things... 28 Mar 2012
By betsy - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
...then don't buy this toy. I wholeheartedly agree with another one-star reviewer: this is a cute toy, but it is put together quite poorly. My twins were 18 months when they received it as a gift at Christmas, and it was destroyed in a matter of hours. The balls have weights in them, which makes them roll in interesting directions, but the balls are put together so poorly that with one good throw (nb: my kids are small for their age), they split apart at the seams. Not for nothing, but the seams are sharp! I know this is an award-winning toy; perhaps they have cut corners with the construction since those awards were won? A toy should last more than a day, right?
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money! 22 Mar 2012
By minnesotamom - Published on Amazon.com
Durability: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I got this toy for my son when he was a year old. He didn't care at all about stacking the balls, but he loved to throw them. Unfortunately, they broke really easily when he threw them. He had fun with the toy while it lasted - I just wish that it lasted longer than a day. If you have a kid who is really gentle with their toys, this is cute and could be fun. But if you have a rowdy toddler like mine I would look for something more durable.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Topples Balancing Toy 24 Mar 2012
By Just Honest - Published on Amazon.com
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Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 2.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Not really a big fan if this toy. I know I lot of the reviews state that the adults play with it half of the time so I'm sure that assist in the rating. I will say off the bat though that my kids (3yr & 18mo)do love playing with it for a good few minutes at a time but mostly as a colorful ball toy.
It stands about 12" high when stacked/assembled. The balls range in diameter from about 2", 2 1/4", 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2", 3 3/4" with the 4" base. Again those measurements are really rough, but it's just for a general idea. I'd say that they are weighted in the bottom center of the balls base, but not magnetic from what i can tell. Just given the shape when tucked into each other and the small weight might give that impression though. The balls are assembled with the top half(cup) and lower half(ball). The top half has a very slightly rubberized coating all except for the smallest ball.They are light weight balls but you can feel the presence of the balance weight. I know because they are a ball shaped toy most kids might be inclined to toss them around accordingly and for that I wouldn't rate them durable. My kids haven't tested that limit yet, but I'm sure it's a matter of time until it goes Humpty Dumpty right into the wall.
They state that you "can stack, spin balance, open ended play". Honestly from practical play at the young toddler age, they can stack it directly on top of one another very still and it will stay piled, that's about it. I played with it myself initially to check the limitations/range of stacking play and really the second product picture is about the most staggered you can make it before it topples all over the place. You can roll it, because it's a ball shape, and yes like a ball you can spin it too, imagine that, a 'free extra feature' ;) I've tried to stack these outside of the base with no luck, of course, and I've tried to stack them inverted(cup side down, one on top of another) with no luck there either. Again if I approach it as meticulous as one would while disarming a bomb then I can get a couple different configurations out of it, but my kids with more of the 'pull the pin and launch' grenade style leave little else for this toy to do but to stack it straight up.
It's colorful, it's a nice idea and the weight is a nice touch. If that weight was in fact also slightly magnetic, this might be worlds more fun with far more range of play. Being that it's not easily stable or all that durable(for 'ball' type abuse)and really nothing more than a plastic stacking toy, I think it's overpriced. I would have paid $12 for this at Imaginarium or a store like that. My kids do love it though for the few minutes at a time that they play with it so, I concede to their authority, and don't pretend to understand why.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent information! 13 Mar 2013
By Matthew Petty - Published on Amazon.com
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This toy description says it's appropriate for ages 12+ months. We purchased this toy for a friend's child who's turning 1. When I received the item it clearly states on the package that it's for 24+ months. I checked Amazon again to make sure I wasn't mistaken. It definitely says 12+ months in the description, but if you scroll down it ALSO says "Choking hazard, not for children under 3yrs of age." What?! Please provide more consistent information for this product, Amazon. I don't have much experience buying toys for small children and I'd really appreciate some clarity.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 12 May 2013
By fancygoldfish - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a home daycare and we cater to a special clientele that prefers more educational toys, without all the batteries and flashing lights/sounds, that are not found in your average toy store or toy department. This is a unique toy that must be modeled a few times for toddlers and preschoolers to get engaged with, but most of our toys are like that, and for us, it's a good thing. We first model this toy in a structured activity time for a few days, showing all the different ways it can be played with, then it is put on a shelf for free choice/free play. The kids love it.
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