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Gyroscope

3.7 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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  • Classic toy gyroscope
  • Comes with FREE pull string
  • Includes Pedestal/tower
  • English instructions
  • Learn about the physics/science of gyroscopes

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Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions6.8 x 6.6 x 6.2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model number8006944602005
Main Language(s)Italian manual, German manual, French manual, English manual, Spanish manual
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Remote Control Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000H6W52S
Best Sellers Rank 7,403 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
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Date First Available1 Jan. 2002
  
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Product Description

Made entirely from metal to the classic design, this gyroscope is beautifully crafted, and will balance on the smallest thing while spinning at impossible angles! Comes complete with winding string and stand. Approximate Size: 9.5 cm. Fascinating for children and adults alike. Suitable for age 8+.

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1 x Tobar 01544 GYROSCOPE


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I'm 23 years old, and therefore probably not as rough with my toys as your average 5 year old, but I've had no problems with the gyroscope's build quality. This isn't a polished toy (literally) or indestructable but for a trinket I bought on a whim I'm pleased.

Explanation for scores:

Build quality:
I have used it for the past couple of weeks, admittedly less once the novelty wears off, and it has stayed in one piece- I wouldn't suggest putting it on a tight-rope over a stone floor but for most purposes the build quality is adequate. (I actually did drop it from a height of about 5 feet when messing about, granted it fell onto carpet but it still survived)

Education:
It's a fantastic example of precession and obviously gyroscopes- if you wanted to teach a child about how a gyroscope works (and subsequently many amazing things) I would recommend the toy, but I'd probably also get a Powerball to demonstrate a spinning wheel's resistance to external forces. Then again for the money this can't really be beaten.

Fun:
Well... you spin it- that's about it really. It entertained a few friends for a few minutes- in an age of Gears of War 3 and Xbox 360s that's impressive for what it is.

If you're on this page, you're interested in getting a gyroscope toy- this one is small (3 inch diamter roughly) but it's cheap and does the job well enough to justify trying it before moving up to more expensive models.
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By Big Ben TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 July 2007
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This is similar to the gyroscopes we had in the early 1950s, and it works exactly the same way. You thread the string through the hole in the axle, and turn the gyro until the string is wound up on the exle, then give it a mighty pull to set it spinning. Then you can do tricks with it!

Educationally very good - but a little less fun than I recall because it does not spin for as long or as smoothly as I remember. The vibration is enough to make it fall off its little plastic stand every time we tried it, but it will still do the usual tricks of balancing on a string, albeit not for very long, since it soon slows down. We've tried tuning the adjustable bearings, adding a drop of lubricant, but it still slows faster than one would hope.
The price *looks* a lot more than the 3/6 (threee shillings and sixpence) that I recall them costing way back when, but that translates to about £5 in todays value, so it's fair.
On the positive side, the fairly rapid slowdown means that it will keep a patient and inquisitive youngster engaged longer in rewinding the string and spinning it up again, but it would be nice if it kept going longer.

Whilst spinning, its massive flywheel demonstrates precession well (that weird feeling you get when you move it one way and it responds by moving in another - conservation of angular momentum) and will intrigue the embryo engineers amongst us. Recommended.
Still fascinates me!
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I bought this for for son's birthday and we both loved the idea of it. But the outer ring snapped completely on it's 5th use on day 1! Very low quality metal and the finish was quite tarnished and patchy. Peanuts and monkeys I guess.
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I purchased 2 of these, both for my sons as christmas presents. They were cheap stocking fillers. I can honestly say that of all their presents and some being very expensive this game them the best and most enjoyable entertainment learning and trying the different tricks. I too had one myself as a child and we had some great fun. I highly recommend this product. They are not expensive but highly entertaining. Thanks to Amazon for getting them to me very quickly.
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Not as described This is not retro it is a poor imitation of the real thing. I am 66 years of age and had a lot of these when I was young This is made of a low weight alloy. The real thing was a lot heavier and worked far better as the centrifugal force was greater because of the weight. it is very dissappointing
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as soon as we purchased the gyroscope we had some good tricks with it.
after a fortnight however, the gyrsoscope wasn't as efficient as it was before.
in fact we had to purchase another one which has bearings.
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Poor quality product, owned a gyroscope when I was young & thought this would be as well made as the one I bought. The made in the USA gave me hope that was let down, can't believe such a poorly finished product came from the USA. Main ring isn't welded which means the forces generated are affected by the flaw (should have checked the second picture where it's clearly not well made)
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Poor Quality Product !
spindle support ring not joined together which restricts spindle motion , product does not balance
Correctly when in motion.
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