Child-sized hamster ball with matching bowling alley


30 Responses to “Child-sized hamster ball with matching bowling alley”

  1. ddh819 says:

    this and a fire hose sounds like a good time

  2. Bart says:

    I’d totally get that for my kids, but $4500 for some plastic sheeting is a little to rich for my blood.

  3. mccrum says:

    I’d like to know how many people in marketing it took to eventually go with “roll” over “role” on the concern that nobody would notice the innovative comedy included in the copy.

    • silkox says:

      Seems more likely that they just didn’t know the difference between the homophones.

      • mccrum says:

         I thought of that too but decided that at $4,500 for a big plastic ball and some plastic they could afford people who at least went to Princeton or U Penn, so I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt.

        • penguinchris says:

          I think things like this are attention-getting things that they don’t actually sell very many of (if any at all). Hammacher Schlemmer stuff is a huge percentage of Skymall. They get you looking because of stuff like this, and then you see something relatively reasonably priced that looks cool and you can’t resist (“you” referring to relatively rich and relatively dumb people of course). So their profit margins are probably not that big and they probably don’t pay much for copywriters.

  4. Michael Wiik says:

    Few things are universal, but child abuse is one of them.

  5. mack says:

    “Charles, the children are bored with the polo ponies.” 

    “There. That oughta hold the little bastards.”

  6. lknope says:

    What could go wrong?

  7. Palomino says:

    Any toy that relies on a perfectly flat surface severely limits  it’s appeal. 

  8. Joshua Ochs says:

    So it’s a simpler, smaller version of Zorbing.

  9. Boundegar says:

    A spin in the dryer can easily kill a kid, or at least break their neck.  And a parent who can afford a $4500 toy can afford a LOT of legal counsel.

    This may not end well for Hammacher-Schlemmer.

    • Max Allan says:

      I think the air cushioning on the interior is enough to soften most blows and you don’t get the floor moving far before it’s a slope. And if not, I’m sure there will be plenty of disclaimers to fill in.

    • mccrum says:

       That’s ridiculous, you can’t bowl with a dryer.

  10. katkins says:

    Seems like something only Mitt would buy.

  11. doug rogers says:

    I can see this as an illustration on a 1910′s Popular Mechanics cover, as an idea from the ‘Children’s Amusements in 2000 AD’ article.

  12. Max Allan says:

    Peter Gabriel took one on stage years back :

  13. Jeffrey Rodman says:

    It would be interesting to see this in other environments.  Photoshop fodder?

  14. Petzl says:

     *Yard Not Included.

  15. Teller says:

    Will wait for the NBA version.

  16. IndexMe says:

    The ball is inflated. So couldn’t the child suffocate or get heat prostration if you aren’t careful?

    • mccrum says:

       You bet.  Of course, they can pretty much do that if you leave them anywhere alone for a while so you kind of have to keep track of them for most of the day.  It’s called “good parenting” and generally keeps them out of car trunks and the like.

  17. robdobbs says:

    They use that ball at BC Lions (Canadian Football) games for sideline contests.

  18. noah django says:

    they make a version for Veruca Salt blueberry fetishists, too.

  19. Lucas Jarche says:

    We had this at our high school graduation. As much fun as it was, it gets old after a couple of rolls. 

  20. Ian Symonds says:

    Forget the children, what an awwwwwsome stoner game, dude!

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