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      28.06.2013 08:15
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      Great fun

      I am a child from the 80's but was never lucky enough to own one of these space hoppers and had to play on my best friends instead which was loads of fun. When it came to my daughter's birthday this year we were hiring a pony so to keep the children amused whilst others were riding the pony we wanted some activities, we set up a couple of bouncy castles and I bought a 2 of these space hoppers to set up races. The space hoppers come in a variety of colours and designs making them more interesting such as a Union Jack design however I bought them in orange as that is just how they were when I was little. The space hopper has a pretty goofy face drawn on the front of it in black and then there are two long pieces sticking up like antennae which your child holds onto whilst they bounce. To blow up the space hopper we use the same device as we use to blow up our bouncy castle, there is a small hole behind the antennae on the space hopper and there is a little circle of plastic to pull out to inflate it. The plastic is quite difficult to pull free if you don't have nails but luckily I do. The space hopper only takes about a minute to inflate and then it's ready for play which is great as it meant we could get to the community centre before we had to inflate them. Even though we haven't had these very long they have had a good battering already especially as there were 20 children all trying to bounce up and down on them and mostly not one at a time! The rubber is really thick so I would expect that these will last a lot of years and due to their durability we have found that leaving them out in the garden doesn't create any problems. The space hopper is loads of fun and both my girls love playing on them as did the children at the party, the space hoppers are easy for my eldest daughter to play on as she is 6 years old but poor Emily who is not quite 3 yet can't play on it herself and has to be lifted onto it and bounced around the garden which she finds hilarious. Deflating the space hopper is pretty easy, simply pull out the plastic piece and then push down on the space hopper and the air comes out, it doesn't take long to deflate and I think it would probably deflate on its own accord if left long enough. These are great toys for young and old and makes me think of other toys from my childhood I would like to see come back! The girls both love these so I know they were a great buy.

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        08.10.2012 01:18
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        Back to the 70's with this fun bouncy toy, the novelty never really wears off.

        Growing up in the UK in the 70's and the 80's was a great time indeed to be a child! The music was great, the summers were longer and kids actually played outside and made their own entertainment. Kids toys were great back then, the bikes were cooler (Tomahawks, Choppers and Grifters), and of course we also had this simple but fun toy...The Space Hopper! The Space Hopper was an Italian invention believe it or not and in 1969 it became a craze that continued right up until the early 1980's, although continued to sell well until the early 1990's. I harked back to that time when life was easy and people everywhere were bouncing about on these things, I wondered if you could still buy them today, and if you could, would they still be as good as I remember them? Like most things you remember from your childhood, they just don't seem the same as an adult. Well I am proud to say, you can still buy them and they are as good as I remember them (even better!). The Space Hopper is a large rubber ball (about 60-70 cm in diameter), which I didn't find out until it arrived in the post, has to be inflated....twenty agonizing minutes later... It has two handles with grips on it and you sit like you would sit on a horse and bounce along like a mad human controlled bouncy ball, I use the word 'controlled' very loosely as not before long I was crashing into every piece of furniture in my living room. I was having fun, my daughter just looked at me like she wished her dad would calm down before he does some serious damage. My daughter did eventually see the fun side of it though (I bought a small Peppa Pig one for her, now we can act like mad bouncy lunatics together). The front of the Hopper is decorated with a face to give it that child friendly appearance, so it not only feels the same as the original but looks the same as the original too. When I had my first go on it, it was either more tiring than I seem to remember, or I am just so unfit, I accepted the latter and this is a fantastic tool to burn those calories and it's fun too. I often sit on it and watch television while I'm having my bouncy workout(Now that I have mastered controlling the thing). <--Verdict--> Waking up one day feeling nostalgic and I haven't regretted a single second of purchasing this fun bouncy toy since that morning. The only downside some people will probably find is where to store it, as it does take up a lot of room, luckily I have a big enough cupboard just for the Space Hopper. I never realised when I was thinking about buying it, that I would be using it as a workout tool, so I really got two things for the price of one here, and considering you can pick one up from www.play.com for £19.90 including delivery, that's a massive bargain.

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          13.05.2012 22:11
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          A fun gift

          I had a space hopper when I was a little girl, in fact quite a lot of the girls my age did! When I was at university we used to always buy each other strange gifts, each trying to outdo each other with humorous presents. I was bought the space hopper by my flatmates and we had quite a bit of fun with it! There retro styled space hoppers have been designed to look like the ones from the 1970's and come in two sizes, one for small kids and one for adults! Space hopping as an adult was not much fun as a child; it is much harder work than you think but this makes a really cool, novel gift. If you cannot work out what to get someone that is a little bit quirky, then one of these will make the perfect gift. ==Price and availability== The cost of the 80cm space hopper is around £12.99. For this price you also get a foot pump as the hopper is sold deflated and you need to get pumping those thighs to pump it up. The pump is also retro in design and I can remember my gran having one similar at her house. ==Description== The space hopper comes in blue or orange and both feature a really silly camel face that is synonymous with the space hoppers of the 1970s. My hopper was orange which is a very retro colour. This space hopper has a diameter of 80cm and an overall circumference of 251cm. The space hopper has two little handles that have ridges on them so you can hold on easier. After all you need to lift yourself up as you bounce around. The space hopper has a really robust feel to it and is made from really thick, durable rubber. As I said above it comes deflated in the box and is sold with a cheap little foot pump. This cheap little foot pump is actually quite cool though as it has lasted a number of years and is now the back up pump for inflating the inflatable mattress. It has a yellow concertina base and a blue tube with a nozzle. The nozzle fits inside the little hole in the space hopper and you can inflate it by stamping on the foot pump. If I remember rightly, it does take quite a while to inflate but once it is done you do not really need to let it down again. Once inflated, and be careful not to over inflate you can then test it out and bounce on it! ==Bounce!== I am 5'6" and found it the perfect height to hop around on, although it is not the most comfortable thing to sit on. Children will be fine on it though, although really small children may struggle to play on it. There is a smaller version for younger children anyway. The space hopper is really bouncy and just like the one I used to play with as a child. When I first got the space hopper I tried it out on the street but as an adult the novelty soon wears off and to be honest it hurt my knees! It ended up in the front room of the house we shared and served as a quirky decoration. Although it did used to end up being played with by drunken students! After leaving university and coming home after sharing the house, we split all the belonging and parted ways. I think the space hopper was claimed by one of my housemates and I didn't see it again, although I still that the pump that came with it. This is an amusing gift and I would imagine that children will enjoy it a lot more than adults but it is still a fun gift nonetheless and guaranteed to get people talking! It is a good quality product and definitely worth the money.

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          03.05.2012 10:10
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          Instant retro fun in the garden!

          Now I must admit that I was not a child of the seventies but nevertheless have always looked at space hoppers being bounced around in people's gardens and thought that they looked fun. Being that I have a summer Birthday, I asked my partner for a space hopper as one of my birthday presents last year having spotted one for sale in a shop whilst on holiday. The impulsive thought being that it would be a good fun toy to have in our garden for summer barbeque entertainment whilst also being good amusement for the kids of friends and family that frequent our house. Plus, I wanted to have a good bounce on one myself having not been on one before. ==The Product== For those who have not seen these before, the Retro Space Hopper is a large rubber ball which has a pair of ears at the top with which you can hold onto the ball and bounce around. The ball is a bright orange in colour, although other varieties of colour do exist and has a large black face printed on the front which is supposed to resemble that of a kangaroo, hence the bounce. It is, in my opinion however quite a scary looking face but nonetheless you can't see it when you are bouncing around so what does it matter. We bought our space hopper from a toy store in Devon where it was already pumped up, however as I understand it a lot of the space hoppers purchased online are sold flat pack and you are provided with a foot pump to inflate the ball. This is quite simple to do as you simply insert the nozzle of the pump into a small hole just behind the ears of the space hopper and re-seal. Should you buy a space hopper already inflated it is well wroth in my opinion investing in a foot pump as the ball will inevitably lose air over time leading to it looking a tad saggy. This product measures 24 inches in diameter meaning that it is not the smallest toy in the world, however we find that by storing it in the shed it is generally out of the way. If used inside thought I can see that space might be an issue when storing. ==To Use== To use this toy simply sit your bottom down on the top of the ball, hold on tight to the ears and propel yourself into a good bounce with your legs. ==Price and Availability== These space hoppers can usually be bought from a number of toy stores where they will usually be inflated for you as mine was. However they can also be bought online from such stores as EBay and the Unique Gift Store. You should expect to pay around £10 - £15 for one ball and I believe we paid £12.99 for mine. In my opinion the £12.99 we paid for mine was not a bad price considering the amount of fun and laughter this toy has given us; we can also expect to use ours for years ahead. ==My Experience== Our space hopper has had a fair share of bottoms sat on it for fun. It has been in my opinion a great toy for those occasional ice breakers when the sight of someone bouncing away on one of these will usually send the group into shrieks of laughter. It is also great for children as they get to spend time outdoors doing something novel. We have used our space hopper for barbeques and usually find that it is still being sat on late into the night by some friend who has drunk rather too much wine. As for me, well I like to use it on those odd occasions when I am out in the garden enjoying the occasional British sunshine. I must admit that I do at times feel a little foolish bouncing away on mine in front of the neighbours but it's too fun not to do. In my opinion it would probably be best to buy a pair of these space hoppers to ensure that more than one of you can bounce around at the same time and meaning that you can race each other. However, I have yet to find any more room in my shed to house another one. ==Cleaning== The great thing about this toy is that it is made of rubber meaning that it is very durable and wipe clean. This is great for the morning after the night before when you see remnants of drink spilled onto the front of the ball and also when it comes out of the shed looking rather dusty after the long winter. ==My Summary== I think that this is a great toy for both a children and adult market and provides hours of fun for all the family. It will not provide you with copious amounts of exercise but nonetheless it will get you out and about in the fresh air and give you a real giggle. I would therefore highly recommend one of these if only for occasional amusement. This is a great toy and scores a good four stars out of five from me. Thanks for reading! x This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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            02.05.2012 09:05
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            A great fun toy

            My space hopper was my favourite toy from childhood so when I saw that I could buy them now for my kids I couldn't resist. I was originally only going to buy one as it was mainly for my son as I thought my daughter would think she was far too cool to go on one but I saw that I could buy a pack of three for £29.99 and I couldn't resist getting them so that both my son, daughter and I could have our own to play with. The space hoppers arrived and were in three different colours which were blue, orange and pink. They came deflated obviously or otherwise they wouldn't have got in the post but I didn't really think when buying them how I was going to blow them up. Luckily they came with their own foot pump which worked a treat at getting them all blown up. When the space hoppers are blown up they become really quite firm and although I was a little nervous about sitting on my one the first couple of times in case it burst they are made with a rubber material that is really strong and secure. Although I had used my space hopper loads as a kid it took me a while to get the hang of it again and bouncing around wasn't quite as simple as I remembered it to be. When I did get the hang of it I was soon bouncing around the garden with the kids having competitions to see who could beat who in a race. The kids absolutely love them and there hasn't been one single person who has visited the house whether they are 6 or 60 who hasn't wanted to have a go. In face just the other week my sister and I both were bouncing around the garden in them and we didn't even have the excuse that the kids were there as they were at school. The space hoppers are great fun and they also encourage activity as they take a lot of energy to use so they would be great for kids with a lot of energy. They are also really easy to keep and you can either deflate them and store them inside or just leave them lying about the garden which is what I do as rain and bad weather do them absolutely no harm. For the money I paid for them they worked out at around £10 each and I would happily pay this again and in fact think it was a bit of a bargain as they are so good. The three I bought were supposed to be adult sized so I was a little worried that they might have been too big for my son but when they arrived they weren't too big and he fit on his one with no problems whatsoever. If you are looking for a fun outdoor toy to keep the kids (and yourself) amused then definitely invest in a space hopper as they are brilliant.

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            24.11.2011 15:46
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            A blast from the past.

            Now here is a blast from the past! When I was a kid in the early 80's, the Spacehopper was the "must have" toy. My dad used to film us with his cine camera, as we bounced up and down the garden path on ours. I even remember having spacehopper races at school sports day, when everyone brought their beloved Spacehoppers into school for the day. It was like being trapped inside a bottle of orange pop! Anyway, fast forward a few decades, and some bright spark at a company called TST toys, has decided to introduce the Spacehopper to a new generation. Our Spacehopper was given to my kids as a gift, so I don't know how much it cost, but I had a sneaky peek at the TST website and you can buy a pack of five of these for £78.64! In fact, the company do a few quirky variations on the theme, including a "His and Hers" set (blue and pink!), Union Jack themed Spacehoppers and silver ones. A single one costs about £15 from their website, although I'm sure that something similar can be bought cheaper if you shop around. The one we have at home is just the plain old orange version, which is identical to the original, although it seems a bit bigger than I remember! As we received ours as a gift, it was already pumped up, although I have since given it a bit of a boost with the bicycle pump as it was starting to go down very slowly. There is a hole just behind the ears/horns and you just pull out the plastic pin, insert the bicycle pump and pump up the Spacehopper to your desired level. I always leave a bit of "give" in it when I pump it up, otherwise the kids can't get on it very easily! I notice that in the blurb at the top of the page that dooyoo describe the face as a kangaroo face! Hmmm, I suppose that makes sense, seeing as you bounce on it. it doesn't really look much like a kangaroo to me and my 6 year old son has told me that actually, that iconic, unforgettable face is an "alien", reasoning that if it was a kangaroo, why would it have horns? Well, you can't argue with kids logic! Our Spacehopper lives in the living room and my husband hates it, as it takes up a lot of room. More than once he has threatened to put a pin in it, as it always seems to roll in the gap between the sofa and the TV, rendering the remote control useless. I actually tripped over it the other day, after the kids had put it in the hallway, which was dark, and I was trying to get to the loo. most of the time though, the kids are bouncing around on it, or whacking each other round the head with it. Every time we have guests, everyone want to have a go on it, so it is a good job that it is nice and big and able to accommodate adults too! There are other uses for it too, of course. it makes a really nice footrest when I am watching TV and I am also able to use it as an exercise ball and incorporate it into a few of the routines on the game "my fitness coach" for Wii. I like the fact that it is a toy that gets the kids active and moving around, helping them to keep fit without them realising it. A few minutes bouncing around on the spacehopper is a great way to get your heart rate up. The spacehopper is very durable and the rubber is thick enough to whithstand anything the kids have thrown at it so far. That said, we haven't really used it outside at all, as I didn't want it getting filthy. I think that it is one of those toys that you have to either decide to keep outside or inside. It definitely wouldn't last as long if it was kept outside though. As I mentioned earlier, it tends to deflate very slightly over time with a lot of use, but not a lot and there is no sign of a puncture or tear. My son has scribbled on it with pen and unfortunately, once you have done that, the pen mark will never come out, as it seems to get absorbed into the rubber. In conclusion, this is a great toy for kids and adults alike and a fun way to exercise. The downside is that it takes up a lot of room and the preoblem is finding somewhere to keep it. Our lounge is only small and it is always in the way, so if you are low on space, consider getting something smaller or keeping it in the shed. The kids love ours though, and wouldn't be without it as it is one of their favourite toys.

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              Fun and fitness all in one.

              I had a Space Hopper as a kid and I remember that my brother and I would fight over whose turn it was to play on it......and with me being the big sister, I have to confess that I usually won! However, after recently seeing a review here for an adult Retro Space Hopper from TST, I thought I would buy my brother one for a joke (he's now 37!) so that he can play on it whenever he wants and so he can play with it with his kids. It cost me £27.78 (excluding delivery charges) direct from the TST website (www.tsttoys.com) - which I feel is fairly expensive for a retro product, but I paid for it nonetheless. This Adult Space Hopper version is bigger than the standard version that I had as a kid. It is 207 cm in circumference which means it is suitable for most adults - it is fine for me at 5ft 4 and it is also fine for my brother at 6ft. Because it's larger, it obviously takes up a bit more room than the standard size Space Hoppper but my brother just tends to keep it in the garden anyway and so it's not taking up valuable room in the games room or in the garage. TST does also have a kids size version and a teen size version and so there are alternative sizes if you want to get one each for all of the family. With this particular Space Hopper you also get a pump included - which is handy for inflating the flat-packed Space Hopper when it arrives and then topping the Space Hopper up because it does deflate slightly from time to time. When the Space Hopper arrives, it is flat-packed and it needs inflating.....which is why it's handy to have the pump included. As with the original Space Hopper, there are thick, slightly ridged handles for you to hold on to as you bounce around the lawn. The Space Hopper is green and is made from thick and sturdy PVC, which is especially important if you have a 200lb adult bouncing around on it! It certainly seems to have stood up to some pretty rough treatment, including my brothers mates deciding to have a competition on who can bounce the highest.....yep, some kids never really grow up. This style of Space Hopper seems to be bouncier than the original one.....a fact that my brother also agrees with. The Space Hopper does need topping up every week or so....which seems to be completely independent of whether it's been used or not. Because the Space Hopper is made from thick PVC, it can be hosed down now and again when it gets a bit grumby - and also it is waterproof and so it can be left out in the garden without coming to any harm. Overall, this is a fun product which is fun to have if you have little kids with Space Hoppers as well (my niece and nephew have non-TST Space Hoppers) - and bouncing around is also a really good way of keeping fit!

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                30.07.2011 16:58
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                A timeless classic back on the market.

                When I was a little kid, it seemed that just about everyone in the neighbourhood had a Space Hopper, and we were forever racing each other across the gardens as we bounced along on the back of these giant orange balls with the freaky face and horns. I never understood why they had that freaky face, but you used to hit each other with them, bounce them off walls and use them as giant footballs. They were just part of everyone's life as a kid and I suppose everyone will have had one themselves, or at least knew someone who did have them. Then last year, I was at a car boot sale and saw a lady unloading 2 of these out of her car as she was setting up. Those fond fun memories of Space Hoppers came flooding back, and with a quick exchange of £10, and I was the new proud owner of both of them. At the time, I had no idea if you could still by these things. I thought they had long past back in the 70s, but a quick look on Amazon revealed that you can still buy them, and better still, as well as the traditional retro orange, they also come in a variety of other colours like black, blues and pinks, along with a variety of designs on the front (as well as that freaky face!!). Price's aren't too bad either, ranging from about £8 up to about £30 depending on what you want to buy. Interestingly, they also seem to come in a whole range of sizes now. As a kid, I seem to remember the one size only that I always struggled to get legs around. But nowadays, they seem to go from a child's size of 24" diameter up to about 36" for an adult sized one. Looking at the ones I got in the car boot sale, they seem to be about a 30" diameter which is probably aiming more for the teenager/adult market - ideal for my family (yes, the thought had crossed my mind as I bought them that I could race the kids across the garden on them!!) OK, so for those of you who may still be a little confused as to exactly what these things are (did you not have a childhood?), they are basically a large orange ball made of a tough rubber compound, with 2 rubber horns sticking out of the top. The idea is that they are tough enough to be used outside, where you sit on the ball, with your feet on the ground and with the 2 horns coming up between your legs. You grip hold of the horns and then bounce along. The technique is to bounce along in a direction, so you sort of sit and bounce as you go along the ground. The more adventurous will be able to jump quite high from the ground on the back of these balls, but more often than not, you will move forward in a series of hops - hence the name Hopper. Great exercise for you and the kids, and will tire you out quite quickly if you're not used to it. They also seem to be a real party starter as we found at a recent BBQ that we had. We left them in the garden when people started to arrive, and before long, just about everyone was reverting back to their childhood as they bounced away on my 2 Space Hoppers across the garden trying to race each other. People remembered the technique straight away and off they went. In summary, this is one of those timeless classic toys that every adult will probably remember from their childhood that seems to have been reintroduced into the modern day market for those adults to buy for their kids - or to just relive your own childhood memories as I did!!! Cheap and cheerful, and yet durable and hard wearing, this is a perfect garden toy that comes highly recommended.

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                  A classic garden toy

                  My husband was bought this space hopper for his birthday as a joke present, but we're definitely having the last laugh as it's loads of fun! The space hopper has changed very little since it first appeared in the 70s. I remember having one in the back garden when I was about 4 and it was identical to this one. The space hopper is a big (about 3 foot in diameter) orange, rubber ball with a cartoon kangaroo face on the front and 2 ears at the top which give you something to grip on to when bouncing. The ears are about 6 inches long, so there's plenty of room to hold on. You straddle the space hopper so that you are sitting directly behind the ears, with your legs either side of them. Hold on tight to each ear and hop away! The size of this space hopper means that it is really designed for bigger kids (about 6+) or adults. My 5 year old daughter can just about use it now, but my 3 year old is no where near big enough. My husband is 6 foot and he can bounce like a maniac on it! The space hopper comes pacakged in a small carboard box and has to be inflated. We used a bicycle pump which only took a couple of minutes. Once inflated, you close the rubber stopper which keeps the air sealed inside. Ours has been blown up for 2 years now and we've never had to pump more air in. This is a very durable toy. We've left ours outside through last Winter's freezing temperatures and it's not come to any harm. The only difference now from when our space hopper was new is that it is slightly faded in places. I think this was caused by it sitting out in the sun in the height of Summer. The space hopper is best used on grass as it gives you great bounce with the added advantage that if you were to fall off you'd have a relatively soft landing! Obviously you need to avoid any stones or sharp objects as although it is made of a very tough rubber, it could puncture quite easily if care was not taken. I think this is a great garden toy that is lots of fun for all the family.

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                    I was been being nagged a while ago by my grandchildren for space hoppers as one of their friends had one at a birthday party they went to and they had been going on about it for weeks so being the softy nana that I am I looked online for the space hoppers and came across this pack of three on Amazon for £29.99. These come direct from TST Toys which you can find online if you search but the price is the same. I thought this was a good price to pay for three of the these retro space hoppers and memories of hours of fun with my older sister springs to mind when I see these, as we both had one when we were kids. They were all the rage then. We would get on our space hoppers and bounce down the street to call for our mates and they'd get theirs out and we'd all bounce around for hours on these silly faced things. The retro space hoppers come well packaged and you get a whistle in the pack to start the races with. It's only a cheap plastic one but it's fun to see the kids enjoying themselves on these. They are made of strong pvc and have to be inflated before you can use them, but you get an inflater pump in the box and it takes a while to inflate one, so doing three of them needs some help from someone else I got their grandad to help as I was fed up after doing two. You get 3 x 45cm space hoppers with the funny face on the front, they are blue, orange which is the original colour but these one's are brighter as they have ametallic finish and you get a pink one. Once they are inflated you hop on, sit there and hold the handles at the top of the space hopper and bounce yourself along. I think getting three in a pack is great as you have an already made space hopper racing team. The children can race around all day or until they get fed up and there's a spare one for when one of the neighbours kids comes round or they bring a friend to stay over. I think these are good value for money as they work out at about a tenner each one which is an average price to pay for a toy these days. I have had a go and to be honest I was a little wobbly and scared as it feels a little low to the ground but the kids love them so I left it to them. You can get adult ones which are a larger size as they are supposed to be good exercise but personally I prefer walking to bouncing but I think it's just an age thing. The grandchildren have had hours of fun and these will be used in summer when they play out in the garden and when they have birthday parties outside in the garden they will be able to have these hanging around for the kids to burn their energy off on. All in all I am happy with my purchase and think they are a bargain for the price I paid for three of them.

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                      07.02.2011 17:37
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                      A great retro space hopper, though not for the very young

                      TST Retro Space Hopper After enjoying this space hopper as a child, my sister decided that it was only right for my little one to enjoy it too and so went out to buy one as a birthday present. Now the question was, would my youngster love it as much as my sister did all those years ago? Even though it was a gift, I did look the price up online for purposes of this review and found that it can be picked up between £8-£11 depending on where you go. This retro space hopper is around 60cm in diameter and is made of a strong PVC material. There is a black printed face on the front, identical to the one my sister had, with two raised parts which look like horns and enable the child to hold on when bouncing on it. My little one absolutely loves it, though it did take a while to get used to it and at first, it seemed that the space hopper was slightly on the big side, so perhaps this type of space hopper is not really for the very young. With help, though, my little one does manage to bounce around which provides some great exercise - even I have had a try and I can feel after a while, the pull on the leg muscles even when I am not bouncing properly on it for fear of bursting it! Although this space hopper is still in tact a few months later, my nephew had the exact same one bought for him for Christmas and it did not last long as he bounced upon some of his toys and it burst very easily, so I would certainly recommend this only being used indoors and with a clear floor space otherwise you may have some upset children (or adults!). I believe that it is possible to fix this space hopper if it does get a puncture, with a puncture repair kit, though the best idea is to not puncture it in the first place if you can! As this space hopper is quite large, it does take a lot to pump it up, so a foot pump or electric pump is best. I would recommend this space hopper, though I would recommend it for older children rather than younger children due to the size.

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                      11.09.2010 20:56
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                      A great garden toy

                      When I was little I wanted a Space Hopper. Id seen photos of my mum on hers and I thought it looked fantastic. I got my wish one birthday when I walked up the garden and there was a Space Hopper. Big, round, orange and looking like it was going to be the most fun I could ever wish for. Space Hoppers are large rubber balls with a face on the front of it. I think mine had a sort of rabbit face. There are two " ears" on the top that act as handles. They come flat and need to be pumped up with a bicycle pump, there is a valve in the top for this. To use the Space Hopper you simply you sit on the rubber ball, hold the ears in front of you and bounce. That's it! The Hopper seems to bounce along behind you. Its hard work and I never used to get very far but I absolutely loved it. You can buy Space Hoppers from most places that sell toys. They are about £8.00 on Amazon. You can even get adult sized ones now. Not sure I fancy bouncing round the garden on a giant Space Hopper though! Space Hoppers were first available in this country in 1969. So being just over 40 years old they have stood the test of time. Space Hoppers have changed very little over the years, they can be found in different colours and designs but basically they are thee same as the original. They are incredible hard wearing and I don't ever remember mine going down and needing to be re pumped. For a cheapish garden toy that gives plenty of exercise a Space Hopper is ideal.

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                        20.07.2010 00:23
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                        Fun for a while but eventually boring.

                        I was given one of these TST Retro Space Hopper's as a secret santa present for christmas last year. The secret santa that we held was to buy a present under £10.00 so this was obviously priced around that region. As I'm sure you can imagine I was very surprised to open the present and find this inside! The Space Hopper comes packaged in a box. The design is quite plain, a white box with a picture of the Space Hopper and the words 'Science Museum' in the top corner. When I opened the box I found the space hopper folded up inside. Included in the box was also a foot pump. I was quite pleased with this as many foot pumps can be quite pricey and I have been able to use this foot pump for many other things such as blowing up air beds. On the packaging the space hopper is orange and this was also the case for the space hopper that I received. I do not think that it is available in any colours other than orange. On the space hopper there is a picture of a big smiley face. It isn't very clear what it is meant to be and, to be honest, is not very appealing to myself either. There are also two handles shaped like horns. One can sit on the space hopper, hold on to the horns and then bounce up and down and backwards and forwards. This may be amusing to some people, particularly small children, however I have found that there is only so many times one can bounce around the living room before it gets quite boring. This space hopper was very easy to blow up by foot and since christmas has only needed to be topped up with air two times. Although I do not bounce around too much on this anymore, I have found another use for it - sit ups. The space hopper can be used similarly to that of an inflatable exercise ball and has helped me to shift some weight through a variety of exercising methods. I am not sure how many adults would find this interesting after a month or so and I do not know too many adults who would allow their children to bounce around on one of these indoors for fear of breakages as they can be quite difficult to control. Although the plastic is quite tough and sturdy, using this outside would probably cause a lot of wear and tear and I doubt it would not have lasted as long as it has done. An amusing secret santa gift for a good price but I doubt I would buy this for anyone.

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                          09.03.2010 17:23
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                          A blast from the past.

                          Hands up everyone who remembers these? Me, me, me! I loved my space hopper as a child. I have fond memories of hours spent in my back garden just bouncing around or using it to sit on. I am surprised my trousers didn't turn orange. So when we got one last summer I spent ages giggling girlishly and bouncing up and down on it - though admittedly not quite as energetically as when I was nine. My children thought I was mad. The premise behind the space hopper is that you use it as a giant bouncing ball, only you have to be balanced on top. You grip the ears, stick your bottom behind the ears and your legs in front, then bounce. Easy right? Well not quite. Sitting on it was not quite as I remembered. Like Wagon Wheels, they seem to have got smaller, and my bottom seemed to sag a lot closer to the ground than it used to. I'm just glad I has nice soft grass to land on. My children enjoyed having a go, although the novelty didn't last long. I think what you need to do, if you are going to purchase one, is to actually buy two. That way you can use them for racing purposes. Also, bear in mind the end user. You can actually get Adult sized Space Hoppers now. These retail for around the £15 mark, while children's ones are around £10. Check Amazon for some good deals. The Space Hopper we had was good quality and durable. Once pumped up it stayed up - I would recommend using an electric pump, as hand held or foot would take ages. And if you are going to get one, it has to be this retro one, it's just not a space hopper without that face or unless its orange - its a classic!

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                            13.03.2008 16:22
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                            a brilliant toy that has been around for many years

                            Last year i brought a pack of 6 of these for £19.99 from the argos for my daughters birthday party, the kids loved them and so did the adults. You can buy these on there own for about £5 so i think i had a great deal with these. They are made of a thick rubber material, with two pointy ears for you to hold on to and mine have rabbit faces drawn on them which looks lovely. I inflated mine with a balloon pump and they have a plastic plug you need to put in the hole. The children had a whale of a time hopping around the garden on these and the more adventurous children even tried to hop on them on the bouncing castle. These toys have been around since i was young and have been loved by all children ever since, these will entertain any child and are also a good form of exercise. The autum and winter argos sold these for adults aswell in a bigger size so could also rope a teenager into playing on one of these.

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                            Orange space hopper printed with the kangaroo face you remember from the seventies!