Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Wubble Bubble

Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble

Ever had the moment where you and/ or your child wished that a soap bubble wouldn't pop, or a ball could float in the air? A Wubble Bubble is like a giant version of both, and we were given the opportunity from the lovely Vivid Imaginations people to try one out!

Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble

Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble
Big batteries! (Not included)
Wubble Bubble (RRP £19.99, suitable for 6 years +) is sold in 3 colours, with the pink and blue coming with the electric pump (4 x D batteries excluded) and the purple sold on its own. We were sent the blue one to review, and it also comes with a nozzle, inflation guide and manual.

Note: although Wubble Bubble is strong, it's not indestructible. There are plenty of warnings on the box, packaging and manual regarding this, and it's not really recommended for children under 6 years old as playing with care is required.

Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble
Left: close up of the Wubble Bubble's texture
Right: Design for nozzle has been improved
Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble

The Wubble Bubble feels really squishy, with a jelly-like inner lining. The outer lining is dusted with some sort of powder, reminding me of the Chinese/ Japanese sweet Mochi (sweet dumplings you can get at sushi bars or Chinese supermarket)! I was surprised that it didn't stink of strong plastic, like the smell you get from plastic blow up beach toys, and that's definitely a plus from me!

To pump it up, you have to push the nozzle, with the inflation guide attached on the edge of it, into the Wubble Bubble's hole, then attach the pump to the nozzle and pump until the end of the inflation guide is just touching the floor.

As I only followed the manual's guidance, I found it slightly confusing as I didn't realise that you should leave the deflated ball on the floor first (I did it mid air), so that you can see when the guide is just touching the floor. It did make more sense to leave it on the floor as it was really awkward holding it in mid air (I kept thinking that the ball is going to fall off the pump, even though it's actually sticking to the nozzle). For a clearer guide on how to inflate the Wubble Bubble, you can check the YouTube video here.

If you have a balloon popping phobia like me, you'll be worrying about the Wubble Bubble as soon as it has started to inflate! It look so transparent and thin after pumping it up! But there is no fear in the kids!

Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble
Right: *Boing*
Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble
Right: Me "Oh My God it's going to pop!"

Wubble Bubble UK, Vivid Imaginations, Playable Bubble
Left: Look at the Wubble Bubble changing shape in the air, just like a soap bubble! That went too far though
Right: Looked like a high throw but at least it stayed in the garden this time
As soon as we've got it pumped up, the kids were all over it. 

The whole neighbourhood heard me raising my voice: "Clay! Stop grabbing the ball!" (he grabbed the edge and squeezed them into his fists with fingers digging into the lining), "Don't dig your fingers in it please!" and I went on for quite a while until Clay has learned to keep his palm flat on the Wubble Bubble. 

I can see why he's grabbing it though, the lining is wobbly and soft, unlike a balloon or beach ball that are firm. And because the Wubble Bubble is so big (even for Abby), it is much easier the grab a squished lining instead of holding it up with flat palms.

The first thing the kids tried to do is sit on the ball. It wasn't easy to stay on it when 2 of them were fighting over it, but there was plenty of laughter because of that. Me and hubby just kept stepping back in case it pops! Abby also liked to play it like a basketball because it's so bouncy.

Hubby tried to throw it at the kids but because he threw it high and it was a very windy day, it literally floated straight into the neighbour's garden! At least it landed and didn't float far far away (it really looked like it would!). And don't think that you can throw it in another direction, the wind will blow it wherever it wants to blow it to! We threw it much lower at the kids after that.

The kids had a blast with the Wubble Bubble, though they started fighting over the ball and refuse to share. Good that it's only £9.99 for a Wubble Bubble without the pump! We liked to throw the Wubble Bubble at the kids as well, though we are constantly on edge and no way will we ever try to sit on it ourselves! Next time we'll pump it up to a smaller size (did you know that you don't have to play it at the maximum size?).

The only real problem we had with it is pushing and removing the nozzle in and out of the Wubble Bubble. The inner lining is quite sticky so there is some maneuvering to do, and because you'll be worried about pricking the ball, it can be quite difficult. But looking at the kids reaction, it was worth it!

I just saw a video about a new glow in the dark Glo Wubble, hopefully we can get that here soon! 

Oh! And if your Wubble Bubble accidentally popped, there is a (UK) number you can ring (on the Wubble Bubble's packaging) to arrange for a replacement sent to you for a small fee. Love the customer service!