Fad-Tastic! Koosh Balls

    January 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

    There is a reason they are called fads. It’s because they disappeared just as quickly as they blew up in popularity.

    Today’s Subject: Koosh Balls

    The Koosh ball is a toy ball made of rubber filaments (strings) attached to a soft rubber core. It was developed in 1986 by Scott Stillinger to be easy for his 5-year old daughter and 8-year old son to hold and throw, and was named after the sound it made when it landed.

    Here are some things you might not have known about Koosh Balls…

    “Stillinger came up with the idea for the Koosh ball when he tied rubber bands together to create a smaller, easier-to-catch ball.” Maybe his kids where just bad athletes?

    “He founded OddzOn Products Inc. to distribute the small, simple toy, and within just 12 months it was flying off of store shelves as that year’s hottest Christmas gift.” Not to sound spoiled, but if my big Christmas gift for the year was a $2 Koosh Ball, it would have been thrown right at my mom’s face.

    The company later expanded their product line to include 50 other Koosh-related products, including keyrings, baseball sets, and yo-yos. The number of Koosh Balls sold is estimated to be in the millions.

    “The company expanded, and in 1994 Stillinger sold OddzOn to toy manufacturer Russ Berrie and Company Inc., which in turn was bought by toy behemoth Hasbro in 1997 for more $100 million” Off of a rubberband ball. So depressing.

    “The ball consists of approximately 2000 natural rubber filaments, and has been released in a variety of color combinations.” Each specifically designed to take your money.

    “Koosh Kins was made into a comic book mini-series by Archie Comics where they kept their cartoon-like appearance.” OF COURSE they were.

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