There are some toy concepts which have a timeless appeal and we’ve been having lots of fun with the 21st century version of one of my favourite childhood toys. As a child I had a spinning top that I could play happily with for hours. Of course technology has moved on a bit since 1968 and we’ve been spinning around with i-TOP recently and the range of spinning tops really are in a league of their own.
Spinning around with i-TOP spinning tops has brought out the competitive edge in all of us. The toys are aimed at those aged eight years and over, and are rather popular with the 50+ members of the family here too. They come fitted with 2 x CR2032/LR44 batteries and are available in a choice of six colours. We’ve received the Vortex Red and Green as well as the Infinite Purple i-TOP spinning tops.
The i-TOP comes with a foldable spindle, making these a great toy to pop into a pocket or bag on when you’re going on an adventure. You could even play with them easily on the fold down trays on an aeroplane without annoying anyone.
So what does spinning around with i-TOP involve? Well these are no ordinary spinning tops! They come with an inbuilt digital counter which tracks the number of revolutions on each turn and records them. So each time you spin your i-TOP it shows you your last score as well as keeping a count of your current spins.
Thus making them a great idea for children (and their parents) to compete against each other to try and get the greatest number of spins. You could also try the classic, does my left hand spin an i-TOP faster than my right hand, as tested out by my eight year old.
The jury is still out on which hand is consistently better at spinning here. Our i-TOPs came with instructions, but not in English. You can find English instructions here.
There are four different elements to spinning around with i-TOP. The first is the Top Score game – spin the i-TOP and see if you can beat each other’s previous score, or your own.
I am the current family champion with 341 spins whilst my son has managed a top score of 176. But it’s game on, and with the summer holidays approaching fast I can see many a battle ahead.
You can also try the Challenge 99 where you attempt to stop the i-TOP as it reaches 99 revolutions. Sounds easier than it is! If you do achieve a 99 spin, you unlock an animation and a numbered star. Each time you complete the Challenge 99 you get another number added to your star and this is displayed each time you spin again. My son hasn’t quite been quick enough to stop his i-TOP at 99 and I’ve managed it twice. It’s a great way to work on hand eye coordination and manual dexterity and I’m sure with practice my son will still be a 4 star challenger.
You can also play compass mode, spin the i-TOP right, left, right, left for less than 30 turns each way and the next time you spin the compass will appear.
You can see a little more on our video.
There’s a reset button on the underside of the i-TOP so if you want you can reset your scores every day and set yourself a new highest score challenge.
We’ve loved spinning around with i-TOP and are looking forward to sharing the fun with my son’s best friend later this week.
The i-TOP spinning tops are available from Character Online or all good retailers, priced at £14.99
disclosure: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review