Plastic capsule has a single push button at the bottom, and a rubber stopper on top. Just remove the stopper, fill with water, and get to playing. Pressing the button forces air into the capsule, making a current that moves the dolphin (swordfish?) and tosses the rings.
The goal is to collect all the rings on the dolphin’s (swordfish’s?) nose. The key is to get a gentle enough current going near the end to help float the last few rings to where they need to be.
Check out this video by Lucky Penny Shop to see how it works.
Deceptively easy looking, collecting all the rings actually takes a combination of patience and skill. Though there is only one button, it can be pressed with different amounts of pressure. Quick presses that get the rings soaring work just fine in the beginning, but once the game is down to the last few rings, gentle presses that are well timed will be required. This game really works those thumbs.
Nostalgic for many readers, this toy will likely get as much play from surrounding adults as children if it’s brought out during a birthday party of holiday celebration. A number of users purchased this toy as an office desk decoration that serves to distract for just a few minutes when a mental block needs to be broken.
Often used a travel toy, this is a fine option for long car rides so long as children are not tempted to play with the stopper. A soggy car is a sad car.
These can also be taken onto planes, so long as they are filled with water AFTER getting past the security gates.
The stopper itself does the job, but it isn’t super difficult to remove. A dexterous 1 year old could pull it out, flooding the area. This is the main reason why we suggest adhering to the manufacturer’s suggested age for use. Meant for children 3 and up, this toy should really only be given to kids who can resist the temptation to poke and prod the stopper.
One complaint that we have received from a few users regards some leaking. For the most part, the toy is built well, with most users having no problems of any kind. For those that do, it seems to come from around the button. There can be some leaking from the stopper if the toy is not kept upright, but that’s to be expected. We suggest filling the toy with water upon arrival just to make sure there are no leaky areas.
The rings can sometimes get stuck behind the dolphin/swordfish. Usually, turning it upside down and knocking it around a bit will get them back out, but if they’re really stubborn, a wire coat hanger (or any wire) can be used to poke around.
We're pretty sure it's a swordfish.
- Don’t drop it
- Wipe down with damp cloth
- Keep upright to avoid spills
Parts and Pieces
TOMY also makes a Pelican version. Or, get both in a bundle.
Don’t give this toy to children who will be tempted to play with the stopper unless cleaning up water spills is just personally thrilling.