Flashing/Sound FX Bouncy Ball, retail $2.99 (www.partycity.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 04-15-06

The Flashing/Sound FX Bouncy Ball is a rubber-like plastic ball that emits a brief light show and sound show anytime it is thrown against or is bounced against a hard surface.

I bought it because I was attracted to the red and blue LEDs in it. This is after all, a website about things that emit light, so it seemed only fair.


The Flashing/Sound FX Bouncy Ball is ready to use as soon as you get home with it.

Anytime the ball strikes a hard surface (such as it would if it were bounced), the ball flashes its red & blue LEDs and emits one of eight sounds for approximately 1.4 seconds. After every eighth activation, the ball will flash and emit sounds for approximately 6 seconds.

There is no power switch to fuss with or forget about; this product is self-terminating.

This appears to be a disposable product; there is no obvious way to change the batteries; and I don't even know what size/style of cells it uses.

This product is SPECIFICALLY INTENDED to be thrown at and bounced from hard surfaces, so durability should not be an issue here.

This is a child's toy, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to flush it down the toliet (even though it appears at least marginally flushable!), bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a carport in effort to try and expose the bare Metalmarineangemon - er - the bare Metaltrailmon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalsusanoomon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!)...{
O WAIT!!! WHERE'S THE METAL?!? }, let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the 's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The Flashing/Sound FX Bouncy Ball appears to be slightly water-resistant; but is definitely not submersible.

Since this product is intended to be disposable, I cannot in good conscience award it a full five stars when I assign a rating to it. But it does appear to be reasonably durable and well-constructed, so it will probably earn about as high a rating as I can award to any disposable product.

Photograph of the ball, illuminated of course.

This brief video on YouTube shows the Flashing/Sound FX Bouncy Ball in operation.

This video is approximately 64.2663472551 megabytes (64,739,502 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than three hundred twenty one eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Test unit was purchased at the Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on 03-09-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Sight & sound child's bouncy ball
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 ea. red & blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Impact-type on; self-terminating
    CASE MATERIAL: Rubbery plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type/number of coin or button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries (preinstalled)
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Not stated; though presumably China, Hong Kong, or Thailand


    This is a disposable novelty toy, not a flashlight, laser, or R/C vehicle. Therefore, a "star" rating will not be furnished.

Flashing/Sound FX Bouncy Ball * www.partycity.com...

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