1 Stars By Barbie L. Kolb on 2016-07-29
DISAPPOINTED! Not as advertised!
This item says it is for ages 4 and up. I purchased it for my 3 year old granddaughter. She is small and short, but I thought she could grow into it. To my surprise, it is already too small for her. I should have looked at the picture on the box that shows a child practically sitting on her knees. I am very disappointed in the product because it will cost me almost as much to send it back as the purchase price. Definitely purchase the larger hopper if you are planning to use it for a 3 or 4 year old.
5 Stars By Erica W on 2016-06-10
Great toy for kids, but is generally used as a weapon!
These are great! My kids love them.
That being said, and kids being kids, they rarely jump on them as intended. More often than not, these are wielded as gigantic maces that they swing at their foes. Many a young dragon has been slain by these weapons. Many a booboo has been caused, as well.
On a serious note, we try to tone it down with them, but they ultimately always end up swinging them at each other. The upside is that we didn't inflate them all the way, so the impact really isn't bad at all. Almost like being hit by an over-inflated balloon. So when they do get a few swings off before we stop them, there really isn't any damage done from the ball itself. The damage is more often than not from the child falling from the sheer weight of the ball hitting them. Scrapes, cuts, etc. All the normal things a child gets when playing outside, giant rubber-ball fight or not.
For the functionality, they work great. When we force the kids to jump on them, they have a great time. But, again, as soon as we turn our backs, someone swings. I guess I can't blame them. I really want to hit my husband with the ball, too, and I'll admit to doing it a few times. Perhaps my children are too astute for me to be doing stuff like that. :)
Overall, I'd recommend them for anyone with little melee combatants of their own. They'll love them, no matter how they use them.
The only downside to these is that one shipped with this slimy kind of oil covering it. We washed it off, and the kids never touched it, but my husband was really concerned about what he was touching. It was probably just some sort of industrial petroleum based lubricant, but it definitely wasn't something we wanted the kids touching. It washed off easily, though. Didn't even need any soap to get the film off, but we soaped it anyway.
3 Stars By Mama Bear on 2016-12-29
What was the stuff it was covered in?!?!
Was exactly what I expected. I bought it for my 3 year olds Christmas present so I didn't open it til then. When I opened it, it was covered in some clear, nasty, stinky, greasy like substance. I had to wash it off before I let my son play with it. The box was dry so nothing got spilled on it before hand. (Pix were taken after I cleaned it off)
5 Stars By Jeannine on 2016-09-27
A fun item that promotes exercise, balance and coordination.
My grandson LOVES this Hedstrom 55-8487 Paw Patrol 15 inch Hopper. He has been using it inside the house, on the porch and outdoors in the yard and driveway. Perfect to use anywhere. It is very heavy gauge vinyl and very tough construction to withstand the constant use of a 4 year old. The durable grip handle helps him keep the bouncing under control while he attempts to bounce as high as he can, go in circles and forward and back. This ball is great exercise and also helps to promote balance and coordination. I know this ball can be deflated very easily for storage, but my grandson loves the ball and he loves Paw Patrol, so until he outgrows this ball, it will never be deflated and put away. A great item that promotes exercise for children. Very happy with this purchase.
1 Stars By Christine B on 2017-07-13
I ordered this for my daughters birthday a month ago and set it in my closet to hide for the big day. Her birthday is in 3 days and I just now opened the box to inflate it and wrap it and the whole thing is sticky, the box is sticky, and the stickiness is thick and strange. I don't know if the vinyl has gone nuclear at some point or if it's someone else's return but I am very dissatisfied. And the worst part is I cannot return it now (whatever happened to 90 day return windows?)!!!
2 Stars By DDES on 2016-01-31
We ordered this pink hopper at the same time we ...
We ordered this pink hopper at the same time we ordered a blue (Paw Patrol) hopper from the same supplier. As you can see from the photo, the pink ball is almost 3" smaller in circumference (39.5" vs. 42.25") than the blue ball at the same inflation pressure. This would have been OK, but our daughter is older than our son and her ball is smaller!!!
5 Stars By Savanna on 2017-02-03
perfect toy for bored cooped up kiddos!
easy inflation using a hand pump purchased at the dollar tree store. package came with the adapter that you put on the air pump, instructions, and a little plug that makes it easy to remove and add or remove air as needed. it inflated very quickly, with no issues, and my son LOVES IT! it was a little smaller than i was expecting it to be (apx 10-12 in tall not including the handle) but my 4 year old son is able to easily sit on it and bounce around.
1 Stars By Mommyof5 on 2016-12-20
The packaging was fine on this
The packaging was fine on this, but once opened it was a whole new different story. The item was dirty in spots and was COVERED in a slimy film. It came off all over my hands. Gross!! Will be sending back.
1 Stars By magnum on 2016-01-10
First off this item came with a foul oil all over it that had to be washed ...
First off this item came with a foul oil all over it that had to be washed off with soap and water. Not that big an issue just nasty stuff, the problem I have is, there doesn't appear to be any leaks but it won't hold air for longer then 20 minutes. I'm guessing it's the cheap plug for the hole that leaks slowly. Yes you have to inflate this yourself. I expected this to come fully inflated and factory sealed. I also expected it to be made with a much better and thicker wall. This bouncer is made of what seems like a thicker beach ball kind of plastic. Not happy at all with it. Here I am two days later ready to throw this Chinese piece of garbage where it belongs.
4 Stars By Angela on 2016-10-10
It pops easily, we are on our 2nd one in 2 ...
My 4 year old son loves this ball. He is 34lbs but I think it's a little small for him. It pops easily, we are on our 2nd one in 2 weeks. The handle is easy for him to hold onto. The ball isn't smooth, it is bumpy. Creating grip so it makes it easier for little kids to use. The graphics are nice and the color of ball is bright.