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Please complete the form to email this item. The recipient's name Recipient's email address Your name. Spacehopper Mettoy Playcraft Ltd Enlarge image. Spacehopper Object: Spacehopper. Physical description This is a large orange gymnastic ball known as the hopper.
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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The term "space hopper" is more common in the United Kingdom; the toy is less familiar in the United States, and may be known as a "hoppity hop", "hippity hop" or a "sit n bounce". A similar toy popular in the United States in the s was the pogo ball , which has a hard plastic ring encircling the ball instead of a handle.
A valve at the top allows the balloon to be inflated by a bicycle pump or car tire pump. A child can sit on top, holding the two handles, and bounce up and down until the balloon leaves the ground. By leaning, the driver can make the balloon bounce in a particular direction. In practical terms, this is a very inefficient form of locomotion, but its simplicity, ease of use, low cost and cheerful appearance appeal to children. The space hopper was invented by Aquilino Cosani of Ledragomma, an Italian company that manufactured toy rubber balls.
He patented the idea in Italy in , and in the United States in Cosani called the toy "Pon-Pon". Space hoppers were introduced to the United Kingdom in The Cambridge Evening News newspaper, England, contained an advertisement for the hopper in November of that year  and described it as a trend. The space hopper became a major craze for several years, and remained widely popular through the s.
They are sometimes considered a symbol of the s. Wembley made a similar model which had smooth handles rather than the ribbed original. The orange kangaroo design is now available in adult sized versions in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the first mass-marketed hopping ball a version of an earlier European toy [ citation needed ] was the Hoppity Hop, released by the Sun company around Because of the market and media saturation by this toy, any such ball regardless of origin, is now generally known in the United States by that name or sometimes "hippity hop" as it was originally called in the United States.
The earliest Hoppity Hops were made of rubber usually red or blue with a round ring handle on top and automotive tire valve for inflation. In the s Sun introduced various character versions of the Hoppity Hop, such as the Hoppity Horse, Disney's Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck with hard plastic versions of the character's head attached to the ball. The Hoppity Hop sold rather steadily for decades, but by the s sales apparently started to slip due to increased competition from foreign hoppers.The Space Store has a large selection of NASA models, from Mercury Models, to Gemini Models, to Apollo Models, to Space Shuttle Models. We also .