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What have they done to my Pogo Ball?

I was at a Target store the other day and, of course, one of my required stops any time I go there is the toy aisles. As I'm walking up and down the aisles looking at all the latest toys (most of which are movie tie-ins for Superman Returns or Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) I notice something on one of the end caps...

Pogo Ball LIVES!
Pogo Ball!

It was cool to see a Pogo Ball, since I didn't know they even made 'em anymore, and that it hadn't changed at all really. In all honesty, I prefer the a pogo stick and I'll challenge any of you bastards to last longer on one than I can. I can even last longer than the little girl on the pogo stick in Tremors.

Anyway, when I got back home I check around the web a bit for info on Pogo Balls. Why? Because this is the sort of shit that entertains me, don't ask me why. So, during my search I come across a newer version of the Pogo Ball...

Zoingo Boingo?
The Zoingo Boingo.

What bastardization of a childhood memory is this? It looks like someone put a strap around the Pogo Ball for some twisted bouncy S&M pogo action. Maybe I'm a just a purist, but I always liked how the original Pogo Ball wasn't easy to use. You actually had to practice it to be able to do anything remotely cool and this new "Zoingo Boingo" pogo-ball-rape contraption appears to take all that out.

Know your Pogo Ball roots.

34 comments

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Aaron (Guest) on 07/18/2006 11:38 am

Yeah I noticed that they were making a comeback when I saw 2 kids in my neighbourhood with them. I thought it was pretty awesome and I actually dug out mine from the back shed out of boredom. Got quite a few laughs and a ton of nostalgia from my friends.

Yeah this S&M ball looks pretty lame. Is nothing sacred anymore?



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jon (Guest) on 07/18/2006 12:53 pm

i had my pogoball taken away because i broke my brothers by trying to jump over a makeshift bed of nails. and poped the damn thing. and besides what kind of parents allow thier 7 year old to have that many nails readily available?



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Trash (Guest) on 07/18/2006 12:57 pm

Is this so-called "poping" similiar to "baptizing"?



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Bizarcane (Guest) on 07/18/2006 1:56 pm

I'm still trying to figure out the physics of the zoingo boingo. For that handle to be effective, it would need some sort of leverage. You can't lift yourself with it (it's like trying to pull yourself up by your socks) and you can't drive down into the ground with it for extra boingitude due to the floppy connection between the ball and the handle. Nor does it supply any stability, for that matter.

Maybe it's some sort of neo-mace-and-chain for combat in the Splat Zone



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Johnboy (Guest) on 07/18/2006 2:28 pm

I was never really sold on the whole pogo ball thing. If you ever used one in public, the only way you could avoid getting your ass kicked is if there was someone using a Skip-it within' sight.



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Rob (Guest) on 07/18/2006 3:28 pm

Wow, thats nasty. I wonder if Danny Elfman feels ripped off....



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Aks (Guest) on 07/18/2006 4:07 pm

Here by STL They have Pogo Ball comericals. Not this new and improoved crap. The classic one. And I bet you I CAN beat you at jumping on a pogo stick. I did it so many times the bar connected to the spring was super hot. But I got my nuts crushed in the spring. :(



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The Cap (Guest) on 07/18/2006 4:59 pm

*sigh*...Toys aren't cool anymore....



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nathan (Guest) on 07/19/2006 2:11 am

well bitches and how they remade it looks like bondage on a pogo ball which means we are teaching kids "bondage is cool" i wouldnt want to grow up with that thing mine was a cheap pos tho:(



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angus (Guest) on 07/19/2006 4:05 am

damn, if i had that as a kid, i definitely would've used it to bludgeon my brothers.



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MrSteveTiC (Guest) on 07/19/2006 6:53 am

I still have my pogo ball, not a bad little exercise tool either...but then again I still ahve my GI Joes too



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Dude (Guest) on 07/19/2006 7:45 am

Obviously the handle was put on to make it XTREEEEEEEEEEEM! SO AWESOME IT CAN'T STAND PROPER SPELLING OR LOWER CASE!

BOUNCE ON THE BALL! THEN JUMP 10,000 FEET INTO THE AIR AND GRAB THE HANDLE, SWINGING IT AROUND TO DEFEAT AIR SHARKS AND CLOUD NINJAS! THEN SLIDE THE BALL BACK BETWEEN YOUR FEET TO LAND RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A CACTUS FIELD ON THE ONLY SAFE SPOT! ITS EXTREEEEEEEEEM YOU LITTLE SHIT!

I think its probably more likely that some toy engineer was sitting at his desk, thinking "How can I make a product this week so I don't get fired, but not have to do any real work? I know, I'll put a handle on something that's patent expired. Hmm...Superball? No. Hoola hoop? No...Hmmm..."



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AngryHydralisk (Guest) on 07/19/2006 8:59 am

I had a pogo-ball once. Can't say I was ever good at it, though. Then again, I had lots of useless things in my childhood age.



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Bizarcane (Guest) on 07/19/2006 3:19 pm

Har! Air sharks and cloud ninjas!! Love it!



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Palg (Guest) on 07/19/2006 4:48 pm

I love the pogo-ball.

Thought people on this site might appreciate a stop-motion human space invaders clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reQ_Laq2O2o

I thought it was cool



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Ninjawolf (Guest) on 07/19/2006 8:38 pm

Rog, when you go to comicon (its this weekend so I hear) please, for the love of this world and everything in it, and even more so for the pride of the 80s and this decade, confirm to us that Optimus Prime that will be in the live action movie will indeed be the classic G1 red and blue flat nosed semi we all know and love, not that blue with flame things across the sides on thats been floating around on the internet.



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macrodeath (Guest) on 07/20/2006 6:35 am

Ball of dildos. The next best thing: Huuuge dildo in a ball. The test could be funny: -RoG- holding on dildo on his hands and smiles widely, then he sticks
it in his pooper and starts bouncing around...
"Oh oh oh oh oh oh", -RoG- says with a happy smile.
"This is the best thing ever", he declares.
Oh the joy, of i-mockery.com!!! They have found they're god!!!



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Dude (Guest) on 07/20/2006 7:43 am

Wait, since when did you have a bi/buttfucking side RoG? Does Pickleman love taking it up the ass? Does Re have a pickle-shaped strapon?



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-RoG- (Guest) on 07/20/2006 9:10 am

Ninjawolf, yeah I'll be at the Comic-Con on Saturday and Sunday, so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for the Transformers stuff... been interested in seeing that myself.

Dude & Macrodeath, you two make a cute couple.



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generic plague (Guest) on 07/20/2006 9:13 am

Ahh! The Pogo Ball! I remember as plain as day how I loathed some toys way back in my time ( Even today I harbour strong resentment against hoola hoops)but the Pogo ball was a clever one!
Upon seeing at what the new Pogo ball looked like I, at first, didn't figure out how to use it. ( i'm not jokin a bit).



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KGB (Guest) on 07/20/2006 5:03 pm

"Bastardization". BEST. WORD. EVER.



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General RADIX (Guest) on 07/20/2006 6:05 pm

OH...snap.

I have three words: SAFETY POGO BALL.

Did the execs over at the toy company that spawned this just suddenly decide "Hey, kids are hurting themselves on those blasted pogo balls, let's fix it so they can't"? Or just "Let's pick a new old toy to bastardize!"? Musta come from the same people who created that dratted "SAFETY PIZZA CUTTER". Fucking faggots. What's next, "SAFETY SHOES"? "SAFETY HAMMERS"? "SAFETY TOILETS"?



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The Squatch (Guest) on 07/20/2006 8:32 pm

What the hell is the handle for. The fact that it is attached to a length of chord still gives almost no control over the thing. I remember my old pogo ball and the best part of it was the unpredictability of it, I mean where's the fun in safety



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macrodeath (Guest) on 07/21/2006 4:37 am

Damn you Rog, Damn you!!!



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macrodeath (Guest) on 07/21/2006 4:40 am

hei Rog, tulkaa vaimonne kanssa Suomeen. Molotan eukkoas perseeseen niin että se halkeaa...



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macrodeath (Guest) on 07/21/2006 4:41 am

Secret messages, in finnish!
I bet you're jealous, that you don't know what i'm talking about!!!



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Chris Gray (Guest) on 07/21/2006 11:56 am

i don't remember them, might be a bit before my time (16 years?)

but anyway, how the hell do you stay on those things, i can't imagine it being easy. :-/



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RJ Madison III (Guest) on 07/21/2006 11:25 pm

Doesn't knowing your "Pogo Ball roots" include knowing how to spell Pogo Bal? I don't know about this new fangled Pogo Bal, but the original was spelled with one "l."



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Booyakasha (Guest) on 08/29/2007 10:44 am

I don't think Zoingo Boingo is a rip-off of the Pogo ball, it seems to be a freestyle version. Kind of like roller skates and roller blades.

If you want to see a rip-off, check out "Moon Hopper"



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Ebert (Guest) on 09/10/2007 7:59 pm

hey, just thought I'd let a few of you know that I do remember the Pogo bal. Personally, I thought it was a fun toy, and I think my kids would enjoy it. Not too sure about this Zoingo Boingo, though? The handle on there? I think I'd prefer the original Pogo Bal to come back.



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briny bill on 09/28/2008 4:09 pm

Molotan eukkoas?
what the hell?
i know no Molotan eukkoas



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clio44 (Guest) on 10/11/2008 12:36 pm

oh man I loved the Pogo Bal(l?) I'm gonna have to find a place that sells the original kind. I think my sister and mine was purple and pink -- nice colours to hop around in I suppose.
I agree this new version looks really S&Mish, probably because of the choice of BLACK straps..... if it were orange or yellow, I doubt it'd have the same visual effect.....
btw, I think they do actually have safety hammers.



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HauntedV (Guest) on 05/16/2010 8:15 am

i actually tore of the rope part of a zoingo boingo and made a pogo ball



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ess (Guest) on 01/06/2016 4:01 pm

I still have my original pogoball from when I was a kid



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