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Oonies is a fun set of unique pellets that, when inflated, blow up into different sized balls of air. Nothing sticky or messy, no water or hot toys. Instead, just balls of air that kids can inflate to whatever size they want. Moreover, stick them together to build creatures or entire worlds. You can play with them in fun, imaginative games, stick them against windows, no problem. They naturally stick to each other so building is safe and fun.

Total Cost Breakdown

The cost of Oonies is $19.99 plus $5.00 shipping, for a total price of $24.99.

This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page which was taken offline due to Oonies being discontinued. Oonies may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.

This price was obtained from the As Seen on TV commercial page which was taken offline due to Oonies being discontinued. Oonies may still be found for sale on Amazon or Ebay.

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Features

  • Fun Colors

    There are many bright colors in the sets, so you can make whatever colored people, animals, planets, or anything else you want.

  • Mess Free

    You can play with it indoors without worry. There is no mess, no sticky substance, no water, nothing hot to cause a wet or sticky mess after playing is over.

Positive Points

  • Lots of Games and Ideas

    Each set comes with over 160 pieces. There are challenges included, so kids can see how well they stand up to the test. Games are included so kids can play with the fun oonie balls. There are even activities included so that kids can play alone or with siblings, friends, or family.

  • Donations

    Moose Foundation is a way to give back to the community, so rest assured that when you purchase Oonies, you are helping to give back. Philanthropic initiatives put into place by Moose makes kids happier, by donating toys and products to those who are less fortunate.

How to Use (Step by Step)

  1. Pick a Pellet

    Oonies lets you inflate, stick, and create. Kids can create their own universe, or “ooniverse”. Take an Oonies pallet of your choice.

  2. Put on Inflator

    Place it over your inflator. You just put one pellet onto the inflator and then play around with different pieces. The end that goes over the inflator stays in place, without breaking or needing to be sealed, so adding pieces to one pellet is simple.

  3. Watch it Grow

    Watch it grow as if by magic. Pump it up and watch the tiny pellet magically inflate. Stick them together to make any creation you want. Add the accessories to give facial features or body parts.

  4. Create

    Each one will stick to each other so you get to make as many great designs and creatures as you want. There is no water needed, no glue, and no mess. They are just air filled balls that are not balloons or bubbles. Inflate them, create magical worlds, and enjoy many different themed packs.

Moose Toys

Moose Toys, the manufacturer of the Oonies sets is a reputable Australian company that issues the voluntary customer recalls when things go wrong, issuing replacements each time. However, there is nothing so far wrong with Oonies, but it is still comforting to know that the company takes responsibility for when things do not work out as planned.

In fact, Moose Toys works with the U. S Consumer Products Safety Commission in addition to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in addition to other relevant authorities when it comes to safety.
Moose toys has been selling toys in over 80 countries trying to make children happy with their innovation, quality, and design. Offices are located throughout London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and China. Award winning, this company is known for the development, design, and distribution of toys for kids of all ages. Working from end to end, Moose toys made this product at each step so that kids could be reached in an impactful and fun way with the newest toy.

Moose uses a “Wow” way for the set and all its other toys. With a culture of fun and dynamic practices, Moose fosters great benefits, recognition, and a casual environment. Stressing health and well-being they ensure all of their employees live healthy, stress-free lives by doing yoga and going to “moose talks” to better learn about kids toys. Such learning has enabled the company to create unique toys like this set that expound upon the developmental needs of kids. Through team collaboration, excellence, imagination, innovation, and integrity they have fostered great ideas.

Negative Points

  • Replacement Packs

    The one downside here is that the advertisement shows that you are only limited by your imagination, that kids can make as many shapes and items as they want. While this is true, what they show are items with different hands, arms, legs, tails, fins, and other pieces. These pieces are not made from the same content and are actually separate. Included in the package, there are still limited amounts of them which means children playing with Oonies are limited in terms of the number of accessories they have at their disposal.

  • Reusable or Not

    Once you have created your worlds, there is no information from Moose Toys, the parent company overseeing the production of Oonies, or the website itself as to whether they are reusable. As such, chances are each of the pallets are one time only play and you might not get the chance to use them again to make something different. Be advised that this can be rather costly in the end.

Warnings

  • Five or Older

    This set is meant for children ages five and older. With so many small parts, there are many choking hazards present.

Developmental Benefits

  1. Tactile Learning

    Children learn better through touch, because they are learning through their tactile system. When children play with Oonies and enjoy tactile engagement they are more likely to learn especially compared to open instruction in classrooms. Touch senses actually develop in utero at 16 weeks and only continue to develop as children get older. Tactile senses never turn off or take breaks and remain there long after other senses fail with age. This tactile learning is essential for growth in children, for their emotional development, social development, physical abilities, cognitive and language skills.

    Playing with their hands enhances problem-solving, recovery speeds, language processing, and more. 

    Many children learn through tactile experiences especially when they are young. Children trying to learn with visual or auditory systems will typically thrive more when they use tactile systems. Moreover, children who enjoy touching and tactile learning will typically develop the lower areas of their brain first, which improves building, drawing, and moving skills.

  2. Sensory Development

    Children learn sensory development through the texture and feel of the Oonies balls. They can then express the things they are sensing. As children poke, roll, twist, and shape the balls, they can visually inspect the surface and color, smell it, or laugh at the sounds made. Such an environment gives kids the chance to take home a great finished product.

Critical Advice

Given that this is a toy for younger children, try to cut out the decorative pieces yourself. Many reviews emphasize that this is tedious, but avoid letting smaller children cut out the decorative pieces to avoid scissor-related injuries.

There is also a needle in the inflator, making it fairly unsafe for smaller children. This makes it crucial that you either inflate the Oonies for your children or younger siblings or keep an eye on them when they inflate them.

The recommended age for the toy tends to change across retailers, with some listing it as five, some listing it as eight, and some listing it as high as twelve. To be safe, provide adult supervision and assistance for anyone under the age of twelve.

Complaints

  1. Defective Balloons

    Many customers find fault with the fact that from a few of the balloons in each package will pop during the inflation process. Other balloons in the package wouldn't pop, but wouldn't inflate either, while even more reviews complain of the inflator popping holes in the balloons before they can inflate them. Due to the relatively few balloons per package, many reviewers felt cheated that so many Oonies would turn out to be duds.

  2. Longevity

    Another common complaint is about the longevity of Oonies, with the balloons lasting anywhere from a just a few hours to a few days. The deflating balloons tend to pick up dirt and sediment when they do deflate, turning into a mess.

  3. Adhesive Quality

    YouTube reviews of the product tend to emphasize that the outside of the Oonies lacks enough adhesive to stick to other Oonies correctly. However, many customers are satisfied with the adhesive quality of the decorative pieces.

  4. Time Commitment

    Many reviewers agree that blowing up the balloons tends to take up the majority of the time that you spend on Oonies. They complain that the process is long and drawn out. Many reviews also emphasize how tedious cutting out all of the decorative pieces is.

Does It Really Work?

Well, sometimes! Many customers are satisfied with the quality of the balloons when they can get them to inflate. For short-term projects, Oonies work fairly well, forming fun animal shapes and unique creations for kids to create and play with! For long-term creations, Oonies tend to deflate and not last for more than a few hours.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Properly Inflate Your Balloons

    To properly inflate your balloons and to avoid popped balloons, many YouTubers recommend tapping the pink lever ( called the "Oonies gauge") on the balloons when they are in the inflator. Tapping the balloon once or twice is recommended to make sure that the balloons blow up properly.

  2. Watch Youtube Videos

    The official Oonies YouTube channel is full of recommendations of what to create, how-to's for some aspects of the product, and helpful tips on how to get started with your creations. There are also many fun, fan-created pieces, and helpful tips if you need some outside help figuring out how to use Oonies.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Oonies online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

Wise Advice

Do not buy Oonies online before searching Amazon.
- Alternatives or the same items are always available and sometimes at lower prices.

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Qiana - (Iola, KS)
Posted: 06 May 2018
I have something to say!

Another Regret

My daughter wanted these for her birthday. Big mistake. What everyone is saying is true. Do no waste your money on these. I bought a second refill pack just so the starter kit she got didn't go to waste. The frustration on her face every time 3 outta 4 pop is saddening. Everyone should be reimbursed for this nonsense of a toy.

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Zeer - (Livingston, MT)
Posted: 14 Feb 2018
I have a Question

How to Change Needle when It's Broken

How can I change the needle if it's broken ir not work at all give me the how to vdo or direction to change and where can I buy the needle and where can I buy this in Thailand Toy Are Us. Have it or not?

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Joan Wheeler - (Blaine, MN)
Posted: 13 Jan 2018
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A WASTE of Money

Bought my granddaughter a starter kit and mega refill. She was soon disappointed when half of them do not inflate. Wrote to the company and no response. Won't buy anymore!

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Joe - (Streetsboro, OH)
Posted: 31 Dec 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Don't Buy it Really Doesn't Work

I wish I had stopped here first and read the reviews of this toy. I had purchased for my 8 year old daughter and we used it once and now it's on the shelf because it's a waste of talent that can't be used. I spent $35.00 on this item wishing I hadn't, but now I know just read reviews because most of the time they're right! Only 6 of ours actually inflated the rest we gave up we spent many minutes trying inflate the impossible. Bumchems are so much better at least they stick! Went back to making gross slime thanks Oonies for the disappointment.

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Angelique telinda - (Minooka, IL)
Posted: 26 Dec 2017
I Regret Buying it!

My Child Was Disappointed on Christmas Day

How do I go about getting a refund for the money spent on this product? My child was very disappointed when one out of every six oonies inflated, but even then after a few short moments they would deflate. I would like one that either works, or a complete refund.

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Beverly Martin - (Kill Devil Hills, NC)
Posted: 25 Dec 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Oonies Starter Pack

This toy is very disappointing for kids! Only 10% of the pellets inflated and after that they only stayed inflated for a couple of hours. Very upset child at the end of this! I do not recommend this product at all! Oonies is a waste of your hard earned money! This product is now in the trash after only a couple hours of play.

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Cecilia - (Kalispell, MT)
Posted: 24 Dec 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Rubbish

The balloons deflated right after they left the chamber. It disappointed us on Christmas morning!

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Laura - (Chapel Hill, NC)
Posted: 29 Nov 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Waste of Money

What a load of rubbish this is my 7 year old is really disappointed with this toy they don’t stick together they pop within the chamber or have punctures start deflating almost instantaneously.

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Penny - (Banning, CA)
Posted: 23 Nov 2017
I Regret Buying it!

The Worst Toy Ever!

What a load of crap this toy is. Talk about ripping us off. 3 educated adults all having a go and my daughter ended up with 4 balls out of the whole damn bag.
Furious. Yes I am.

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demon - (Stanton, CA)
Posted: 06 Nov 2017
I have something to say!

They Keep Popping

Why do they pop when no one is touching it. Are they toxic? My brother gave on to the dog. Most don't inflate even.

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Eric - (Longboat Key, FL)
Posted: 16 Oct 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Do Not Buy

My 6 year old grand daughter saved her money and was so happy to get this junk. She is autistic and is amused with until they don't inflate or deflated after putting together with others. What a joke. Can't find maker info to let them know.

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Joy lowe - (Phoenix, AZ)
Posted: 28 Sep 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Im Sure They Knew This Was JUNK!

If they knew that they were having such quality control issues they should stop production and fix it. But no got get that money before everyone catches on to how bad this stuff is my son 5 waited 10 weeks for delivery and now sad because he was so excited. Over this Junk!

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Angela Franklin - (Oakley, CA)
Posted: 15 Sep 2017
I have a Question

Money Back

After placing my order. I see there are negative reviews. Is there any way that I can change my order to only the $19.99 purchase. And not the extra Jungle pack? Or is there a money back policy if these don't work?

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Adrian chavez - (Lodi, NJ)
Posted: 14 Sep 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Worst Product Ever (JUNK)

Oonies are the worst as seen on TV product I have ever purchased, Don't waste your time selling Junk like this should be illegal. If you don't believe me buy it and see for yourself wow what a disappointment.

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Kelsey Robinson - (Island Park, NY)
Posted: 10 Sep 2017
I Regret Buying it!

VERY DISAPPOINTED!

More than half of them did not inflate! Waste of money!

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Abby - (Steilacoom, WA)
Posted: 21 Aug 2017
I Regret Buying it!

Disappointed

80% deflated or did not blow up. 😳.

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