Tubmarine Easy-Grasp Bath Toy

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Tubmarine Easy-Grasp Bath Toy, Ages 6 months +
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  • 28 REVIEWS BATH TOY
  • 12 REVIEWS BATH TIME
  • 9 REVIEWS MONTH OLD
  • 6 REVIEWS SON LOVES
  • 10 REVIEWS GREAT BATH
  • 6 REVIEWS YEAR OLD
  • 6 REVIEWS MOVE THROUGH THE WATER
  • 7 REVIEWS REALLY MOVE
  • 3 REVIEWS LITTLE HANDS
  • 2 REVIEWS EASY FOR HER TO GRAB
  • 6 REVIEWS EASY FOR BABY
  • 9 REVIEWS LOVES TO PLAY
  • 2 REVIEWS PROPELLER MUST BE WOUND
  • 8 REVIEWS BALL TOYS
  • 10 REVIEWS TOY REALLY
  • 5 REVIEWS HOLD WATER
  • 6 REVIEWS TOYS THAT WE LOVE
  • 9 REVIEWS POOL
  • 9 REVIEWS FLOATS
  • 13 REVIEWS LIKES
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Top Positive Review


So, I don??t think that the perfect bathtub submarine toy has been invented yet. Let??s start there. The one I had when I was little held water (which got rusty and funky if I went too long between baths) and didn??t really go under water (down) very well or GO under water (horizontally) at all.

That makes the O Ball sub a vast improvement on all fronts. Signature open frame construction won??t hold water…or air, so it submerges just fine without any funk accumulating between baths. The propeller must be wound up manually by turning it opposite of the direction of spin, which is a big ask for babies and even a good number of toddlers. Because of the open, signature O Ball design, the fluid dynamics of the hull are suboptimal and it doesn??t really move with the propeller, but my baby loves to play with it in and our of the tub, so this one is a winner in my book, even if it isn??t perfect.

Top Critical Review


We love many of the “O Ball” toys and found the O Ball ball toy essential when teaching our grandson to catch. So, when I discovered O Ball made bath toys I didn’t hesitate to purchase one for our dear grandson.
We spend a good deal of time at a neighhood pool, where the younger children are encouraged to share their pool toys with their “friends” in the baby pool. I thought “tubmarine” would be a nice toy to add to our collection of pool toys.

However, after several trips to the neighborhood pool, I have discovered this particular OBall toy is not as much fun as our much loved ball. And while, the OBall design does make it easy to grasp, there really is no reason to “catch” this submarine.

Despite what some other reviews reported about the lack of propulsion, I found that the rear propeller did function on the “tubmarine” we received. We discovered the propeller must be wound counter clockwise WITHOUT releasing the tension. This process is nearly impossible to explain to a young child and I found children at our neighborhood pool needed to be around 5 years old before they understood how to wind the tubmarine.
Even so, once the propeller has be wound, it does little to actually propeller the submarine forward, most likely, because of the open hole design of OBall toys

The Tubmarine was a moderate hit with the children under 15 months and those children who are still delighted by the simple act of “catching” a floating object.

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