Day 109: Wonderful Waterful Basketball

If you were a kid in the late 70s or early 80s, chances are you spent some time with Tomy’s Wonderful Waterful Basketball. Fact is, it was everywhere you turned during that period. And thee is a good reason for that, it was a lot of fun. A simple underwater basketball game you could play against someone else, easy to maintain, fun to play, a model of efficiency and design.

I must have gotten my first one of these in 1978 or so, but it is one of those toys that you keep getting. It was cheap enough that you could easy break it and quickly get another, but at the same time it was one of those toys you actually played with for extended periods. A worker’s toy through and through.

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9 Responses to Day 109: Wonderful Waterful Basketball

  1. Martha says:

    Oh god. My brother had a HUGE collection of these. I saw your post title and totally had a flashback. My mom probably has them still squirreled away in a closet. But those rubber seals probably died years ago.

  2. Jared Stein says:

    Oh no you don’t.

  3. Jim Doran says:

    I didn’t have one of these, but have fond memories of playing with one.

    I hadn’t thought about this in decades.

    Awesome.

  4. Peter says:

    Damn! I remember that toy. But I don’t recall playing with it for extended periods.

  5. Reverend says:

    @peter,
    You were always the strange kid 🙂

  6. We really did have some great toys. I wonder how today’s “digital natives” and “re-wired” kids would handle such single use devices.

    They would love it that’s how! Now I want one.

  7. Mikhail says:

    That was a fun toy. Thank you for reminding me of something that I completely forgot even existed.

  8. Cole says:

    I played the shit out of that thing.

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