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Posted: 3/5/2006 3:14:13 PM EDT
Can anyone remember the name of this toy:

It was pretty much like an aluminum can, except the top was missing and it was cut to only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the oridinal length.

You would throw it almost like a football. On a good day it would go about 20 to 30 feet.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:15:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:
Can anyone remember the name of this toy:

It was pretty much like an aluminum can, except the top was missing and it was cut to only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the oridinal length.

You would throw it almost like a football. On a good day it would go about 20 to 30 feet.



"TooBee" is what it was called
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:16:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
"TooBee" is what it was called



Yep.

Good item.

I'd like to get one.

P.S. And maybe a Pet Rock too.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:17:05 PM EDT
holy smokes that's it! Thank you!

I knew it had 'bee' somewhere in the name.

And they still make it!
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:27:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:29:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/5/2006 3:38:40 PM EDT by twonami]
I had one, it was made from a Fresca can. very fun but also very delicate for a kids toy.
ETA: I bought it directly from the manufacturer when it was featured in "whats new" in Popular Science Magazine. I think I got in in 1978 way before anyone knew what it was.
I got a lot of amazed gawkers the first time I played with it outside.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:29:14 PM EDT
Do not make go back in time.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:30:10 PM EDT
I could've sworn they made those out of plastic (too).
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:46:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:
I could've sworn they made those out of plastic (too).



The Turbo Tube!
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:48:11 PM EDT

On their website: World distance record is 283 feet.


holy crap! i didnt know they could fly that far!
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:49:45 PM EDT
You can do the same thing by cutting out the bottom of a plastic 35mm film canister.

We used to chuck those around all the time.

LB
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 3:54:14 PM EDT
on their website, they have some special for a "free" toobee, just pay S&H

for $6.96, I'll see what I get.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 4:04:05 PM EDT
Once again I am amazed at the knowledge base of this site.
For years I thought it was only my brother and a few childhood friends that knew what a Toobee was.
Everytime a discussion at work came to childhood toys everyone I knew would be clueless about the Toobee.
Thanks for giving me a nice childhood flashback. I love this site!!!!
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 4:05:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By leakycow:
on their website, they have some special for a "free" toobee, just pay S&H

for $6.96, I'll see what I get.


At first you say shit, it's just a fuckin soda can.
It goes away after the first successful toss.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 4:20:17 PM EDT
tag for more input. but one free sounds ok..
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 4:48:18 PM EDT
And for the military trivia, what was the name of the grenade launcher round that made use of this projectile shape?
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 4:55:14 PM EDT
M79?

/cringe
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:02:31 PM EDT
simple enough to make a toobee with a decent can opener and a pair of sciccors.

i've done it with just a SAK.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:06:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fixer:
simple enough to make a toobee with a decent can opener and a pair of sciccors.

i've done it with just a SAK.


Trick is finding the right shaped can. All the homemade copies I've seen have been abortions
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:19:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/5/2006 6:21:25 PM EDT by Currahee]

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
And for the military trivia, what was the name of the grenade launcher round that made use of this projectile shape?



Ring Airfoil Grenade... but I never heard of a toobee

ETA. The concept is still used for less than lethal projectiles
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:24:04 PM EDT
I made one from a Coke can at Ft. Gordon back in '85 and used to wing it around with some buddies. Some NCO took it during a health and welfare inspection because they didn't know what it was (although I demonstrated it). You should've seen the nasty look I got when I said I'd make another one later.

As I recall about the projectile, the Army rejected it because they couldn't figure out why it flew. They thought the upper and lower portions of the "wing" should cancel each other out.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:37:33 PM EDT
I didn't know they made a commercial version of what we made out of coke cans. Cool!
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:41:25 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 6:42:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Currahee:

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
And for the military trivia, what was the name of the grenade launcher round that made use of this projectile shape?



Ring Airfoil Grenade... but I never heard of a toobee

ETA. The concept is still used for less than lethal projectiles



Sting Ring riot control device. Fired by a special blank from the M16
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