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May 20, 2010 3:11 PM   Subscribe

Help me find this "launch weighty ring; try to catch ring; try not to catch unconsciousness!" toy bought in the early '90s.

I had this toy when I was a kid; on a whim, I decided to look for it today, but I have no idea what it is called or even if it is still being manufactured.

It's comprised of a heavy ring, with squared edges and a cone-shaped windsock-like flag attached, being launched by an inverted-V-shaped device with some type of handle at each terminal end. You grab the handles and pull them away from each other and the ring goes zoom. The windsock slows the ring enough so that you or your partner may catch the ring with the launcher and start the process all over.

It's more amusing and works better in a small space than Frisbees, and I'd really like to find one again! My Google-fu is weak, and standing in the toy aisle in Fred Meyer's trying to "feel its presence" was equally unsuccessful.
posted by opossumnus to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Is it a version of this? (Googled spinning disc wooden toy.)
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:15 PM on May 20, 2010

Or maybe this? (flying pull string disc)

Now *I* want to know what your mystery toy is!
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:26 PM on May 20, 2010

Sounds a bit like a Zoom Ball
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 4:29 PM on May 20, 2010

Response by poster: It's similar to a Zoom Ball in the mechanics, but the sock-flag-ring is free-flying. It looks a bit like a wind sock, really--a cone of fabric with a tail on the end--except with a weight in it so it'll come back to earth on a predictable trajectory.

Later the phrase "rocket sock" or "rocket sock-it" or something equally kitschy popped into my head, but I tried Googling those variations and still failed. Thank you for trying!
posted by opossumnus at 5:32 PM on May 20, 2010

Is it a foxtail?

(Sorry for the Amazon link).
posted by snapped at 6:33 PM on May 20, 2010

(Grrr. I should have read more of the description before answering.)
posted by snapped at 6:35 PM on May 20, 2010

Giant Maple Flyer? Zyclone?
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:38 PM on May 20, 2010

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