Does these look familiar to you?
This is Propeller Top. I am more familiar with it Chinese name 竹青挺 for this toy as it used to be made of wood or bambo as plastic was not invented those time I think.
This is another toy that I used to play with. As I read many Doraemon comic, I used to place this on my head with my hands and pretend to be Doraemon in hope to fly in the air.
To play with this toy, all you need to do is to place the propeller top in between both of your palms and give a rubbing motion while you release it.
The momentum will set the blade to rotate and we have a lift off! It would lift off straight with a velocity proportional to the amount of speed and force you applied with the rubbing of hands. If you like it to fly forward, simply tint the propeller top slanted to the front and rub your hands. It should fly front while going up.
This toy I got had a printed "Prop-top" label on it.
My late dog Boy was always interested and curious about this flying thingy and when he saw this toy flew up in the air, he tired to catch it in his mouth. This toys review was taken only a few weeks before he got sick. I am pretty sure he is in heaven playing all kinds of Toys now.
Anyone play this toy before in their growing up days? Or am I the only one?