Toys of the Eighties, Balzac
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It was a cloth ball type thing with a slit in the top where you could stick a balloon in and blow up until it fit inside the cloth outside tightly. You could also put something like pennies or water inside the balloon before you inflated it so when it was played with, it would be thrown off balance at times.
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Matt - April 30, 2007 - Report this comment
There was also a plastic blow-up version that was oval in shape. This also had a small compartment that you could fill with water to make the balzac spin off-balance. WOW! I forgot I used to have one until I read this. I think I got it as a birthday present.
Scotty Still Plays - July 19, 2007 - Report this comment
Even though I was 9 or 10 at the time, we still laughed every time we heard the name.
jeff - January 10, 2008 - Report this comment
this was a horrible toy. so stupid, in fact, that i had two of them...they came in different sizes. reminds me of that self-winding yo-yo...what the heck was that called?
Andrew - March 09, 2008 - Report this comment
there was a cheesy song that was on the commercial "balzac _________ is what you call it". Anyone remember the whole song? haha
nvk - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
There is a video on youtube of the commercial
Jeremy H - September 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I still remember the commercial I think, didn't it have a guy that was dressed up as a giant Balzac?
Aaron - November 20, 2009 - Report this comment
The self winding yo-yo was called Yo-Ball. I remember catching my cousing trying to steal mine!

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