Toys of the Eighties, Orbi
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Orbi was an orange ball with streamer-like strings attached to it. People played catch with it and when they threw it, it went really high and far.

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Iggy - May 20, 2007 - Report this comment
This was the greatest toy. WHen you didn't have this, you would grab a Sedanos bag, fill it with rocks, and use that instead...Heads up!
John-SI - June 03, 2007 - Report this comment
I had one of these. It did go really far, much farther than I could throw a regular ball... at least when I was 8 y/o. I lost it on the roof of my elementary school in SI, NY and was very upset. I never got it back :(
Joyce H - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
I have an orbi ball and it broke. Really enjoyed it. Would like to find or buy another one but can't seem to find one anywhere. Does anyone know where I can find another one?
Brian - September 08, 2007 - Report this comment
I was cleaning out my childhood closet the other day...alot of stuff was interesting to eyes lit up when I found my ORBI!!!!! Other then the streamers being a little faded, works just as good as the day I first threw it around. I thought it went far when I threw it as a kid...I bet ya I can "throw this over them mountains over there" now
MikeInNJ - December 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Wow, I'm so glad I found this page. I used to have an Orbi back in 5th grade (1987). Well I tossed that sucker so far that I lost it in the woods :( Long live Orbi!! Catch the wave!! Oh yeah, I would totally buy one in a heartbeat if given the chance.
Mike M. - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Man I miss that toy. Does anybody remember who made it? I'm thinking it was maybe "Wham-O", but I'm not sure.
Carrie - December 10, 2007 - Report this comment
my little brother was obsessed with these, I remember my mom making them out of wiffle balls and ribbons and trying to fool him with them.
dave - December 14, 2007 - Report this comment
i was on the box cover and commercal. lots of fun. great toy! happy to see a lot of kids had fun with it!
MikeInNJ - December 20, 2007 - Report this comment
You were on the commercials Dave? You have to remember who made it and if you can still get one today.
OrbiNoMore - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought their slogan was "catch the rage," not "catch the wave." Lost mine in a huge pine tree at a park in 1987. I lost the rage.
OrbiLove - August 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been looking to buy one these for years and years! Best toy ever. 15 years and still searching. =(
Matthew 9 yrs old - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
My grandma gave me an orbi and we thought what is this? then we played with it and love it
Mike M. - November 24, 2008 - Report this comment
Anybody know or remember who the manufacturer was? dave, if you were on the box, surely you can remember who paid you for your picture? Marie, the new one you found in your mom's closet, does it have a manufacturer's name on it? Thanks.
ED D - January 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I thought orbi was a toy in the 60's that had a wheel on it that had suction cups all around. You would pull a string and place Orbi on a window and it would climb up. Worked on any flat surface
Robert Tivari - January 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I had an Orbi back in 1987. I lost it one of the trees in our front yard. I wish I could find one on ebay
Orbifan - March 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I really want an orbi! They were AWESOME! If anyone has one to sell, email me at Thanks!
StillInDollywood - March 26, 2009 - Report this comment
There's one ORBI on ebay right now! Found it just doing a general search for "orbi". The auction ends Sunday night.
Bobby Tax - April 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I just found one on eBay! Only $20!
Orbi 80's kid - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I cant believe it sold for $132.00 on ebay. I got my Orbi last month on ebay for $60.00. Somebody payed to much. And they plan to play with it? Wow.
toystalker - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
never mind all this ebay chat... if you want mint in the box unused vintage orbi drop me a line at
Greg - July 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Mine wound up on the roof of my elementary school. $132.50?! Cold, cruel world...
80stoyshop - July 18, 2009 - Report this comment
1 mint in box orbi in stock get your emails in only 1 be quick
MikeInNJ - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I haven't checked this site in almost 2 years. Still looking for an Orbi..
protman - September 15, 2009 - Report this comment
a fall afternoon; the fluorescent orange sphere was hard as ice. I swung the orbi with all my might, and hit my older brother in the face.
Joe E. - October 10, 2009 - Report this comment
We used to play with the ORBI for hours. I would throw it straight up in the air and catch it with my baseball mitt. It really helped my outfield skills. Until one day it got stuck in a tree. It eventually came down...20 years later. I love ORBI!!! This toy should be re-marketed and put back in the stores. Toys today wouldn't stand a chance!!! You just need the right marketing ploy.
cugini - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
theres a orbi mint in the box on ebay uk right now!
Rick - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
There is a new ORBI and box on ebay now for 10 days.
80s toyshop - November 15, 2009 - Report this comment
wow that orbi on ebay went for a paltry £10!! i know this because it was me who sold it... we have one left in stock mint old stock orbi but we wont be putting it on greedebay again lol any enq welcome
Rick - November 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Here is some information off the box: The Astro-Stream Corporation Levittown, New York 11756 c September 1986 Patent No. 4,537,405 STYLE 10000 Made In America
TrekfanNJ - December 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I just bought two new Orbi from Ebay. I work with children with special needs. They do not make toys like this any more, toys that really get people wanting to go out and play. I can not wait for warmer weather to go back out!
Jady - February 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I love how we all lost them the same way... somewhere UP HIGH! Mine was on the roof of my neighbor's house in Miami... I remember looking for it when they bulldozed the home and again after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. No Orbi! =(
Lisa - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Would love to find one for my grandkids, my girls played with it all the time when they were groing up. If you have one email me
Marissa -Cali - March 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow!! Im 30ish yrs old and still remember the Orbi.Man that toy was dope!i had mine in 2nd or 4th grade and lost it by swinging it outta the school playground and it landed in huge bushes on one of the nearby neighbors.Year later when they cut those bushes down I went by there and found it,but it was busted up and un useable :( wahhh I would like one now if someone would sell me one for under $50. Let me know Thanks..Orrrrrbbbbiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
Jed - April 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Please sell me an orbi. When I was old enough and brave enough to climb onto the roof, it wasn't there anymore. :(
Julie Il - April 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have my orbi. I remember when they first came out. My husband and I went to Toys-R-Us and played with it in the store, sold many for them that way. Played with it for hours in the parking lot of the local McDonald's. The best toy ever. So glad I still have mine and can play with it today.
Brad M - May 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I ended up finding one new in the box a few months ago. It was one of my favorite childhood toys! I have many of them over the years and they always got stuck on a roof or in a tree. Last night I finally took it out of the box and went to the large field in our neighborhood and played catch with my 11 y/o son. That was such a great feeling! I wish I would have opened it sooner, the memories from looking at the box and holding it are good, but nothing compared to playing with it again with your children! If you have one, get out and play with it!
Jared - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My parents had gotten one for me and one for my brother. I recently found mine in their garage. I've used it every weekend this summer with my pup. She loves it! good times- would love to find another
80s toyshop - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
red alert orbi on ebay uk right now as of 3rd sep 2010... item number 110580675138 ;)
Dano - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Orbi was manufactured by a defunct company by the name of The Astro Stream Corporation. As far as I know, it is no longer in production. If you have one, keep it. It was lots of fun.
Sarah - November 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm looking to purchase an ORBI ball for my husband for christmas. I will pay up to $150! Please help me! :) Thanks so much!
dave - December 13, 2010 - Report this comment
i have an orbi for sale.
Joey - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Is everyone here from Hialeah??? No one else knows about this toy... Pound for pound best toy ever!!!
Laz From Hialeah - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
LOL this thread is awesome!!! i used to have one of these... Hey Joey... i heard you have a whole warehouse full of these.. Pound for Pound lollllllllllll
Josh - January 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I would love to have an ORBI again! Lost it on top of a tall building when I was a kid If anyone is selling, please email me.
Erica - May 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I had one of these when I was kid and my parents still had it until last year when when my nephews threw it into a tree . so bummed . wish I could get a new one. who knew throwing a ball in the air could be so entertaining.
Robert - June 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Looking for one everywhere. Anyone know where to get one. I had one growing up.
Tina M. - August 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved this toy when I was younger and would like to find one again. I check on the internet every so often, but no luck. No one understands how much fun it was or how far it would go unless you've experienced it. My roommate took it camping and got it stuck in a tree, so no more orbi. I was mad!
Walter - August 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I just found my orbi after about 25 years of storage. I brought it to the beach tonight and wife got it stuck in palm tree. She felt so bad she even asked the firefighters across the street for help. A stranger eventually helped us get it back. I love this toy.
Robert - October 07, 2011 - Report this comment
ORBI for sale on ebay.
Bill - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Orbi was produced by Astro Stream corp. It was invented by Alan Singer ( I think) who was president of the company. Unfortunately, Alan passed away a number of years ago
Deborah - November 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I am very interested in buying a couple of these for my grand kids, if anyone knows where I would appreciate it.
Andrew - February 03, 2012 - Report this comment
this toy was so cool and fun in the neighborhood i grew up in we used it for many things 2 come to mind one was 500 and the other was at the city pool we would have some one stand on the side of the pool while we jumped off the diving board and it was like 500 but in the water and jumping off a diving board. wow I am 32 now and miss them days. since the company folded another company should re make this. kids today need to be outside and not on their computers or ps3's. orbi was some good clean fun for kids and them days need to come back.
Eli - April 05, 2012 - Report this comment
This toy bring back good memories. I remember being upset when I tossed mine and ended up on my friends Iggy house. I was able to see it every day after that but could not get it.
Jessica - August 07, 2012 - Report this comment
My Uncle Murray Cymbler was the inventor. Astro Stream bought it.
juanG - May 21, 2013 - Report this comment
I still have mine and use it :) it only has one tassel on each side, but just yesterday I brought it to an army base and it rocked! I am from Hialeah also, someone asked. I have had my Orbi since I was a kid. Love it, not for sale!
Laura - July 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I have an Orbi for sale. One side is missing the streamers, but you can just attach your own ribbon. Otherwise in good condition. Make me an offer!
Orbi Actor - November 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Members of my family and I started in the TV commercial and marketing promotions of the Orbi. Was a rare opportunity long ago to collaborate as a family on a fun project together. Pleased to learn that Orbi maintain a bit of a cult following and has been enjoyed by many folks!
Orbi Actor - November 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Members of my family and I had starring roles in the TV commercial and marketing promotions of the Orbi. Was a rare opportunity long ago to collaborate as a family on a fun project together. Pleased to learn that Orbi maintain a bit of a cult following and has been enjoyed by many folks!
Rdub - May 10, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm looking for an Orbi! If you have one, email me:
Dawn - June 11, 2015 - Report this comment
I recently found one of these while cleaning. I'm not quite sure what to do with it. Would I be able to put it up on eBay or something?
Dawn...again - June 11, 2015 - Report this comment
My email is if you are interested in an orbi ball. Great condition!!!
james - July 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I have 2 orbi's i just found while cleaning out my fathers basement...gonna throw them up on ebay later today..i prolly wont be checking this again juat figured i would let you all know..found this forum by mistake actually
Jared - December 09, 2015 - Report this comment
Looking for an orbi for sale - new or used (with all working parts)
Mike - January 23, 2016 - Report this comment
As noted above, Murray Cymbler invented the Orbi. He originally called it the Astro-stream, hence the name of the corporation that produced it, but "Orbi" was more catchy and marketable. Mr. Cymbler, Mr. Singer along with my dad formed the AstroStream Corporation. I was a teenager at the time, but I remember being excited about being a shareholder. Anyway, for whatever reason, the Orbi never replaced the frisbee and the idea and company was short-lived. Eventually the corporation sold the rights to Wham-O or somebody. I still have a few Orbis around the house...lost quite a few in the Georgia pines over the kids and any other kid that has ever seen one and played with one absolutely love it. That's why it mystifies me why it never took pun intended! ;-)
Dana - March 10, 2016 - Report this comment
I'm interested in purchasing this toy from the 80's I remember having one for about 10 minutes. If you have one you want to sell, please contact me
Shane - November 08, 2016 - Report this comment
I grew up in south miami in the late 80's early 90's and had one. loved it and would love to own one. please email me
Julie - January 09, 2017 - Report this comment
I'm looking for an orbi, if anyone has one up for sale or know where I can get one, please email me at
Ben - March 12, 2017 - Report this comment
I played with orbi growing up and I loved it. Now I have kids and I want them to have it. If anyone has any idea where I can get one please email me at Thanks
Jane - April 22, 2017 - Report this comment
I have an authentic, original Orbi from the 80's in the original box. EUC. Would like to sell to the highest bidder. Bidder pays for shipping. Located in British Columbia. Please email me for details:
Matt - August 28, 2017 - Report this comment
Any offers yet for the Orbi? Really trying to find one. Is the box unopened? $20/US an acceptable offer? Let me know please.
Sean - December 07, 2017 - Report this comment
I'd love to get my hands on one!!! Sean:
MikeInNJ - May 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Checking in again, over a decade later. Anybody have a good lead? Would love to buy one of these.
Paul - March 25, 2019 - Report this comment
I bought two on ebay from the original manufacturer. They were errors - all the ribbons were the same color, so they were never boxed. I paid 88 for the box. I've seen them go over 100 - just depends on how many people see it and who wants it most.
Matt - July 21, 2020 - Report this comment
I still have the one my sister and I had as kids. Brought to beach today still flies! The nephews loved it. Plastic ring that holds ribbon did wear and break today but thing ribbon on seems to work. Amazed these haven’t been 2nd Gen at any point. This toy was such a niche trend.

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