What you get
in Top Launcher
Spin it to win it with this gear-powered top launcher! Follow the step-by-step instructions to construct the top and the launcher, then let it rip to send your top a-twirling. Craft a set of stackable pom-pom targets, then use your tops to try and knock them down. Then explore the science of spin and how it helps objects like your top defy the pull of gravity.
From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“The first launch key I made only had one arm, but our testers found it too tricky to use. We designed a new version with a second arm that holds the top in place while you spin it, so you can launch and send a top spinning across the floor! - Mason, KiwiCo Product Designer ”- The KiwiCo Product Design team
By the numbers
Number of top pieces tested: 25
Number of pinions prototyped: 4
Number of tops launched: too many to count!
We were happy to see a new take on tops! We like the "geared" approach for a launcher but it proved a challenge to hold the base and pull the key for a good launch. We may glue the base to a board to make it easier for young players to get a good launch.