Developed in 1987, the prototype of
the Koosh was made out of rubber bands, and named "Koosh" because that's the sound it made
when it landed. The Koosh ball was developed by Scott Stillinger and Matt Button, the
owners of Oddz On Products. The toys had great appeal with a surprising number of adult fans.
It was estimated that 40% of the toys were purchased for adults to play with. Several million
units were shipped from the next four years and were supported by an official user's guide
"The Official Koosh Ball." While the number of units sold has dropped off, they are still a
holiday favorite. Koosh Balls seem to becoming scarce of late.
Here 's one company that still carries Koosh Balls.
During the 1988 Christmas season, the Koosh ball was the hottest
toy on the shelves. The Koosh ball was a rubber ball filled with a
jelly-like plasma and its outside consisted of hundreds of rubber
spikes making it look like a soft and flexible porcupine that did
not hurt to hold or squeeze. When someone squeezed the object, the plasma
caused it to squirm around in his hand while the spikes provided
something to grip in one's hand.