The Bolz Ladybird Top is their smallest top with a base. The base, of course stops the top from toppling, and allows it to spin for ages – tops without a base lose a lot of their energy to friction, and don’t spin as long.
Even though the 16cm Ladybird has larger brothers and sisters, it still sets up a strong hum as air rushes over the holes in the side. It just sings at a higher pitch.
Bolz is a family company founded in Bavaria in 1888. Not much has changed, except they outsource parts of their production to China these days, but that’s OK because China’s done great quality metal toys for centuries. The paint is non-toxic.
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