The Wiz-z-zer toy top appeared in the early 1970s, a brief fad employing a device known in science as a gyrostat. This metal flywheel, a variant of the gyroscope, spins at a rapid rate and keeps the outer body, in which it is enclosed, balanced for as long as it spins. Thus Wiz-z-zer tops could spin much longer than regular tops, with a simple few strokes of their tips against the floor or surface upon which they would spin. A special premium mail-in offer from Kool-Aid offered a free "Canned" or can-shaped Whiz-z-zer, marked for Kool-Aid.


  • Title: Top:Kool-Aid Color-changing Canned Wiz-z-zer
  • Creator: Mattel, Inc.
  • Date Created: 1971
  • Location: Hawthorne, CA
  • Subject Keywords: Kool-Aid
  • Type: Advertising, Yo-yos and Tops
  • Medium: plastic, paper, metal
  • Object ID: 116.1612

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