A spinning top is a toy designed to spin rapidly on the ground, the motion of which causes it to remain precisely balanced on its tip because of its rotational inertia.
Such toys have existed since antiquity.
Traditionally tops were constructed of wood, sometimes with an iron tip, and would be set in motion by aid of a string or rope coiled around its axis which, when pulled quickly, caused a rapid unwinding that would set the top in motion.
Today they are often built of plastic, and modern materials and manufacturing processes allow tops to be constructed with such precise balance that they can be set in motion by a simple twist of the fingers and twirl of the wrist without need for string or rope.
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Angelika is my oldest grandchild. You may have seen here here: Angelika’s Songs series.
She’s 9 years old and is quite a special kid. Of course, I’m terribly biased.
In addition to the playing the game, she’s collecting the cute characters.
Moshi Monsters is a website aimed at children aged 6–14 with over 80 million registered users in 150 territories worldwide. Users choose from one of six virtual pet monsters (Diavlo, Luvli, Katsuma, Poppet, Zommer and Furi) that they can create, name and nurture.
Once their pet has been customized, players can navigate their way around Monstro City, take daily puzzle challenges to earn ‘Rox‘ (virtual currency), play games, personalize their room and communicate with other users in a safe environment.
Following its online success, Moshi Monsters has expanded commercially with physical products, including toys, Moshi Monsters Magazine (the number-one selling kids’ magazine in the UK), a best-selling DS video game, a music album, books, membership cards, bath soap, chocolate calendars, trading cards, figures of many Moshlings, mobile games, and a Moshi Monsters feature film.
In December 2012, eight Moshi Monster toys were included in McDonald’s Happy Meals in the United States and Canada.
The game was created by Michael Acton Smith (Mr. Moshi), developed in 2007 by entertainment company Mind Candy and launched in April 2008.
As of December 2009, there were 10 million players registered. In March 2010, Mind Candy announced that there were 15 million users and by September 2010 that number had surpassed 25 million. In June 2011 it was announced that there were 50 million users.
In March 2012, Mind Candy confirmed a major partnership deal with Sony Music. The deal followed the recent launch of Mind Candy’s own music label, Moshi Monsters Music.
The deal will see Sony Music handle the distribution aspects of Moshi Monsters’ music releases, starting with the debut album Moshi Monsters, Music Rox! Jason Perry, formerly with the UK rock band A and head of Moshi Music, is driving the new album. The Moshi Monsters series features music from Sonic Boom, Beatie Wolfe, The Blackout, Portia Conn, and songs such as Moptop Tweenybop and Merry Twistmas.