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Not worth the money.
on January 16, 2014
Allow me to take you through the process of getting this toy ready.
First, you have to find a store that will fill the balloon with Helium. None of my area stores would do it. Luckily, I found a tank of helium for $22 at walmart that would do the job.
Second, you have to blow it up -- the easiest part! Then, well, then comes hell.
The manufacturers give you tape to attach the fins with. The tape is not sticky enough, and even worse, they give it to you in horseshoe shapes. The minute you remove it from the sheet it came on, it sticks to itself. And every time you unstick the two pieces, you struggle to hold the fin onto the shark body that's constantly trying to float away, and align the U-shape around the plastic piece that you're supposed to attach it to. Two things happen: either the shark slips out of your grasp before you can adhere the fin, or the tape sticks to itself again.
So, ok. The fins aren't that great. Let's say you just want to see it fly, like I did, and so, you set the fins aside, as tape covered as they are (because even if you attach them successfully, they fall off in two minutes). Technically, what you need to get this product off the ground is the back fin and the motor complex. So you attach plastic hooks to the body with that same god awful tape, and then use rubber bands to attach the swimmer fin to the motor, which is stationed on the belly of the shark. They ask that you measure, in CM, a certain distance, to attach the motor.
So, you get it attached, and assuming that you remembered to put the batteries in, it should fly! Right? Right....
It definitely floated. And it sort of... changed directions as it floated. If you moved the motor towards the head, the head would dip a little. But there was absolutely no control whatsoever beyond moving the head up and down. Also, the swimmer fin didn't move for me. At all. And then it fell off, because it was attached with that stupid tape.
In conclusion, two hours later, and I had a shark-body balloon that I could've bought somewhere for far less hassle than this entire debaucle. Save your money. Buy an RC helicopter to terrorize your pets with instead. Thankfully, my return was accepted, and money returned, so the only things I lost were a few hours of my life and some dignity.