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Creepy Crawler Bug Maker

2.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Bug Makers, Make it, Fill it and Smash it!
  • Includes bug maker, 1 knife, 1 tweezers, 1 syringe, 2 bug goo packs, 3 bug molds, 1 bug mold core, 1 bug mold frame, 20 bug eggs, 2 trays
  • Need 4 D-size batteries( not included)
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Product Description

Bug Maker. You make it, fill it, smash it! Includes bug maker, 1 knife, 1 tweezers, 1 syringe, 2 bug goo packs, 3 bug molds, 1 bug mold core, 1 bug mold frame, 20 bug eggs, 2 trays. Need 4 D-cell batteries. NOT INCLUDED.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B00499UKKS
  • Item model number: 18643
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 5 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,365 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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After being bombarded with commercials for this product for almost a year and thinking 'no way' the whole time because of a fear of seeing this stuff embedded in the carpet, staining the couch, and what-have-you, I was put into the position of having to break-down and just buy it. This toy is a child's dream come true. A bug making kit. C'mon, people!

For the record, I got the deluxe set with the crushing station included and then added the spiders and beetles molding sets as well.

I've bought my son a lot of toys over the years that looked cool and promised hours of fun that never lived up to the promise - but this toy keeps the kids engrossed for hours and my son and his cousins - love bugs of all kinds. This was the greatest thing ever concieved if you asked them.

First, if you're the kind of parent that buys your kid a toy and then says: "Here ya go, now go play," then this ISN'T for you. I recommend adult supervision with this at all times, for the simple fact that you have to melt down the jelly capsules inside the machine which takes a little time. You can't burn yourself with it, as I really tried, but when you press the pump on top it comes out as a warm goo, fills the bug mold and does have the potential to create a mess.

If you have a bossy ten year old to supervise, like a responsible older sister, then you can at least sit back, but you need to help them through the process. This toy teaches sharing and patience. It takes approximately 14 minutes to heat the goo (3 capsules) and 5 minutes to "cryo-freeze" the little guys.

*** Again, it takes approximately 14 minutes to heat the goo (3 capsules) and 5 minutes to "cryo-freeze" the little guys.

But like it ir not - this stuff will create a mess.
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First of all, do NOT pay $50 for this toy! It can be found for $30 and should be $20 at MOST. The secret to this toy is to put 3 eggs into a glass measuring cup (that will from now on be your "bug incubator" and NOT for food) and pop it into the microwave for 10-15 secs on 30% power.

As you can see from the reviews, 4-5 year old love making bugs, but do not have the patience to wait 10-15 minutes for the thing to melt the eggs and then another 5 minutes for the thing to cool for EVERY bug! Not to mention my new batteries only made it through 2 cycles before dying. But my boys were able to manage 15 secs to melt the eggs and then only 5 minutes to cool. Plus, the goo melts so nice that the bugs are much more solid with no air pockets. Since I have started this method I have not had a "bad" bug.

Good luck all!! This is not the best toy, but if your 4 year old has his heart set on it (like mine did and he bought it with his own b-day money), then this is how to make the toy managable.
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This bug maker is different from the oven, which I thought might be good because my son is young. We made 2 bugs and they totally feel apart. It is not the quality of the old fashioned oven. I took it back to the store, where, by the way, I had paid much less than on amazon.. and insisted they return it. Luckily, the girl sympathized with us and took it back!
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This bug maker is a joke. The bugs are sticky, fall apart and do not do any of the things advertised. Directions were followed and even letting the molds cool down for over 3 hours, the bugs are still gooey and fall apart. The syringe for injecting the bug goo is hard to work and it rips the bugs when you are trying to inject the goo. I am taking this back for my money. I hear there is a bug maker oven that is actually fun. We will try that. Don't waste your money on this.
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After two days of trying to make bugs, we're giving it up. This was a reasonably intelligent, parent-driven attempt to follow the directions. We have goo everywhere, wasted D batteries (even more $$ down the tubes) and a crying child who spend her $30 gift card from Grandma on a stinky non-working toy. Don't waste your money.
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In a moment of ditziness in the toy section at Target, I bought an accessory part to the bug maker without realizing I needed the actual bug maker. When we got home and realized our mistake, my four year old son was already so excited about the toy that I had to get him the actual bug maker. I was very skeptical since I read through all the awful reviews. But again, my son was so excited I figured I'd risk the $20 to see the smile on his face knowing he would smile just at the possibility of playing with the goo.

The toy arrived at our home and my son begged my husband all day to play with it. Finally this evening we got it out and set up all the pieces. I warned my husband repeatedly, "this isn't going to work. All the reviews say it won't work." So they heated up the goo, pumped it into the mold, cooled down the mold, and low and behold, we had a gooey bug! First try, no leaking at all. I am not sure if we just got lucky or if my husband has magical bug making abilities. But my kids are sitting here as I write this grinding and cutting up bugs they have made in the mold. They seem to love this toy. The only bad part (and this is in their words) is waiting for the goo to melt. It is slow and takes quite a bit of patience.

Because this toy takes so much parental assistance, even for our seven year old, I don't see this being something the kids get to play with frequently. But they are enjoying it tonight!
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