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OWI - Frightened Grasshopper Kit - Solar Powered - OWI-MSK670
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He works great in full sun, not much in clouds, and works okay under a 100W light bulb. It's a great tool to show your kids how solar cells work. My kids loved making a shadow over him to make him stop wiggling.
I agree with other reviewers that the instructions are a bit confusing and I don't think a child could do it alone. But, he is surprisingly durable for being so little.
You can see what he does in the video. I highly recommend him!! :)
If I didn't only spend $5.00, I'd send it back but I suppose it's not worth the trouble.
As for the toy itself: it's cute, fairly sturdy, and inexpensive, but the solar response is *very* weak. Pretty much worthless for anything but, maybe, hooking a multimeter up to the solar cell and experimenting with different light sources and the like. That'll keep my kid interested for 15 seconds or so...
Once done, the toy is super cute and my daughter loved it!
The toy was smaller than I thought it would be, but it is still very fun. It was easy to put together with my daughter--it took maybe 15 minutes or so, and we were able to play with it right away. I think she loves it even more since she got to put it together herself. She loves that it works in the sun and also with flashlights and lamps. She loves experimenting with every light source in the house to see which work. The motor also makes a cricket-like sound when the bug is picked up from the turning motion of the motor, which is cool.
My daughter is very hard on toys, and I felt this toy was very well constructed and sturdy. The antenna are flexible, but don't interfere with the action of the toy if they are skewed around.
The toy has started some interesting conversations about solar power and renewable energy and how simple motors work.
1. OWI is a reputable maker of robotic kits (granted, not all of them are perfect), but this is not from OWI.
2. This is not a kit; it's entirely assembled.
3. It doesn't jump, as you would expect from a grasshopper; it just vibrates and wiggles around. (The legs are fixed in place.)
1. It vibrates and wiggles around in bright light.
Even at the discounted price (1/3 of list), this is not worth the money. For what it is, it should be cheaper still.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This little bug skitters around the floor as soon as sun shines on him. It doesn't have to be bright/direct sunlight. Read morePublished 28 days ago by ArcadeDweller
This was fun while it lasted, unfortunately it broke fairly quickly.Published 2 months ago by Janice Williams
Ordered for my son. He loves anything robotic or solar-operated. He's a cute little bug. Perfect if you have little guys fascinated by this stuff too!Published 2 months ago by Nat.M.
Inexpensive yet successful stocking stuffer for my 10 year old son. He still has it in his window and he enjoys it.Published 3 months ago by Janna
Grandkids loved them. great price and they were fun for all the kids.Published 3 months ago by Sheri Higgins