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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
This LED light up bubble gun is so much fun!! So it has been super disappointing each of the 3 times it has broken, in different ways, over the 10 days we've had it. However... the transparent casing turns the broken bubble gun into a fix-it engineering project for my 6- and 8-year olds. We can watch and see what is happening inside the gun, hypothesize about what's going wrong, take the gun apart, and fix it. How cool is that! I am too cheap to buy a new one, and angry when something breaks (We paid $12 for it at Disneyland), so I decided to fix it and give this review on how to. We used a small phillips screwdriver - the type used for eyeglasses, a hot glue gun, and tweezers - plus some extra bits of plastic from any plastic trash - also a rubber band. Fix #1: The pump has a short transparent hose that attaches to each of 2 red nozzles. When the hose & nozzles each get slick w/ bubble solution, the hose will not stay on the nozzles, it slips off. This explains your bubble gun's engine running but not pumping bubble solution soon after you buy it. We took apart the pump, dried all parts, and used a hot glue gun to permanently affix the exterior of the transparent hose to the exterior of each red nozzle. Ta-da! Fix #2: LEDs were not lighting up, motor not running, even with new batteries. We could see the red wire connecting the batteries to the trigger had broken off of the trigger. We had fun touching the wire to the metal plate on the motor and getting the LEDs and motor running - the kids were laughing silly about that, afraid to try it and then loving the power. For lack of a soldering gun, we hot glued the red sheath on the wire to the metal plate of the trigger in such a way that the metal of the wire touched the metal of the trigger. Tweezers were valuable for wire manipulation. Fixed! Fix #3: Both the pump and motor were running smoothly, but no bubbles were being formed. A broad flat plastic piece that connected the trigger to the bubble chopper at the tip of the gun had broken in half. The tension from the spring must have been too much on the plastic. We corrected it with a piece of flat plastic from some packaging garbage, hot glued to each part of the broken plastic piece to make it whole again. Bonus fix: the bubble solution leaks and is very sloppy, so we put a rubber band around the threads of the bubble bottle like a rubber washer before screwing it into the bubble gun. It still leaks a little after some time, as the bubble mix finds its way around the rubber band, but nothing like it leaked without the rubber band "washer". All in all, our serious frustration has resulted in excitement with the fixes, and it really is the coolest bubble gun ever. One year olds at Disneyland were entertaining large groups of kids dancing in front of them before the nighttime parades, and my 4, 6, & 8 year olds love it. What is more fun than flashing lights and thousands of bubbles under your control :)
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160 of 186 people found the following review helpful
My wife and I are communally owned by three cats. One of them, Sissy, is fascinated by anything we do, and anything can potentially be a toy. She has great fun swatting soap bubbles manually made the old-fashioned way by blowing through the ring of a bubble wand. That is, we blow and she swats; we wear out before she does. So, when we saw a mechanical bubble gun being used by bunch of kids, we thought it just the thing to entertain Sissy without too much expended effort on our part.

The LIGHT UP LED TRANSPARENT BUBBLE GUN arrived ready to fire with a 50mL container of "Bubble Water" and three AA batteries already installed in the gun's grip.

It should be no surprise that the gun and bubble water are manufactured in ... China. For the record, a small sticker on the side of the weapon indicates that it was QC'd at the manufacturing site by "09". 007 was apparently on a secret mission and otherwise occupied.

The gun's housing, as advertised, is completely transparent. The "light-up" feature is accomplished by three LEDs spaced along the long axis of the top of the "barrel" inside the housing; they sequentially flash green, blue and red when the trigger is pulled. At the front tip of the device, also inside the housing, a blue LED at the position of a front sight continually lights-up when the trigger is pulled, as does the ring structure of the bubble generating assembly, which glows green.

Sissy was immediately fascinated as we removed the toy from its packaging; she was ready to party.

After screwing the bottle of Bubble Water into its receptacle at the front of the gun and pulling the trigger, we first thought we had a defective product. Only one of the LED lights lit-up, and the gear wheels that pump soap solution through the internal tubing didn't turn. Thinking the batteries in place had weakened over time, we replaced them with three, charged rechargeable batteries even though cautions on the packaging state: "Non rechargeable batteries are not to be recharged" and, more to the point, "Do not use rechargeable batteries." In any case, the forbidden replacements only lit up the three LEDs along the barrel's top and failed to get the gears wheels turning. At this point, the wife was prepared to send the thing back and/or ask for a refund. But, I'm made of sterner stuff, and one must keep Sissy happy or she becomes insufferable.

I made a special trip to the store to buy a fresh pack of non-rechargeable, brand-name, copper-topped AAs. Once these were inserted, the gun worked - a fact that deflected both a nasty email to the distributor, Flashing Panda in Campbell, CA, and a "0 star" heading to this review. Lucky for them!

The toy's instructions state: "Squeeze and hold down the trigger a few times to start." This is true for the first use and any subsequent use where the gun hasn't been fired steadily. Presumably, the internal tubing that carries the soap solution to the bubble generating ring must re-prime. Once you get it going, though, it puts out a steady stream of bubbles that will satisfy the most demanding user. Sissy is demanding, and she is absolutely thrilled.

Another instruction states: "After use, rinse water through toy." This is probably a good idea; such preventative maintenance will likely stave-off at least some of the complaints coming from other reviewers who claim that this toy (or ones similar) suddenly stopped firing bubbles.

The packaging of the BUBBLE GUN displays some interesting statements too good not to mention:

"I'm your lovely friend. Take me home." This is perhaps directed at impressionable 5-year olds. In my experience as an adult male, it usually only comes from "working girls."

"As good as a play." Really? Definitely better, though, than some plays my wife has dragged me to see.

"Collect them all." You mean there's more than one? Perhaps a shotgun model.

"For ages 3 and up." Happily, Sissy at four meets this requirement. Can't have the Toy Police swooping-in to confiscate the thing.

As for the other cats, Amanda and Rags:

Amanda is old and grumpy (like me); pull the toy's trigger and she simply stalks away in disgust. Rags, about Sissy's age, is the shy one; just the noise of the gun doing its thing sends her fleeing under the bed.

It pays to know your audience.

P.S. 7/21/11: I'm reducing my original 4-star award to three. The bubble gun's output has become considerably less even though it seems to be pumping and lighting-up as it should, and I've rinsed the line with water after every use. Perhaps it's because I've replenished the original "Bubble Water" with another brand of bubble solution, though I can't see why that should make any difference. It's a mystery.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
We bought this to entertain our 3 year old. he loves it and plays with it all the time. at one point we refilled it with bubble stuff from our local drug store and the output became considerably less (just a few bubbles). however, once we went back and filled it with bubble stuff from Gazillions (sp?) it worked great. I think it has something to do with the amount of glycerine in the formulation but i could be wrong as this is something i think my dad told me 20 years ago. regardless with the right stuff it is an amazing device, esp for the money.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
My daughter loves bubbles and so I bought this gun for her. However, the bubble conainer seal needs to be improved as 3/4 of the soap solution had leaked from the container and stained the bubble gun package (not a good first impression). Upon loading the soap canister and running the device, soap solution initially leaked out of the handle (did not happen afterwards). The seller was kind enough to send two free canisters of soap solution in 2 days! The gun shoots light at the bubbles and generates a ton of bubble. Love the gun now ! Just keep it away from your kid as dropping it willl cause the batteries to pop out of the unit (recommend battery compartment lid latch be made a bit tighter). Would recommend (even after the initial experience). Worth the price.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2011
Although the gun arrived with damaged packaging (one of the bubble bottles leaked through the package and the envelope had to be re-sealed by the post office), I have been impressed with the gun. My 2 year old loves it and now wants to play with it everytime we go outside. I just refill the bottle with solution from the store and it lasts about 1/2 hour per bottle.

I did have to play with it to get it to load the solution into the gun the first time, and once since then I have had to fix it again. I just put my finger where the solution comes out of the top and the tubing gets suction to pull the fluid up.

I would definately but it again or as a gift for someone else. It does produce a lot of bubbles quickly. I've had it about a month without any real issues.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
I bought this reluctantly based on reviews of similar products, but I didn't experience those same issues. I can share what I've done, and maybe this will help others.

After initial setup, if no bubbles come out when you pull the trigger, pump the trigger 5-6 times, and this helps move solution through the tubes.

When your child is done playing with it, fill the solution bottle with water and run water through it.

SAVE THE BOTTLE! I have seen other reviewers post comments that they're surprised that they can't find a bottle to fit this after they've thrown out the one that comes with it. Your best bet is to buy a big supply of solution. That way, when your child is done playing with it and you need to run water through the lines, you can pour the unused solution back into the big container so you don't waste any.

Overall I am happy with this purchase. After a couple months of play, I am a little guarded that it could stop working someday, but so far so good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
Bought this to be used with disabled preschoolers. The kids loved it but it only worked for a short time. It was only handled by the teachers so it wasn't abused. It was shipped on Feb. 7th and today is only March 21st-- return date expired on March 14! I would expect it to last longer than that! Would not recommend to purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2014
Why are these bubble guns so craptastic? Seems simple enough but I've purchased two of these, and they were both finicky (as in the trigger had to be pressed multiple times for the bubbles to flow), and then broke within 2 days. My son wasn't even playing rough as he sometimes does. We tried taking it apart, fully charged batteries, etc. to no avail. Is there a more reliable product out there?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2014
I purchase a lot of bubble guns and loved this one the most. I take them to theme parks here in orlando. I have annual pass to Disney and Universal so I am now known as the bubble gun girl who visits a lot on the weekends. Who says adults can't have fun with toys... this is enjoyable for both the young and old!

Just make sure to shoot at someone when the wind is blowing...it really affects your aim.

I've read the other reviewers complaining about the spillage. So here is the thing: THEY ALL SPILL! Find me a bubble gun that does not spill is not possible. Plus, this one has the best suctioning power of all of my 10 bubble guns. Great purchase! would love to buy again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
I was so excited to get this bubble gun and bought it despite some of the negative reviews. I should have listened. The gun never worked. You could hear the motor running but no bubbles ever came out. I've sent it back requesting a refund.
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