Solar System In My Room Remote Control Home Décor Night Light
- Make sure this fits by entering your model number.
- Motorized planets orbit around a light-up sun
- Auto shut off after 20 minutes of operation
- Web code to download an exclusive audio tour of the solar system
- Easily mounts to ceiling
- Battery operated, includes remote control and light pointer
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Customers who bought this item also bought
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Children under 8 yrs. can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision required. Keep uninflated balloons from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers, or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community.
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Please enter a question.
Explore the wonders of the solar system right in your room as the planets orbit around the light-up sun! Highly detailed planets! Includes remote control. Easily mounts to ceiling. Download an exciting audio tour of the solar system at UncleMilton.com!
From the Manufacturer
An orbiting Solar System right in your room. Now you can explore the wonders of the solar system right in your own room. Just look up at your ceiling and watch as all nine planets orbit around the light-up sun. Use the included light-pointer to locate each planet and make comets and meteors streak through the sky.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Assembly: Pretty straightforward and easy. One minor complaint is that nowhere in the instructions does it mention how to install the cardboard "rings" on Saturn. Second minor complaint is that it would have been nice to have Saturn's "rings" be made of something other than cardboard. Other than that it's an easy visual comparison of the support rods to match each one to the proper planet, and connecting the rods into the unit is a breeze. There are two motorized rings hidden behind the sun, the bottom for the 4 inner planets, the upper for the 4 outer planets (sad to say, but Pluto gets no love anymore) and each rod slides into a small mounting bracket. The brackets have the names of the planets stamped beside them so you get them in the proper order, but you will probably need either extremely bright light or a magnifying glass to see the tiny, tiny print. The rods are held in place by the weight of the planets and by gravity, nothing more, so a dab of glue might be in order for a more permanent assembly.
Installation: Two toggle bolts are provided for installation in the ceiling. Folks, toggle bolts are overkill for the weight of this mobile even with the 3 batteries installed. Two 1 1/2" wood screws will suffice to support the weight in 5/8" sheet rock or thicker. As this was going in the corner of the room above a crib I measured 24" inches from each wall and mounted the ceiling bracket. No issues with clearance and the mount was solid with the two wood screws. Toggle bolts went into the parts drawer.
Operation: Here's where the problems began. Set it up, turned it on, and hit the button on the remote. First click, the sun lit up just fine; not too bright to be a distraction in a dark room, much to dim to be a night light. Good enough or me. Second click, the planets began to orbit and...3/4 of the way through the first orbit there was a loud rubbing noise and a series of clicks, accompanied by a spasm of jerks and shudders from all of the planets. This continued for the remaining 1/4 of the orbit and then settled out to smooth operation again, until the same 3/4 orbit point was reached and the rubbing, clicking, and jerking began all over again. After 5 cycles of this I turned it off and opened it up to investigate what appeared to be a mis-aligned drive train.
Fault identification: Of the six screws holding the top cover on, 3 were loose. Pulling the six cover and one battery screws off the top of the unit you can see that the upper and lower rings that the planets mount to are both ordinary ring gears...made of plastic...stacked on top of each other...loosely riding a groove in the housing. Since the first symptom displayed was a hard rubbing sound, I pulled both ring gears off and gave the top and bottom surfaces a very light coating of silicone grease. The drive gears came lubricated from the factory so I didn't need to apply grease there. Reassembled the entire thing, made sure all of the cover screws were snug, turned it back on, and was rewarded with 15 minutes of hassle-free operation before the clicking and jerking began again.
Construction: This is what I think is the major flaw in this item. The entire gear train is plastic, which would be fine if the tolerances were better. As it is, there is just too much "slop" in the construction and the gears do not mesh tightly enough to ensure trouble-free operation. I don't know if it's a design flaw, quality assurance problem, or maybe the manufacturing equipment is just in dire need of a thorough cleaning, but both of the ring gears for the planets have more than 1/8" wiggle in them when the unit is assembled. That's more than enough for the gears to come out of alignment and fail to operate correctly.
Final thoughts: I really, really like this. We purchased this along with the "Mars in My Room" and the "Moon in My Room" and are completely satisfied with both of them. Of the three, I was the most excited for the "Solar System in My Room" and it's a little heartbreaking that it is the only one that doesn't work correctly. If Uncle Milton can come up with a more reliable drive system I would have one of these in every bedroom in the house. Until that time, however, I'll have to be a little melacholy about how truly awesome this could have been. Three of five stars for form, visual appeal, easy assembly, and low cost. Two stars deducted for design flaw/poor quality control.
Needs to be lubricated with a dry lubricant to quiet the rotation of the planets.
Planets do not light up so they cannot be seen in the dark. Maybe the manufacturer could change the design so that the 'Sun' actually shines on the planets so they are at least somewhat visible in the dark.
HOWEVER!: I would LIKE TO POINT OUT, It only comes with *8* PLANETS--NOT 9!! (Pluto is **NOT** INCLUDED!) SO, the product description i read here is INCORRECT! Also, personally, i would not spend more than $20-$30 for it (which you can usually FIND in most toy places or even online places) mostly b/c, The item does seem a bit fragile-the arms holding the planets are, anyway... altho my son's personally has never broken--at least not yet!-- it doesn't seem like it would take too much if it were bumped the wrong way or with the wrong object.... thankfully, it goes on the CEILING where it's most likely to AVOID such mishaps! lol
as for batteries, i only have to change them (double A) about once a month--but it does take quite a few (4 or 6)
Overall, i think it is a pretty *GOOD*, COOL product--as long as you don't spend too much $$ for it!
Top international reviews
I saw someone mention it's not an accurate model. If it were an accurate scale model, in order for the earth to be the size of a ping-pong ball, the sun would have to be 4 meters in diameter.
So we took a chance on this and sent it over to Canada... well I am not sure how much he likes it but his Mum and Dad think it's amazing! lol Seems it is a big hit!
Nicely packaged, reasonably priced, good quality and prompt delivery... all round great service and product.
with remote so little one can lay with it.
it's gud for their education know names of the planets.
with lights so you can leave it on in the night to.
my daught loves it so much we baught it for her b'day she now knows where the planets are.
definetly recommend to other people.
easy to assemble, but one negative point is you have to put hole in ur ceiling.