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Good toy, but you need the right place to play with it
on September 24, 2011
My 4 year old son loves this toy. My nephew loves it. For my niece its cool for a few jumps and then she is ready to go make mud pies. I think this toy is great, except that we really don't have a good place to play with it. Our house is small... and this toy really needs one of those big McHouses with high ceilings if you want to play with it inside. Even though my son thinks its hilarious that the rocket (all foam) hits the ceiling and bounces off to some unknown place in the house, its a bit nerve wracking for me. So we take it outside. But our back yard has some trees -- not a forest, but just a maple, a Japanese maple, and some spruce trees in the flatter area of the back lawn... and we really need a bigger open space to play with this toy. These trees are not super tall, so when the rocket shoots up, sometimes its hard to see where it went (though most of the time it just goes straight up and straight back down). The kids don't seem to care, they just laugh and squeal, but I am worried the rockets will be lost, so I inevitably bring it back inside, thinking that the kids really need to be older to take care of it. Also, if the Stomp Rocket is brought out, I know I will be needed to help put the stand back together over and over. It is a flimsy stand, and though it seems to lock together well, somehow it keeps being knocked or bumped and falls apart again. The stand falls over easily, too. It just doesn't weigh enough. Again, the kids don't care, but it is a bother.
And a word about durability. My nephew is the rough one, and within minutes of my putting this toy and its rockets outside for the kids to play with, he had ripped all the fins off the foam rockets "to make them faster". I could not think of any glue that could be used on those materials (though maybe I am just not thinking hard enough), so we bought another set. So if your child is one of those take-it-apart-to-see-how-it-works kinds, I am betting the fins will be off in minutes for you, too. That said, I think the rockets will shoot perfectly well without fins... its not like they fly far anyhow, since they weigh virtually nothing.
So in conclusion, the boys love this thing. I am mot so enthusiastic about it. Maybe I will bring it back out tomorrow and just leave them with it outside, and see what happens. Maybe the rockets won't be stripped of fins and and shot into the trees. We'll see.