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Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark
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- Up to 40 Range Infra
- Infared Control
- Shark Measures 57 x 36 Inches
- Requires helium to float, not included
- can be reinflated over and over
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Remote - controlled Air Swimmers Flying Shark "swims" effortlessly through the air. Here's a great gift for ages 8 and up! It's a helium-filled Great White Shark balloon that you can maneuver through the air via remote control. Swims from room to room with lifelike shark motion. Realistic graphics team up with easy steering in any direction. Remote-controlled fun has never come to life so magically! Details: Body is tough nylon material that stays inflated for weeks; Remote offers full up, down and 360 turning control; Requires 4 AAA batteries (1 in body, 3 in controller); Fill with inexpensive helium at any party store, florist shop or grocery store that carries balloons; 40' control range. For indoor use only. 57"l. 36"h., kit: 1 lb., 2 ozs. For ages 8 and up.; Snap up yours today! CHOKING HAZARD. Item contains small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs. Remote-controlled Air Swimmers Flying Shark
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You can guess the prank I pulled next. I waited until we had planned one of our home camping adventures in our backyard (Note: the AIR SWIMMER flying shark requires a good amount of space to operate, and definitely don't try it in high winds). I was in my Eagle Scout outfit and had just blown a rousing "Taps" on the trumpet to bring an end to our day. Brad had just doused our small fire carefully and plished off his fourth s'more, and true to form had broken out his harmonica to begin a lonesome "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
I excused myself, claiming I needed to go "visit nature" before turning in. When I was just out of sight, I ducked behind our tool shed and grabbed the AIR SWIMMER remote controls. To add to the ruse, I used my Bluetooth enabled smartphone to play the theme from Jaws on the jambox I'd hidden inside the tent.
The harmonica playing stopped. "George?" Brad called out, standing slowly up and wiping some sticky marshmellow from his chin.
It was a low, unmistakable rumbling, as if from the depth of the darkest ocean. Brad's flashlight was out, scanning the tree-tops. Preposterous indeed! At just the right moment, I maneuvered the Air Swimmer into the clearing.
Brad's flashlight flew up, illuminating the terrible jaws of this Jaws. I'd painted the mouth and teeth with a bit of red and hung a stuffed sleeve and fake hand from it for added effect. He yelled and fell back into the tent, tangling himself amongst the cords and nylon. The AIR SWIMMER dove down, and he screamed again, then, to his credit, he managed to grab hold of a flare gun and fired. The flare struck and propelled my Jaws up and into the air, then burst its guts across much of lower Hollywood.
Thankfully, by the time the authorities arrived we had packed up the evidence and were sipping chamomile tea in our kitchen.
"Did you happen to see a flying shark in the vicinity?" the officer asked.
"You've been watching too much television," I replied, returning to my tea. Brad rolled his eyes and had another s'more.
This toy does not work outside, because there are too many air currents, and the slightest breeze will send this large balloon flying out of control. It does not work in small apartments or small rooms, because it is too darn big. You need a decent sized house, or an auditorium, church or basketball court to use this. Our house has normal 8-foot ceilings, and a big family room-kitchen area, which works great. Make sure there are no fans running. And it's a bit too delicate for little kids!
Wow, it really flies! You move forward by flapping the tail back and forth. You steer by flapping more left or more right. You climb and dive with a separate button that tips the shark up or down. With a bit of practice, you can steer wherever you want. Unlike many flying toys, this one really works.
You need to be somewhat adept at assembling delicate things to build this from the kit. There is a detailed video available that shows every step that is a bit easier to follow than the instructions-the video is highly recommended. The link is given in the instructions, or just search for airswimmers on the web. In any case, take your time, and make sure you have a second person to help.
Any store that sells helium balloons can fill this for you. It stays inflated for a long time, then the store can top it off. I bought a tank of helium for this, and my guess is I have a lot of refills remaining. It hasn't deflated appreciably since we got it. The good news is, you use putty (included) to adjust for the amount of helium remaining (neutral buoyancy), so you won't have to refill often.
Like many of you, when we saw this, we had to have it. I assembled it carefully, and it works. We're planning a trip to the community center with a two-story lobby to amaze some of my daughter's friends. It's fun, albeit a bit expensive with the currently inflated prices. Once some more of them make it into the country and the price comes down, expect to see more of them.
It's fun, a bit delicate, it works as advertised. Enjoy!
UPDATE: We've had the shark for a year now. We surprise guests with it every time new folks come over. It still works great, but we've learned a lot over the year. Here's what you need to know:
1. You really want to purchase a helium tank. It gets expensive topping off every 1-2 weeks at the party store, and it is hard to haul around unless you have a large vehicle. Do not top off with air as the manufacturer suggests, as this affects buoyancy. We are still on our first tank, since we are just topping off every few weeks.
2. Be careful not to lose the four rubber bands that hold the tail in place. These are the only small, loose parts and are critical for operation.
3. The shark will fly without needing to attach other helium balloons (as other reviewers have suggested). All you need to do is fill the shark completely, and adjust the trim (forward-back position on the remote control) for level, up or down flight. I have heard that some helium is not pure, but mixed with air, but haven't seen it myself.
It took two YouTube videos and an hour of my time on Christmas Day to assemble. It worked for about 20 minutes. I placed it in my office overnight and when I went in this morning (day after Christmas) the fins had all fallen off despite the two pieces of tape each that were used to apply them. I went to work, and came home this afternoon to the entire tail assembly hanging off by its cable.
The pieces to it reminded me of having less quality than you used to find in the toys that you would get out of a box of cereal. If this was sold for 4.99 or less in the toy aisle of your local discount store, I would say it was OK. Not for $35 from Amazon.
I have deflated it and am sending back. Really disappointed, as my wife got this for me and it looked like something goofy we could have fun with for at least a couple of weeks.