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Orion - Electronic Perpetual Motion

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

The Revolving Cosmos Perpetual Motion Desktop Toy is perfect for your outer space themed office or room decor. A simple spin of the top of the base sets the galaxy in motion. The multicolored rings start spinning in different orbits around the planet in the center. A top seller in the space museum stores and a cool gift for the science physics enthusiast. Measures 11.5 inches tall.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.1 x 3.9 x 2 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004C34D5O
Item model number A-19
Manufacturer recommended age 12 months and up
Best Sellers Rank #6,248 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#35 in Home & Kitchen > Home Décor > Home Décor Accents > Collectible Figurines
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Many, many years ago when these kinetic sculpture desk toys were a hot item, I used to go into the store and stand there playing with all the different models. I was fascinated by them. At the time I didn't know they were supposed to have batteries. (Either the store didn't put them in or they had run down.) I would hit the things with my finger to get them moving and hit them again when they would slow down.

The lack of an on-off switch is a problem. It is noisy and I don't want to leave the battery in all the time. On the other hand, I don't want to keep taking the battery in and out as it uses a 9-volt battery and those connectors break easily. So I finally settled for leaving the battery out and just doing what I did all those years ago --- I just hit it with my finger whenever I get the urge to play with it. (That's fine by me. A Newton's cradle only works when you manually start the balls.) Honestly, the noise of this would drive me crazy if I had to listen to it all the time.

This is the exact same quality as I recall from the store. No, it's not a heavy duty toy. The three rings are metal as is the one top ball. The large central ball and the two black balls are plastic as is the stand.

But it's as mesmerizing to watch and to play with as it was all those years ago.
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Beware - the Orion Perpetual Motion desk gyro is not made to the highest quality standards. For the price I paid ($10.47), I wasn't expecting it to be really nice. However... I did hope it would come with instructions, and actually work.

There were no instructions, so I had to tinker with it to figure out how the various parts went together. (That isn't a huge deal, but I'm just letting potential customers know.) Until I noticed a couple tiny holes that allowed two half circle shaped pieces together, I was afraid it was broken. FYI, Amazon's box was packed with the usual air bags for cushioning, but the small box that the Orion came in was not - the various pieces were just tumbling around in there against one another.

Most of the parts are cheap plastic. If you look closely, you can see where the plastic leaked out of the molds. You will want to be very careful with it, because the silver painted plastic arms seem especially fragile. My 6 year old would break this thing in less than 3 seconds, even if he was trying to be careful.

Probably the bigger complaint is that it doesn't work. The unit I received must be different than what others have received, because the base has room for four (4) AA batteries rather than the 9 volt battery others have said it uses. But that doesn't matter, because the batteries do not affect the behavior of the device. I've tested it with and without the batteries, and it is the same either way. (And yes, the batteries are brand new, and I double-checked to make sure they were correctly oriented.) The only way this thing moves is if I flick it with my fingers. The magnets bring it to a sharp stop at the bottom, but the inner rings will move for a couple rotations before they stop.

I probably should send it back, but it didn't come with a return slip or anything. I didn't expect it to be great, but it definitely was a waste of $10.
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Fun toy, and its educational. It uses a 9volt battery and lasts a long time.
Pros: Its cool to watch
Cons: cheap metal, cheap plastic and its loud.
Overall: 7 out of 10
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This was a really disappointing product. The photo's are to show that it looks like an Orion but it rests directly on the base.

Firstly, the product I received differs slightly from the photo shown. The stand on which the Orion is supposed to rest on, when fitted in properly, is too low. The moving part drops and rests directly on the base. There is literally no possible way to get it to swing back and forth without it dragging and scraping against the base. I've tried not pressing the stand in all the way in the hope that the additional height would raise it off the base but instead the stand either spreads open wider and the same thing happens or the entire Orion falls off the stand completely. So far I've managed to get it off the base by wedging torn pieces of cardboard beneath the raised stand to stabilize it. Though I assure you it ruins the aesthetic.

Secondly, the outer ring is made of a cheap plastic material unlike the inner rings which are made of metal. The inner 2 rings fit perfectly together however they constantly fall out from the outer ring when put together. You have to keep reattaching it and crossing your fingers in the hope that it won't fall apart again (which it does).

Finally, this or at least the one that was sent to me does NOT use a 9V battery. It uses 4 AA batteries. Additionally even with the batteries in and the Orion sufficiently raised it does not remain in motion for very long (30 seconds if I'm being generous).

Overall, I was extremely disappointed in this product. I went to a local mall and ended up buying another one that looks exactly like the one I thought I was getting. It works perfectly and isn't made of the cheap plastic this is made of and it wasn't much more expensive.
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Everyone says that this model is not made well and makes to much noise. QUIT complaining. For the price it is a wonderful deal. Easy to setup and get working. Make sure you buy a 9VOLT battery!

Looks great on my desk.
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