William Mark Air Swimmers Remote Control Flying Shark
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- Up to 40 Range Infra-red Control
- Shark Measures 57 x 36 Inches
- Requires helium to float - can be reinflated over and over
- Stays inflated for up to two weeks.
- Requires 4 AAA Batteries (one in the body, three in the controller)
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
- High ceilings, big rooms, or another way to really get it to show off it's "air swimming' capabilities. the thing has to have room to actually flap its tail fin around for momentum, as that's how it get around - it's not propelled by a propeller or anything like that.
- Time, like two ro three hours of time, to properly set the thing up. The process is well-documented in the instructions and in vids online, but you'll still wind going, "Wait, what???" at least a couple of times. Also, the RC takes some getting used to, because you actually have to make the thing 'swim,' no just joggle a joystick around to make it fly. It's part of the fun, but takes some adjustment - especially that last bit where you put in bits of putty counterweight (included) to get it to float neautrally.
- Packing tape on hand. The bits that they give you in the kit are good, but you will wind up tearing or folding or otherwise making them unusuable. Regular packing tape and good scissors will get you out of that jam.
- QUALITY helium. I never knew that there was more than one kind of helium, so I took it to the dollar store, where they charged me 10 bucks to fill it based on the size, and it stopped floating after the weekend. Instructions say something about blah-blah-blah percentage of helium per whatever, but I got bored. Got a small party tank from ARNEs, and it's stayed afloat for days now, and I've got lots of leftover.
- Also, once the thing starts deflating, the essential rubber bands fall off. You need those to keep the rear fin and other stuff together.
Overall, this is just a really cool toy. Well-designed, nicely implemented, worth the 40-something bucks that I snagged it for.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the coolest things I have ever bought. The assembly is somewhat intricate but the results are well worth the time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Joe
Our "land shark" finds his way into our living room each night. The kids and adults who visit love him.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
The children love it. I bought it for use in children's ministry and BRUCE is a hit. He comes to visit on occasion and when he does he is a hit.Published 13 days ago by Thom Rome
Definitely recommend watching the YouTube tutorial before putting this together, but once you have it done, it is pretty neat! I was skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised! Read morePublished 17 days ago by L. Foster
It was really hard to assemble, but was a lot of fun to fly. The helium didn't keep the shark floating for more than about 2 days. Other people were jealous when they saw it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jenna Zarraonandia
sooo cheaply made and you have to make it yourself and its super easy to make a mistake. in theory it seems sooo simply but in practice its alot harder. Read morePublished 25 days ago by andrew
It did not state in ad how much Helium it took to fill it up. We don't have many florist local so very difficult to fill. Good idea but doesn't work for everyone.Published 26 days ago by Nancy Prince Jackson
The prodiut worked as expected however, the straw i used to deflate the shark with was slightly too big so when I tried to pull out the straw it pulled the inside liner out making... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kathy E. Bostick