Using simple air pressure, jumping on the launch pad will send foam rockets into the sky.
Connect the three leg pieces together to form the stand, then attach the launching tube to the stand with the included wing-nut. This will create the base.
The rockets are made of foam, very similar to the kind used in Nerf toys.
The manufacturer advertises launch heights around 100ft, and we found that to be fairly accurate, depending on wind speed and direction.
Children launch foam rockets into the air by jumping onto the launch pad. Since it is difficult to measure the height each rocket reaches, we suggest using a stopwatch to time how long each rocket stays in the air. It is not a precise method of gauging distance, but children can use this as a way of keeping track of how far they are sending the rockets.
The most common feedback this toy receives is the user's surprise at how happy this toy makes children. Users report this toy being played with for an hour or more at a time, easily entertaining individual children or groups.
Users report this being the go-to gift idea for children's birthdays, as it often entertains the children gathered at the party.
This toy is intended for outdoors, but many users found they could use the rockets indoors so long as they move away any breakable objects and have higher ceilings. Also, the rockets can be shot down a long hallway by changing the direction the tube and stand are pointing.
Overall, users are quite happy with this toy. It gets kids moving, it's a good toy to be used alone or with any sized group, it's easily portable, and requires no batteries or additional parts.
Recommended by the manufacturer for ages 3 and up, we found this toy suitable for any child who has mastered the coordination needed to jump onto the launch pad. Users did report children as young as 2 being able to enjoy this toy.
The packaging is labeled with a choking warning, though the only small piece we can find is the wing-nut. Children should not attempt to eat the wing-nut.
Some users have complained that the stand falls over before, or even during, a launch. We found that the stand can be stabilized by weighing it down with something heavy (rocks, bricks, piles of dirt, etc.) or anchored into the soil with some kind of wire. A croquet wicket (hoop) works very well in soft soil.
The durability of the stand is questionable. Many users said they had this toy for over two years with regular use, though a few users said the plastic stand cracked and broke after the first six months. Though the number of users who had this problem is fairly small, we would still like to suggest a means of adapting this toy in the case of a broken stand.
We found that even with a broken stand, the toy can still operate. So long as the launch pad and tube are intact, the air will still flow to the rocket. Attaching the tube to some other object can replace the need for the original stand. The object would need to be something fairly short so that there is nothing obstructing the path of the rocket. Tying the tube to a short fence, or a stake placed in the ground will work. This will decrease the portability of the toy, since it means the tube and possibly whatever object is grounding it will have to be moved. In the case of the stand breaking, we hope users are in a setting that has other objects that can be used to support the tube.
This toy is advertised as being able to glow, though we found that because it is most often used in the daytime, the glowing feature doesn’t really matter. The glowing effects seem to dissipate over time, though if the user finds glowing to be important, glow-in-the-dark paint can always be applied to the rocket.
- When not in use, avoid storing in direct sunlight, as this can make the plastic brittle
For more in-depth information on how to clean this type of toy, please see our blog, The Cleaning Guide for Toys.
Parts and Pieces
Additional rockets will need to be purchased as rockets are lost or damaged.
The only complaint this toy has received is that the stand sometimes break. We suggest a method of responding to a broken stand above, and we hope this helps. Overall, broken stands happen to only a minority of users.