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Product: Airhogs Sonic Rocket
Age Range: 8 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: Launch up to 200 ft. In the air with the Air Hogs Sonic rocket! ready to go right out of the box, the Sonic rocket is just waiting to be unleashed outside. For a full adrenaline-pumping experience, this rocket features a rotating countdown!
Review: When we were sent this Airhogs sonic Rocket to review we couldn’t wait to take it outside and try it out. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t very kind to us so we had to wait for a clear dry day when it wasn’t too windy.
Inside the box you get the rocket, the launch stand (in three parts), and a micro-USB charging cable. You can use the cable to charge the rocket from any computer or U5B charging point, and each charge is good for around fifty launches.
The little launch platform clicks together easily, and has a little slot that the spike on the bottom of the rocket goes into, ready to launch.
There are three different launch modes for the rocket, and it is really easy to set it off – so easy that Lydia and Georgie had no trouble at all launching the rocket themselves. One click sends it flying up 50 ft. (“backyard”), two clicks sends it up 100ft. (“park”), and three chicks sends it soaring up to 200ft. (“orbit”).
When you click the button to launch the rocket, the propeller spins five times to “count down” to the launch, which gives you enough time to back away from the rocket to get out of the way. The rocket is made from “crash resistant” foam, with a plastic propeller on the bottom which propels it upwards on launch.
Our local park has a fairly large flat area of grass which was perfect for testing out our new rocket. We started off with the “backyard” setting and took note of the way it blew in the wind so we could back up a bit in the opposite direction. Next we tried the “pork” setting, and finally sent it all the way up with “orbit”. It goes so high! We could barely see it up at its highest.
It travels quite a lot horizontally as well a vertically, even on a relatively calm day, so it is important to keep an eye on it as it falls back to Earth! The girls enjoyed chasing after it to retrieve it and bring it back to launch it once again. It entertained them for quite a while and we had to head home before the battery showed signs of running down. On breezier days I think I would only be brave enough to send it up 100ft for fear of losing it.
Very ocassionally we had a “misfire” and the rocket bounced around the ground instead of flying high. we were unsure why this happened-perhaps it wasn’t slotted into the launch platform perfectly which caused it to catch or something?
Overall we are delighted with our new Sonic Rocket & will definitely be headed back to the park to play with it some more when the weather behaves! I think it is well worth the price, too – it is so much fun and gets the kids being active outdoors too.
5 stars for the Airhogs Sonic Rocket from us.