Aqua Crossbow and Revell Anotomical Dog
It is 47x30x12cm. Before you as a responsible parent stop reading the only likely damage to your child or property is they or it might get wet if one of the supplied balloons fired from the crossbow might split and spill some water.
A target is supplied and if someone else got hit by one of the balloons it might sting a bit but not much more than that.
I suspect some larger water pistols would carry a more destructive load. It is designed for ‘8+’ but I suspect siblings a little younger would still enjoy it. It is only the size of it that would prevent younger ones enjoying it.
Place one of the supplied balloons in the receptacle at the front of the crossbow; pull the handle back to load and point at the supplied vinyl target and fire. The children who tested this – under supervision did of course start to use it to fire at other things including their friends but the worst that happened was when one of the balloons burst and a child got a little damp. Far worse would happen in a shower of rain; this is a toy not a weapon.
The testers loved it, yes the weather was warm and running around outside made this a real fun use of time and energy.
The word ‘crossbow’ will be the thing that worries parents but it cannot fire anything more dangerous than a balloon.
The Wham O Aqua Crossbow is available from the link below for £22.66 with free delivery.
Revell X-ray Dog Anatomy Model
Another item with the ‘8+’ label. This however – say it quietly – is an educational item. Perhaps even more so than the Giraffe – recently reviewed – in the same series. First the child completes the building of the dog and then displays the result.
There are a total of 26 parts and once built the Perspex side means you can see all the ribs and organs when on display.
Revell are best known for kits of cars, boats and planes that you fit together by gluing and then paint before playing with or displaying. This series is rather different in that the pieces fit in place more like a jigsaw but show the internal anatomy of the subject and once ‘erected’ you then fit on the clear plastic side and then – nasty word coming – learn.
The various items in the set are all to scale but the various items are of disparate sizes so the scale of each is different the Giraffe was 1:16 while this subject the dog is 1:5. There is a lot of information on the rear of the box and if I dare mention that word again you can also learn various facts not only in English but three other languages as well.
There is also information on where the dog first came from, the one modelled here is a German Sheppard often called an Alsatian.
The Revell Dog is available from the link below for £27.62 including delivery.
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