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National Geographic Uncle Milton Wild Anteater Bug Vacuum


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  • Motorised bug vacuum in the appearance of an Anteater
  • Removable bug jug belly observation viewing dome with handle
  • Mini magnifier on top of the bug jug
  • Handle for ease of use
  • Safe for bugs
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Technical Details
Product Dimensions35.6 x 6.4 x 22.9 cm
Batteries:6 AAA batteries required. (included)
Manufacturer recommended age:3 years and up
Item model number16407
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?Yes
  
Additional Information
ASINB007CJJWDI
Best Sellers Rank 166,423 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight513 g
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Date First Available8 Mar. 2013
  
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This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 5 years. For use under adult supervision

Product Description

Product Description

The Anteater Bug Vac Looks and Acts Just Like the Real Thing! The Anteater bug vac looks like a real anteater and easily sucks up all kinds of bugs and insects. Bring this adorable baby anteater to a park or your own backyard, where he'll happily "vacuum" up all sorts of insects with just the touch of a button. Collect & Observe Bugs In a Totally Unique Way! After collecting the bugs, kids can safely observe them in the anteater's see-through small detachable bug collector belly chamber, then release them unharmed where they found them. You can also get close-up view of the bugs using the included magnifying glass.

Box Contains

1 x Anteater Bug Vac

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Crane on 19 Feb. 2014
Rather than just being suitable for Bugs, which are a specific insect type with sucking mouthparts, it can also be used for other insects, as well as other invertebrates such as Spiders, millipedes, centipedes etc.

Not suitable for small rodents, large scorpions, snakes, lizards and crabs.

It may help in the retrieval of Lobsters, that have unexpectedly shot up the rectum - care is advised.

Can also be used for gently removing Barking Toads from the underpants.
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I bought this for my daughter's 7th birthday this autumn hoping she might still have some time to find bugs before winter arrived. She liked it alot but I spotted a few flaws in the design which bothers me a bit. First, it's really hard to vacuum small bugs that are low in body weight, such as small spiders etc. They simply hang on for dear life inside the snout and never reach the container. The motor power of the vacuum is simply to weak. Second, you have to be real quick to remove the container before the bug escapes from there. Also, it would be a good idea to have a spare container, because it's nearly impossible to collect more than one bug at a time due to the open hatch. The hatch is open all the time while the container is inserted in its place. Also, the magnifier is located in the wrong place. Bugs almost always place themselves on the walls of the container, thus hiding themselves away from the magnifier. However, I think these designer flaws are typical adult hangups and the 7-year-old doesn't seem to be very bothered by them. She's looking forward to summer when she can start using her anteater again!
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9yr old son loves this item. has a good strong suction and is easy to hold and use.
is smaller than it looks in pics though.
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Amazon.com: 63 reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
QUICK FIX for "Broken" Christmas Gifts 26 Dec. 2012
By A. Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Received two of these as gifts for my boys, neither one worked. Started to question my own ability to follow simple instructions (insert batteries and press a button).

The problem is that the battery pack is poorly manufactured. Some of the gaps on the plastic battery holder are too narrow for the battery's positive terminal/nub to fit in there, preventing it from making contact with the holder's metal plate. Take a close look with a flashlight, and you'll see which batteries aren't touching the metal contact...you can take a utility knife or razor and pare away a narrow sliver of plastic to widen that gap and shazaam, you've got yourself a sucking anteater. Should be an easy, 2-minute fix.

Absolutely think the manufacturer should be responsible for fixing/replacing defective units, but I was happy to avoid the return process and let my kiddos play with what is otherwise a pretty cool toy.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Works Awesome! 26 Dec. 2012
By Tiffany05 - Published on Amazon.com
I see a lot of bad reviews on here, but my 2 1/2 year old son got this for Christmas and it was one of his favorite toys! He has only used it for a day, so I can't say much about its durability over time. But I can tell you that it does just what it is supposed to do. We caught moths, robber flys, ants, and spiders with ease. The vacuum power isn't extremely strong, though, so you can't suck up large insects and you have to have the anteater's nose directly on top of the insect. Also, if you catch real tiny bugs, they can escape. A normal house fly should not be able to escape, but a tiny any will. A medium size ant may stay in. But as long as your using it, the tiny ones don't escape (at least they didn't for us). When you take the container out, just quickly dump the insects in a more sealing container if you really want to keep the little insects. The clear container comes off and on pretty easy, so no problems there! Plus there is a cute little magnifing glass that my son loved! So here is a quick summary of the pros and cons.

Pros:
-Well, it does exactly what it is supposed to do: catch insects.
-Does not harm the insects.
-Easy enough for a 2 year old to use.
-Very cool looking!
-Doesn't suck up lots of random stuff like rocks or sticks.
-Clear container comes off and on easily.
-Neat little magnifying glass on the container.

Cons:
-Can't suck up bigger insects.
-Low suctioning ability, so you have to have the anteater's nose right on top of the insect.
-Tiny insects can escape pretty easy when you take container off.

Hope this helps! I probably would give this a 4 1/2 stars. I want to give it a 5 star, but I feel it needs to be completely perfect for that. It really is a neat toy! Fun for the adults, too!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Easily fixed 27 Dec. 2012
By Myron Brady - Published on Amazon.com
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Didn't work for me either. Checked reviews here and saw "QUICK FIX for "Broken" Christmas Gifts" and it was exactly right. I tested it with a multi-meter first and I was not getting power from the battery pack. I shaved off a tiny sliver of plastic with my pocket knife to get the positive battery ends to touch the terminals. It now works perfectly. Seems well made otherwise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Buyer Beware! 21 Feb. 2013
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazon is absolutely awesome...this product is terrible.

So I bought this in late October 2012 for Christmas 2012. When my son opened it, we found that it was DOA (Dead on Arrival). When I tried to return it we found that it was passed the 30 day return policy. I E-mailed Amazon and they said (perhaps because I'm a Prime member) that they would issue a replacement. The replacement arrived and it was ALSO DOA! I finally went to Toys R' Us and got one that worked for my son.

We got it home and found that the motor of the vacuum is terribly weak! It has a hard time sucking up even bugs. We used it to suck up some styrofoam lint and pretend it was bugs. We tried to suck up some bugs but they got stuck in the shaft. A few times we manually got a bug in there and moved the anteater around until gravity made it fall into the viewing chamber.

The toy is a great concept and could be really great. If only the motor was a bit stronger I think it'd be their favorite toy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kids love this thing 15 April 2013
By shadowdog - Published on Amazon.com
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Cute little toy but does not have much vacuum power.
Sucks up medium size ants ok but struggles with a winged insect such as a moth.
Small and lite enough that it fits & functions nicely in small hands.
The grandkids practiced by sucking up rice,
It is made of hard plastic and would have been nice if it was covered in some kid of velour or fake fur.
It is a fun, unique and reasonably priced toy.
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