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Why oh why didn't I read the other reviews?
on 21 April 2014
This toy is a great idea but it isn't well enough designed or built for it to work.
We saw this on a youtube video and it looked amazing so decided to buy it without properly reading the reviews... Big mistake.
It was for sale at a vastly reduced price so we thought it was worth a punt.... however, we didn't factor in the additional cost of the helium.... £35!
It's a kit toy and it takes ages to put together. All the fins and mechanics have to be stuck on very precisely or else the whole thing is off balance. It doesn't help that you have to inflate the item first before you do this so you have to wrangle a giant helium balloon while trying to position the various bits and stick them on. One part was missing - a foam separator disc and we had to find something to replace it with (a polystyrene pizza base). Once it is assembled you have to balance the fish with putty ballast. This proved almost impossible to do and the fish didn't float at the right angle. We think this may have been due to the altitude calculation you have to do... you can check your altitude online but it's not precise enough. With hindsight, we should've stuck the motor closer to the front of the fish.
Once the fish was fully assembled, it was fun for a while. It didn't float at quite the right angle and was tricky to steer... the more you use it the higher it goes so you have to master the rhythm of it... but eventually we got the hang of it and played with it for a bit. However, a few hours later we wanted another go and a couple of bits of tape had come off. Thinking it was our fault, we pushed them on again more firmly and off we flew again. Next morning, every bit of tape had fallen off and would only hold again for a few minutes. Now we have a very expensive finless, tailless Nemo floating up at our play room ceiling. Complained to Amazon and got a full refund, without having to return the item.