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Please Give it a Chance! Things to know about this toy!
on 11 August 2012
I am a full-time bubble performer and for years I used hula hoops as wands large enough to put kids in a bubble. Then I discovered the Mega Bubble Maker and purchased it right away.
Like many of you I was disappointed with the moat. It is, in theory, a great idea...it uses much less bubble solution and, as we say in the business, it "packs small and plays large!" You can travel with it, inflate it and you're good to go. Right?
Well, I first tested this out while performing in orphanages in Bali a few years back and while I DID follow the directions and made sure I inflated it well beforehand and weighed it down with some books, etc so the moat would relax and lay level enough when it was time to put a child inside the bubble, where I had problems and what I see as the major flaw is trying to empy the moat when you're through with the toy! A friend and I tried to carefully lift it and pour the solution back into my bucket but the inflated moat buckled immediately and we succeeded in only spilling it all over the floor. Thank goodness I had drop cloths down!
But all that aside... the reason I love this toy is the Wand itself! It's brilliant in design. You can take it apart and pack it and travel with it, you can take sections out or put them in thereby adjusting the size of the wand, and best of all...its design is awesome for holding bubble solution. It looks very much like the typical wand you get with a bottle of bubbles...it's grooved all along its surface... this allows it to hold lots of solution!
My advise...don't use the moat, or if you do, make sure you follow the directions and inflate and weigh it down long in advance before you need to use it, and maybe set it on something like piece of plywood or something so it doesn't buckle when you try to lift it afterward...or simply use up all the solution before you put it away.
I personally don't use the moat. I bought a water heater drain pan (they come in aluminum or plastic) and use that as the large pan and then have the kids stand in a smaller pan in the middle. Granted, I have to add more solution than you would using the moat but this works great and when I'm done I can lift it and pour it back into my bucket no problem.
Another helpful hint...no matter WHAT you use for your moat/pan...make sure you wet the entire inside surface completely with the bubble solution. All to often when you try to lift the wand out the resulting bubble starts to stretch out and if the bubble film touches a dry spot before you get it up around the kid the bubble will pop! It's best to do this inside as even a slight breeze can blow the bubble film against the child popping it too.
Have fun! You can see my set up in action at Bubble Shows (do t) com.