Product Type: Poundland Outdoor Toy
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Poundland Bubble Gun
Member Name: myloh
Poundland Bubble Gun
Advantages: Fun and cheap.
Disadvantages: Minimal liquid supplied and container needed for the liquid during play.
I'm reviewing the POUNDLAND bubble gun.
I bought this for the toddlers I child-mind for extra garden fun.
At just £1 it would be no big deal if it turned out to be a dud .....it didn't.
***USING and MY OPINION.***
This is a very basic item made from plastic and it comes with a small bottle of bubbles in the packaging.
Ours is different from the one pictured. Ours is a bright pink fish with a blue trigger and yellow bubble maker at his mouth.
The procedure is simple. You pour some of the bubble liquid into the cap of the bottle and then dip circular bubble maker which protrudes from the fish's mouth into it . Then you pull the trigger of the gun to blow out the bubbles.
If you pull the trigger rapidly and repeatedly you get lots of little bubbles, while pulling it slowly produces one large bubble.
I bought this for our toddlers, but they have gone off on holiday and my other niece visiting with her mum was bored so I gave it to her to play with . She is 7 and sensible, so having established how it worked I left her to it . A few minutes later she was joined by the little girl next door and the laughing floating indoors to us was hearty.
We went to check on them and they were having great fun, but there was a lot of spillage on the patio from the tiny bottle cap they tell you to use, so I brought out a recycled Baked Bean carton (a plastic cup would be ideal for smaller children) and tipped all the liquid that remained (not much to be honest ) into that. Luckily I had bought a large bottle of bubble liquid as well, because I knew the tiny bottle in the Bubble Gun pack wouldn't last long.
I've tried this myself and it is very basic. You can hear the inner wheels turning to expel air from the bubble maker as you pull the trigger. I wanted to make sure it was safe for our toddlers and while I think it is I really would not let smaller children use it unsupervised as the trigger area is not fully encased and tiny fingers could access the spinning inner mechanism through the 6mm gap (yes, I just measured it).
All in all I'd say this was good value at just £1, and my only gripes are the badly encased trigger area and the small bottle cap they ask you to use as a holder for the liquid. Little kids aren't worried about keeping the cap level when bubbles are flying merrily round them, so there tends to be a lot of waste and spillage using the cap .
Plus the bottle of bubbles supplied is really VERY tiny on our version. I noted this in the shop and being a belt and braces person I had also picked up a spare larger bottle for topping up.
Putting it away I noted the paint had started to come away from the item in places ,which is no big deal since it is the bubbles that matter really .
I can't see my two breaking this unless they actually tread on it or drop it on the patio so it might even survive the rest of the summer.
I wouldn't use this indoors as the bubbles popping on furnishings could cause problems .....and to be fair they advise appropriately on this on the reverse of the packaging.
Also best not used if you have washing on the line....for the same reason as above.
Actually, another point. The liquid went from clear to a grey colour ,which was a bit odd, but again no big deal.
Would I recommend it ? Yes, definitely. It is basic and simple to use and good value for money.
I'm removing a star (BOO !....HISS !) for the limited supply of liquid and the need to find a more apt container to house the liquid during play.
Thank you for reading , and gird your loins for my reviewing the big bottle of bubbles too :o)~~~myloh.
Summary: A cheap toy that provides plenty of entertainment.