Moose loves to play outside. He has a few garden toys but now he is bigger he has outgrown a lot of them. Most of the time outdoor play ends up with me being prodded by the random stick he has picked up and decided is his new “lightsaber”.
I was elated then when the Air Hogs Sonic Rocket landed on our doormat for us to try!
Air Hogs Sonic Rocket
At first glance there doesn’t appear to be much to it. For a toy which is priced at £19.99 I wasn’t so much disappointed as I was a bit bemused. Just under £20 for a bit of foam with a usb charging point seemed a little much. It felt a bit flimsy when we picked it up and it was quite apparent that this is the reason that this toys recommended age range is 8+.
What’s in the box?
Inside the box you will find comprehensive instructions, a foam rocket, a plastic clip together base and a charging lead.
Did it do what it was meant to?
And then some! The Sonic Rocket is almost ideal in its simplicity. The only assembly required is the plastic base which easily slots together. The rocket requires charging before it’s first use but as it is a usb lead and takes at most 20 minutes, you could do it in the car on the way to your destination of choice.
You will need space. I mean you could try and set it off in your garden but even the smallest gust of wind will set it way off course so why risk it? Unless you are looking for an excuse to get to know your neighbours. I’m not so off we went to the park.
Working out how to use the rocket is easy. Moose (age 3) cracked it straight away leading to me quickly grabbing the rocket before it shot off into a lake. There are 3 power modes: 50ft, 100ft or 200ft. All you need to do is press the button once for 50ft, twice for 100ft and three times for 200ft. Simple. There are rocket sound effects and the rocket propellor turns 5 times counting down to the launch.
Each charge will allow for approx 50 launches but after maybe the 30th it felt like it was losing a little oomph on take off.
Was it worth the money?
Despite my initial reservations about the feel of the rocket, it was actually pretty great. It held its own against an excited 3 year old and his equally excited 12 year old sister and as long as it doesn’t blow too far astray on one of its Orbit flights I believe that we will get a lot of use of it! I think that this would make a great gift for several of my nieces and nephews too.
The Air Hogs Sonic Rocket is available to buy from Amazon here
We received this product in exchange for our honest review.