The girls were so excited to receive the sonic rocket to check out. Bee (the 5 year old) of course thought it would end up in outer space so was a bit disappointed when it didn’t…..so had to explain that the reason it doesn’t end up in outer space is that then we wouldn’t be able to keep playing with it.
Whats in the Box?
- 1 Sonic Rocket
- 1 Launch Stand
- 1 Charging Cable
- Rocket is made out of crash-resistant EPP foam
- Motorised rocket
- Easy glide descent
- Countdown to blast off
- 3 power modes
- Can blast up to 200ft
What did we think?
To get going you just have to plug in the sonic rocket to your laptop/PC with the USB cable and charge it. The charge takes around 20 minutes and with that you are meant to get 50 launches.
I did feel like the rocket did start struggling to lift off straight after about 20 launches BUT I think that may have been due to the tip of the nose getting damaged.
I must admit when I first got it out of the box I did think ‘Is that it?’ It felt so light and flimsy that I wasn’t expecting much from it. But when we took it out to the park to try it out it soon changed my mind.
I personally loved the 3 power modes. If you press the button once, the rocket is meant to go 50ft, press it twice and it is 100ft and finally if you press it three times then the rocket goes up an amazing 200ft.
With the 50ft range it is said that this can be done in the backyard. However I would only recommend this if you have a bigger garden as a slight gust of wind can take the rocket in a random direction and it could end up in your neighbours garden or even on the street.
What is also pretty cool is that the rocket does it’s own little countdown by spinning round a couple of times before launch!
You can see in our video at the bottom of the post the different distances it travels. However as the rocket is quite light weight the slightest bit of wind can make it drift off rather than go straight up….and we did end up with a crash landing in the trees a few times. Thankfully we did try it out in the park and not in the garden. It definitely needs to be tried out on a wind free day!
As much as the girls got enjoyment from it, the fact that it is a bit delicate means it can get damaged. The tip of our rocket did end up breaking off…not sure though if that was from the crash landing in the trees or generally just landing on the ground.
Although it does state for ages 8+, Bee loved it just as much and I did feel it was pretty safe for her to press the button for it to launch. She knew to get back once pressed and there is usually a slight delay before it starts its countdown.
Our verdict….a fun activity, preferable on a day where it is really calm with no wind!
You can take a look at the rockets countdown and launches in our video.
Air Hogs Sonic Rocket from Spinmaster is available from most toy stores and is also available from Amazon: Air Hogs 6041526 Sonic Rocket (affiliate link).
Disclosure: We received the Air Hogs Sonic Rocket for the purposes of review. However all thoughts and opinions are our own.