Tornado Maker from Poof-Slinky

 

Manufacturer: Poof-Slinky, Inc.
Recommended Age: 6 years +
Retail Price: $19.99
On the Web: www.poof-slinky.com
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Tornado Maker from Poof-Slinky


See a tornado form right before your eyes with the Tornado Maker from Poof-Slinky! The Tornado Maker has built in lightning and thunder sounds. Includes a 29 page Fun & Fact Booklet! Requires 3 “AA” batteries, not included.


Well…so…this isn’t the easiest Tornado Maker we’ve ever seen (believe me – 10 years ago I never thought a statement like that would come out of my mouth!). The Tornado Maker is designed to have different levels of tornado with different settings. Unfortunately, they aren’t always quite so easy to get going – and in a lot of cases required an adult to step in and take over. Now, that isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world to have an adult involved, it’s just that most 6 year-olds (and older) that we know like to be able to work their toys on their own. With the case of this Tornado Maker, a parent is most likely going to step in and help.

Durability was ok – but not great. We had several Tornado Makers in to review, and some had their issues (small cracks, small leaks). This was just a small sample of course, and could have certainly been damaged in shipping, but be warned – this isn’t the sturdiest toy around. Add in the three double a batteries that you’ll need to supply (and replace) and this isn’t exactly the most durable toy around.

There is no question about this category…when you can finally get a tornado kicking – it…is…awesome! You should see the look on kids faces when the Tornado Maker works – smiles from ear to ear! And talk about attracting a crowd! Who wouldn’t want to see a little tornado up close! Top notch visual appeal!

Functionality is a tough one – and sometimes we have to come down hard on the toys we review. This is one of those times. The Tornado Maker just didn’t seem to do a good job when trying to offer different level tornadoes – it pretty much only worked on its highest settings. And then, once you’ve got a tornado, it only holds kids attention for so long. So…as far as functionality is concerned, we are a bit limited here.

We love it when a toy is priced under $20! Perfect to buy for your own kid, perfect to price point for a birthday present! Perfect pricing!

For years kids have been working with their teachers to create tornadoes in science class. And for years we’ve seen other toy companies, big and small, try to sell a toy to take the science class out of it and put the fun in kids hands. Well…even with seeing other tornado makers, we have to say the folks from Poof-Slinky did try to put their own spin on it. We’ve got different levels (when they work) and sounds added in. Nice touch. Not enough to call it all original, but certainly enough to keep it on the positive side of the category.

Overall we did enjoy playing with the Tornado Maker – and your kids will too. But…only if it works correctly, only if it doesn’t have any leaks, and only for a short time. If you don’t put all your eggs in one basket and expect this to be the toy to end all toys, your kids will have a fun time playing with the Tornado Maker – this is their chance to make a tornado after all! The Tornado Maker is a nice addition to a kid’s science collection.