Character Options Scooby Doo Phantom Flyer : Review

With Christmas appearing to be just around the corner like many other parents I am beginning to panic one what presents the kids will be asking Santa for this year. Lewis and Leah are now another year older and they are certainly looking at more adventurous toys, especially ones with some physical fun involved.

When we were invited to try out the new Phantom Flyer from Scooby Doo and Character Options we were more than happy to accept, my kids had previously owned a flying toy which landed in the dogs water bowl and broke. Also Lewis has previously watched Scooby Doo so thought this would be brilliant!

Phantom Flyer 1The parcel arrived whilst Lewis was at school and Leah at nursery so I took the chance to have a look in peace and have a whirl with it before they came home. Contained in the box is the Phantom Flyer with Scooby Doo hanging on for dear life and the Charging Base. The charging base requires 4 AA batteries which are not included, then place the Phantom Flyer on the base and allow 30-40 minutes to charge before its first use.

Phantom Flyer 2Whilst the Phantom Flyer was charging I took a good look around this toy and initial thoughts were this would make a fantastic toy for Lewis, its wacky and so much fun can be had with this. The construction of the “balloon” part of the flyer is quite soft plastic so with all valuables stored away and the dogs water bowl safely removed from the room I took it on its first maiden voyage.

Firstly press the on/off button on the bottom of the flyer “basket” this will start up the blades and with your hand underneath the basket where there is a sensor which will sense your hand to keep the flyer in the air. At times I found the sensor a little ineffective and unresponsive.

To start off with I was having quite a blast with the Phantom Flyer, it was happily zooming around the room until it became rather frustrating for me as it really does have a mind of its own. At one point it was zooming mindlessly around the living-room floor bounding off everything but eventually I caught it and put it back on charge for Lewis to have a go with once he got home from school.

Lewis was so excited when he saw the flyer, so with Leah and I sat down on the sofa we watched him have a try. Both kids did first state how noisy the flyer was which slightly put him off but when I showed Lewis what to do he happily gave it another try. It all went smoothly for a couple of minutes, Lewis was having a blast and Leah was having so much fun watching and my earlier frustration was being slowly erased.

That was until Lewis lost control of the flyer, it flew into his face and collided with the floor (I was ensuring that Lewis kept the flyer at arms length but it caught his thumb and veered off). At which point I left the toy to zoom around whilst I dealt with a very flustered Lewis. Next thing I heard was the blades stop… Leah had chased after it and got her fingers jammed in it! Complete meltdown from both kids was in full pursuit.

Now I’m not saying that this toy is at all bad, the Phantom Flyer has an age rating of 5+ years, Lewis is 5 and was having a good time until becoming flustered and I’m sure he’d have gone back for more but he was then upset it’d hurt his sister (aged only 2). Lewis then told me he didn’t want to play with it any-more and that was that.

Occasionally since then Lewis has been brave enough to try again, no further injuries have been caused and Leah has kept well away. Lewis has become to think this toy is great and a bit of practise makes perfect, he’s doing really well.

Personally think this toy has potential to be great for kids with a few adjustments making to the balloon, in the way of more plastic caging being put around it to protect fingers from the blades.

The Scooby Doo Phantom flyer has an RRP of £19.99 and can be purchased from most high street toy stores or online.

Feel free to watch my un-boxing and flying video;


**This is not a sponsored post, we were provided with a Scooby Doo Phantom Flyer to test and review. All words and opinions are my own.

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