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Backyard Safari Outfitters Lazer Bug Vacuum

Backyard Safari Outfitters Lazer Bug Vacuum

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 5 & Up
Price: $19.99

Your budding bug collector will never tire of this excellent bug finding tool. Before it was even out of the box, our testers were jumping with excitement to try it out. From the microscope to the "laser" pointer, they were exclaiming over every little aspect of it, and they couldn't wait to catch their first bugs. The second we got it out of the packaging, they raced outside and began the bug hunt. Within minutes, they had suctioned up six (unharmed) small moths. The accompanying pamphlet had children screaming with pictures of tarantulas and ladybugs. They immediately started searching the neighborhood in order to check off the bugs on the list. Children will want to search deep, dark corners of the basement and garage with the "scope" (a little red laser light on the front of the vacuum), and they might even scare bug-fearing parents with what they find. The bug vacuum is very easy to use, almost like a miniature dust buster. It came with an extra reservoir, so once the first was full, it could be removed and replaced. Bugs can be set free with a simple twist of a dial on the side, but not before being carefully studied under the magnifying glass that also serves as the "escape hatch" for the bugs. We can't recommend this toy enough, especially for a family with natural bug enthusiasts.

Melissa Strunc   ©2010 Parents' Choice

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