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Got this to add to the outdoor graveyard animatronics/decor. Unfortunately, with batteries or power adapter, no go. Just wouldn't move. The gravestone is completely detached with the usual useless plastic pegs that in a very light breeze - 5 mph - would blow the stone right over. All my stones are fitted with plywood and a shaped plywood stakes, glued and screwed to the backs. It looked like it would be terrific, and I had seen it work before. It pops up FAST and scares the heck out of you! Didn't have a chance to see it in action, though. Returned. Might try it out again next year.
Full home haunt... used this with foot switch and it was great, worked fine all night... 100% scare rate!
Like many other reviewers, I was disappointed in the quality issue they seem to have with this one. This is my third animatronic from Spirit and I haven't had any significant issues with the other 2 so I'm hoping this is just a poor design.
I'm giving it a 1 star rating because I ultimately returned 2 defective ones, both had very similar issues with the popup mechanism. The first one quit working after probably about 10 activations. It would only go about 1/3 the way back down and then make a very load grinding sounds that led me to think that the gears were slipping. I returned it and got a new one.
The new one also only lasted about 10 activations. That one moved back down only about an inch or two and then just stopped. At that point it was clear to me that this model has quality issues and so I got a different model.
I'm betting part of the issue is that the spring mechanism that powers the popup motion is very strong, almost too strong. It snaps up extremely fast which is good for scares but I suspect may be damaging itself along the way. Also, you need to make sure you are not standing above it when it triggers - it could probably actually hurt someone. It also makes a very loud bang at the top as it reaches the top of the shaft which isn't very desirable. A counter-spring at the top would have been good to soften that final stopping point.
Other more minor things I didn't like about it is the lack of volume control (granted that's true on all Spirit animatronics that I've seen but it is annoyingly loud). This one also only gives you the choice of stomp pad or sound activation. I found the sound activation unreliable - having to clap very loud in order to trigger it. I wish it had timer and motion activation options as well. I wish all of their animatronics supported all activation triggers.
We have our whole front yard decorated, torches, fog machines, green lighting, and a mix of home built and store bought props. We are very selective on new additions and the pop up zombie made the grade. We set him up outside in our graveyard and like all our props he was set on a timer to go off every three minutes. We have props scattered about all set for about three minutes and this keeps the action going when people stop to admire the decorations. Anyway, we ran him this way for 2 1/2 weeks for 3 to 4 hours each night with no issues. That my friends is some heavy duty usage. We stake all our props into the ground either directly or mounted to wood platforms and they withstand just about anything. Great Halloween this year.
I ordered this before Halloween and did not work. No action at all, totally dead. Returned for replacement 2nd one also did not work at all. Tried one more time and 3rd one did work. Has a nice fast acting motion and pretty scary. Had to weigh down base with some bricks to keep standing up in grass, not very stable at all. Not very sensitive to sound activation, used foot pad instead which worked well. Not much shape to the "body" portion, basically just a head with some fabric wrapped around neck area, doesn't have anything around shoulders. Looks OK when it is dark though. Overall OK, not sure I would recommend since 2 arrived defective for me.
this is a very good prop for your Halloween night to scare the ghost & goblins etc., (Parents) they all got a big scare
First one did not retract. Contacted customer service they shipped a new one that works perfectly. A++++ for customer service. Great pop up scary item!
I like the look and the sound of the product and the "jumping" appearance was fine, but the head snapped off the body after about 5 times activated. I have had to glue the head back on and for now it seems to be holding, but seemed a little poor on the quality.
We are a big supporter of Spirit Halloween and every year make the 1.5 hour car ride to purchase animatronics and decorations for our display.
This is the first time I've been disappointed. I was looking forward to this pop up and it's scare factor. Sadly once we made the drive back home and put it together, it did not work. It made plenty of noise but would not move vertical up and down (which is the entire point of this prop)
We then had to make the 1.5 hour drive back to the store where at first they didn't seem to keen on returning our money. Finally they agreed and the girl told us that they had 15 in the back room already returned due to this malfunction.....
So they went from not wanting to return my money to proceeding to tell me that they have 15 of the exact same product!... lol
Here's an idea... Don't sell it if you know they are not working properly....
Fortunately for Spirit Halloween, I took my refund and spent twice that amount in the store on a large Grim reaper animatronic so in the end, you still received my money.
This product however, is poorly designed.
One of the best props we have seen in a while (Spirit is all zombies and babies now.. bring back the pirate props!).... so we picked this up when we saw it! When we tried to put it together it wouldn't work at all. Motor wouldn't stop trying to wind it back down. Tried a few different things to fix then motor just died.
WILL USE IT FOR HALLOWEEN.
This prop is amazing; when it works. I've had to mess with it a lot, and now I can't seem to get it to do anything. I can't tell if its a short in the wiring or a problem with the motor.
This is a piece of junk. The parts got jammed and wouldn't come apart. The neck snapped in the process of trying to get the parts apart. Sounds are fuzzy. This is a waste of money and NOT SOMETHING TO WASTE YOUR MONEY ON!
Two things keep this from getting 5 stars. It was missing one of three attachment pikes for the tombstone, and the post can rotate and cause the whole head assembly to pop off. Nothing too major...
This thing will be a great addition to my graveyard. Definitely scary!!
Looked good in the demo movie so ordered online. Mine arrived DOA. I exchanged for one at a Spirit store. Pop up action is fast and it is loud. I hope that the replacement will hold up. If you buy this, ask if you can test in store.
MISSING PARTS FOR THE TOMBSTONE AND DID NOT COME WITH ANY INSTRUCTIONS. WAS ABLE TO DOWNLOAD SOME INSTRUCTIONS SO ALL IS NOT LOST.
I purchases two of these for my son. Both broke within a day of purchase after little use. The prop pop up fast and it seem to affect the mechanism because after 20-30 pop ups it will not go down. Returned for refund. This in not a prop you will be able to pull out and use next year!
When I stepped on the step here pad at the store, I had to have him. At home I have the step here pad running under a rug so no one has any idea what's coming. Just watching everyone jump the first time he pops up is so worth the money I paid. Nice quality product, looks great in my family room grave yard.
I read nothing but good reviews about this prop, so I had to see for myself. If I wasn't super impressed, I was going to return it. Now granted, this prop doesn't do very much.. but man, does it startle the stuffing out of you. The first one I got, had defective eyes and the spring mechanism was defective. But the second one worked outstanding. So in short, if I have to recommend one prop this year.. it would be this one. the sound effects are creepy too. A great scare all the way!
It's hard to find store bought Halloween props that are actually scary and startling. I've never seen a Halloween prop that works like it could be at a professional haunted house. The pop up action is incredible. I can't believe it only uses AA batteries. One tip if using for a party, haunted house, or trick or treaters; make sure you accompany this prop with loud music or sound effects. The sound of the pop when the plastic pole hits the base of the head is a little distracting for the zombie popping up itself. It would just be better if your guests were actually scared by the sight of the zombie and not just scared of the sound of plastic hitting plastic. Also, the "clothing" sometimes get caught in the mechanism as it lowers back down and there's a loud ticking noise. Just make sure the cloth is clear of all the gears. Otherwise, amazing product!
I was going to use the product behind the included tombstone, when we brought it home from the store and assembled it correctly, it would not work. Everything was plugged in correctly, twisted fully, and the batteries were in the right order. When switched 'ON' the product would not move at all. Clapping in front and around the product still does not help. I am sure that this was just a mistake of making this 1 product, so I am going to the store again to pick up something better. And maybe test it out IN THE STORE.
If you are like me, you'll want to scare the Bejesus out of anyone who comes to your house asking for your candy. Finally, a prop with the quick response of a pneumatic, and it runs on batteries! Okay so the prop only has shoulders (no arms) and the tombstone isn't great, it doesn't matter because the sudden action and crack noise will startle anyone not expecting it. Me like!
This is very cool and will scare the dickens out of you, not the greatest as far as look of the product, but the effect is top notch.
This Prop is soooooo Awesome! It's perfect. Plus The tombstone, if undesirable by your standard you can replace it with another tombstone. Easy to assemble and the sound activation is super sensitive but I'm getting the foot pad for it. It is worth every penny. It's the best prop this year by far. I'll using it with my jumping zombie as well. It's going to be a good Halloween this year.
Worth the price this is gonna be a great prop for Halloween.