Ward off strangers or welcome the foolish with this fearsome Animated life-size Grave Digger Prop. He stands a full five and a half feet tall, dressed in tattered black garb with long scraggly gray hair, a battered black hat and a toothless yaw - one can only imagine where he's come from or going to. His lantern lights the way - dare you follow? He makes scary noises and moves, so beware!
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Dissapointed - only work one year!
By pat the halloween lady
from el paso, tx
About Me High-end Shopper
Comments about Spirit Life Size Grave Digger Animated Prop:
this prop is scary and I really loved it when I bought it in 2012. worked great, only used it that one day and this year when I put it out, it would not talk anymore nor would the arm move up and down. the mouth moved, but no sound. really disappointed for the price I paid for it!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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grave diggin dude
By Spooky Dude
from Grayslake il.
About Me Midrange Shopper
great voice. cracks me up every time! finally...a decent voice track! the clothes could use a little stuffing. Doesn't come with the tombstone but is a good idea as the fake shiny shoes are lame. Like all of them, it is delicate so don't try and put clothes or gloves on it - don't need it. Great prop! can't wait till Halloween! please - don't break
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Needs Some TLC
from Corona, CA
I have been looking for a life-size grave-digger or care-taker for my exterior cemetery scene. This is the best i could find. Unfortunately, as other reviewers indicate, it needs some TLC to make it more life-like. The clothing and body are very flat and need additionaly padding or stuffing to make it look realistic.
By Wolfy and Little Red
from Waco, TX
About Me Budget Shopper
Like the looks and movements. The clothes were good but could be better on the sewing. Lite touch up needed on painting and some extra sewing. The shoes were broken when we got it. Not realistic, was replaced with boots
Diggin the Grave Digger
from Palm Bay, Florida
I used this as one of the many highlights to my graveyard scene, on my front lawn in 2011 and 2012. Gravedigger was the highlight of all the animatronics. It did require some staking of the base, as the unit is a little top heavy, which takes only a small breeze to upset, and I would like to see some upgrades in the gears. One good fall and I was spending hours trying to repair the broken plastic pieces in his neck. But once operational, there were no problems and with the right props, fog and background sounds... this guy can strut...
Great Prop, But Built Backwards
from Coventry, RI
We had a large & very creepy graveyard scene this year & wanted a "lead" character. This guy for sure did the trick! His mouth & hands move, the volume was loud, his eyes blink, & he was creepy. The only negative is that he was built backwards, so his feet point the wrong direction as to the "motion sensor" I'd hope that Spirit would address this with their buyer or somehow offer us sometype of discount next year, it was a little disappointing but too late to ship back & get another. Overall, the prop itself was a good one & a great addition to any graveyard!
from Des Moines, IA
We used this as a greeter outside the front door pointing to our outdoor cemetary. We were a hit with kids and adults alike on Beggars Night. It was really fun to see the little one's faces light up when he came to life. We even had people stop to take pictures.
I would not buy this product again !!!
from Durham, N.C.
I was so excited to get this prop for my Halloween display but when it arrived I was so disapointed! The quality of this prop was very poor & for the price of it I expected more!!!! Every year for Halloween I purchase 1 or 2 props from Spirit Halloween whether be online or in store, never been disapointed in my props but this one was way over charged for the poor quality of it & I also did not receive any instructions with it ,it truly looked if someone had just threw the prop in the box !!!!!!!!!! If this is going to be the quality of your props from now on well sorry to say I will not be buying any more ... :(
What are you waiting for?!
By Spirit Halloween Lover
This prop has one spooky and realistic phrase. I got this november 1stt last year, on the 1/2 off sale. I run my haunt starting on October 29th. It worked perfectly as I pointed twoards the entrance! I think this is a Must-have prop! One note for assembly, attach the weight box to pole C and D befor securing to the base. So what are you waiting for? Buy it now!
People come to watch him talk and move
Fantastic graveyard addition!
from Senoia, GA
This guy is an amazing greeter for our haunted cemetery! Like the vid and pics show, you ought to keep him behind a tombstone. Essentially, it is a heavy base with a single sturdy pole up to the animatronics and head. The pole goes through a loop of material in the "pants" and connects to the upper portion. This makes it a little top heavy and since my yard has a slight slight grade to it, the grave keeper tends to tip but this was an easy fix using a tent stake. Other than these VERY minor inconveniences he is awesome and great quality for the price point. I've bought many products from Spirit and never before felt that the quality matched the price I paid but I can't say that about this. I imagine this product will last quite some time as long as its stored well. Happy Halloween!
Not really scarey, but...
A lot of motion. Good start to a haunted yard. He is a little creepy looking. He does have some cool motion. I like him.
from Farmingville, NY
I use this guy indoors for a graveyard scene. The voice is great and you can hear the crows in the background. His face is detailed and the eyes light up. I thought the light up eyes would make it tacky, but it really enhanced the creepyness! (the shoes are made of cheap, paper thin plastic, but you can improvise)I used it for one Halloween season and it seemed fine, until the arm started to malfunction. it either pointed straight up or when I adjusted it, the arm would rest way too far across the body. Hopefully, I can come up with an easy fix this year.Overall, it was worth every penny.
from cincinnati ohio
worked great last year got it out for this season and the sound wont work and the head wont lift, i paid good money for this not to work for a few seasons very disapointed
worked for i day
By the club
from Lubbock, Texas
About Me Classic
This item worked correctly for about i day and then one of the plastic supports in his neck broke so now he can't lift his head. This takes away from the realism of the characters movements.
Perfect Animatronic For Any Yard Haunt
By Mr. 31st
from New Jersey
This prop really scared alot of people that came to my haunt this past year. It pointed the way into our maze and everyone thought he was just the creepiest thing they've seen. The first time he turns on the mouth will not move right away, he actually takes a few times to warm up. The feet are cheap plastic that velcro on to the base. With those two things in mind is the only reason it isnt 5 star worthy. But its truly a great prop for anyone wanting to bring their haunt to the next level.
Poor quality - times two!
from Pittsburgh, PA
I was really disappointed in my purchase. I was so excited to get this for my home haunt and purchased it as soon as it hit the seasonal Spirit store in my area. After putting it all together, the right arm didn't lift beyond 4 inches from its side. Also, the mouth moved out of sync with the words. The left hand's fingers (black rubber glove actually) was unravelling from its grip around the lantern handle. I packed it all up and took it back for a full refund. The store personnel were very nice and sympathetic. So believing it could've been a fluke I searched other Spirit stores and finally found another Gravedigger. After putting this one all together, I was disappointed again. The right arm didn't move at all and the head wouldn't lift up although it's mouth did move to the words. I'm very experienced in putting animatronics together and I followed the instructions completely. So disappointed again, I returned the Gravedigger. I ended up purchasing the Harvester, but the Gravedigger would've been cool.
Given the 'price to quality' ratio...
By Queer Eye For The Dead Guy
from Bucksport, ME
About Me Adventurous
I puchased this guy based on the video I saw on the sight. I opened the box and got to examine the parts first hand. The face on this guy is incredibly detailed and well carved. The only problem I found with the face was a lack of paint, it looked like they just ran out halfway through the proccess. I ended up taking off the hat/hair piece and repainting the entire head. The head was a little mishapen around the mouth, and the mouth on mine was open before he started talking, so he would overextend his mouth which looked creepier in a way, (lemons to lemonade). There really wasn't much to this guy either. I had to stuff his arms, chest and pants to make him look more like a person rather than empty clothes attatched to a floating head. And his boots were nothing more than thin plastic shells that attatched to the base via velcro and thick plastic shims that snapped into the base, which I suppose are to keep him from tipping forward because the anchor wieght is increadlibly small. His hands are nothing more than stuffed, cheap, black rubber gloves, which have had the fingers sewn to the palms to make him point with his right hand and hold the lantern with his left. And the lantern is just too small to be taken seriously. I cut the thing off and replaced it with a bigger one (which I took from the 'hanging skeleton ghoul' with no feet and whispy strands of black and white hair, tan shirt, grey pants, which I also purchased form SPIRIT) which I modified with an actual LED flicker candle bulb rather than the muti-color lightshow that came with it.And lastly, the clothes and hair on this thing are so cheap looking. The hair came tangled right out if the box (looked nothing like the flowing locks on the box picture) and I had to carfefully comb it out, and the clothes look like a five year old went moderatly crazy with a pair of scissors. My point is, the clothes looked precisley cut instead of randomly torn.All in all, the mechanics work great, the motion sensor works fine, and the speaker is really loud. I give it a rating of three out of five for all of the touch up, rework, and adding I had to do to make him look more finished and realistic.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Delighted, Great Sound
This is a fabulous old grave digger, a thoughtful fellow who warns people of corpses and to watch their step. His voice innunciates well; it is easy to understand him. He worked perfectly, and the description of him is accurate. I am very happy with him and he startled people during our Halloween party.
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Wish it WORKED!!!!!
Great in the store and when it /where it worked
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Spokane Yard Haunters
from Spokane, WA
We used this animatronic in our outdoor yard display with a step pad since it will run off batteries. It worked great, dazzled trick or treaters, people even took photos of their kids next to "The Gravedigger". Loved the arm coming up and pointing, we staged it to point to our cemetery. We were very impressed and so were our Halloween guests.
Real creepy prop
from Holbrook, NY
I used this guy in my living room/ cemetery. Looks great. The sound effects are loud enough and the head and face movements are realistic. This prop work just like the video, except I had a problem with his arm. It stopped going back down after a cycle.
This thing rocks...
This guy was the perfect top off to the graveyard scene. Got lots of compliments on our yard this year... with a little ingenuity and effort, this is a definite need for the enthusiast.
great piece at such a low price.
what a terrific piece for the price. Everyone loved him. Great addition to any graveyard.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
A Big Let Down
from Gloversville, NY
The Grave Digger prop was a disappointment in the following ways: It was too skinny, I had to fatten it up by wrapping its entire body in creepy cloth under its clothing. The pants were one piece and no there was no split between the legs...looked like a skirt. His shoes were flimsy cheap light plastic(paper thickness) and attached by velcro. On the back of his neck, the plastic skin was ripped and too much of it was showing. I wrapped that also on creepy cloth after repairing the torn plastic. The weight for the base was too small and the prop fell repeatedly. I will give it this-despite how many times it fell-it still works. There was no way to secure the base because of its design. The sensor was very sensitive and just would keep going constantly-I had to keep it unplugged. This prop was not cheap-I should have shopped longer before selecting it.I used this prop on an outdoor enclosed porch. It worked well despite the cool temperatures and the fact that it fell from high winds a few times.
from Venango, PA
Great prop. Good size. Works great.
Really dig the digger.
By work in progress
from Smithville, Ontario Canada
New addition to our ever expanding graveyard.
By wendy witch
from rhode island
we had snow the night of our party he was a great hit in the living room with step mat
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Nice Prop With Great Voiceover
from Carlsbad, CA
Grave Digger has some valuable strengths. The 5' product appears better built than most props in this price range - strong base, strong supports, good wiring job. One of the best voiceovers on the market makes him an attention grabber, as does the animation which appears to wake a safe inanimate prop to life as he raises his head and arm. Eyes flash, mouth moves, arm raises and points.Important point, comes with an adapter but the only full size prop I've seen that also runs on batteries alone, meaning more freedom in where you put him.A bit skinny but you can stuff him to plump him up a bit. He runs on a combo sound activator/timer. Loud sounds trigger him, otherwise he goes off every 90 seconds, getting annoying pretty quickly to those within constant earshot. I have to place him a distance from my other talking props so he doesn't speak over them.
from none ya bizzniss