Garden Ridge Christmas Inflatables
Posted 02 September 2010 - 07:59 PM
Was in Garden Ridge (Houston) this morning and they are starting to set up their Chirstmas inflatables section
But, I'm disappointed because not one of them was a Gemmy inflatable. I checked all the boxes but none had a manufacturer or any info on them - just the inflatable picture and GR price sticker. Some of the boxes were colored but most were white boxes with the picture glued on the front of the box.
Now, I'm biased because I've only bought Gemmy inflatables. But, what I look for is how well they inflate and do they stand up well. I give them the squeeze test to see how quickly the air is replaced once I let go. Yeah, I did look a little strange "squeezing" the inflatables, but hey it was early and not too many people were in the store.
I don't think the motors on this brand were very powerful. Yeah, they inflate but some had a hard time recovering from my squeeze test so I thought "how are they going to stand up outside with a little wind?!?!" None of the motors were attached on the bottom (like Gemmy). Their motors were mounted like the small 4' Gemmy inflatables and the plug was large like a converter (?) plug (hope this makes sense). Also some of the D rings on the inflatable (to attach the tie downs) were plastic.
The only one that inflated with pressure was the santa in helicopter but it had a different motor/fan that attached to the inflatable with a tube of fabric and velcro and the motor was pretty large.
Here's what they had (so far):
48" snowman family
48" penguin family
48" santa sitting in chair
8' santa with gift box
These were lit with "5 mini lights"
71" snowman and penguin
48 " santa in sleigh with reindeer
60 santa on tractor
106" santa in sleigh with reindeer
92" santa in helicopter (this one had the best motor -in my opinion)
I'm hoping they'll put out some Gemmy inflatables as they continue to stock their shelves. In the Halloween section, they had quite a few Gemmy and one Chrisha creations inflatable (cat) so there's hope.
If anyone else has seen this brand in their stores, give us your opinion. I'd like to hear from you.
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