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By emerald hills haunter

from redwood city, CA

About Me Midrange Shopper

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

EVIL CLOWN

 
4.0

Pros

  • Unique
  • Scary
  • Fun To Use

Cons

  • Poorly Made

Best Uses

  • Halloween

Comments:

This clown is COOL. His head turns, eyes light up, and he talks. I have had several problems though. The head is a little delicate, so it has broken, though it was only a small nose fracture. Also, the mechanism turning the head broke. I think i can fix it though. Overall, he is a pretty good clown


By JD

from Kansas City, MO

About Me Midrange Shopper

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

Defective

 
3.0

Pros

  • Unique
  • Scary

Cons

  • Poorly Made

Best Uses

  • Halloween

Comments:

The first clown received was defective, as was the second clown. I was able to combine parts from both clowns to get it to finally work properly. I was disappointed with the quality and would have returned it; however, my family wanted to keep it.


By Halloween PartyGirl

from Coral Springs, Florida

About Me Midrange Shopper

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

Uncle Charlie Looks GREAT!

 
4.0

Pros

  • Scary
  • Durable
  • Fun To Use
  • Unique

Cons

  • Mouth Doesn't Move
  • Neck to Motor Attachment
  • No volume control

Best Uses

  • Halloween Parties
  • Halloween

Comments:

I was so excited when I was putting Uncle Charlie together, but the metal rod which is attached to his motor and is secured onto a horizontal piece of metal for his metal neck rod to then attach to was not long enough, so instead of his head turning in a smooth side-to-side movement, it pulled upward, straining the motor, and then his head would come back down in a hard bounce. Spirit replaced it for me right away, but the new one did the same thing. I ended up having to insert his metal neck rod into only one of the holes on the neck support frame, which fixed the problem. I called Spirit about this issue and the representative told me he was sending an "urgent" message to their corporate office and they would contact me within 2 days. That was a week ago and no one has called me yet. I wonder if anyone else had this mechanical problem with their Uncle Charlie. Other than this, Uncle Charlie looks great, but he would be even better if his mouth would move when he talks.


By DG

from Freehold, NJ

About Me Midrange Shopper

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Appearance great!... mechanicals poor

 
3.0

Pros

  • Scary

Cons

Best Uses

  • Halloween

Comments:

Great to put on front porch as stand-up prop. Animation and wiring very fragile. Wiring harness got tangled around rotating motor when first plugged in and broke wires, could not fix


By Braditude

from Monrovia CA

About Me Midrange Shopper

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Wife hates clowns!

 
4.0

Pros

  • Very loud
  • Scary

Cons

  • Difficult To Use
  • Poorly Made
  • Needs a little more work

Best Uses

  • Outside
  • Halloween

Comments:

I gave Charlie a 4 star, not because he was not scary enough, as we know a lot of people do not like clowns, especially my wife, but because he did not work correctly when I got him. I don't like the put together wire cages and poles. Although it did go together ok, the motor did not operate the head correctly. Jammed every time, so I had to bend the steel rods to get it to not bind up. Another thing I did not like was the head moved all the time. So I made a simple circuit using 4 parts to only move the head when he talked, or in this case, when the eyes lit up as I used that to trigger my circuit. Now it works great!!! I also use a 6V 12 AH battery to run him, so I didn't want the head turning all night and run out the cell. Also plugged in one of my remotes to the socket provided, and can trigger him from anywhere within sight (of scared kids)! People have mentioned the poor light sensor. Yup, not great, so I removed mine and the lump coming from his shirt. Since it will be used at night on the lawn with not much ambient light, the remote works great. You can also rig it up with a step type pad, but then you can usually see those.


By Faye

from Locust Grove GA

About Me High-end Shopper

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

Disappointed

 
1.0

Pros

  • No pros

Cons

  • Poorly Made

Best Uses

  • Halloween

Comments:

There is nothing great about this clown. He comes in pieces and he is made out if wire hanger. Photo display and cost are deceiving. I would not recommend this buy


By Meena

from cleveland, ohio

About Me Trendy

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

Uncle Charlie Assembly

 
2.0

Pros

  • Authentic Looking

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Costume Party

Comments:

This was extremely hard to put together. Holes did not match up with attachments. Had to re-drill holes. Screws supplied stripped or broke off when assembling. Took alot longer to put together then it should have. Once put together it looks really good but for the money I paid, it shouldn't have been that hard.


By Dr. Z's Carnival

from Texas

Verified

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

A Horror Star

 
5.0

Pros

  • Authentic Looking

Cons

Best Uses

Comments:

Metal frame, which hopefully will allow for easier and more compact storage. Terrific facial detail and color! Creepy but engaging. Great vocabulary. Sensor seems well placed and more sensitive compared to most. I say him last year and was glad to finally get him. I am building a Zombie Carnival around him this year.


By Shell

from San Diego, CA

About Me Adventurous

Verified

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Uncle Charlie is a Hit!

 
4.0

Pros

Cons

Best Uses

Comments:

I had a bit Halloween party last year and had different themes for the garage, 2 rooms inside and backyard. Charlie really set off the clown/psychedelic room. I put him in the corner away from heavy traffic, but soon realized he needed a dedicated light, otherwise the all black-light room was too dark to see him. Thankfully had track lighting and just pointed 2 lights towards him, a black light bulb and a strobe bulb.... Only down was that I had stuff the frame with plastic grocery bags so it wasn't so obvious he was made of a wire frame. Some people thought he was a real person! Everyone loved taking pictures with him.


By mike

from united states

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

awsome decor

 
5.0

Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Delicate

Best Uses

  • Outdoors

Comments:

I love this prop but hes hard to move in and out doors.Besides that hes great!


By anchoragedaddy

from Wasilla

About Me Trendy, Adventurous

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Great reviews for Uncle Charlie

 
5.0

Pros

  • Authentic Looking
  • Unique
  • Lots of Fun
  • Huge Awesome

Cons

  • Irregular Fit
  • Motion sensor

Best Uses

  • Trick Or Treating
  • Costume Party

Comments:

I put on a Haunted Garage walk thru this season & ordered my Uncle Charlie online. [...]Loved him immediately. He is everything & more. The voice for him fits him so well and he is loud enough to hear over background music. The only thing that was an issue was his sensor which sits in his front jacket area, it is touchy & requires constant light flicker in order for him to activate. I used a mini strobe light & pointed it directly at him and it did the trick. Everyone was amazed with him, as he is so huge and is just so awesome!! He sold out the first time I tried ordering him, I was lucky that they offered more, 2 wk s before Halloween. I see he sold out again. lol Figures. Best buy all season!! Great price, don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed!!


By Adam

from Fresno, CA

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

Electronics don't work

 
4.0

Pros

  • Scary

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Trick Or Treating

Comments:

I would love this even more if the electronics work. The Spirit store I bought it from won't take refund... very disappointed and likely won't buy from again. There was no way for me to test electronic in store, when I called and told them it didn't work, they said, no refunds and then hung up. As for the scary factor, I love it.


By Kevin

from South Florida

About Me Adventurous

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Has to be in bright light......

 
4.0

Pros

  • Authentic Looking

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Just For Fun
  • Costume Party
  • Trick Or Treating

Comments:

Great prop, but it can't be in dim light like some other motion activated animatronics we have. Has to have bright light, or a flashlight or something. Took it back to store, and the next one was the same way. But overall it's pretty good.


By TFR

from Portland, OR

Verified

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Great addition to your party, but...

 
4.0

Pros

  • Authentic Looking

Cons

Best Uses

Comments:

This item is very creepy and realistic looking[...]Not the highest quality construction, but for one party a year, it will work.#2 - The volume of his voice is really quiet, so if you want people to hear what he says you need to make sure Uncle Charlie is in a quiet part of your Haunted House.


By lil mike

from clifton, NJ

About Me Picky

Verified

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

its not as good as they say it is

 
4.0

Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

Comments:

he looks good with the bite size clown.


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