Thursday, April 10, 2014

Guillow's: Because Simple Fun is Sometimes the Best Fun (with airplane/glider giveaway)!

Disclosure: We received sample products to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Sometimes the best fun, is the simple fun. So when a box arrived at our house, full of Guillow's foam gliders and wood-balsa airplanes, I told little man to go ahead and open it. He had no idea what was inside, so he was pretty geeked when he got to the contents...and he wanted to go to the park.  I'd anticipated that and already had my car keys in hand. ;)

Guillow's Foam Gliders and Wood-Balsa Airplanes start at an amazing $1.79
The selection of planes we were sent were for ages 8 and up (because there are small parts). My son is 6, but I was right there next to him for supervision.

We started with the Eagle Balsa-Wood Airplane, $1.79
We started with The Eagle Balsa-Wood Airplane, easily assembled right there at the park in about a minute (yep, a minute).

Good old fashioned fun is never out of style.
Little man went on the monkey bar stairs to gain some leverage, but you know that's not overly steady, so he came down and tried the balance stairs instead. ;)

Look at 'er go!
That was a big success, look at 'er go!

Flying his Delta Dart Foam Glider ($3.99 for a 2-pk)
We flew that around for a little while and moved on to the Delta Dart foam gliders. They come in a 2-pk. and they have a 4" wing span.  These little beauties are fun to fly and they require no assembly at all (though they do come with decorative stickers).

That smile is priceless.  Our son thought these planes were the definition of fun.
After a few times of Fly & Chase off of the slide (and a lot of laughing from the boy), we went back to the box to see what  else there was to test fly.

The Sky Raider Plane, $6.99
This can be thrown high for loops and floating glides.

Assembly was as easy as you see here.
Just push pieces into place, decorate with stickers, and it's time to fly.
That's when we opted to break out the Big Daddy of 'em all, The Sky Raider Plane.  This is a large 24" wing span (foam) plane that can be thrown by a baseball arm for loops and long glides. My husband is Mr. Baseball and can throw from right field to home plate in seconds without batting an eye...guess who we want coming along with us next time we go to the park to play?  I can't wait to see what the plane will do with his added oomph.

The Sky Raider Plane is as big as my son's whole upper body.
Luckily, it's made of lightweight foam and he can carry it easily with one hand. ;)
We had a good enough time with it on our own though, as you can clearly see in the pics. My son liked loved that it was big.

I liked loved that it made him happy.

Guillow's Sky Raider Foam Plane (in flight)
And boy, could it fly!!  A very successful, fun day at the park.  Our first park day of the year, as a matter of fact.  Thank you, Guillow's. :)

You can learn more about Guillow's wide range of build-it-yourself kits by visiting their website. They also are sold at popular online outlets such as Amazon.

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One lucky winner gets an assortment of Guillow's Foam and Balsa-Wood Flyers to call their own!
One lucky winner gets an assortment of Guillow's Foam Gliders and Balsa-Wood Flyers to call their very own.

US entrants only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

81 comments:

  1. What a fun giveaway! I like the new Rafflecopter look but I click an entry and it doesn't open for me :-(

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    1. On my blog? Or when you try to start a form for a giveaway? I thought they took away dups for a bit and my heart stopped for a second. :)

      This is a fun giveaway. I bet your house full of kiddos would love this box to show up in the mail!

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    2. (There was a problem with Rafflecopter this morning. Not specific to your blog. I contacted them and they had it fixed later in the morning.)

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  2. Looks like a fun time was surely had indeed and they seem to really go

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    1. Best fun we've had in awhile. The fresh air alone was nice!

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  3. I learned the company which originally started in the barn of the family home.

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    1. That's a cool fact, I missed. A really cool fact!

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  4. Oh what fun. I used to do these planes with my sister many years ago. They weren't this nice though.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  5. I learned that they started in 1926. That's a long time ago.

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    1. An attribute to high quality. :) These planes really were fun!

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  6. Now those look like you could spend hours playing with them at the park and time would just "fly" by lol. How fun! Those are nicely sized too!

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  7. Simple IS fun and I guarantee you that my boys would have more fun with that glider than some expensive toy!

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    1. Agreed. Nothing against high tech electronics, we've got our fair share, but this kind of stuff is just downright playtime fun. :)

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  8. Ooh fun toys for the boys! I can see these being a major hit!

    I'm really loving these. I'm going to enter!

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  9. I learned that the founder was a navy pilot!

    I bet your son loved he big daddy one most right?

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  10. I learned the company was started in 1926 by a navy pilot.

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  11. Very cool! I had some foam type toys when I was younger too. Simple, but very fun!

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  12. That big plane was awesome... I don't have boys but I know my girls would have a blast w these!

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  13. Looks like he had a blast! Love all the pics!

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  14. Toy airplanes are always so much fun! My daughter goes crazy when her grandpa makes the simple ones out of white computer paper. Right now we have about 10 of them floating around, stuck in plants, and hanging out of unreachable places!

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    1. Right, even paper airplanes are fun! :)

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  15. Our kids love these planes. Amazing how they're just as fun as years ago

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  16. Great toys for boys! Such a fun giveaway!

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  17. These look really fun! I'm super impressed with the price points.

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  18. I like planes that have a plastic nose. It helps dissipate crash impact.

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  19. That airplane looks awesome! My daughter would love that! My hubby would too!

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  20. Very cool! I remember having those gliders as a kid. I think my husband would love playing with those!

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  21. My husband and little man would have a BLAST with these! I'm not sure which of them would have the most fun.

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  22. My husband and little man would have a BLAST with these! I'm not sure which of them would have the most fun.

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  23. started in 1926 thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  24. Such a simple toy and yet hours of entertainment! Those are the best kind.

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  25. We love these gliders. They are GREAT for bringing on trips because they are so light but offer hours of fun!

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  26. How neat! I love the idea of this, what a great way to enjoy creative play! These are wonderful photos, looks like an amazing time!

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  27. Cute!! My nephew loves toy airplanes. This would be perfect.

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  28. These Are So Cool My Son Would Love This!!

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  29. I like that they sell replacement parts, even for some of the cheaper planes.

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  30. My younger brothers loved this type of toy when they were little. Looks like your son had a ball!

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  31. Wow that Sky /Rider really went high and far didn't it! - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

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  32. That looks really cool. I think my nephew would love it.

    Michelle F.

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  33. It looks like he really enjoyed playing with the planes.

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  34. My son would really enjoy this giveaway. I have purchased many of these planes and helicopters and they don't last very long. How durable is this one?

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    1. They're more fragile than plastic or metal, that's for sure.

      Our balsa woods are holding up fine. The big glider lost a wing tip when my son rounded a slide and it got snapped in a a metal slat on the guard rail. I recommend using the foam gliders in the open.

      For less than $2 for some of the planes though, it's still a price that can't be beat. I pay more than that for a coffee drink sometimes, and coffee doesn't make me laugh (well, usually). :)

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  35. That's great fun and your son seems to be enjoying his plane very much. I bet I'd fight with my daughter over it :)

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  36. I remember playing with those when I was a kid!

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  37. I loved the assortment of products, ranging from simple products for kids to enjoy to very detailed and involved model planes for avid hobbyists! I also learned that it was started in the barn of the founder/owner. My kids (and husband!!!!) would think Christmas came ( WAY) early if I won this!!!!

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  38. Too many choices - lol. My son would go crazy on that site, and crazy if he won one of those planes!

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  39. What a cool glider. My boys would go crazy for any kind of toy like this. So fun!

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  40. Wow cool airplane gliders! I wish my daughters got into stuff like this cause I have no boys!

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  41. I learned that the company is 88 years old *started in 1926*. How neat, I wonder how they'll celebrate their centennial birthday?

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  42. What a fun toy! Your boy looks like he is having so much fun! I love that the company is so long standing!

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  43. Looks like a lot of fun and my daughter would love them, too

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  44. Those look like a lot of fun! Your son looks like he is having a blast!

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  45. those planes look like so much fun. I think my middle boy would love to play with these.

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  46. Nice park! Ya know, I think my husband would even still like that plane!

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  47. My husband and son would both love these!

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  48. Thanks for introducing me to the Guillows products! Your little man looks like he had a blast!
    -Janel C. http://www.amomstake.com

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  49. My dad would love this for both him and Christopher. If I'm not a lucky winner I'll have to order them something for the summer.

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  50. This is an awesome idea. I love it. Amber N

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  51. You son seemed to have loads of fun! I'm glad to see he enjoyed the glider. I think my son would like it, too. But only if he had a friend to play with him with it.

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  52. I used to love gliders as a kid. I bet my nephew would love them now!

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  53. How fun! My son would have a blast with this!

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  54. I love gliders. I think my son would too

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  55. This is a great giveaway! My little guy would love these gliders!

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  56. So much fun! My son and hubby love flying them!

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  57. There's something about lightweight planes and gliders that is so childlike and fun!

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  58. wow that is acool toy and my nephew will also love that airplane toy. It's simple but yet very nice and for me it's just fine.Great giveaway

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  59. I learned that you can order custom printed gliders and helicopters! That would be so much fun for a wedding or birthday party!

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  60. That's a cute little toy. My cousin has a son who just got interested in airplanes, I think he would love this :)

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  61. There are so fun and my boys have all loved them. They last longer than I thought too lol

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  62. I learned the company which originally started in the barn of the family home.

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  63. I learned they have a fun to read forum!

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  64. I like the variety. They have planes for everyone, from simple gliders for kids to advanced models for collectors.

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  65. I like how they have so many choices at so many different levels, for users of all skills

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  66. I like the Airplane Design Studio.

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  67. I found out the company was started in 1926 by a navy pilot:)

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