the Ikea Rat Launcher


40588_pe134275_s4.jpgFrom time to time, I have been known to do a product review. (Some of you may remember my review of the iPhone, and the followup discussion of the Apple iCup.) I’ve been wanting to share this product for a while, but thought it would be good to wait for the Year of the the Rat celebrations to kick in. So, here it is: a review and demo of the Ikea Rat Launcher.
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The Ikea Rat Launcher

This colorful and inexpensive device can launch an Ikea stuffed rat several feet up into the air, way up over a toddler’s head, resulting in a flying rat and a giggling toddler. (Individual results may vary.) Below are some images from our extensive testing of this product in late October of last year.

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For the full demonstration, you can watch this video.¹

This ingenious product also doubles as a storage device: rats can be collected and placed in the launcher for later launching. An attractive reptilian cover keeps the rats from escaping.
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Warning: this product is not recommended for toddler storage.

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While the Launcher appears large enough to accomodate a toddler, attempts at toddler storage may result in the following:²

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¹ Sorry it’s a bit long, at 2:42, but I was too amused by Phoebe’s belly laughter and backwards toddling to cut any of it out.

² This one’s only 15 seconds. You know you want to watch it.

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18 responses to “the Ikea Rat Launcher

  1. I wish you lived next door to me.

  2. I love the way your brain works.

    Those turtles are always keeping the rats in check.

  3. L-O-Freakin-L! What fun!

  4. Too funny! She sure is a cutie..and honestly, who doesn’t love flying rats? :)

  5. That’s fabulous! And now watch your hits go way up for having the word Ikea in the post title.

  6. how adorable! i had no idea that ikea sold rats… but they’re pretty darn cute

  7. As a rat, I leap every time I see a toddler.

  8. magpie-
    That would be great!

    maja-
    Thanks!

    sage-
    My brain sometimes works in mysterious ways. Especially when it’s not working on the things it’s supposed to be working on.

    Julie-
    Oh, good! Added results!

    flutter-
    Glad to amuse.

    dragonfly-
    It is surprising that we don’t see more flying rat products.

    az-
    I didn’t realize Ikea had such power. (Though I haven’t seen any manifestation of it yet.)

    caset-
    They had this vat of rats when we went there last spring. We knew we couldn’t get only one.

    enkerli-
    That must be quite startling!

  9. Does it work on Boston Terriers?

  10. I just googled ‘Ikea rat’ and you show up on the first page.

  11. I’ve never seen that before, how hilarious. I bet my kids would love it. lol

  12. Christine-
    You might need to find a heavy-duty version.

    az-
    Well, assuming the world is looking for Ikea rats, I guess they’ll find me.

    Rose Daughter-
    I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for dropping by!

  13. Everytime I come here this post is at the top of the Favourite Posts list …

  14. Got 3 more Ikea rats today as the others have gone missing- I think they have perfected solo launches and are off to conquer the universe.

  15. My girlfriend and I will run to Ikea to buy a rat launcher! You’re great man!
    Bye! (from france)

    Claire and Olivier

  16. I am sitting here laughing out loud. Phoebe’s style of “backing away” is hysterical, and her laugh it so excellent. And there are just so many rats!

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