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MattKat

My Mickey Won't Stand Up- Help Wanted

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My 8ftMickey carollerdosen't stand up all the way and I dont know whatis wrong. None of the lights or ropesare caught. The only way that he will stand up is if I go out and lift him up until it fills with enough air to get off the ground. The slightest bit of snow will tip him over if I finnaly get him to stand up. Any help is appreciated!

I will try to get some pictures soon.

p.s. If anyone can tell me how rare or common they were because I haven't seen anyone else but Jason with oneand how much they are worth that would be helpful.

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And this is what I get when I turn him on:

And no his zipperis notopen and he is notcaught on the blowmolds either.

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my mickey is not a caroller but of one holding a candy cane, he does not blow up ll the way if he is tethered more towards the front as his nose and mouth area is top heavy. I found that making the tether tighter towards the back then the front so when he deflates he falls back, and he blows up fine from falling back., just a thought.

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We have a Mickey and Tigger, they did not do well with any kind of extraweight on them, such as rain , snow, ice or frost. I even tied them up and it still did not help, I would turn them off if they where wet. this happen when we lived in Washinton.

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I have found that any inflatable that is designed "top heavy"....as in the hat and mickey's ears.....does not do well over time. Whether the fan is running slower or the inflatable is wet or snowcovered they seem to bend over and causes less stress to the overworked fan.

I have found the best thing to do is to put a 6 to 8 foot wooden dowel or some other kind of thin stick material behind them....sinking it a little in the ground to stand up on it's own. Then I wrap some clear fishing line around the inflatable and the stick.....and then it no longer bends over.

Another possibility is to tie that same fishing line around the inflatable...and then attach the line to the house or bushes and or nearby tree. Just be sure to do it in a way as to not allow someone to trip over it.

bill d

p.s. when it rains.....a lot of them will bend over incorrectly and when they dry out in the sun...all is well again.

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I like the idea of having him fall back, but as you may see in the picture he backs up to a wall and behind him is mud. The thing is, he does this even when he is very dry. I guess that he is just top heavey, but please keep the suggestions coming! I appreciate them a lot.:smile:

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I like the idea of having him fall back, but as you may see in the picture he backs up to a wall and behind him is mud. The thing is, he does this even when he is very dry. I guess that he is just top heavey, but please keep the suggestions coming! I appreciate them a lot.:smile:

Sorry, double post.

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Mattkat,

Our Mickey caroler does the same thing. I do as Bill suggested, we put a 6' hanging plant "hook" in the ground behind Mickey and then wrap some clear line (we used a tether one year) around Mickey to help support him. He stands up a lot better that way. We have a similar problem with our Santa that has 2 reindeer on his shoulders inflatable, that one likes to tip over a lot too!

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MattKat wrote:

I like the idea of having him fall back, but as you may see in the picture he backs up to a wall and behind him is mud. The thing is, he does this even when he is very dry. I guess that he is just top heavey, but please keep the suggestions coming! I appreciate them a lot.:smile:

Sorry, double post.

Matt-

I have an 8' Mickey as well (the candy cane one) and an 8' Vampire Mickey for Halloween. Both are over 4 years old and do what you're describing. The issue is three-fold:

1. The motor in the fan is probably fine, but the vents on the motor are (more than likely) covered to a certain extent. Nothing you did, per say, but over time they get... well, crap on them. From the ground, the weather, motor sludge, etc. You can try cleaning them up a bit but oftentimes there is an issue INSIDE that you can't get to very well.

2. The seams on ANY inflatable will slowly, over time, get bigger and bigger. And while it isn't visibly noticable, more and more air comes out.

3. The 8' Mickey's are poorly designed. They're ALL top heavy, and the base is smaller than the head (in width) which lends itself to toppling over. I think they look good, and I really like them (and I'm even looking for the Uncle Sam Mickey that's been discontinued for years), but the design is flawed, no doubt about it.

So a semi-clogged motor vent, combined with larger holes along the seams (times thousands of holes), combined with a poor design will give you the "Bowing Mickey" as my wife calls it.

If you're going to keep the Mickey where it is in your pics, here's what I would do:

1. Either the "pole up his back" idea posted above, which does work, or...

2. Garrote him. Think Luca Brasi in the Godfather. Tie a length of fishing line around his neckline, down his back, and tie it to one of those plastic yellow tent stakes (3.99 for 8 from WalMart). This will keep him standing up, since when he tries to pitch forward and bow, the string won't let him.

Don't give up on him though. That Caroler Mickey is pretty cool looking.

Ryan

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