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RichardG

Gemmy Lightshow Pumpkin

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I think this would be cool if there were a long line of these singing simultaneously as the trick or treaters walk by.  Hopefully if you flip the switch, they will all come on at the same time and sing simultaneously.

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Darlene:  Don't forget these are Gemmi.  (flip a switch and all come on at the same time?), lucky if you flip and switch they all come on at all, more than twice in a row.

 

hope all is well at your place.

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Jerry, you have that right. So far no issues.

I wish the songs where longer. Also wish, think they should have done Monster Mash instead of Thriller

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Bought mine from BJ's only sang part of Thriller. I cut the wires inside that come off the board. The LED lights run off 12 volts. I hooked them up to a LOR dc board to control the lights. I am in the process of reworking some of the songs that are floating around for talking pumpkin faces.

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How much did you pay if I may ask menard here had it for about 150 but it only sang thriller I think they didnt have it singing when I was there so I coud not inspect it and the box had very little info

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How much did you pay if I may ask menard here had it for about 150 but it only sang thriller I think they didnt have it singing when I was there so I coud not inspect it and the box had very little info

$99 in BJ's

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$99 in BJ's

 

Wow that is a big difference still too much Im afraid though I wonder how well they hold up I have had bad luck with inflates in the past they just stop working

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Time will tell. My inflatables in the past have lasted 4 or more years. I blow them up to let them dry in the a.m.

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I paid $100 and change after tax. HD has it for $99.99.

As for rewiring to LOR, I would love to see a video once you're done.

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There are lots of cool looking inflatable but man we get some serious wind and storms at times in my area and even when you do everything to stake those suckers down last year I chased my huge snowman in the ball down the street....it was not cool...got a slight tear that I was able to repair but I was ready to just toss that thing away...my 3 year old loves it though so I guess I'll be putting it up again this year.. :(

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Hey guys, newbie here. Saw this post as I'm considering purchasing the lightshow pumpkin. I went to Homedepot.com to see if it's in stock locally, looks like it's on sale for $74.98. How does the motor seem on this particular one? I have lots of Gemmy inflatables but none of the more recent ones. Trying to snag 1st place in our neighborhood contest and this might do the trick. :)

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Hey guys, newbie here. Saw this post as I'm considering purchasing the lightshow pumpkin. I went to Homedepot.com to see if it's in stock locally, looks like it's on sale for $74.98. How does the motor seem on this particular one? I have lots of Gemmy inflatables but none of the more recent ones. Trying to snag 1st place in our neighborhood contest and this might do the trick. :)

Well that stinks...shoulda waited. :P

As for the motor...it's a motor they use in the 4ft ones. Takes a minute or so to inflate fully, but once inflated it's a decent inflatable. I just get tired of hearing Thriller and It's Halloween Time....lol

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