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Vivid Imaginations Stingray

This Vivid Imaginations Stingray measures around 9 inches long.

This is the 'Stingray Play set'. That's the major snag with this one. It's sold as a 'play set'. That means it's got an oversized figure to go inside an oversized chair inside. Shame about that. There's a large hinge at the rear of the upper cabin area so that it can be lifted up. Yes - it seems like Vivid decided to copy the Matchbox Stingray, but scale it down a bit.
Apart from the action figure/play set concept it's a nice little Stingray model. It does not have the 'Soundtech' treatment so there are no additional buttons for tiresome repeating phrases. You'll just have to say 'Flood Q' and 'Fire sting missiles!' yourself - as I'm sure you will.
A button on the top of Stingray fires two torpedoes (sting missiles), four are supplied. So if you miss the rubber duck with the first salvo you can try again. Rubber duck? Well this toy is designed to sail in the bath. It has a clockwork motor. The motor is quite discrete and does not mar the appearance of the sub. The winding mechanism is underneath and a propellor is located in the 'ratemaster' tube at the back.
The periscope is too far forward, possibly to allow the top of the toy to hinge back. If only they'd put the thing a quarter of an inch further back so it didn't sit where the upper hatch should be. Still, that's only a minor detail.
I suspect there's potential with this toy for customizing. Perhaps an electric motor could replace the clockwork one, and then the opening upper area could be used to house batteries? You won't need to modify it if you only plan to sail Stingray in the bath though.
This Stingray toy was excellent value considering the fairly low price.
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Vivid Stingray in its packaging

The Stingray toy comes very nicely packaged on a blister pack card.
It's a pity you can't get the toy out without tearing the packet. On the other hand, I prefer to see what I'm buying. At least you know you are not getting a big box that contains mainly packing materials.
I imagine that many people will keep the toy on the card as a display item.

Stingray - front view

Stingray - Front view
A nice looking toy.

Stingray - side wiew

Stingray - side view.
The hinge and missile button are not too obtrusive.
The Stingray name appears on both sides, as it should. On the small Matchbox model the name only appeared on the side visible in the package.

Stingray at sea

Here's our Stingray off the coast of Wales in the Irish Sea.
Some people keep their toys in the packaging so they can try and sell them later. We like to get some fun out of our toys.
We took our Stingray for a sail in a rock pool - the motor works very nicely.