I haven't seen one of these in years. I had one of these as a kid and forgotten about this toy. (Mine was mostly yellow.) This wind up bird really does fly by flapping it's wings. I'm not sure scientists have figured out how to do this, but a $10 toy can!
Made in France, Tim is about 8 inches long and has a wingspan of 16 inches. Once you have snapped the wings in place, you wind up the rubber band drive, and toss it into the air. It flies up to fifty yards with a satisfying fluttering sound. It comes with a spare rubber band drive.
Here is the link to Tim Bird
On a related note, this Ornithopter Kit
looks really cool, but the reviews were mixed. Has anyone tried one? Drop me a note and let me know.
Labels: animals, mechanical toys, wind up