Remote Controlled Shark

Remote Controlled Shark

Freaking out the neighbors is always a good time, but after a while the same ol' gags just simply won't work anymore. Step up your game with this Remote Controlled Robotic Shark ($100). Simply hide this baby in their pool and when they come out to swim, release Jaws-like fury upon their legs! Okay, so it's really only two feet long and it won't be eating any flesh anytime soon, but it can work 40' from the remote and go up to 9' deep, so it can still get some decent laughs.

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