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Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe

$199.00 Sale Price:   $59.99

Price: $199.00 Sale Price:   $59.99

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Our legendary cartographers use a process that combines 17 layers of rich color printing with specially developed materials to create these virtually unbreakable state-of-the-art globes.


With the light off, the globe shows a wealth of political data and place names, all printed in the patented National Geographic typeface. With the light on, the physical world is revealed with meticulously hand-drawn mountains, valleys, vegetation zones, and ocean floors.


Delivery Information:

  • $10 shipping surcharge
  • Not available for shipment outside of the Continental U.S. and Canada
  • Sorry, no PO or APO/FPO addresses

  • 12" diameter
  • 15" high overall, with walnut-finished wood base and a gold-toned semi-meridian
  • Cord is concealed by running through the base
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Comes with a certificate of authenticity

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Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe
 
3.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (5)
  • Educational (5)
  • Rotates easily (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Desk (4)
  • School (4)
  • Home decor (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (4)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Current Mapping

By Sparky

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Educational
  • Quality Construction
  • Rotates Smoothly

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

      It's the right size to fit on my desk. Would love a "HUGE" globe, but nowhere to put it!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Just Don't let your kids touch it!

      By Dano the Mano

      from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Clear Colourful Backlight
      • Educational
      • Makes a Great Nightlight
      • Rotates Smoothly

      Cons

      • Cheap plastic curved arm
      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Desk
      • Home Décor
      • School

      Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

      PROS:
      Looks great. My kids get excited about locating places and establishing their distances from our home city. Great for comparing country sizes and shapes, etc. A really 'worldly' tool that helps expand my kids' understanding of the earth and our place in it.
      The base is really well constructed. Solid and attractive, like a smooth, rounded well-finished wood base.

      CONS: Cheap construction:
      The curved latitude arm that holds the globe to the base is made of cheap, easily breakable plastic. Also, there is a small free-floating plastic washer pin at north pole that holds the top of the globe and allows it to spin (at the top of this curved arm) and it too is not well designed and frequently pops out when the globe is lifted or moved (especially by a child). Further, this plastice washer falls to the floor when the pin pops out and can easily get lost or broken.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Delightful

      By Cookie

      from Wayne, NJ

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Educational
      • Quality Construction
      • Rotates Smoothly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Desk
        • Gifts
        • School

        Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

        Looks great without the light on, but even better when it's lit!MY nephew will love it!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Functional . . . AND Beautiful

        By Judy

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Educational
        • Quality Construction
        • Rotates Smoothly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Desk
          • Gifts
          • Home Décor
          • Office
          • School

          Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

          This beautiful globe was purchased for my 8 and 10 year old grandchildren, filling out their geography resources with the National Geographic Student Atlas of the World and the new National Geographic Challenge video game. They love all three. The globe, however, is so beautiful that it has pride of place in their family room.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Way overpriced for flimsy plastic arm

          By jdneapwa

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Educational
          • Rotates Smoothly

          Cons

          • Not Child Safe
          • Out Dated Map
          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

          • Desk
          • Home Décor
          • School

          Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

          For a [$] regularly priced globe, this is really disappointing. At that cost, the suspension arm needs to be solid metal construction. Instead its flimsy plastic. If I had know the arm was plastic, I wouldn't have spent more than $60 on it. Its way overpriced, even on sale and with a coupon code. No wonder its on sale too: South Sudan is missing from the map.

          (34 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This globe contains errors

          By Disappointed

          from Canada

          Pros

            Cons

            • Inaccurate
            • Not Child Safe
            • Poor Construction
            • Unattractive Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

              This product is very poorly manufactured and frankly should be recalled, not just because the brackets are poorly manufactured and come apart when you pick it up but it doesn't rotate well. Moreover, it contains typos and inaccuracies. The legend underneath the "Pacific Ocean" label contains two typos. First it says "Decibuous" when it should read "Deciduous", secondly "Shrubland" is spelled "Shrudland".

              In addition to these typos there is an error in the location of the city Fredericton New Brunswick. I seriously question the integrity of this globe and the quality control measures National Geographic has in place, or in this case missing. Isn't your mission "Research, Education, Conservation and Exploration"?

              Do not purchase this product!

              (37 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              not worth the money

              By NGS fan, normally

              from Illinois

              Comments about Explorer Illuminated Blue Ocean Desk Globe:

              I am not sure what material the traditional globes that you see around are made of, but they are not plastic. I was very disappointed in this gift that I bought for my husband. He didn't say anything, but I think he was disappointed too. For [$], I would expect the bracket to really be brass (or at least metal), not plastic. I expected the globe to be substantial like a real globe. It is plastic, so it is too light to really spin well. It also had a scratch on it where a small piece of plastic tore off, and the two halves form a large noticeable lump at the equator where it was put together, with a large piece of tape around it (which I'm afraid to take off. I'm very disappointed in the quality. However, it does light up.

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