Wednesday 30 August 2017

We've been discovering the new #Ben10Toys range

As I told you earlier in the week, there's a #Ben10Toys twitter party taking place tomorrow (Thursday 31st August), from 1pm - 3pm, where you will have the chance to discover and hopefully win some of the new toy range from Flair. I'll be one of the hosts so make sure you follow @cherylp59 and @UKMumsTV, as well as the #Ben10Toys hashtag, to join in.

We received a fabulous party pack, including lots of the new toys, so that we could have a real life party with some of Pierre's friends to showcase the range. More about that in another blogpost coming soon. In the meantime, I thought you might like to have a look too.

The first thing that caught Pierre's eye was the Transform-n-Battle, which allows your child to dress up as Ben 10.

There are two different aliens available - either the extending fire blast that we got, or a diamond shard weapon.

Pierre thought this was great fun, although the mask was a little on the small side. At age 8, he's probably in the upper limit of the intended age range though.

You can't have Ben 10 without an Omnitrix - if you're not familiar with the Ben 10 concept, he found an alien watch called the Omnitrix which allows him to transform into ten different characters - and Pierre was delighted to discover a Deluxe Omnitrix in the box. As a parent, I was delighted to learn that it came with batteries already installed !

Inspired by the hit TV show, this Omnitrix watch features 100+ alien phrases, as well as lights and sounds.

Turn the dial to select your hero alien - you can choose between Grey Matter, Heatblast, Diamondhead, Forearms, Cannon Bolt, XLR8, Wildvine, Stinkfly, Upgrade and Overflow - then push the button to pop up the top, see the omnitrix magically light up and hear the alien speak. The Deluxe Omnitrix fits easily on your child's wrist with a Velcro strap.

There is also a basic Omnitrix, which features lights, sounds and 40+ alien phrases, including "Its hero time!", "You can't catch me!", "It's time to turn up the heat!" and many more. Use the power of ten to defeat the villains but keep an eye on the time!

We also discovered the range of basic action figures (8 available), which are articulated and come with accessories to encourage imaginative make-believe play. Each figure is approximately 4-5.5 inches tall. The flyer in each pack also shows off the Power Up figures (3 available), which have a power-up button to give your alien a surging burst of energy, complete with unique light up effects and signature alien phrases - and the Super Deluxe figures (choose between characters Heatblast and Forearms), which are 11" tall.

We got busy unboxing and soon discovered Ben Tennyson & Grey Matter, XLR8 with race accessories (three cones) and Cannonbolt.

Our favourites were Heatblast, complete with two flame blasts, Hex, with his snake-topped staff, and Steam Smythe, with his steampunk scorpion stinger.

There is also Four Arms, who missed the photo call apparently - presumably because Pierre was in too much of a rush to play with them all ! He comes with a cool breakable chain. Also in the flyer for the basic figures collection are Diamondhead, Upgrade, Overflow, Wildvine, Stinkfly and Dr Animo - I'm not sure if these are already available though.

The flyer also shows a  Rust Bucket play set, which starts off as a vehicle ...

... then transforms into a giant 3-level playset that stands over 2 feet tall! Father Christmas - I hope you're taking notes !

Don't forget tomorrow's twitter party, where you will be able to win some of the toys, as well as join in all the party fun !

Disclosure : We received a party pack, including the toys.

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