Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena Disappointing

This toy appears to be the updated version of the old battle bots.   If you have seen the Toy Story movie, you will recall them.   This seems like a good idea however the execution is very weak.  The descriptions say there is an instruction sheet, there were NO instruction sheets nor were the visuals on the box much help.  It was easy to figure out where the eight batteries were to be installed.  The robots need to be charged by connecting them to the remote which holds the batteries.  They claim a 20 minute quick charge for 20 minutes of play.   They did charge in 20 minutes.  Play is a different matter.  I am guessing there is a color code that tells you something based on the changing color led that is on each robot.   Since there were no instructions I have no idea what the led color changes mean.  The one robot stopped working and had to be turned off and then back on to get it to work again.  I don’t know if that is what happens when it takes too many hits to the head or if it is defective.  

After going to the web site things became clearer.   The color codes and battle modes were explained as well as the reset mode.  While the web site is fine and explains all the things that were inexplicable prior to visiting the web site, I don’t feel requiring Internet access to use a toy is a good idea.   The toy should have an instruction sheet and visiting a web site to watch videos on how to use it seems overly complex.   I think the age range of 6 to 15 years is a stretch.  It is going to be too complex for the bottom of the age range and too boring for the top.   My overall impression is that the toy needs to be simplified, there needs to be better quality control to insure there is an instruction sheet in each box and there should be a docking station or wall charger.   I know my grandkids would be frustrated with a 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off toy.  Of course that assumes that it would capture their interest and I think that might be an overly optimistic assumption. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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