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Transformers Power Bots – Bumblebee

Submitted by on January 27, 2010 – 3:22 pmNo Comment

Transformers Power Bot Bumblebee“The Transformers Power Bot is lots of fun and pretty robust, considering it’s survived my two years old playing a series of games that all seem to involve dropping it.”

Buy online at Argos

Price £22.99

*****

Initial thoughts: Finding a decent robot for a two and a half year old is a bit tricky. Robots aimed at pre-schoolers can often be a bit twee and dull, while those for older children can be complex and hard for little hands to play with. The Power Bot is aimed at the 4+ age group, but we felt that there was no reason why our little boy couldn’t play with it whilst being supervised.

While the toy is tied in with the Transformers movie, it doesn’t transform. That was a positive for us, making it easier to play with and meaning there were fewer small parts to drop off, and potentially injure or maim anyone. Nevertheless, the robot is a good size and a bright colour with lots of buttons and flashing lights. There are a few different models to chose from, this one happened to appeal to my little boy who has seen some of the other marketing. As an adult I thought it looked horrible, but my boy thinks it’s the most fantastic robot he has ever seen.

We Liked: The Power Bot does not have lots of small parts or really sharp corners. I felt confident that my two and a half year old could safely play with it. It’s also been a really lovely imaginative toy, inspiring my little boy to play lots of games, often running around – which I don’t mind as his play is usually more static!

I thought the toy was also pleasingly robust – this robot has been thrown around A LOT, but doesn’t seem to have sustained any damage, even when the games involve dropping the unfortunate robot from some height. My two year old is is frequently reduced to tantrums when bits are missing from favourite toys, so a well-made, quality toy is a Godsend.

We weren’t so keen: The Power Bot has a sort of gun in its hand, which can be fired. Without sounding too politically correct, I was astonished at how much my little boy used this function and I feel slightly uneasy about it.

I have to admit, I personally found the noisy sound effects a little bit tiresome. The Power Bot, like the one in the film (apparently) plays a weird mixture of radio clips. These short bursts of noise really entertain children, but seem designed to annoy adults after, ooh, about two minutes.

Overall: My little boy has no complains about the Transformers Power Bot, he’s played with it non-stop since Christmas. I think it’s a really impressive product which has thoroughly entertained our little boy, and also has a lot of potential for future play. Well made, robust and excellent value for money, it’s one to snap up.

[Claire, Being a Mummy]

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