Monday, 19 December 2011

MechTech Transformers Toyologist Review

We were sent 4 different MechTech Transformers in our Toys R Us Toyologist box to review.

This is our first experience with Transformers, well my husband remembers them from when he was small but me and the children have never played with them before now, but from the look on their faces they were very happy.

The Transformers Mechtech range start at £12.99 and go right up to £69.99 so a good variety for all budgets.

They have 3 different levels 1 being the easier and 3 being advanced, the recommended age on them is 5+ we received levels 2 and 3.

The boxes they come in are a good size and have a clear font so you can see you transformer, some of the larger ones have sound effects and light up.

We received STARSCREAM which was the first one the boys opened, the RRP is £12.99 for this one and it is stage 2 .

Michael 7 needed some help at first to transform this but once he got the understood the pictured instructions he managed with most of the transformation alone, a great feature on these is the parts are designed so that if they are pressed to hard they pop off and then they are easily clicked back on and with Michael being heavy handed this was a great plus as this happened quite a few times.
Thomas 10 managed fine with this one although I would definitely keep the instructions safe as they are quite fiddly to do and very detailed.

The boys really enjoyed this and could not wait to get started on another one.

The second one the boys opened was the Optimus Prime Autobot which RRP is £21.99, this is also level 2 age 5+.

This one seemed more difficult to transform than the first one even though it was still stage 2, I really could not see a 5 year old doing this so maybe the recommended age should be adjusted with the difficulty levels, Thomas my 10 year old managed to transform this after a while with a little help from mum even though the instructions are all picture led they can be a little difficult to follow at times, definitely one for the older boys. 

The  quality of the mechtech range is really good and this transformer is a great size .

The third one was Ironhide with a RRP of £34.99 this one was level 3 but again displayed a recommended age of 5+.
This lights up and has sound effect and takes 2 AA batteries.

Thomas gave up transforming this one after a good try, and asked Dad to transform for him, I have to say it took dad a good 40 minutes to do, so I decided to ask my brother who is a massive transformer fan in case my other half was just a little slow and it took him a good 30 minutes.

We found that if you did not position the part in the exact place it would not go together. 

I think this is a great Transformer for collectors but the children found it a disappointment that they could not do it, although they had lots of fun playing with it as a figure.

The fourth and final one the boys played with was the Ultimate optimus prime which retails at £69.99, this is a stage 3 and is a really good size.
Lights and sound effect takes 2aa batteries

 This one took the men over an hour to transform, but they enjoyed every minute, the boys played with this but wouldn't try to transform it, they just asked dad and uncle Paul to do it for them although they did help in parts.
This is another one I would say for a collector or a great gift for dad to take them back to their childhood.
The Transformers Mechtech range is amazing the detailing to the figures is out of this world the only downfall is how hard they are I really would only buy my children stage 1 maybe stage 2 but my brother who collects them absolutely loved everything about them all so very mixed views.

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