Review and Giveaway: Mechatars

[26 Sep 2011 | By | 14 Comment(s) | 2,621 views ]

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Recently I had the opportunity to review a new robot toy: Mechatars, and you know we do love the robots around here, so how could I resist?   Plus, you guys get a chance to win one, and a coupon code MECHMOM for 10% off at iloverobots.com, valid until November 30, to buy your own if you don’t!

The Review

Basically, a Mechatar is a toy that is part remote control robot, and part video game.  Which is pretty much right up my 6 year old’s alley.  So I had him actually do the review on this… see the video below!  But to summarize:

You have 3 Mechatar toys to choose from: a raptor/dino/dragon looking thing, a wolf, and a bear (which the Boy decided was a Polar bear.) The toys have a simple to use remote so you can drive them around, and engage in battles with other Mechatars, or do ‘missions’ which apparently involve beeping.  We didn’t have another Mech to battle with, so I can’t attest to that portion, but the driving around was a little clunky and difficult to control.  Though The Boy didn’t seem to mind.  So your ‘offline’ mode is basically a fighting toy.

The ‘online’ mode is a computer game where you fight with your Mechatar in the virtual world.  The boy and I agree this was the best part of the game.   The fighting game itself was fun, complex enough to be interesting, but not so complex that a six year old couldn’t handle it.  See a little bit of it in action in the video below.  It’s an online game, played in the web browser.  As far as I could tell, there is no interaction with other actual players, so it’s not really a virtual world, but you can play against your friends’ mechatars by allying with them for training missions.  You’re not actually playing against the friend, but you are pitting your Mech against the friend’s Mech, which is being played by the computer.

There are some other pieces to the online game, like Challenges, but The Boy didn’t find them very interesting.  However he LOVED the battles.

From a technical perspective, the game suffers from an unfortunately common problem for kids’ games, of requiring Administrator access to run.  Like many smart parents, we prefer for our son’s computer account to be restricted in what he can run and install (who knows where he might accidentally click when out on the web!) , and his account does not have Administrator privileges.  This means that the program which allows you to sync and auto-connect to the online game doesn’t work automatically – it has to be run as an administrator by us.  It also meant we had problems on the initial install-make sure install the game as an administrator to avoid failures.  If you were doing a lot of syncing between the offline and online this would be an issue, however since you don’t even have to have a Mechatar to play the online game, and syncing isn’t a real big deal if you’re not doing a bunch of offline battles, it hasn’t been a big problem with the way the The Boy is playing the game.

But all in all, The Boy is really enjoying the toy, and definitely recommends it. He loved the battling, but he did wish there were more mechs to battle, not just the 3 styles.

See the video below to see the toy in action, and to see the video game in action!

Giveaway!

So, wanna win one for yourself?

Here’s the rules:

  • Visit www.Mechatars.com
  • Review the Mechatar lineup and check out which one you think your kid would like.  (To see the Mechatar line up, click on “play now” then “register” but no information needs to be submitted)
  • Leave a comment on this post with which Mechatar you’d most like to win!
  • See?  Easy Peasy.

Leave your comment, following the rules above, and I’ll pick a winner this Friday!

Small Print

Age range: 6-12
Availability: Mechatars is launching nationwide in Fall 2011 at stores like Target, Radio Shack, Amazon, Toys R’Us and iloveRobots.com (MSRP: $39.99)

I was selected to participate in this sponsored post series by Clever Girls Collective.  I was compensated for my time for  this review, but my opinions are always my own. 

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14 Comment(s) »

  • Susan [] :

    I think my son would like Alpha — that’s the wolfish one, right? Looks like fun!

  • Mami2jcn [] :

    My son would love to have Wrexx!

  • adrienne [] :

    Alpha is green and great!

  • Lisa W [] :

    I would love to win Wrexx for my kids

    frugalmommieof2 at gmail.com

  • Jill [] :

    My almost-6-year-old would love Kodar. Although I wish there was a yellow one, that’s his favorite color. I hope they expand the line later, they look pretty neat.

  • DEBIJOT [] :

    We like Wrexx

  • Clay Elrod [] :

    Definitely Alpha!

  • Tanya [] :

    I would like alpha
    tmc480 at yahoo dot com

  • Shelly Peterson [] :

    My son likes Alpha! Thanks for the giveaway!

    cshell090869@aol.com

  • Ryana [] :

    my son would like Alpha
    ryanac32 at yahoo dot com

  • tanya cantrell [] :

    my son would like kodar

    tanyacantrell2 at yahoo dot com

  • steve bloxam [] :

    my son would like wrexx

    stevebloxam at yahoo dot com

  • Rondah [] :

    my son would like alpha
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

  • Mechatars [] (elsewhere) discussed this :

    Check out an Initiative Team Member in action! Thank you for an awesome demo, Dominic!! @DotatDabbled http://t.co/4ktyDrGs