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Ben 10 is a kids' cartoon phenomenon that seems to be most popular with 5-6 year old kids. Ben is a kid who finds a magic watch that allows him to turn into any one of 10 different aliens, and Ben 10 Alien Force is the subsequent cartoon series that takes up the story as Ben and his cousin Gen are in their mid to late teens.
Humungosaur is perhaps my favourite character (yes, grown ups are allowed favourites too!!). Essentially, he doesn't do anything special in the cartoon series, but I was impressed with his feats of strength and his ability to say his own name in a terrifying way. As a result of the character not really doing much, the figurine follows suit. He has a huge brown torso that is solid plastic, and although the limbs move, they are quite limited, too.
Whereas characters such as Spider Monkey have a bit more flexibility in their arms, I found that Humungosaur has less movement. His arms just about go all the way round, but the legs have very minimal movement, which is disappointing. The head also dislodges. I'm not sure as to the point of this, as it can get lost quite easily. My son does like to try and swap heads with Spider Monkey, which looks quite funny, but ultimately, it could be seen as a potential choking hazard for younger kids. The box does explain this.
As well as the large figurine, you also get a smaller, see through figurine on a plastic disc that has lugs in it. These lugs allow the disc to be slotted into the top of the Omnitrix (Ben's watch) which you can buy as a separate toy. Each figurine will come with a different small see through addition, and you can use these in the watch to produce a sound saying the character's name from the watch. The lugs for each one are in different places, which makes it possible for the watch to recognise which one has been inserted.
Really, this and the other Ben 10 figurines are nothing other than gimmicky ways to make some more money for the franchise. It has already been a really lucrative series, and as long as kids love the characters, they will want to have an actual one in their hands to make their own stories up. My 6 year old son uses mainly the larger figurines and doesn't necessarily bother with the smaller see through ones and the watch. It comes out every now and then but the larger ones are incorporated into a mass toy sessions every now and then, with Humungosaur often pitted against Lion-O! Go figure!
I do recommend this toy, as you get two well packaged and on the whole well made Humungosaur toys. It can cost anywhere between £5 and £10, and this is reasonable for a very popular toy. No doubt as the Ben 10 phenomenon diminishes, toys will be available for somewhat less, but even at the current prices, it's worth it. Recommended.
Ben 10 alien force has become one of the biggest toy sellers from a cartoon program I have ever seen. Every mother that I have spoken to at christmas has told me that their sons have asked for all the toys. Our sons were no different. My stepson owns all of the products of ben 10 and watches the program over and over much to our dismay.
Humungosaur is one of the alien charactors in the program that a young teenager called ben can transform into with the help of a watch. This is so that he can help save the world from bad aliens. He has help from his cousin and friend Kevin to defeat them. Each alien that he can change into has a special power that helps him. This alien is supposed to be big and heavy which means he used his size to squash and knock aliens away to defeat them. He is a light and dark brown colour that has a little green and black dial on his chest that shows that he is not one of the bad aliens but ben transformed into one.
We bought this as a stocking filler for a christmas present because their were lists and lists of Ben 10 wants and we can not get everything. This alien was only £5 from toys r us so it really didn't break the bank which I liked.
It comes in a plastic box that has cardboard on the back that makes it easy to open. In the pack is a 5cm tall alien figure of humungosaur, an information card that tells the child the power of the alien, the aliens name and what aliens he can fight the best. Also their is a clear crystal like plastic figure that is on a round base that has little flaps that come out of the bottom. This clear plastic figure is able to fit in the omnitrix watch that helps the child play pretend better. They just clip this into the top of the watch and press a button and the watch will talk in the aliens voice which is really good.
This toy may be a bit pointless if you do not own the watch but they will still have the figure to play with. The only problem that I have with this toy is that the head keeps being pulled off. It does stay on very well but my son has a habbit of leaving it lying around and my daughter keeps pulling it apart. This is a problem because the head is quite small and is very easily able to be put into younger childrens mouths and would choke a child. It is stated on the box that their are small parts and a choking hazzard which is good. I would advise for these toys not to be bought for children under the age of 4 and if you have younger children to keep them out of sight.
These are good value for money and my son gets full enjoyment from this toy. They have been good as stocking fillers and are used in our house at least once a day so for £5 it was a good buy.