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Both my twins love Ben 10, but oddly enough, they don't have a particular favourite alien. So when we saw this Ultimate Echo Echo figure greatly reduced in Tesco, they were happy enough to have him, despite him not being one of the more popular characters. In fact, poor Echo Echo and NRG were the only figures left, and had been reduced to £3.00, so we got ourselves a bit of bargain. He is usually priced at around £7 and is for ages 4 and up.
Ultimate Echo Echo is 15cm tall, and is a robotic looking blue alien. Although described as an action figure, he actually has very limited movement, wih only three points of articulation (his arms and neck) and even then, they don't move a great deal. His legs and waist are fixed, and his right arm is also fixed into a certain pose, that is with the palm held up facing forward, as he has some kind of weapon on his palm. His left arm features a disc launcher, and the figure comes with three discs. This feature was very popular in our house untill all the discs went mysteriously missing, as small parts are prone to do in any house with children. Because of the discs, this toy wouldn't be suitable for small children who put things in their mouths. The disc launcher is operated by pulling back a lever on his shoulder, and was easy for my four year olds to manage.
The colours on the figure are very bright and the paint is of good quality. Despite being chucked around a fair bit, he hasn't suffered any scratches or fading detail. He is made of good quality lightweight plastic, and the parts of him that don't move are sturdy and durable. The arms, however, are a different matter. After only a few weeks of playing with him, Echo Echo lost both his arms. At first I thought the kids had been overly rough with him, but they don't generally break a lot og toys, and I've seen other reviews online where parents said the same thing. In fact, this is a problem we have had with other Ben 10 products, that they break very easily, and frankly, has put me off buying Ben 10 toys for my sons this Christmas.
So, even though the rest of him is good quality and he is very true to the TV show in appearance, I can't really give him any more than 3 stars. If I had paid full price for this, I would have been very disappointed. I think toys aimed at little boys of this age should be able withstand a little bit of rough play without breaking.
Prepare for a sonic assault with the Ben 10 Ultimate Alien 15cm Echo Echo . Echo Echo is a valuable ally for Ben, being able to clone himself many times or stun enemies with his ultrasonic scream. This figure features a cool disc launcher in his arm with three discs, ready to take on Ben's enemies.