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Hasbro Transformers Wheeljack Deluxe

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      21.11.2012 22:53
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      A 'must have' toy that barely gets used in our house.

      My son is of an age where he likes to fiddle with things, and his attention has moved on from the figures he liked when he was a baby boy into more grown up interests. This started when my friend bought him a couple of the smaller transformer toys.

      Although he liked them, we found the smaller models to be quite fiddly, and even as adults, it was pretty impossible to get the model to transform without limbs falling off and a lot of tears of frustration. So, we thought part of the problem might be the scale, and decided we would go to one of the more 'deluxe models'. The cheaper bracket toy was below £10, whereas this model was round about £15, and currently a little bit higher than that at £21 on amazon.

      For the increased price you do indeed get a slightly bigger and better toy that is a bit less prone to falling apart in your hands at the gentlest touch. The instruction leaflet you get with these toys is supposed to show you how to transform from a vehicle to a robot, and a robot to a vehicle in a few easy steps. All I can say is that it might as well be in a foreign language to me, as I try to copy the pictures, and I end up with a broken toy in my hands. My husband fairs slightly better than me, and usually between my husband and 6 year old son, they can manage to perform the transformation. However, if you are missing even one little piece, the whole thing fails to clip together into vehicle formation. The conversion level on this one is said to be level 2 - intermediate difficulty. I'd find it easier to turn rock into gold.

      The age recommendation of 5 years plus for this toy is pretty accurate, as we find my son is a lot more competent at understanding to be gentle and the need to perform actions in sequence than he was a year ago when he first got one of these toys. My 4 year old is likely to upset my 6 year old when he gets his hands on it and it all falls apart in his hands, so I would say stick to the age recommendation with this one, and if your child is heavy handed like my youngest then perhaps go older still.

      I do feel that this model is better than the smaller scale ones as the joints are a lot stronger and you certainly feel like you are moving something more substantial and it won't actually break. I don't really recommend this toy highly as a parent as I find it is constantly in bits or causing children to be upset when they can't do it and I can't help them with it. My eldest does have a fascination with these toys, but he doesn't play with this a lot. I am more likely to find him with the swords from the model with another action figure.

      Overall I have to say I think the quality is ok, but not great. It is a pretty average toy, and quite frustrating. I can't see us adding to his transformers collection.

      As well as this character Wheeljack, you can get deluxe models of Bumblebee, megatron, optimus prime and cliffjumper, and a few others, some of which are cyberverse characters. This means not a lot to me, and I don't think my son would know many of the characters from the TV programme. I think it would be expensive though to get a collection of all these figures, especially when they are not that good.


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