Product Type: Hasbro Fancy Dress
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Hasbro Hulk Gamma Rage Hands
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Hasbro Hulk Gamma Rage Hands
Date: 22/10/12, updated on 22/10/12 (66 review reads)
Advantages: Authentic sound effects, generous padding, robust, accommodate wide age range
Disadvantages: Encourages fighting, sound box proved uncomfortable
Allowing the kids to choose how to spend some of their own birthday/Christmas money can be a great way of promoting independence and learning the value of money. It can also be a recipe for disaster and result in the purchase of toys that ordinarily wouldn't get through the front door. Such was the case with these giant 'Hulk Hands' - the choice of my oldest son - a toy that isn't the wisest of choices in a household with three warring siblings!
The Hulk Hands are super-sized green padded fists with this original format boasting 'smash and bash' sound effects. These sounds are motion activated so any bashing of younger siblings, parents or other easy targets results in the giant gloves emitting some rather unnerving phrases. All of the sound effects are clear and true to the original TV series, including the memorable key phrase 'You're making me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!' (There are several other sound effects that don't come supplied but generally accompany this toy too - tears, 'get off' and 'Mummy! He's hurting me!')
My son originally loved these sound effects and phrases, especially as they are so easy to activate and don't require a massive punch or an impact with any solid surface to activate the noises. There is no volume control but it is possible to switch the sound effects of altogether (but far more effective is confiscating the toy entirely!) After a few months of rough play, my son started to complain that the battery compartment that created the sound effects was irritating him when he was punching and he actually insisted on cutting the box out completely (again using the very annoying logic that this was his toy, paid for with his own money.)
This really is a toy that brings out the worst in young boys and encourages fighting and (very) rough play. The saving grace is that the gloves are very heavily padded so the 'damage' is limited somewhat and the fists themselves won't cause too much pain. My oldest son does tend to overestimate the amount that his five year brother will tolerate so I do try and keep these fists out of sight as much as possible or at least ensure that each sibling has just one of the fists each, to make the contest slightly more 'fair'.
In terms of sizing, these will accommodate quite a large age range as the interior of the gloves includes a little fabric strap. The wearer can grip on to this strap which ensures that they don't lose hold of the giant fist and means that the fit itself is less crucial. My five and ten year old boys are both able to wear and fight with these fists and younger children would probably be able to hold and play with them too, although it's probably not the wisest choice for younger children given the rough play involved. Adults would certainly be able to squeeze inside these generously proportioned fists - ideal for men that haven't quite grown up!
When looking online for current prices, it appears that these hands have been updated and no longer include the sound effects. This would actually be better for my son, especially as he removed the noise box anyway for comfort. I would imagine that the lack of noises would be a disappointment to most youngsters wanting to act out the Hulk but there is no shortage of the original format, complete with sound effects, available on eBay.
I wouldn't particularly recommend this toy, given its nature, and certainly wouldn't buy it out of choice but I can't fault the quality of the gloves. They have certainly proved to be robust enough to withstand everything that my kids have put them through with no signs of any wear and tear or visible damage. If you're looking for an outlet for some excess energy or the accompaniment for a green Hulk mask, these would probably do the trick!
Summary: A robust toy designed for rough play
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