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I brought these for my 5 year old son for his birthday and he was over the moon. Knowing how much he actually LOVES Ben 10 I knew that we were on to a winner as soon as we seen them and an extra item to his massive Ben 10 collection.
These were brought from Toys R Us for £9.99 which we thought was quite cheap for something with a brand on the toy, normally the branded items are alot more expensive than you would expect and it came as quite a suprise to us. They looked hard wearing in the packaging which is good for both my 5 year old and 3 year old as they do tend to be dropped on the floor or thrown into the toy box.
The walkie talkies come in clear and sealed plastic packaging with Ben 10 on the front. They are also from the Ben 10 Alien force range so Ben 10 is slightly older in this series which appealed more to my 5 year old. The packaging is very difficult to open as there is no way of getting into the sealed edges, we found that the easiest way to get into it was to use a sharp knife around the edge and cut it out. Not something a child could do on their own if they wanted to open it themselves.
Once you evenutally get into the packaging the walkie talkies are in the shape of the Omnitix (Ben 10's watch that turns him into the aliens). They have a green button on the side that you slide up and down to turn the walkie talkie on and off and on the other side there is another green button that you press in to be able to talk though it. Its green and black in design with a grey ariel on the top which is flexible and hard wearing, something we have had trouble with in the past with the children bending them and snapping them.
The range on the walkie talkies are not very far but far enough for the children to play with in seperate rooms and get enjoyment out of it. My children love the idea that one can be upstairs and the other down stairs and they can still hear each other when they talk. The only problem we have found with the range is that if one of the children go out into the back garden they cant really hear the other one talking because there is alot of interferrence. Whilst in range there isnt any crackling or interferrence at all and you can hear the voices clearly through the walkie talkie although it isnt very loud and you sometimes have to get the children to repeat what they have just said.
The plastic that make the walkie talkies is very strong and thick. My children and thrown the walkie talkies across the room in a tantrum before and they have still worked perfectly and have not cracked or broken inn anyway. The back of the walkie talkie has a compartment for the batteries which as far as i know come with the product although they dont last too long and they have to be replaced but with good quality batteries in them they tend to work a lot longer than the ones that were provided. The battery compartment is fixed to the back on the product with a small screw which you will need a phillips screw driver to get into the back which can be a pain if you are out and about and the batteries go however it is alot safer for your children because with the screw holding the back down they can not get into the compartment and take the batteries out.
Over all i think the product is very good for the money and long lasting too. Although it doesnt capture the childrens attention for long they still play with them every day and it is very funny listening to the conversations and games they make up with them. For £9.99 you dont really mind buying batteries for the walkie talkies because they do last in them and the product is played with alot. I think we have changd the batteries twice in the year we have had them. It is made a high quality and its piece of mind for every parent to know that the children are safe with them as they are very strong and there are no fidderly pieces or pieces that come off. Because of the size of them an older child lik my 5 year old can use them with ease because they fit perfectly in their hands without struggling however my 3 year old does have a little trouble holding on to the walkie talkie and pressing the button at the same time because he hands are lot smaller and she has to use both hands.
I would recommend these to any parent with a child who loves Ben 10. They are so happy that it is Ben 10 and even happier when they get to play with it. Even if your child doesnt really like Ben 10 they would still love a gift like this. Although it is cheap in price they have not been cheap with the product.
A very happy mummy with a very happy boy
IMC Ben 10 Alien Force Omnitrix Walkie Talkies.
We have owned these walkie talkies now for two years after my son was bought them for Christmas by my Nan. Jack was really very pleased when he opened these up as he was a massive Ben 10 fan at the time.
If you are familiar with Ben 10 you will know that he uses an Omnitrix to transform into whatever monster he may want to be. These walkie talkies are shaped just like an Omnitrix, circular and bright green. Coming form the top you will find a long thin light grey coloured ariel.
On Christmas day my boy's had hours of fun with these, one of them in one part of the house, the other somewhere else giving each other commands etc. and Jack was over the moon with them. I think my Nan paid around £12.99 for these but she also purchased some laser gun set too!
The walkie talkies have a decent range for a kids toy and whilst one child is at one end of the house and the other upstairs they can still communicate with each other with no interferance.
Like all toys though the novelty wore off and these were relegated to the toy box for a good number of months before Jack then decided he and Cam could play with them. So they were brought out once again. To his dismay he found that although they hadn't been used the batteries had run out and asked me to replace them which was as simple as unscrewing a screw on each set.
After a few hours use they were ince again put back in the box and left.
He does get them out now and again and he will play with them, they still work as they did and they have no scratches or marks. Being made of a hard plastic material means they are nice and easy to wipe over which I find is a must with walkie talkies where some amount of saliva is bound to end up on them.
I bought these Ben 10 walkie talkies for my son for Christmas. He loves the Ben 10 character, infact he had requested a Ben 10 bedroom for Christmas, so when I saw these Walkie talkies, I knew that they would be a hit.
I purchased these Walkie talkies in Next, but they are widely available in a number of stores. I paid £10 for this toy, which I believed to be good value. This toy which includes two walkie talkies, is presented in a plastic packaging. It looks quite impressive and doesn't look cheap. Infact, it gives the impression of a high quality toy.
After battling with the hard to open plastic packaging, it is a relief to finally get to the walkie talkies. Each walkie talkie requires a pp3 battery. These have to be bought seperately and inserted into the walkie talkie's using a small screwdriver to loosen the screws holding the battery flap together.
I was very impressed with the size and visual appearance of the walkie talkies when they were removed from the packaging. They were just the right size for a small child to operate with ease. Not to heavy or clumsy. The walkie talkies are of a circular shape. fall enough to fit nicely into the palm of a child's hands.
The walkie talkies are operated by pressing the small green button on the side of the handset. I have to admit, I was quite impressed with the sound quality. There was no crackling and hissing that you smetimes get with walkie talkie toys. You could hear clearly what was being said through the handset. However the walkie talkies's I found to have quite a poor pick up range. As far as talking to each other from the next room, that was fine. But as soon as a little distance such as out the garden, was introduced, the frequency between the two walkie talkies was lost.
The walkie talkies are very durable. They are made from hard plastic and can therefore withstand the rough handling of a small child. I also found their bright green colour to be useful as they are eyecatching, which means that they stand out from the rest of the toys in the toy box. This proves helpful when your son is nagging to play with them.
I have experienced that when friends come to play, they always ask for the ben ten walkie talkies. This proves to me that they are a really popular toy for little boys. Although, they don't tend to keep the children entertained for very long. This toy is played with for a short period, before being neglected for something more stimulating.
The batteries do not last very long in these walkie talkies. This in turn has made this toy less cost effective than first thought. With the cost of replacing the batteries, this toy has turned out to be rather expensive. I don't know if I would buy these again. I would prefer to buy a more expensive set of walkie talkies that retained battery power for longer.
In reflection, I feel this toy is typical of high marketed, popular character toys. It is of a pretty good value and average quality. This Ben 10 walkie talkie set is ok, but I believe it is resting a lot on it's ben 10 branding rather than the quality of the toy. If these walkie talkie's weren't ben 10, I don't think they would be worth half the cost of this set.
Saying this, my son has had great fun with this set and continues to play with these walkie talkies on an almost daily basis. As far as fun and entertaining, these walkie talkies have it all. They have the ultra cool ben 10 design, they have good sound quality and they are easy to operate. The only thing that lets this toy down and really takes the shine of this cool walkie talkie set is the poor retention of battery power. Plus the disappointing pick up range. But for a small child, these ben 10 walkie talkies will be a hit.
I bought this for my four year old last christmas. It was half price in Argos - so only just over £5. Bargain.
They use the little square 9V batteries which are not included.
They are quite a nice compact size for little hands to use. My son found these quite easy to hold and the circular shape of these halped a lot.
He very much liked the fact that the green cross on the front lit up when you turned the walkie talkies on.
For a cheap little filler toy, I have to say, I wasn't expecting too much sound or distance wise, i wasn't wrong. At his nannys for christmas in a largish bungalow, my son went to one end and I went to the other. After I had got him to actually hold the button down when he was talking, I could just make out things he was saying - it wasn't too clear, but that fact I could hear and answer him was enough for me.
You can't expect too much from a childs toy, especially when they were just over a fiver. To my son the fact that it had Ben 10 on the packet was enough to satisfy him, and watching his face trying to work it and him hearing me was enough too.
Here we go again....another review for a Ben 10 product!
Ben 10 is a series about a 10 year old Ben Tennyson who accidently stumbles across the Omnitrix whilst on vacation with his Grandpa Max and Cousin Gwen. The Omnitrix is a piece of alien technology sought after by the evil Vilgax and once put on cannot be removed, and gives the wearer the power to "Go alien" and transform into 10 different aliens. There are many Omnitrix products out there to buy but this is a review for the Omnitrix walkie talkies.
When my son turned five in May he received some money to spend so off we went to Argos to have a look. He spotted the walkie talkies immediately and decided that was what he would like. They were £12.99 which I though was quite reasonable. They do however require one 9V battery per walkie talkie as well.
When we got the walkie talkies home of course we wanted to try them out. We put the batteries in and my son went to his bedroom whilst I stayed downstairs. Minutes later requests of "Mummy please can I have a drink?" were coming via the walkie talkie!!! To work the walkie talkie you press in the button to talk and release it afterwards. If you are both pressing the button at the same time no one will be able to hear anything (as we found out when my son kept getting mixed up and leaving the button held in!) Whilst you are waiting for someone to talk there is the familiar buzzing sound which you get with walkie talkies but it is not too annoying. There is also the on/off button when things get too annoying!
One thing I would mention is that the walkie talkies seem to switch on quite easily whilst in a toy box. Presumably someone else will catch the switch and then you will hear the buzzing noise. However, the batteries are still working so it must not use too much of the battery life.
I suspect the walkie talkies would be more fun if there were friends nearby using them too rather than good old mum but they are still good fun!