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Quite simply this is one of the best toys we have bought our kids (and we have bought a few!). If your child is a Ben 10 fan then this really is a must have. It is such a favourite in our house that my five year old bought his two year old brother one for Christmas so they would stop fighting over his. Although there are a number of Ben 10 Omnitrix on the market, this is the one that goes with the Ben 10 Alien Force series and is compatible with the little clear statues you get when you buy the 10cm figures from this series. Basically this omnitrix lights up and makes the omnitrix noise (don't know how else to describe it!) when you slam the dial down. If you put one of the statues in, it recognises which one you have put in and then makes appropriate noises - using the names and noises of the character. It's really very clever and great fun for the kids. It can be used with or without the statues which is great if you haven't bought the figures or the statues have get lost. The omnitrix is a good size and really robust (we own other varieties and they have broken quite easily). Our original one is getting old now and still works fine. I only really have a couple of negative points and they are quite minor. It takes a bit of practice to get the statues to go in properly so that the figures are recognised and the omnitrix has a fairly hard plastic strap which can be difficult to do up but otherwise a great toy which you can pick up fairly cheaply as new omnitrix are now on the market. So if you have a Ben 10 fan and you haven't got one of these get shopping!
When is a watch not really a watch? When its a Ben 10 Ultimate Omnitrix of course! This is the so called 'ultimate' Ben 10 product that can transform play time for young Ben 10 fans by allowing them to emulate their hero, but sadly its not as good as it could be for the money you pay. I feel that £17.99 is an absolute rip off for an item such as this, that is not all that well thought out and looks and feels cheap and in our case didn't last at all well. ********************************************************** The Ultimate Omnitrix is worn on a childs wrist and can in theory enhance any Ben 10 roll play. When you buy the product you get the Omnitrix and 1 small figure which works with the product. The figure that came with the product was called a Swampfire figure, he was a small almost see through looking chap and seemed a bit small and flimsy. In spite of that he lasted well enough even when the light up feature of the Omnitrix failed quite early on. When the little Swampfire chap was placed onto the top of the Omnitrix he lit up and an alien voice (ish) spoke his name in not very realistic tones. When we were choosing a gift, the fact that it was a Ben 10 product made it the perfect type of gift for the little lad we bought it for. However when we actually saw the product outside the box for the first time, we felt that the quality wasn't great for something we had paid almost £20 for. The watch strap was hard for the little lad to attach, but his mum was able to make sure it was firmly on his wrist most of the time. ********************************************************** In principle the idea of the product was great and the little lad we bought this for loved it for a while, but it failed to light up within a week and so we had to take it back for a refund. I feel unable to comment fully on why it lasted for such a short time, but it didn't seem all that well thought out and did have a rather cheap feel to it. I feel it ought to have been sturdier and longer lasting. Another thing we did not realize when we bought the product was that to get more of the little light up figures you had to also buy the full sized ones which had the mini figures with them. This means that you would have to spend a considerable amount to get all of the figures that go with the Omnitrix. ********************************************************** In summary I feel that we may have just had a bad one off product, but as we did not replace it with the same item I cannot be 100% sure of that. The feel of the product was rather cheap and for the price it sells at we did expect it to be better. I do know that the lad we bought it for enjoyed having the Ultimate Omnitrix whilst is was working, but he was soon disappointed when it refused point blank to light up anymore. This made it a bad gift choice. Because of the problems we had with the product, I can only give it a 1 star rate as it failed to do its job well and could have been so much better.
Anybody who has a boy under the age of 10 will know who Ben 10 is, I have 3 boys, one is only a baby but the other two aged 5 and 3 love Ben 10. I know so much about Ben 10 I feel I am an expert myself. Ben 10 is a children's program that is on Cartoon Network about a boy who goes on holiday with his Grandpa Max and his cousin Gwen, and he finds a watch. The watch which is called an Omnitrix turns Ben into ten different aliens, all with different powers and when he goes alien he uses his powers to fight the baddies. As with all children's television programs you find lots of merchandise which of course your child just has to have. My little boy just had his fifth birthday and I think every present he had was Ben 10 related. One of them being the Ultimate Omnitrix. The Ultimate Omnitrix is a relatively new product, as Ben 10 has just had a new series out and this is now called Ben10 Alien Force. Ben is now older, his omnitrix is different, the aliens are different. So just when you think you have got all the merchandise, all the toys and aliens associated with Ben 10 they go out re-brand everything and now there is all the Ben 10 Alien Force things to buy. It is a very clever move by the company but not very good if you're a parent of children who want to have latest toys. My two oldest sons both have one of the old style Omnitrix's, so when my son said he wanted the Ultimate Omnitrix I did not really want to buy it, however he received it as a present from my brother. I think he paid about £17. The Ultimate Omnitrix is a watch which you attach mini transparent alien figures onto, they light up and you hear the aliens voice. You can then pretend to be that alien. There is lights and sound effects but basically it does nothing. The mini transparent alien figures to not even come with the watch you have to purchase them separately. I am very disappointed with the Omnitrix, I don't even think it is as good as the first Omnitrix. It is good for wearing and pretending to be Ben 10 but that's as far as it goes. My little boy though loves his new Omnitrix and always has it on so maybe I'm just being a sceptical parent. It is his new toy and he thinks it's great so I suppose that's all that matters
Ben 10 is every little boys best program in the world at the minuite. Both of my boys drive me mad watching this program over and over again. It is about a boy who goes on a 6 week holiday with his grandad and cousin where he finds a watch that has special powers to transform him into aliens to save the world. What part of this program wouldn't they enjoy. So when it came to my sons birthday he had seen this advertised and begged me to buy it him. I visited toys r us and noticed it for £17 and it came with one figure which was swampfire. This has clips around the top of the watch that the seethrough plastic figure fits on and when you press it down it makes a noice and says something in the aliens voice. We had also bought some other figures which we noticed that the plactic on the bottom of them that helps them clip in were all different so that the watch can determin which alien it is so they will say different phrases. The top of the watch also lights up to make the alien glow. My son has had lots of fun with this pretending to be each alien and fighting the bad guys, as much as it seems like a pointless toy it has taught him how to use his imagination so it has turned out a very good investment. There is one big problem with this and that is the strap, it is made from a hard plastic that just about bends round the childs wrist and has black plastic bits that are supposed to push through the strap to hold it on. Unfortunatley this does not fasten very well and keeps falling off my sons wrist and you can not get it tight on their wrist either. Overall my child loves this wether it fits or not and it has taught him how to use his imagination so the strap problem hasn't been that much of a problem for us. Eventhough this is a popular program for children I haven't found that this has been over priced. He has also had this for over a year now and the battery hasn't gone yet.
As I am sure most parents of young boys are finding, Ben 10 seems to be the in thing at the moment. It is a cartoon series about a regular boy on holiday with his Grampa and his cousin Gwen when he finds a mysterious watch. Putting it on, he finds that it contains the power to transform him into 10 different aliens. Pretty soon, he is using it to battle evil enemy aliens intent on destroying earth and its inhabitants. As such, this special watch, an Omnitrix, is a particularly desired addition to young boys' toy collection. My son has wanted one for a while, and we decided that, seeing as he had been good for the majority of the school holidays, we would treat him by buying him one. There are different types of Omnitrix, some that contain a game, some that are a bit more fiddly and require interaction with different parts. We went for the second option as he already has computer games and we didn't particularly want to encourage any more to be played than he already does. This interactive watch is named the Ultimate Omnitrix, although it's just a gimmicky name. There's nothing particularly 'ultimate' about it, to be perfectly honest. In fact, it's rather average. The intitial attraction is, I suppose, the same with any toy. The watch has a series of different grooves around the inner edge that you can slot the base of a figurine into. Different grooves for different characters mean that once you have done this, you press the top of the Omnitrix down and it makes a noise followed by the character saying something. There is a figurine for each of Ben's 10 aliens, although I have only seen 2 in the shops, Humungosaur and Heatblast. It's pretty basic and very limited in terms of what you can do with it. I suppose in a way it relies a lot of the kid's imagination to recreate situations they have seen in the series, or create their own scenarios. However, there are severe limitations to it, as there is nothing else to do with the watch. The strap is poorly designed, with pop holes to attach to their wrists not really holding on very well, the plastic being too hard and not malleable enough to comfortably stay on their wrists without coming off. It is also quite tricky to slot a figurine in, you have to angle it properly, which can prove quite tricky for a kid. Still, I suppose it tries to teach them a bit of patience! There is an on/off switch, so if you wanted to just play with the watch without having all of the noises blaring out at you constantly, this is possible. It's particularly useful on a longish car journey, as the noise can get quite annoying, and the batteries are supplied when you buy it. The nature and size of the toy means that the batteries are traditional watch batteries, as in the tiny disc shaped ones, so replacements would need to be these as opposed to the more regular AA or AAA batteries for toys. The watch generally retails for anywhere between the £15 and £20 mark. We picked it up for £15, and it is currently at £17 on amazon.co.uk. I can be a bit lower even depending on where you go and if there is a special deal on for them, although to be honest, I would value it at around the £10 mark or maybe even less, particularly due to its poor strap and limited functions. My son still enjoys playing with it, but the fact that it is fiddly and you have to have the individual figurines to go with it does put him off playing with it as much as it possibly could.
When we want our children to do something or to accomplish something we offer prizes as an incentive. When we were trying to get my daughter to stay dry at night we promised her tap dancing lessons and hey presto one dry bed. We were in the process of trying to keep my son dry during the day when he requested a Ben 10 watch. I had a look around and found that there were two types of Ben 10 watch available both called an omnitrix and one of them had some sort of game on it which I felt that at only just 3 my son would struggle to play. Both the watches were priced at between £15 and £20 so I wasn't swayed by the price. I had only seen Ben 10 briefly as had my son but he was convinced that he needed the watch/omnitrix. I eventually found both Ben 10 Omnitrix at a discounted price in Argos and decided to get the more expensive one as I assumed this would do more and it didn't have the game on it. I think I paid about £12 for the omnitrix but it promised great things and if it kept my son dry it would be worth every penny. I bought the Ben 10 Ultimate omnitrix that comes with a little alien that stands on top. Apparently you can get different aliens to fix to the top of the omnitrix but I have never seen them available anywhere in the shops. Well, what a disappointment! I felt like I had been conned and I could tell that my son was a little disheartened with his much longed for and hard earned watch. Firstly the strap doesn't have any way to secure it around the arm but just sort of wraps around. My son is only small and quite young for this toy and so we have to try and wrap the omnitrix as tightly as possible but it just sort of pings open. I'll admit that the omnitrix does make sounds and it does light up but this is the extent of what it does. Maybe I was expecting too much but it was pathetic. I couldn't believe that the recommended retail price of this piece of plastic junk was £19.99. Ok so this isn't the first time I have been left disappointed by character toys but I think this has been my worst yet. The little alien thing does fit to the top of the watch and you can turn the top of the watch and it beeps and blips and flashes but I don't see how it is like the omnitrix on the TV show or what relevance the alien has to anything. Very disappointing. The omnitrix sunk to the bottom of the toy box very soon after its arrival and it was only when I was having a spring clean that it resurfaced. My son who is now four attempted again to play with it and we managed to get it to stay on his wrist but it's big and heavy and quite cumbersome and he soon discarded it and just pretended that he had it on! The Ben 10 Ultimate Omnitrix is currently available from www.amazon.co.uk for £16.99. I wouldn't recommend the Ultimate Omnitrix as both me and my son found it disappointing but maybe an older child would enjoy it.
Looking just like Ben's own brand new evolved Omnitrix, the Ultimate Omnitrix features lights, cool sound effects and alien voices from the TV show. Attach the mini transparent figures from the 10cm Alien Collection figures (one included, others sold separately) to unlock fantastic light and sound effects. 4 years +