Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Roooaaaaarrrr Teksta T-Rex - my review

I entered a competition a while ago to win a Texsta T-Rex, but sadly I did not win. But later on I got a lovely e-mail asking me if I would like to review one. I said yes to this opportunity as I knew I could find a good home for the toy once I had done the review.

Teksta T-Rex the bone crushing dino! Just like his puppy friend T-Rex responds to your voice, lights and sounds with expressive eye patterns to share his feelings. Using cutting edge hand gapproxure technology command Teksta T-Rex to walk, move his hands, tail and stop. Stroke his face to hear him roar and see him snap just like a real T-Rex Dinosaur. When he's hungry feed him with his dino bone to see his ultimate trick, watch him crunch, munch and launch it away, followed by an almighty burp! With over 100 physical and app-sized interactive play features. Includes bone accessory. For ages 5 and over. Requires 4 x AA batteries (not included).

So when he arrived, the day after I had joined in a twitter conversation on how difficult some toys are to remove from their packaging, but have to say a few snips of the string and this was easy. ( I did not cut the string as I was putting this back in the box to pass on). He takes two AA batteries in the bottom of each foot  ( batteries not included).

The first thing that impressed me was how few user instructions there were, the fold out leaflet had all the information you needed to use him, no complicated umpteen paged handbook to put young children off. He would also require no presetting up so apart from adding batteries he is use able straight from the box.

the instructions 

He switches on with a simple push button on his chest, and as you switch him on he roars and his eyes light up. His eyes light up with different sequences depending on what you are expecting him to do.

different modes gives different eye colours 

He has two different mode buttons on top of his head,the one on the right makes him sing and dance, the other button allows you to talk to him, he listens and then talks back to you.

his mode butons

You can further expand on what the toy can do if you have an i-pad or an Android tablet. Go to the appropriate online store and download the free app, then by pressing the left hand button on his head you can get him to intereact with you. So many children have tablets these days this app will add to the fun and usability of the toy. This kept four adults amused last week seeing what we could get him to do. The app was easy to use. If you do not have a tablet or i-pad there is still a lot of play value in this toy.

He comes complete with his own bone, that if placed in his mouth will be snapped in half, "eaten" and the thrown out of his mouth, followed by a very loud burb - which children seem to find very funny.

with his bone. 

I did not let the children near the review of Dino as I knew Bob would love him. But Dino is away to a new home, he was handed into the Salvation Army, along with two carrier bags of other toys, jigsaws, and "smellies" to be added to other donations to be given to local children who may not get much else. I repacked him neatly so it is not obvious he has been out and added a pack of batteries in with him so there were no tears on Christmas morning because somebody could not use him.

Dino was added to the other donations. 

Overall opinion -  I am sure that child will have a lot of fun as the toy is fun and interactive with a lot of play appeal. I would recommend for the five to eight year age group.

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