We’ve reviewed plenty of RC toys. Online worlds where players battle each other? Yep, been there, done that. An RC Robot that can battle in the real world and also in an online world…now that is something new! Introducing Mechatars, the new “blended reality” toy from iLoveRobots.
Battling Robots Have Finally Come to Life
Let’s face it, robots and creatures that battle in an online world is nothing new. Pokemon and all the similar turn based battle games have been around for years. What makes Mechatars different is the ability to battle and do mission in the real world, with an RC robot. You can then upload your real world adventures to the online world (“The Mechaverse”). How does this all work in practice? Let’s take a quick look in our hands-on review of the Mechatars…
Mechatars Is Like Two Toys In One
The video above focuses on the Mechatars robot itself. In the video we show off the Wrexx robot, they also make two other robots – Alpha and Kodar. As a stand alone RC toy, the Mechatars are not going to blow anyone away. Yes, you can have some fun driving around in Drive Mode for a few minutes, but the thrill of just moving the robot around fades quickly.
Luckily, you have two other modes which promise a lot more fun – Battle and Mission. In Battle you can battle other Mechatars in the room and in Mission you go on Missions that you uploaded from the online world. The neat part is that everything you do in the real world is uploaded and counts in the online world. It is this tie in to an online world that makes Mechatars so much more than just an RC Toy. iLoveRobots calls this “blended reality” and it is a fairly accurate term – your child ends up playing with Mechators in two worlds, that blend together to form one new reality. Sorry, did I just blow your mind?
Played Pokemon? The Mechaverse Will Seem Very Familiar To You
The online world of the Mechatar is the Mechaverse. The Mechaverse is very much like Pokemon or Bakugan. You equip your robot with various weapons and powers (which you can earn, buy or win from an online store) and then battle other robots. The battle is turn based attacks, as you do in Pokemon. If your child is into Pokemon style games they will immediately understand and love the Mechaverse.
Of course, the Mechaverse differs from Pokemon in the fact that what you do in the real world with your robot effects your powers and abilities in the Mechaverse. The converse is true as well, if you upgrade your weapons in the Mechaverse, the next time your play with your robot in the real world, he will have those same upgraded weapons.
How Does Battling In the Real World Work? We’ll Tell You When We Know
In theory, if you have two Mechatars they will sense each other and go into battle. We say in theory because we only had one Mechatar to test and it takes two to tango…and battle. We will try to get another Mechatar and will update this review once we have battled. It does appear that being able to battle with friends would be a huge hit with the kids.
Want A Battling Robot of Your Own? Enter our Mechatars Giveaway!
Yes, to help launch the robot invasion of earth we are giving away one Mechatar on September 28th, 2011. To enter our giveaway you simply take your first born and mail him/her to us. Simple, no? Okay, here is the real deal – we tried to make this as easy as possible, so here is the 3 Step Process…
Step 1 – Join Us (Mandatory)
If you clicked that nice little Join Us button in the past – you’ve already got a ticket in the Mechatar Lotto! Any member of Dad Does is automatically entered into any giveaway we do. Not a member yet? No problem, all you have to do is Join Us – requires just your email, 100% free and takes about 6 seconds. So, just Join Us once and you are automatically entered in any giveaway we ever do – simple – right?
Step 2 – Leave a Comment Below And Increase Your Odds of Winning by 10x (Optional)
If you are reading this post, you deserve a better chance to win. So, just hop over to the Mechatars Site, pick out which Mechatar you want, then come back here and leave a comment below telling us which Mechatar you want. By doing this simple action we will give you 10 additional entries into the giveaway.
Step 3 – If You Are A Winner Respond to Our Email by 6pm EST on 9/29/11
This step is so easy, it really should not be called a step at all. If you get an email from us on 9/28 telling you you won, just respond back with your shipping address by 6pm EST on 9/29/11.
To recap, you Join Us, that gets you 1 entry. Already a member? You already have your first entry. If you want, leave a comment below letting us know which Mechatar you want, that gets you 10 more entries (giving 11 entries as the maximum anyone can get). If yow win, tell us where to ship it. Pretty darn easy, no?
We will randomly pick one winner on Wednesday September 28th, 2011.
Conclusion: Mechatars Are Coming, Resistance is Futile
Mechatars prove the old adage – sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When you marry an RC Robot to a Pokemon style online world you end up with a blended reality that is more fun than either element alone. In addition, at $39.95 the Mechatars are reasonably priced and will clearly make a popular gift this holiday season. Parents, resistant is futile, once you kid’s friends have Mechatars, you can be sure that Mechatars will invade your home as well. We suggest you befriend the battling robots, it is obvious they will try to take over the world one day, so you might as well get on their good side now.
Mechatars from iLoveRobots (ages 6-10) sell for $39.95 and are available now
Purchase Mechatars at Target Online
Watch our video review of Mechatars