This Halloween, we have Nocto, an interactive teenage bat with a glowing personality who likes nothing more than to hang around, sleep and listen to music. He is just like my children and is also prone to serious mood swings and can be seriously temperamental when provoked! He might sound a bit scary but in fact, he does have a gentle side! He loves to show off his aerobatic skills and likes to do night watch to keep you safe!
Nocto has a range of different sensors and two trigger points that help bring him to life and is packed with interactive features to give him a unique personality. He also features four interactive game plays and a wide range of play patterns such as piloting Nocto around the room.
He displays six different mood elements each with a corresponding series of coloured lights, sound effects, movements and expressions. His eyes, wings and body illuminate in response to external triggers, depicting exactly what mood he is in from sociable, chilled out blue to grumpy and irritated purple if you shake him when he is sleeping or poke his head trigger to wake him up!
No assembly is required and he is ready to use straight out of the box once you change the demonstration batteries. It requires 4 AA batteries which are inserted in both of his legs. He is suitable from aged three to 15 year olds. His ears are soft to touch and the lighting looks great on him especially in the dark. The overall quality is good. It comes with a frame that allows you to hook it on furniture to allow you to hang him upside down.
When we first played with him, we were unsure how to read his mood and kept getting hit by his wings. It took us a while to look and listen before pressing his tummy to avoid to get hit by him.
The six modes are: Play, Games, Protect, Music, Flying and Sleep. To access these modes, press and hold his tummy button for 3 seconds. When his lights start flashing, scroll through his modes to choose. To change modes at any point, press and hold his tummy until his lights flash.
In the play mode, he will talk, laugh and play but be careful not to annoy him or else he will get angry.
In games mode, there are four games to play: Ask Nocto, Fruit Bat fruit machine, Rock Paper Scissors and Snap. My son loves playing game with him especially the Fruit Bat fruit machine! The aim of the game is to match both of his eyes up to win!
His protect mode uses his night vision to stand watch. He will detect an intruder and flap his wings and sound the alarm until you deactivate him with a double tap on his head trigger. This mode took us a little while to figure it out! After selecting the mode, you need to tap his head to confirm and tap again on his head for him to countdown. He doesn’t have a long range and in our tests we had to be within approximately half a metre before he detected your presence.
For the flying mode, he makes a very cool take-off sound and off he goes! For the music mode, he will dance/flap his wings and light up. Do make sure the music is close to him and loud. The final mode is the sleep mode where his lights will be white. He loves to sleep upside down on his hanger and he will close his wings, with his eyes shut and will slowly pulse to sleep; ready to play the next day!
Nocto is available now from leading retailers nationwide and Amazon. We took a while to learn his moods and got hit by his wings in the process but now we understand him better, we are able to play with him fully. He is very well made and a very cool bat for this Halloween season!
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