1, 2, 3 let the battle begin! Now you can recreate your own battle in this replica Hexbug Robot Wars Arena using the remote-controlled robots. This action-packed arena is the perfect place to pit the world’s most notorious robots against one another! It is suitable for aged eight and above.
This well-designed Hexbug Robot Wars Arena is surrounded by low walls all around with four transparent barriers to protect the audience from any debris and along with a stick-on Dial of Doom stand.
Setting up the arena may require adult help for the assembly of the walls onto the fold-out game board and soft plastic barriers but they are easy to fold and insert. I love that they have improved on the material of the barriers, unlike the Battlebots arena panels we had last year. The barriers are soft to touch and easy to fold and bend. There are no sharp corners around the barriers. These barriers make a great realistic screen!
The board features an authentic looking floor plan, just like the television programme. When this is fully assembled, it measures 50cm by 51cm by 10.5cm. This is a great size and it fits nicely onto our Ikea coffee table! It is also quick and easy to dismantle the arena. I did avoid sticking the thin laminated Dial Of Doom sheet in the middle of the wall as I want to keep it safe from bending. It’s probably a bit unnecessary for the Dial Of Doom sheet to be there.
This set also comes with two infrared (IR) robots, Impulse with its dangerous disc and Royal Pain with its havoc hammer, and two mini IR remote controls. The robot requires three AAA batteries while the controller requires two LR44 batteries to operate. All batteries are included for both the robots and controllers, which saves you time sourcing these. The On/Off button can be found under each robot, but the controllers don’t turn off. Do remind children to switch off the robots otherwise, they may move from interference from other devices.
The robots are very well built and incredibly robust. Each comes with two detachable magnetic pieces that are easy to snap back on. Each robot has their own ultimate secret weapon!
Impulse comes with a dangerous spinning disc that will definitely break his opponent! If your child accidentally touches the blade while it rotates, it can be painful (like I did) but it shouldn’t do much harm to their little fingers. Although it doesn’t have any motion detection/sensor on the blade, the blades are not sharp and are very chunky.
Meanwhile, Royal Pain comes with a havoc hammer that will bash and destroy his opponent into pieces!
The set also comes with stickers and customisable armour and weaponry to revamp your robot, including interchangeable pitchfork, wedge, shovel and spikes.
This can be played with up to four robots. Additional robots and controllers are bought separately. The IR remote control has four different channels for you to pair with your robot. It did take us a while to pair both up. My advice is to pair each robot well away from one another. Once it is done, you are ready to battle. Both my children love battling one another. Do be careful as the detachable magnetic pieces can fly in all directions when they smash together! Also, the robots are pretty loud, especially Impulse!
This Hexbug Robot Wars arena is very well made and should last for a long time. The robots are awesome and very responsive to the controllers. We are no strangers to Hexbug and their small size controller. It might be small but they are easy to control. Do make sure your child looks after the controllers as they are quite small and easily lost or dropped when too excited.
This is not very complicated to play and both children love it. It is definitely a ‘main attraction’ whenever we have friends over! It is available to buy from good toy retailers, Smyths, Argos, Menkind and Amazon. For more information about this Hexbug Robot Wars arena, do check out the HexBug website.
Do remember to join us this evening from 7 pm to 8 pm for a fun Twitter Party with Hexbug to chat about this arena! There are prizes to be won too!
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.