Mechatar Interactive CleverRobot: Review and Giveaway

It is a well documented fact that no one over the age of 8 is capable of learning the trading card games Pokemon, Yugioh, or any of the other ones either. It must be a biological imperative: if you are not a kid – especially a boy – between the ages of 7 and 12, your brain simply cannot memorize the powers of each card, the levels, the points, the evolutions…any of it.

Which is why kids will absolutely love the new to stores Mechatar robots.  They will instinctively understand the interactive toy with an incredibly well-integrated (and needed to play it) online component, but their parents (like me) will not.  What kid wouldn’t like that?  They get to feel  superior and  have fun.

The way I see it, Mechatar is essentially a 3-d, hold-it-in-your-hand, walk-it-across the room with your remote, trading card.  Mechatars battle, they have power levels, and “lives” and “elements.”  There are, according to the online training, eight elements in the Mechaverse.  There’s even a handy dandy flow chart that shows which of these elements beats which.  And yet I still had NO clue what did what to whom and why. My son seemed to instinctively understand it all and immediately began battling away.

Here’s basically how it works, courtesy of the Mechatar team:

“Brand-new and launching this fall, Mechatars combines the best of online gaming and RC robotic toys by connecting the physical world and online world through

This one is called Wrexx

cloud computing.”

Basically, right out of the box (read: no need to find batteries) your robot can walk around the room just like any other RC toy.  (And I would like to mention that the robot worked on carpet just as well as on our wood floors. Also, that it did not take a ridiculous, Herculean effort to get it out of the box. I loved that.) What makes it different is the online component.  Attach your robot to your computer with the included USB chord, and you can play online games, battle other virtual Mechatars and download missions from the computer onto the actual robot to then play in the real world.  As you complete real life missions (make sure you are in “mission mode” on the remote) you earn points and badges in the virtual Mechaverse.  As you earn points in the Mechaverse, you can new skills on your real robot. It really is “blended reality.”

Also, in addition to battling online, actual Mechatars in the same room can sense each other via wireless technology and battle each other right in your living room. (didn’t get to try this – as they only sent one. But sounds like my kid would LOVE that aspect, too)

Pretty nifty.

Want One?

Here’s what you have to do

  • Visit www.Mechatars.com
  • Check out the Mechatar lineup and then leave a comment telling me which Mechatar you’d like to win. (In other words: “I wanna win” in the comment box doesn’t count!) Please note: in order to see the Mechatar line up, you’ll have to click on “play now” then “register.”   But don’t worry, you won’t need to leave any info o the site.

One winner will be chosen at random on October 4th. You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.

Of course we all can’t be winners, but we sort of can, use this code ” MechMom” to get 10% off your order at www.mechatars.com. (Coupon Code Valid through November 30th)

Overall, this is a classic remote control toy with a 21st century high-tech twist that separates it from the rest of the pack.  My prediction: It’s gonna be huge.  I mean, with the online Mechaverse, they already have animated versions of the robots — could a movie/tv series/t-shirts/lunch box  be far behind? So buyer beware: if you get your kid one of these, you may end up living in your own Mechaverse – with an obsessed kid talking incomprehensibly – and happily – about elements, and life points, and who knows what else!

I was selected to participate in this sponsored post series by Clever Girls Collective.

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