***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Having a teen boy is quite the experience. Long gone is the little snuggle-bug with silky blonde curls who loved nothing more than snuggling with his Mommy. Now, at almost 14, I have a young man who is taller than me, uses hair chalk to get the perfect "Emo do", and I hear bands like Blood on the Dance Floor blaring from his room. Yes, teens are odd creatures, and they should be approached with extreme caution.
In all seriousness, though, Holiday shopping for a teen can be tricky. Most times, toys are out of the question. After all, my son is "too old for toys." Not always, buddy....Not always.
You see, I recently discovered a couple of great building sets from MEGA BLOKS that cater to the tastes of even older children...Even slightly strange older children who want to wear eyeliner and studded, knee-height combat boots. My son loves building and constructing things, and he, like most teenage boys, also loves video games. The HALO UNSC Anti-Armor Cobra and the Skylanders Swap Force Flynn's Rescue Ship are right up my son's alley, and are sure to delight him on Christmas morning.
Skylanders Flynn's Rescue Ship :
If you're a parent, you're probably all too familiar with the Skylanders phenomenon that has taken the gaming world by storm. MEGA BLOKS has a wide variety of Skylanders sets, and the coolest one of all would have to be Flynn's Rescue Ship. Here are some of the features of this great set:
Since this set is going to be a surprise for Kyle, my husband took the time to build it for me. (Aren't hubbies great for things like that?!) It took him a few hours, but this set contains a whopping 546 pieces. Yep, kids will stay engaged for hours with this one!
This rescue ship is incredibly detailed. I love the fact that it can open up! Funny story: When we placed in this bronze colored floor, I panicked because I saw darker, brown streaks on it. I thought my 2 year old had somehow dipped into his diaper and wiped poop on the toy. Thankfully, I was totally wrong. The floor piece has a neat marbled effect! MEGA BLOKS really paid attention to detail in this set!
Another feature we found to be pretty awesome is the light up capabilities of the characters included. Magna Charge, Hot Head, and Flynn are definitely ready for some intense battle sequences!
This set is compatible with all other MEGA BLOKS Skylanders sets, so collect them all for an epic Skylanders adventure! I promise you, your kids will love this! Even if they claim they're "too old for toys" like my son does!
Halo UNSC Anti-Armor Cobra :
If that Skylanders building set wasn't awesome enough, check out this great HALO set! My son and my husband both love HALO. I am not 100% sure what the game entails, other than killing a bunch of aliens. I think.... Anyway, this game has a cult-following, and is a hit with teens and adult males alike.
The MEGA BLOKS HALO UNSC Anti-Armor Cobra contains 460 pieces and is recommended for kids ages 8+. This vehicle can be constructed in a couple of different ways, too!
The UNSC Cobra is a surprisingly agile and fast 6x6 dual-mode battle tank. While in mobile mode, the Cobra can quickly cover long distances and launch a powerful offensive using its twin 30mm light rail guns. It can also transform into lock-down mode and deploy a huge turret mounted 105mm light railgun that can punch through most Covenant shields and vehicles with ease.
This also took my husband a couple of hours to build. The vehicle is very detailed and does some pretty cool things. The guns move and rotate, and there are even cool battle sound effects, just like in the HALO video games!
It also comes with some enemy aliens to battle along the way. These characters are very true to the game, and they offer kids a chance to recreate their favorite action sequences. This comes in especially happy when Mom is tired of video games and just wants to watch The Golden Girls for a bit. Oh. Maybe that just happens in my home....
Overall, we're really excited about these great gaming-related action sets from MEGA BLOKS. They're fun and engaging, and take some skill to complete. These are so detailed, and are fun for kids to play with once the building is complete. I love the addition of lights and sounds, too. I know my son, Kyle, is going to absolutely love these sets! MEGA BLOKS just got serious brownie points from this mama for providing toys that even older kids and teens will go bananas for!
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