Toy Review: Get ready for battle with Power Rippers!

Power Rippers are a fusion of vehicles, battle tops and action figures in one. These brand new, no batteries required racing and battling toys can race up to 500 scale MPH. They can battle each other and do crazy stunts, jumping up to 10 feet high. Each of these new collectible Power Rippers can transform and each is armed with either teeth, stingers, a battering ram or saw blades.

We were sent the Power Rippers 2 in 1 Competition Set (RRP £29.99) and the Power Rippers 2-Pack (RRP £9.99) to put to the test. The competition set comes with its own carrying case and includes a 2 lane track set and a Power Ripper and ripcord. The Power Rippers 2-Pack contains two collectible Power Rippers and their ripcords. Power Rippers are suitable for ages 8+.

Toy Review: Get ready for battle with Power Rippers!

Each Power Ripper is a little vehicle which is powered by a ripcord you pull in and out rapidly to fire up the engine. You can release it onto the track and it can race and loop the loop. You can race them against each other. There are no batteries needed so they’re really easy to set up and go.

The competition set comes in a bright green carry case which is packed full of track. There are lots of ways to play with the Power Rippers, you can design your own track if you want, but we followed the design in the instructions. The track is pretty easy to connect together and there are so many different configurations you can try, just use your imagination. Just power up your Power Ripper and watch it loop the loop and race along your track.

Toy Review: Get ready for battle with Power Rippers!

On the other side of the carry case there is a battle arena. You close the flaps on your Power Ripper; power them up with the ripcord and send them down the slope to do battle in the arena. They spin fast, banging into each other. The flaps pop open and bash your opponent in a way that reminded me a little of Robot Wars. The battle mode is great fun and was perhaps our favourite way to play with the Power Rippers.

Once you’ve finished playing, everything gets neatly packed away in the carry case. It’s very neatly designed, which I like.

Toy Review: Get ready for battle with Power Rippers!

It can be a little tricky at first to get the hang of powering up your Power Ripper and setting it on the track. Make sure you have quite a few practice runs first. We all enjoyed playing with the Power Rippers. We loved how fast they zoomed along the track and the way they sprung open when they bashed against each other in the battle arena.

For more information about Power Rippers, visit their website.

We were sent the Power Rippers for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

Toy Review: Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker

My son is addicted to watching those egg opening videos on YouTube, which means he gets pretty excited when he’s given a chocolate egg of his own. Give him a Kinder egg and he is one happy boy. I wondered if his enthusiasm for opening and eating chocolate eggs would translate into enthusiasm for making them. There was only one way to find out, we put a Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker to the test.

Toy Review: Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker

The Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker came with everything you need to make your chocolate eggs, except the chocolate, so we used some organic chocolate from Indigo Herbs as I’d been making chocolate that day.

The instructions are long and a bit too complicated for my six year old to process, so I sat down and read them through twice. You get two plastic pods and four egg “shells” which you put your surprise in before you make you egg. The kit also includes some small bags to melt the chocolate in, foil to wrap the finished eggs in as well as the egg maker.

The process is fairly simple, but we found the whole thing quite messy, so be prepared for that. Each plastic pod had a small hole in, presumably to ensure excess chocolate squirts out, but unfortunately when I spun the chocolate maker to make sure the egg was evenly coated, melted chocolate oozed out of the holes and flew across my freshly painted kitchen.

Toy Review: Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker

There are many stages to the egg making process and I’d heartily recommend that this should all be done under adult supervision. You put your surprise in the plastic egg, grease your pod, fill the syringe bag with melted chocolate. Clip your pod into the chocolate maker and squirt your chocolate into the pod. Turn the handle on the chocolate maker several times to ensure that the egg has been covered by chocolate and then put the pod in the freezer to set.

I’d heard that the eggs could be tricky to remove from the pods once they’d set, so I sprayed each pod with cooking oil, which did help them pop out. To set them I put the eggs in the freezer for the recommended half an hour, but they still weren’t set so I left them for a couple of hours.

I was disappointed when we removed the eggs from the pods as the eggs weren’t evenly covered with chocolate, which on closer inspection seemed to be because the chocolate had leaked out of the little hole. But we had made some chocolate eggs, so I wrapped them up in the foil and offered them out that evening for pudding.

Toy Review: Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker

My son was very excited to be opening his own Chocolate Egg Surprise. Unfortunately (and this could have been because of the chocolate I used but I couldn’t be 100% sure) the chocolate eggs didn’t crack open into two distinct halves and had to be scraped off the plastic egg with a spoon.

The Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker is aimed for children aged 6+. My son enjoyed the process and the thought of making his own eggs, but was ultimately a bit underwhelmed that they weren’t as impressive or as easy to eat as bought chocolate eggs are.

Toy Review: Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker

I think if I had lots of time on my hands to experiment with different kinds of chocolate for this, it might have improved the outcome a little. It’s worth remembering that this is a toy and not a piece of kitchen equipment. If you’ve got a patient child who enjoys process heavy activities and likes cleaning up after themselves, then they would probably quite like this.

The Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker is currently available from Amazon for £19.99.

We were sent this Chocolate Egg Surprise Maker for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own. Contains an affiliate link.