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Friday, 23 December 2011

Toyologist Toy Review - LIGHT STRIKES

The time has come *sniff* for our very last review as a Toys R Us Toyologist. I can't believe how quickly the time has flown since our review for a cricket set which we used in our application back in April. We have received lots of great toys along the way, many of which we have passed onto Jack's Pre-school to raffle off to help raise money.

I think our favourite of all the toys received has to be the Leapfrog Leappad Explorer which has kept Jack entertained for hours playing with some of the included apps and some that we have bought since. It's definitely something that will be used for many years to come and something that I have recommended to friends on numerous occasions. 

Our final review is for something that is every boys dream - Light Strike - 'Action at the Speed of Light', from WowWee.

We were sent two of the Striker weapons as well as some accessories:

Assault Striker GAR-023 £39.99 

Light Strike Gar 0.23 Assault Striker
Striker SP-144 £29.99
Striker S.P. 144 Light Strike Pistol with Mini Target
Scope £9.99
Light Strike Scope

Rapid Fire System £9.99
Light Strike Bipod Machine Gun
Refractor Launch System £9.99
Light Strike Grenade Launcher
The Light Strikes are pretty impressive to look at with glossy printed sides with lots of detail making them look very realistic. The game can be played with others or alone as target practice, although to get the most out of the system it really needs to be used alongside other Light Strikes. An unlimited number of players can play in battles with up to four teams. A team is chosen by selecting a team colour by pressing the 'team' button and cycling through the colours. A weapon can then be chosen from the choices - there are weapons that fire rapidly that aren't so powerful and also more powerful ones with longer delays between blasts. The weapon can be changed during play to suit your needs .

The accessories can be used with the Assault Striker, and the rapid fire system can't be used at the same time as the refractor launch system as it uses the same slot on the weapon. With the Assault Striker it's also necessary to press your finger onto the 'fingerprint' button before you start. You will also need to reload your ammo with one of the buttons when it has been used up. This weapon is definitely for more serious Light Strikers and is definitely worth paying the additional £10 for so that you can add accessories to it if wanted.

There is a volume control with 3 settings, or you can use with headphones plugged into the built in headphone jack.

Light Strikes are a whole lot of fun but you would really need to buy at least two Strikers or make sure that a friend has one too. They take a lot of batteries - 4 x AA in the Striker and 3 x AAA in the target and can work out quite expensive with all the accessories but it would make a great present for boys that enjoy laser quest.

To be honest we didn't really have a clue what we were doing as the instructions were like a forgeign language to me, but I'm sure once Sam get's his more Techno Savvy friends involved they will work it out better than we did!

Age suitability: 8 yrs +

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