Two things both of my boys enjoy playing with are dinosaurs and cars so when we were offered the chance to review the new VTech Switch & Go Dinos of course we were thrilled!
This product combines two of boys’ most popular toys – dinosaurs and vehicles – to create a unique 2-in-1 play experience. Switch & Go Dinos features an entire line of seven durable, unique and collectable dinosaur toys. Each toy transforms from a dinosaur to a vehicle and back again in a few simple steps, providing two dynamic toys for the price of one. Each Switch & Go Dino comes equipped with a customizable LCD screen and voices vehicle sound effects and educational dinosaur facts. The entire Switch & Go Dinos line – including Sliver the T-Rex, T-Don the Pteranodon, Tonn the Stegosaurus and Horns the Triceratops (SRP: $15.99), and Brok the Brachiosaurus (SRP: $49.99), Span the Spinosaurus (SRP: $29.99) and Attila the Ankylosaurus (SRP: $24.99) – is now available at www.VTechKids.com and on-shelf at all major retailers.
We reviewed 3 VTech Switch & Go Dinos:
Easygoing and rugged, with the personality to reflect it, Brok the Brachiosaurus is the ultimate dinosaur vehicle!
Equipped with a motorized neck and legs that move up and down while rolling across the floor, Brok the Brachiosaurus is pretty easygoing, but don’t get on his bad side! With the press of the action button, Brok will make dramatic dinosaur sounds, and say more than 40 phrases like, “I’m large and in charge!” or an educational fact, including, “The name Brachiosaurus means arm-lizard.” Boys can customize Brok by selecting from six animated dinosaur faces on the LCD screen.
Within 6-7 simple steps, Brok easily transforms into a vehicle. In this form, Brok can interact with other Switch & Go dinosaur vehicles, as he serves as a car carrier equipped with a launch pad to send vehicles flying. Brok also comes with an included smaller race car that launches a flying dinosaur when sent down his ramp. In this mode, Brok makes vehicle sounds, and says up to 30 expressions like, “Keep on truckin’,” and, “Saddle up partner,” among others. Six animated driver faces are available for customization.
Retails for $ 49.99
The dino who never backs down from a fight, Attila the Ankylosaurus can get you out of any jam!
In the dinosaur mode Attila comes equipped with a tail that swings back and forth with the press of a button, and can be heard making dramatic dinosaur sounds and sharing 30 fun expressions, like, “I’m an herbivore. I chow down on plants” and, “I’m built like a tank with armor all over my head, back, and sides.” Boys can customize Attila by selecting from four animated dinosaur faces on the LCD screen.
In 5-6 steps, Attila transforms into a construction vehicle complete with a movable crane. Included are two accessories that plug into the crane: a wrecking ball and a tow hook. An accessory truck is also provided, which doubles as spikes and armor in dinosaur mode. These accessories, together with Attila the construction vehicle, create a realistic construction set for boys. In vehicle mode, Attila makes several sounds and yells up to 30 phrases, like, “I’m a one man wrecking machine,” and, “Yahoo!” Boys can customize the driver in the Attila vehicle by choosing from four animated faces.
Retails for $24.99
Cool, confident and fun, Span’s sense of humor will keep kids laughing!
In dinosaur mode, Span lurches forward with the press of a button on his tail. He comes equipped with a crane and rescue cage for other Switch & Go Dinos, as well as a small dinosaur that is included. By pressing action buttons, Span will teach kids about himself, saying up to 30 expressions like, “Hi, they call me spine-lizard because of the long spines on my back.” He’ll even share jokes like, “What’s up! I’m Span the Spinosaurus. Nice to eat you! Er, I mean, meet you! Heh, heh!” Boys can customize Span by selecting from four animated dinosaur faces on the LCD screen.
It’s time for takeoff! Span the Spinosaurus provides double the fun when he transforms from a dinosaur to a plane. The plane is equipped with sensors to detect movement and respond with exciting flying sound effects. Kids can practice landing with the included landing gear, and have fun with launchers that send out discs of food. As a plane, Span can be heard shouting up to 30 phrases like, “I’m faster than the speed of sound!” among other fun facts and vehicle sounds. Kids can select from four animated driver faces to customize their experience.
Retails for $29.99
Switch & Go Dinos are all about TRANSFORMING kid’s imaginations, and VTech is excited to give kids the opportunity with the Show & Tell with Switch & Go Video Contest on Facebook! To enter the contest your child can DRAW or BUILD their own Dino, and no purchase is necessary! Submit your entry by October 1st, for your chance to win a lifetime supply of VTech toys, one of 25 Dino toy sets and more! Contest runs from August 22 through October 1!
My take: One word sums these Switch & Go Dinos…COOL! There are so many cool features on each and every one. Let’s start out with the basics that all 3 models have….each can switch from a dinosaur to a vehicle and vice versa. Now I am not particularly savvy when it comes to transforming but even I can easily transform each product which means the boys do it 10x faster. The steps are very well described and illustrated in a step by step guide. I will tell you that I initially had difficulty getting Brok to change into the dinosaur mode but when I went online to investigate I quickly found out I needed to extend his neck more and he changed from a person driving the vehicle to a dinosaur with interactive eyes.
Each model has a volume button to which I am eternally grateful since the loudest setting is quite loud. The ability to choose different drivers and dinosaur eyes really helps to make each toys seem like there are multiples instead of just one. The different sound features and facts that are given make these toys realistic and educational.
Now onto their individual characteristics…..Brok is huge and I find him to be the easiest to convert between modes. I love that he can be used as a car carrier, he has a ramp to load cars onto and of course the best part you can launch cars off him as well. As for the dinosaur mode, once I figured out to extend the neck further with one push of a button he moves his neck making him appear that he is alive.
Attila has a great option that you can switch (and store) between the wrecking ball and the tow hook. The construction vehicle (and other cars from the Switch & Go line) can be towed easily. The construction vehicle is also used as armor for the dinosaur mode. The moveable tail also helps to “wreck” things if needed
Span has the undeniable wow factor in that he can be a plane that can launch food discs and can help rescue things thanks to his rescue cage. As a dinosaur his humor and jokes will make you laugh!
Overall I have to say these toys are well worth the price since you get two toys in one, the ability to personalize by changing features via the LCD screen, and the fun and thrill of transforming two things boys will always love: dinosaurs and vehicles!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received VTech Switch & Go Dinos product samples to facilitate my review