Wednesday, September 20, 2006

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Thumb Warriors

1, 2, 3, 4 I declare a Thumb War. Ahhh those were the days, Thumb War was always one of the best sports within my school and if nothing else served as a great excuse to hold the hand of the prettiest girl in school. All those hours wasted wriggling and squirming and trying not to end up playing against the school bully were fun but those days are sadly over.

Or are they? Thumb Warriors is a new take on the Thumb War sport and longing to relive those old school days I grabbed the prettiest girl in my life and proceeded to challenge her to a duel. Just like the glory days of old you hold hands with your opponent and then hit thumbs together in an attempt to pin down your opponent, the only difference is you’ve now got a giant snake on your thumb.

Each of the snakes is covered in body armour and beneath the armour there’s a “trigger of doom” which must be pressed to win the duel. The basic idea is to wriggle round and knock the armour off your opponent and then touch the trigger. This then triggers an explosion sound effect, which is a handy way to stop any arguments over who actually won. There’s also extra sound effects to simulate two giant predators attacking the heck out of each other.

Whilst a lot of the toys featured on Blagman have been great for kids and adults this is one which is strictly for just for kids. Sure you may be thinking that it looks like fun and I wouldn’t want to do anything to stop your enjoyment, but there’s one teeny problem. Adult thumbs just won’t fit! While you’ll probably be able to put the snake on, as soon as you wriggle around a bit you’ll soon find it can get painful very quickly.

It’s a shame that this is the case because the few battles I had before RSI set in were actually a bit of a laugh and I can see kids lapping these up. If you’ve got kids who love a) monsters and b) fighting each other, then they’ll probably have a lot of fun, sadly grown ups this time at least need not apply.

Thumb Warriors are available from Toys R Us and other leading toy stores for £14.99. In each set you’ll get two warriors meaning you can start fighting straight away.

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