Kamigami Robots Jurassic World Indoraptor and Velociraptor "Blue" Review (Mattel)

Kamigami Robots Jurassic World Indoraptor and Velociraptor
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is

What's better than a Jurassic World dino battle? A Jurassic World ROBOT dino battle. The Kamigami Jurassic World robots from Mattel include the two lead dinos from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom--Velociraptor Blue and the Indoraptor. The first thing you need to do is download the app from Google Play or the App Store. The assembly instructions are in the app. Building involved folding the plastic sheets around the dinosaur body and snapping them in place with the rivets. No tools are required, and if you make a mistake in assembly, you can gently remove the rivet using a screwdriver or flat edge. however, note that once the dinosaur is assembled, you'll probably not want to take it apart again.

The next step is to connect your dinosaur to the app. Fortunately, connection is really easy, and our iOS devices found them instantly, which is a good thing. Once connected, you can drive the dinosaurs like typical R/C robots. You can also unlock challenges on the app that allow you to do more with your dinosaur. The challenges test your driving abilities, your ability to create block-based movement sequences and more.

Is It Fun?

This is primarily an R/C dinosaur. For kids who like that, it's a lot of fun. However, we found that the play was more limited than the packaging or promotional materials would lead you to believe. The Kamigami look is stylized and appealing.

Who It’s For

The Kamigami robots are designed for kids ages 8 and up. We think the top age for this is about 12. It's for fans of Jurassic World and good, basic r/c play.

What To Be Aware Of

The packaging and promotional materials promise a lot more than we were able to figure out with this toy. the app is not very intuitive, and once you complete the challenges, you don't get more. Despite spending a lot of time on this, we couldn't figure out how to get the robots into battle or hunt modes, and after several hours became frustrating. FAQs in the app didn't help us resolve any of this.

There is no way we could find to get into basic programming. The only way we found was through the challenges, and if you want to change the program, you undo the challenge. Not that that's a bad thing, but it does become repetitive, and the programming options are limited. For example, we couldn't figure out how to get the dinosaur to roar or play music in the run mode. That would seem like a basic feature for this kind of toy.

Don't put the Kamigami sheet around the charger. That makes it difficult for the plug to stay in when charging the dinosaur. Charge time is about 45 minutes.

Because the main body is covered in thin plastic sheets, these toys are a bit more fragile than typical R/C toys. Don't allow them to run off tables, down stairs, etc.

Performance is best indoors on hard floors or low pile carpet.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy