Saturday, October 19, 2013

Chatterbox from House Party: Product Review - B-Daman Break Bomber Battlefield Set

Chatterbox is a new program launched by House Party. Many people express their disappointment when they do not get selected for House Party boxes, so now you have a second chance by applying for Chatterbox. Sometimes Chatterbox is a product not offered through House Party, at other times it is the same product, but you do not have to throw a whole party. For Chatterbox you can just have your kids and their friends try out a toy or prepare some food for your family and maybe a couple of guests. It is a lot less prep work, but you still get to try out a new product and can ask your family, friends and neighbors to come over and participate as well.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - my Chatterbox B-Damon package with instruction and game!
I got selected for the Chatterbox program this month for the first time and today came a big box, the B-Daman Break Bomber Battlefield Set had arrived! It is an interesting action toy for kids 6 years and up. The goal is to break down a barrier with marbles that are shot from a couple of figurines. If you can break down the barrier and land some special red colored blocks in your opponent's territory you win. The game was invented in Japan, where it was a big hit until a few years ago Hasbro brought it to the USA. In Japan they have comics modeled after B-Daman as well as TV cartoon shows.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - goal of the game, besides having fun, get the red blocks to your opponent!
The game looks like a lot of fun and the setup is very easy. You simply connect the various pieces to form the battlefield and then use your two figurines to shoot marbles. You need special marbles to make sure they fit the toys. But then the games is really easy, Shoot marbles at the barrier and see who can get the most red blocks into the opponent's territory. If you want to change things up, you can buy extra figurines. But we are happy with the two we got and they are sturdy. This feature is really important if we are talking a marble-shooting bonanza for little boys! Some people commented online about the parts breaking easy and we initially got one figure that was broken, but Hasbro and House Party were great and sent a replacement game. The game also includes a "tool" to adjust the figures for customization, but you may also need the tool to adjust the figures when they get loose parts and won't shoot the marbles anymore - this can happen because boys tend to go a little bit crazy when it comes to marble shooting.
copyright Durhamonthecheap - here you can see the set-up of the game, very nice instructions!
Disclaimer: I received a free game to try out and review through Hasbro and House Party. All opinions expressed in the blog are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

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