Ben Zen

With the huge amount of Ben 10 merchandise available, wouldn’t it be handy if you could find all the Ben 10 products from the U.K in one place? Well now you can!

Ben Zen is a one stop resource for all your Ben 10 shopping needs. 

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts my son is a huge Ben 10 fan and even I found lots of products I didn’t know existed. From Ben 10 party things to Ben 10 tents there are literally hundreds of Ben 10 branded products you really need a site like this to help you make sense of it all.

If there’s a particularly hard to find item you’ve been searching for, take a look at Ben Zen and you will find all the retailers selling it on one page at the click of a mouse. 

So next time your looking for something Ben 10 related, save yourself some time and check out this helpful site.

Kevin Levin’s Muscle Car for Pocket Money Price

 

As predicted by me, just like the last incarnation of Ben 10 now Thomas wants to collect all the new Ben 10 Alien Force toys.

He really wants(or needs!) the Omnitrix Projector and Kevin Levin’s Action Cruiser. Ive told him he has to wait until either he has saved enough money or failing that his birthday, and he’s okay with that.

Whilst shopping at Sainsburys today we noticed a small Hot Wheels car that looks exactly like Kevin Levins muscle car.  I decided to buy it for him as it was only £1.10 and it’ll be worth it to stop hearing “Can I have that for my birthday” every time we see it.


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It’s a good alternative to the real thing and miniature, so it’s portable and can be carried around in small hands and pockets.

A good pocket money purchase for any Ben 10 fan.

The exact model name is Hot Wheels 2008 First Editions Dodge Challenger SRT8.

Review – Ben 10 Alien Laboratory

My eldest son is Ben 10 mad as are most young boys at the moment, so of course this was another of those presents that my son just had to have at Christmas time.

The rustbucket is Ben and Gwen’s name for Grandpa max’s camper van or RV as they say on the show. This toy is your very own rust bucket with a hidden secret Lab in the back.

In the back of the van you will find an alien clay factory, transforming alien rocks and an animation viewer.

once you get all the pieces out of the box it’s very easy to put together and although when you first use it it may seem quite flimsy, we’ve been using it for a few months now and nothings broken yet.

For the alien clay factory you get 10 moulds of Ben’s aliens and a press that the moulds click into and a tub of green clay. My son really loves making all of the aliens our favourite game is for him to put a mould in while I close my eyes then I have to work out what alien he’s made. The pot of clay it comes with is really small and although we kept it in the tub it went hard really quickly, but we just use normal playdoh with it now and it’s fine. It also means that we can make the aliens in different colours other than just green.

You also get five aerial’s for the van which you are supposed to be able to use as moulding tools for playing with the clay but they are useless and do nothing.

The alien viewer comes with 3 animation disks and additional ones come with some of the Ben 10 figures you buy separately. This part is not really very good, the images are hard to see unless you get them at the right angle in the light and when you do see them there blurry and not really worth it.

You get a beaker, test tube and spoon for using with the transforming alien rocks. The rocks are just bath bombs which fizz and hiss when you drop them in water, using the spoon you can stir the rock around and when it’s eventually all dissolved you’ll be left with a mini Ben 10 figure.


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Although again this is a really fun element, this part does have it’s flaws. The rocks take absolutely forever to dissolve, we’ve taken to using hot water to make it be quicker but we still end up taking it out before it’s finished and picking the bits off as my son can’t wait any longer. You might think that’s a bit extreme but we’ve left it sometimes for 15 minutes and it’s still not fully dissolved and by that time I’ve had enough of “is it done yet” “when’s it going to be finished”.

Also if your little ones are anything like mine they can get a bit over zealous when their excited. Subsequently most of the van still has remnants of the white frothy alien rock residue all over it, from a bit of over enthusiastic stirring of the rocks. I mopped up everything that I could and one first expectation wasn’t too worried as I thought it was only cosmetic and just a bit messy, but when my son tried to push the van around about a week later the middle wheel wouldn’t roll and when I looked underneath the metal axel was rusty from the water damage. I managed to brush the rust off and the wheels then moved again but it means being extra careful and drying it really well after every use of the rocks just in case.

Another thing is that the rocks are a constant expense, they cost £4.00 for 2 rocks and every time we go to the toy shop my son asks for more, He really enjoys doing them but they are expensive after a while.

Also the figures that you get at the end are very small, so he’s not allowed to play with them unsupervised as we’ve got a one year old in the house so they are kept in a special box and only taken out when little ones out the way.

I was a bit disappointed that you couldn’t use the van with all the Ben 10 figures that we have, but my son enjoys just pushing it around and making Ben 10 appear to be jumping out of the side.

When your ready to put everything away my advice is to look at the instructions carefully, It takes a while on the first attempt to figure out where all the pieces are meant to be stored, but when you get them all in they fit in nicely. Even though there’s a lot of separate pieces they all fit in the closed up RV and it’s a great space saver and so handy to have everything in one place so they don’t get lost.

The age recommendation is 4 plus but if fully supervised I think a 3 year old would be fine with this. My boy had it for Christmas when he was 3 and 2 months and he loves it and can participate in all the different activities.

I think in summary that this is a good toy, most tv tie in toys aren’t the best quality and I believe this to be one of the better ones. Yes it’s got it’s flaws but I think it redeems it’s self with the sheer fun factor of the clay and alien rocks. 

I would recommend this to any young Ben 10 fan’s harassed parents, anything to get a wound up boy to sit down for 5 minutes and have some quiet time with the playdoh is a godsend.

Ben 10 bargain!

Whilst shopping in my local Sainsburys this morning, my eldest son dragged me into the toy aisle to have a look at what he could possibly get out of me today. I noticed that a few items were on sale like littlest pet shop and some Dr Who figures but I saw that the Ben 10 deluxe omnitrix was reduced from £15.99 to £4.00. This is the omnitrix from the original Ben 10 not the new Alien force one. Unfortunately my son already has this, otherwise I would have snapped it up, as shops are still selling it from upwards of £13.00 to around £20.00.

It has a swivel dial on the top, which enables you to change aliens just like the tv series. It makes authentic sounds and has a small picture of the alien on the LCD screen. There’s also a game which involves turning into a designated alien in the quickest possible time.

If you’ve got a Ben 10 mad son who hasn’t got this already, my advice would be to go and seek one out. It’s definitely worth £4.00.

Ben 10 Alien Force – Humungousaur live!

 

Well the new chapter is Ben 10’s life has well an truly started, after making a great debut on Cartoon Network in February now begins the mammoth effort of collecting all the new Ben 10 Toys out there.

To get you of to a great start Hamleys the famous London department store are having an Alien Force week from the 9th – 15th March (this week!) giving you the chance to WIN a full set of Alien Force toys from the Hamleys shop window. A special event on Saturday 14th March sees Humungousaur appering instore, so pop along and see him and pick up a form for a chance to win big.