When our sponsor, Spin Master, asked if I would be interested in partnering with them to get the word out about their Zoomer Dino, I knew it would be awesome. Robots and dinosaurs are something my two boys love, and what could be cooler than a toy combining the two?
The Zoomer Dino (“Boomer”) arrived in a metal crate, ready to prowl. He moves on two wheels, chomps and spins, gets angry, and makes dinosaur sounds. You can even tame him using hand gestures! His battery will last for 30 minutes before it needs to be recharged, and my kids have played with him many times for that full half hour!
Boomer is more than enough fun to play with on its own. But my kids loved setting up forests, and even villages for him to trample, Jurassic park style. We set up toy trees for him to knock over with his tail and chomp. They especially liked braving the chomping teeth and putting trees into his mouth.
To make our village, we created super easy cardboard “houses.” All you need to do is make a construction paper cone (just roll it and secure it with tape), and put it on top of a cardboard tube. Cut the tubes into various sizes and you have different sized buildings. The Zoomer Dino charged our creations, spun around and knocked them over with his tail, chomping, roaring and making dinosaur sounds the whole time.
This is one seriously cool robot dinosaur. His eyes indicate his mood. Green is happy, blue means curious, and look out for red – that shows he is angry! You can make him mad by pressing the button on the controller, or just by pulling his tail (this delights my kids!). Then he’ll roar and twist and spin- pretty much act like how you’d expect an angry T. Rex to act.
One of Boomer’s neatest tricks is his ability to balance. If he falls over onto his face or tail, he’ll stand himself back up, without any help from you. You can also make him stand back up by pressing the back button on the controller, or by activating the angry mode.
Gesture mode is also pretty awesome. Once you’ve activated the gesture mode (and seen that his eyes are purple), you can train Boomer. He will sit, speak, or tail whip at your gesture.
Boomer has also passed the sturdiness test that my kids seem to apply to every toy that enters our house. He’s been dropped off tables, crashed into walls, and had his jaws manually pried apart while off. And while I certainly wouldn’t recommend dropping him or using him roughly, I’m happy to say the Zoomer Dino still works just as well as when we took him out of the box.