Review: HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena set

Both of my sons have HEXBUG toys and really enjoy playing with them. We all love BBC’s Robot Wars too. So this was always going to appeal. The HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena combines the hugely popular micro robots and the much-loved TV show.

The set comprises two robots – namely Royal Pain and Impulse – two infra-red remote controls, ten pieces of armour and weapons and, of course, the iconic arena.

Setting up the arena was quick and easy. The board, walls and panels all slotted together perfectly. Then it was simply a matter of switching on the robots one at a time and pairing them with the remote controls.

HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena set.

Before battle commences, players can add the armour and weapons to their robots. The side armour snaps on magnetically while the front and back weapons slot in. Again, these are well manufactured and easy to put in place.

Using these interchangeable pieces gives players the opportunity of using different strategies. Royal Pain has a wedge, battering ram and shovel while impulse comes with a pitchfork, wedge and spikes.

These complement their respective main weapons – a hammer for Royal Pain and a saw blade for Impulse. Fret not, despite its name, this weapon isn’t sharp – it’s a fast-spinning disc.

The first player to remove both of their opponent’s side armour pieces wins.

A remote control for HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena.

The controls are simple to get to grips with too. Much like in many classic video games, they’re the four directions and attack. It didn’t take the boys long to master them and their robots were soon hacking away at each other!

Both robots are nice and robust and stood up to the whacking they gave each other. The boys loved controlling their robots and competing for bragging rights. There was plenty of maniacal laughter when they succeeded in sending armour flying too!

HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena robots.

It’s a lot of fun and ticks the STEM box as well which is always a good thing. This is one playset that is going to get a lot of use in our house!

The HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena has an RRP of £79.99 and is available exclusively at Smyths Toys.

To celebrate the launch, I have one set – along with a £50 Smyths voucher – to give away. Please note that the voucher must be used by the end of July 2018.

To be in with a chance of winning, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. As always, you can use as many of the entry methods as you like. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I received a HEXBUG Robot Wars Arena set to review and keep.

94 Comments
  • bev
    June 23, 2018

    Loved Firestorm.

  • melanie stirling
    June 23, 2018

    Razer

  • Rena Plumridge
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • Angie McDonald
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse is our favourite!

  • Susan Smith
    June 23, 2018

    Mr Psycho

  • Susan B
    June 23, 2018

    Blimey, you’ve got me thinking. I will go for Shunt.

  • Angela Treadway
    June 23, 2018

    chaos x

  • Clare Hubbard
    June 23, 2018

    Razor was our favourite

  • john prendergast
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • Peter Watson
    June 23, 2018

    Razer

  • jules eley
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • holly harmsworth
    June 23, 2018

    impulse is mine and my sons favourite

  • Carol Thomas
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • Jessica Powell
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse is our fave.

  • iain maciver
    June 23, 2018

    impulse

  • Christopher Read
    June 23, 2018

    Storm II is my favourite 🙂 Great comp, thanks for running this.

  • Tracy Nixon
    June 23, 2018

    Matilda!

  • Fay
    June 23, 2018

    Razer was my favourite, I used to watch it all the time

  • Linda Ford
    June 23, 2018

    Matilda is my favourite from robot wars

  • Dion petrie
    June 23, 2018

    I like Mr psycho

  • Claire Woods
    June 23, 2018

    Matilda.

  • Solange
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • Sean Eccles
    June 23, 2018

    Mr psycho

  • Michelle Smith
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • Anthony Harrington
    June 23, 2018

    we like Razor!

  • Margaret Gallagher
    June 23, 2018

    Razor for us

  • Rob Hutchinson
    June 23, 2018

    Hypno-Disc was my favourite – I loved the way it shredded opponents.

  • Kayleigh Watkins
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse is my favourite, my children love their hex bugs toys too, I agree with you, I think its great they have combined with robot wars, they look like lots of fun, and the only fun we get as parents is checking toys are safe and ready to play for our children lol

  • Kim Neville
    June 23, 2018

    Razor is our favourite

  • Sarah Mackay
    June 23, 2018

    Impulse

  • Katie
    June 23, 2018

    Matilda

  • Dean T
    June 23, 2018

    Oh my havent watched that show in forever , back in the day it was Dominator

  • Neha Chauhan
    June 24, 2018

    Impulse

  • Ruth Harwood
    June 24, 2018

    we love Razor

  • Alex Large
    June 24, 2018

    My favourite in the old era was Hypno Disc, in the modern era it’s probably Terrorhurtz.

  • Sarah-Jane Carter
    June 24, 2018

    my favourite robot is Matilda x

  • Tony Metcalf
    June 24, 2018

    My favourite is Matilda.

  • Kim Styles
    June 24, 2018

    Razor is our favourite

  • Margaret Clarkson
    June 24, 2018

    Impulse

  • sharon catterall
    June 24, 2018

    Hypno-Disc was our fav when my kids were younger

  • pete c
    June 24, 2018

    mine has got to be Chaos

  • stacy sorrell
    June 25, 2018

    razor!

  • Lorna Ledger
    June 25, 2018

    Sir Killalot! Classic 😉

  • Rebecca Cusick
    June 25, 2018

    Impulse is our favourite!

  • Connor Waterkamp
    June 25, 2018

    Something so iconic brought back into our lives 10x better than the original pull back toys and mini bot series , hoping i can get my hands on the collection very soon

  • kimberley
    June 25, 2018

    I think my favourite has to be Matilda

  • Mark L
    June 25, 2018

    Razer is my favorite robot wars robot!

  • Frank H
    June 25, 2018

    I really like Carbide from the newest series of Robot Wars

  • Amandeep Sibia
    June 25, 2018

    Impulse for me!

  • Karen hutchinson
    June 25, 2018

    Impulse – my son loves robot wars – always asking his dad to build one so this hexbug set looks great

  • Luke
    June 25, 2018

    My favourite robot has to be Hydra. Coz I own it (among others including Wheely Big Cheese, Titan and a whole lot more).

  • Liam Bishop
    June 25, 2018

    Carbine.

  • Lorraine Kirk
    June 25, 2018

    Dead metal was the thing of nightmares!

  • Ruth Wollerton
    June 25, 2018

    Razor ROCKS xxx

  • Laura Kevlin
    June 25, 2018

    Shunt! 🙂

  • Gaynor Lewis
    June 26, 2018

    Impulse is our favourite

  • Lorraine Rivers
    June 26, 2018

    Matilda

  • Elaine Kidd
    June 26, 2018

    Hypno disc

  • Michael Boothby
    June 26, 2018

    Mr Psycho

  • Simone Griffin
    June 26, 2018

    Impulse

  • paula cheadle
    June 26, 2018

    chaos

  • Kristyn Harris
    June 27, 2018

    Impulse

  • Kirsty Ward
    June 27, 2018

    Impulse

  • gemma hendry
    June 27, 2018

    matilda is my fave

  • Christina Palmer
    June 27, 2018

    Razor

  • Jade
    June 27, 2018

    Razor

  • Sally Collingwood
    June 27, 2018

    Mr Psycho is so cool!

  • Lynn Neal
    June 27, 2018

    Impulse

  • Kate Davies
    June 28, 2018

    St bash.

  • Ron Goodwin
    June 28, 2018

    Razer for me, thank you.

  • debbie jayne Davies
    June 28, 2018

    impulse

  • Sam Parkes
    June 28, 2018

    My favourite is tornado

  • Rebecca Smith
    June 29, 2018

    Ooo my favourite is definitely Impulse

  • Jeanette Leighton
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse…. I really loved watching robot wars

  • Astrid C
    June 29, 2018

    storm

  • Stacey Leigh
    June 29, 2018

    Razor is the favourite 🙂

  • Heli L
    June 29, 2018

    The famous Razer

  • Andi Gurney
    June 29, 2018

    I always loved Matilda

  • Melanie
    June 29, 2018

    I always loved Matilda. Such a fantastic robot!

  • Tracy Hanley
    June 29, 2018

    Magnetar

  • janine atkin
    June 29, 2018

    Razer is my favourite

  • Adrian Bold
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse

  • Jodi hill
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse was our favourite! 🙂

  • Laura Pritchard
    June 29, 2018

    I always liked Matilda!

  • Laura Lee
    June 29, 2018

    Me and 2 sons love Matilda my eldest son loves Thor. This would be amazing to surprise my 3 boys with. I have got my fingers and my toes crossed

  • Laura Findlay
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse
    My kids would love this!

  • Anna Brown
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse

  • donna l jones
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse

  • Sarah Addey
    June 29, 2018

    Matilda

  • Deborah Clarke
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse is a firm favourite in our house. Thanks for the chance to be your lucky winner

  • Roisin Niceochain
    June 29, 2018

    impulse

  • Tracy B
    June 29, 2018

    With a name like Royal Pain, it has to be that!

  • Gillian McClelland
    June 29, 2018

    Impulse

  • Rebecca Phillips
    June 29, 2018

    firestorm!

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