Lately the boys have been obsessed with dinosaurs. If you go back a week or two on Wordless Wednesday you can see the Bean doing his very best dino impression, which he does for at least 10 hours a day. Every day. So when KidzLane sent me some information about their T-Rex Projector and Room Guard I knew I had to check this toy out.
The T-rex was bigger than I expected, which was really cool. The box says ages 3 and up so the first thing I did was a once over to determine how sturdy it was. Despite having poseable arms and mouth, the toy feels really sturdy, I think it will hold up well to the boys (although there is a projector in there, so I would discourage any real banging or throwing).
In the box you’ll find the Tyrannosaurus Rex projector, three slide discs, a sticker and instructions. The toy takes 3 AA batteries not included. The instructions are straight forward and we got started right away.
The battery compartment and on/off switch are on the bottom of the dino. You can see the projector sitting in the chest.
On the back there is a secret compartment that stores the projector slides. As a mom to three kids who lose everything, this may be my favorite feature! There is also a button inside that changes the T-rex from projector to room guard mode.
To start the projector you take the slide from the secret compartment, place in the dino into projector mode, turn out the lights and turn the Dinosaur T-Rex Projector and Room Guard on. It’s hard to tell with my camera, but the images were really bright and really sharp. I was impressed by the quality! Now here is my true favorite thing about this toy: there are three slides with 8 images each, for a total of 24 different images. In the instruction booklet it names each of the dinosaurs you’ll find on the slides, and directs you to the kidzlane website where you can learn even more dino facts. I love that because it’s now a fun educational toy. As we go through the slides we’ll learn the dinosaurs names, and then we can go online to learn about what they ate and how they lived.
Moving on to room guard mode is a simple as turning the switch. Once in guard mode the Dinosaur T-Rex Projector and Room Guard sits silently until it picks up motion on it’s front facing sensor, then it will roar each time it senses movement. Picking the dino up will trigger the trembler alert motion sensor and the dino will continue to roar until put down (or turned off). This feature worked nicely, even in low light, but it does not work in total darkness. If your kids wanted to use this as a nighttime room guard you may have to add a small nightlight nearby. The sensor only works from the front, so walking around the side won’t trigger it, but it works perfectly in a doorway or pointing directly at the entrance to a room.
Overall, I really love this toy. It’s fun, and the boys are learning about something they like without even knowing it! The projector looks really good, and the kids love the room guard function – using it during the day to warn them of approaching grown ups and at night to “protect” them from scary dreams. They also love the size, and that it can be used as a toy as well… large enough to rule over their other plastic dinos! For kids who are into dinosaurs this is definitely a toy worth checking out!
Batteries: 3 AA, not included
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