My older son recently graduated from the Disney Channel to Disney XD. Its totally a sign that he is getting older. He’s not in to the shows he used to love but enjoys exploring new ones with older characters. He REALLY enjoys television as a whole (he takes after me for sure) and while some people may frown on kids watching a lot of TV, I have seen first hand how he has picked up some advanced concepts (like cause and effect) and a pretty amazing vocabulary. Recently he began watching the animated series, Max Steel on Disney XD. So when this sponsored campaign came up, it was the perfect fit and I was excited to be able to include my kids. Since the major themes of the show focus on friendship and that working together makes you stronger, we were excited to invite a few of their neighborhood friends over for a Max Steel viewing party.
The show, Max Steel, shares the adventures of teenager Max McGrath and his alien friend, Steel. While both have their own super powers, they realize that when they work together and combine their strengths, they transform in to a “turbo charged” superhero. And what little boys don’t like superheros?
The boys were sent a Turbo Sword with Interactive Steel to try out and imagine what it would be like if they had “turbo power.”
The boys were SO excited when the sword showed up. While my oldest was all about the sword (in his head he is a master weapons expert), my youngest immediately went for Steel. Both boys say that Steel is their favorite part of this toy because they can pretend they are Max and because there are so many different way to play with him. What I love about this toy (available for purchase at stores nationwide for around $29.99) is that there are many different ways to play with it, all of which encourage imagination. The sword makes battle sounds and says phrases from the Disney series so the kids can pretend they are in the story.
The Steel character comes with a stand that makes it look like he is floating, much like he does in the show, but he can also be attached to the sword and your shirt to let you pretend you are Max. When Steel and the sword come together, the sword lights up blue with “turbo energy” and offers several phrases straight from the Max Steel story lines. The boys were able to play with each piece separately and then takes turns using the pieces together. From a parental point of view I like this toy. While it does make noise, the volume is just right and the sounds are not shrill or annoying. The built-in motion sensors weren’t over sensitve but I did manage to pick up the sword and press the activate button several times when I tried to quietly put away toys after the kids went to bed…oops.
Another way my oldest son takes after me is with party planning… He became very involved and it was actually a really fun way to get to spend some time with him and teach him a few new things. He decided that he wanted to create the invitation so I taught him the basics of Adobe Illustrator. I removed some info from it above, like address and names, etc. but I think it came out really good! He took to the program really well and even created some other party decor that we posted around the room. [Read more…]