I have seen the horrible histories TV series, read the books with both my children, bought the horrible histories annuals as a stocking filler every Christmas and now it is time to bring the battles to life. In this post I review the Horrible Histories toy sets, which are certainly very popular.
For this review of the Horrible Histories toy sets I sat down with my son to do battle. We both had a horrible histories starter set each which are priced at £14.99 each. These sets provide the key elements to start battling against your chosen opponent.
These particular starter sets are the only ones to include a special leader, a working catapult to launch the pig ammo at opponents, and scoring spikes to keep the score whilst you play the game. You can choose between Julius Caesar and Ramesses, to lead their soldiers and peasants into battle.
We added to our horrible histories armies with a Battle pack priced at £9.99 each Featuring one shiny hero, two soldiers, four peasants, one hero weapon, one shiny and one normal game card and two Pig Ammo, Genghis Khan leads the Egyptian army while William the Conqueror heads up Roman legion.
You can then top up your horrible histories armies even further with great pocket-money priced Hero Collectibles, including the awesome Alexander the Great, putrid Blackbeard, terrible Tudor Executioner, brave Boudicca and many more.
Each hero comes in a blind bag complete with a movable arm, interchangeable weapon and coin base (groat), plus a special game card allowing boys to use the card to change the game and are priced at only £1.99 each.
We set up our horrible histories Armies to battle on the table positioning plenty of soldiers around our leader to protect him and positioned our pigs in the catapult ready for battle to commence!
After a couple of practice shots we were eager to take down each others soldiers and get to the all important leader.
They are cards included in all sets to use during the game that you can choose to use as and when you need such as double points on your next shot or bring 4 peasants back to the field, all are really useful ( especially if you want to win).
We really did have fun playing horrible histories and it took over an hour for our battle to cease and for me to be crowned the winner!We really interacted with each other and helped each other with rules & Tips and had such fun playfully teasing each other when we knocked out yet another of our enemies soldiers or peasants.
It is a great Toy for keeping the mind active as you always need to be thinking of your next move and if you will play a card on your next turn very similar to chess and a lot more fun than a board game as you really interact with your enemies leader ( in this case my son Jake).
I also love the fact you can keep building onto your collection with the horrible histories Hero Collectibles and at £1.99 you can treat your children or they can save up their pocket-money and buy them.
I have only one concern with these Toys and that is to play the game properly you would need to know someone else with an Army to play against unless your child was happy to play with just the figures alone or to collect them.
Horrible Histories is tipped to be the biggest craze in schools up and down the country! With so many exciting sets to collect boys are certain to be captivated, building their armies ready for battle and enjoying hours of Horrible Histories strategic game play!
Taking game play to another level in the summer, the Battle Arena is the ultimate play set for a Horrible Histories battle. Featuring two Egyptian and two Roman characters, and six game cards, boys can use the arena as one large set or create two opposing bases to play against their friends. Combining strategy with action play, this new set allows the Egyptian players to bring characters back from the dead as mummies, or Roman players to steal their opponent’s dead characters and turn them into mighty gladiators.
Setting the scene with exploding doors and platforms, the Battle Arena also includes a large sticker sheet allowing children to customise their battle play set.What’s more children will be able to take their Horrible Histories figures and sets to friends houses with the upcoming coming Carry Case featuring two storage boxes and the case even folds out to reveal a play mat.The boxes also come complete with integrated slots to hold the special game cards securely.