Date Thu, July 5 2012


A few weeks ago, I held a giveaway for Bonkazonks, a new toy from Marvel. It’s this sort of marbles, jumping bean, weight top collectible toy that you’re intended to battle and trade with. Admittedly, I was underwhelmed as an adult. Superheroes are all the rage and not just with kids. Unfortunately, this toy is one that I can only really see kids getting into. On the other hand, even though my sister isn’t a fan of Marvel in any way, shape or form, she actually liked BonkaZonks quite a bit.

The Spiderman face case that I received reminds me a lot of the macaroni and cheese I buy in a tub from the grocery store. It’s printed with his face and costume design and has a locking cover. Inside sits a tray with space for 10 BonkaZonks. The case came with four: Spiderman and three bad guys. You can purchase the BonkaZonks separately, though. Beneath the tray sits the instructions, a pamphlet that shows the other available characters and a little battle board, which is a spiderweb-shaped piece of paperboard with spots for the BonkaZonks.

Ideally, players set up the bad guys on the board, in the marked spots, and then spin, flick or otherwise battle them. In practice.. I was not very good. LOL The weighted nature of the toys makes them harder to control than I expected, which could be part of the fun. Of course, the basic setup is a little underwhelming, so you might want to sneak online to find information about trick stunts and the like. Right now, the BonkaZonks only has one video of this type, however, and it’s pretty lame. This is the type of game that absolutely would be better with some more ideas, because basic gameplay will get old pretty fast. Of course, that might just be me as an adult.

Samantha says

They’re awesome. Tell them I love them!

You can buy more cases and BonkaZonks accessories, with pieces that let you stack the characters, bounce them between platforms, do tricks, battle stacks of villains and more. This is the type of game that your kid will ultimately want you to buy more of. Hasbro’s marketing department is certainly smart. ;)

The website also has an online game for kids to play for free.

While BonkaZonks failed to bowl me over, my sister did enjoy knocking them over!

4 Responses

  1. Melanie Schemanski July 7 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    My kids and DH are marvel freaks! I am going to have to find some of these for them! Thanks for the review

  2. Pam July 8 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I bet the nine year old would enjoy these. He is a Superhero freak. I don’t think they would have overwhelmed me either though.

  3. Grace Hodgin July 8 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    These would even be great just to use as added decor in the bedroom of a super hero fan. They sound cute and just gives the creative freedom to create your own rules for play.

  4. diane July 9 2012 @ 6:58 am

    I think this is something my son would enjoy. Don’t think I have seen them in stores yet!

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