Little R has now watched both DVDs and reported back to me so here goes.
LEGO Hero Factory: Savage Planet
This is an adventure featuring characters from LEGO Hero Factory. Rocka answers a distress call from banished professor Aldous Witch he finds himself under attack on the planet Quatros. Stormer, Furno, Bulk, Stringer and Nex head out from the Hero Factory to save Rocka but when they reach Quatros they discover that Aldous Witch has transformed into the evil Witch Doctor and plans to destroy the planet. The Heroes must work together to defeat the Witch Doctor and save Quatros.
Little R informs me that this DVD is really exciting. He really liked all the characters and thought that lots happened. His particular love at the moment is Transformers and these are quite similar, this was the 'best thing' about the DVD in his opinion. His Mum told me that she thought he was the right age (it is recommended for age 6+) and it was really action packed.There are three She's actually looking at the LEGO toys in this range now so I think we can safely say this DVD was a hit. In addition to Savage Planet there is also a bonus episode called 'Ordeal of Fire'. This DVD is available from Amazon priced at £7:49
Ten-year-old Ben Tennyson is finally back from his summer vacation, and his life is a mess! Humiliated by his teacher, harassed by bullies, grounded by his parents, and cursed with a malfunctioning Omnitrix that's vaporizing his homework, Ben jumps at the chance to get away from it all at the Total Alien Immersion training program on the far side of the galaxy. Little does Ben know that total immersion means he can never turn human again. Crashing back to earth and stuck in his alien forms, Ben becomes the target of an all-new evil alien, Retaliator, engaging in a deadly cross-world battle, where nothing is as it seems.
Ben 10 is a fairly recent discovery for Little R but has quickly become a favourite. In fact, when I was offered the opportunity to review this DVD I knew I had to take Warner Bros up on it just so he could watch this. He has previously only watched the TV show so a feature-length Ben 10 was new to him. This DVD also uses CGI - a different animation technique to the TV cartoons so he thought it looked 'not the same' but 'still good'. The film lasts over an hour but his Mum said he watched it all and sat quietly while it was on, apart from the odd 'wow' and 'look Mum'. Mum also said that the effects were really good and the animation was high quality and much more interesting than the original series. Little R's Christmas list already contained quite a few Ben 10 items and watching this DVD has been a big hit, with repeated viewings since the first one. His Mum says that he would watch it every day if he could. This DVD is in the Ultraviolet format which means that you receive the DVD and a code to activate the film on Flixter so it can be shared on up to five digital devices. We haven't had chance to try this out but it sounds like a really good idea and one that I will be investigating further, it also increases the value for money of the original DVD. This DVD is available from Amazon at just £5 at the moment, a great stocking filler for any Ben 10 fan
Thanks to Warner Bros for sending out the DVDs to us. All opinions contained in the review are my own and are unbiased.