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NOW CLOSED: Would you & your children like to go to a Skylanders "Magical Morning" at Hamleys toy store in London & be an exclusive Skylanders Wii tester?

(72 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Sep-11 10:04:33

Following the preview events held in Liverpool and London recently, we've been asked by Activision, the makers of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, to find 10 Mumsnetters to be Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Wii testers.

We're looking for eight MN testers (and their children) to go to an exclusive Skylanders Spyro's Adventure event at Hamleys toy store, London on Sunday 9th October. This special event, taking place between 9am & 11am is by invitation only with the store closed to the general public during this time. Event guests will enjoy a yummy buffet breakfast alongside a host of Skylanders themed magical activities, meet some very special guests and be one of the first to play Skylanders Spyro's Adventure before it hits the shops.
(Please note the event may be filmed and photographed and the resulting collateral will potentially be used for international marketing).

We then invite these MNers to test the new Skylanders Spyro's Adventure game at home, add feedback on Mumsnet and make a short video with your review of the game.

As we appreciate not everyone will be able to make this date, an additonal two MN testers will be selected, who would like to take part in the game testing and video reviews, but are unable to attend the event.

About Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

Here's what Activision say about the game "In Skylanders Spyro's Adventure, you can 'Bring Your Toys to Life' in a boldly innovative adventure game where players collect real-world interaction figures and transport them directly into the game using the mystical Portal of Power?. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure changes the way we look at toys and videogames, as well as how we interact with them by introducing action figures that become interaction figures and remember all of their dynamic experiences created in the game. The game is designed for children aged 7+"

If you are selected

If you are selected as a tester, and are able to attend the event, you will attend the Hamleys event with your children (with regret, max one adult and up to two children) and will receive a dedicated demonstration of Skylanders.

If you are unable to attend the event we will send you some information about the game via email.

The game launches on 14th October and on this day, all selected testers will be sent a game starter kit (worth £60) as well as a flip camera to record their feedback. We'll ask testers to answer some suggested questions to camera as well as film their children playing the game. We'd like you to test the game for a week and during this time film your review. We will then ask that you return the cameras - the film will be edited and then be used on the Skylanders pages on Mumsnet and possibly elsewhere (it will be hosted on YouTube) as well as for Activision marketing purposes. You will also need to add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet. Video reviews need to be done in the week after 14th October.

Everyone who is selected as a tester, adds their feedback to a thread on Mumsnet and records video feedback, will be able to keep the game starter kit and toy figures (worth £60).

Please only apply if you...
a) are able to attend the Hamleys press event on Sunday 9th October between 9am - 11am, OR live in the UK and are willing to test the game
b) have a Wii console
c) are around on 14th October to receive the game and in the following week to test it and make the video
d) are willing to make the video of your feedback and of your kids playing the game for online usage

If you have any questions, please do ask.

To sign up please add your details here

We will be in touch with selected testers and event attendees ASAP.


ruddynorah Thu 29-Sep-11 10:29:10

Nope. But mine would love the just dance jnrs game they're still waiting for from the last nintendo product test..

ThePosieParker Thu 29-Sep-11 10:43:36

Now, we can do that Sunday....after being selected before but could only go on the Saturday!!

ThePosieParker Thu 29-Sep-11 10:44:37

But if we're not selected, which is not the end of the world (as my father's in the country).....we would love to review.

GrownUpNow Thu 29-Sep-11 10:47:57

Ooooh, yes please.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Sep-11 10:49:29

ruddynorah - sorry - this one is nothing to do with Nintendo though.....

JeremyVile Thu 29-Sep-11 10:51:50

Ds LOVES Hamleys, he'd be over the moon with something like this, so, I'll chuck our hat in the ring!

Squiglettsmummy2bx Thu 29-Sep-11 11:36:19

My kids were looking at this game in my catalogue & added it to an already loooooonnnng Xmas list so this would be great for us grin

Tortoise Thu 29-Sep-11 12:05:14

DC would love to test the game. Shame wouldn't be able to get to the event, they would have loved that too.

Kbear Thu 29-Sep-11 13:01:51

Yes please smile - can go to Hamleys or test the game at home!

Hope I've filled the form out ok, I did it on my phone.
My dcs would LOVE to test this game!

Fimbo Thu 29-Sep-11 17:39:02

I can to or test at home. KB and i are best friends and everything now, so we would be awesome teamed up again together. grin

Fimbo Thu 29-Sep-11 17:39:44

KBear obviously see we are so tight we even have special nicknames grin.

grumpypants Thu 29-Sep-11 17:57:18

can we do it again, if we did nickelodeon? my two oldest would love to come back....

does your child have to be 7+ ?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Sep-11 20:19:28

The rating for the game is 7+ so I think so swallowed...sorry!
grumpypants - do apply but I will need to check on this....

poorbuthappy Thu 29-Sep-11 20:23:10

I also entered via my phone so would be grateful if you could check you've got my entry? Ta muchly.

grumpypants Thu 29-Sep-11 20:31:37

Thanks Ann, I will - kids thought it was great

, Would be great to have them try it without the novelty factor!

grumpypants Thu 29-Sep-11 20:41:37

Think I've done it! Mobile, so not sure!

Kbear Thu 29-Sep-11 20:53:43

Fimbo - do I know you???

Kbear Thu 29-Sep-11 20:54:02

mwah haw haw

awww shame I didn;t wait wink I DS's would love to go to hamleys.

mumatron Thu 29-Sep-11 22:20:56

well, seeing as I sulkily gave up my place on the other event, surely i should be an automatic choice for this one? no? grin

seriously though, dc would be thrilled to try out a new game. ds is planning on being a game developer when he grows up so he would be ideal to try this one out.

grumpypants Sun 02-Oct-11 11:55:58

anne - when do we found out about being picked hopefully ?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Oct-11 14:25:15

Emails have just gone out. So sorry if you are disappointed not to be chosen...we had quite a few volunteers.

ThePosieParker Mon 03-Oct-11 14:27:23

Awww, not us!! Which saves me having to tell mother I'm busy!!!

Tortoise Mon 03-Oct-11 14:33:16

Woo hoo! DC will be so excited to test the game. I haven't told them I entered so will wait until it arrives and surprise them.
Thanks MN. smile

Wiifitmama Mon 03-Oct-11 14:42:02

Thank you! The kids are so excited for Sunday. Though is it wrong that ds1 seems more excited by the idea of the breakfast buffet than anything else!?!?

SouthernandCross Mon 03-Oct-11 16:32:38

Oh cool, thanks for choosing us. What age are other peoples children who are going? I have 8 and a 9 ( almost 10) year old girls.

CrossEyed Sun 09-Oct-11 13:02:06

Thanks for choosing us - just back from this event, and the children had a ball. The older one loved the game (other one too little to play).

Collision Sun 09-Oct-11 16:32:01

Had a brilliant time.

Thank you.

Boys loved the game and the 30 second 'choose as many sweets from pic n mix as you can!!'

SouthernandCross Sun 09-Oct-11 17:36:10

Thanks for including us too. The girls can't wait to play the game at home although DD is still mourning the loss of her gobstopper ( it fell out of the bag and rolled onto the tube tracks- I have been keeping an eye on the TFL site expecting news of a 'sweet on the line' type announcement).

Collision Sun 09-Oct-11 20:20:15

ooh I bet you were relieved about the gobstopper! It was huuuuuuuuuuuuge!!!!

SouthernandCross Sun 09-Oct-11 20:23:43

I won't pretend I wasn't a little relieved Collision. But her heart was broken and her scream turned heads!

Squiglettsmummy2bx Sun 09-Oct-11 21:06:44

Thank you for choosing us, we had a great time & can't wait to get the game at home. Favourite moment was definitely the sweetie part for my dd as she got the heaviest bag by far & not a gob stopper in sight, lol grin

Wiifitmama Sun 09-Oct-11 21:08:19

A big thanks from us too. My sons had a great time' loved the game loved the sweets, but the highlight for me was meeting the writers of Toy Story! Apologies to everyone else for my gushing over them!

Tortoise Mon 10-Oct-11 00:03:56

Finding it hard to keep this secret from dc. Looking forward to game coming this week and surprise them with game testing!

CrossEyed Mon 10-Oct-11 11:56:26

Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy gushing....

SouthernandCross Tue 11-Oct-11 11:04:44

Have blogged about it [[ here.]]

Collision Tue 11-Oct-11 15:20:31
SouthernandCross Tue 11-Oct-11 18:49:16

Thank you Collision.I went back and tried to fix that, then the phone rang and I forgot I'd made such a hash of it. Can only do one thought at a time at my age ;)

Squiglettsmummy2bx Fri 14-Oct-11 14:20:41

Just wondering if anyone got their game & camera today?

SouthernandCross Fri 14-Oct-11 16:00:59

Squigletts, no we didn't,. Have been sitting in all day too, of course...

Tortoise Fri 14-Oct-11 19:20:20

Nothing here either.

Squiglettsmummy2bx Fri 14-Oct-11 19:22:53

Maybe tomorrow? sad

Tortoise Sat 15-Oct-11 10:21:06

Just arrived by royal mail. DS's at their dads until 5pm so will open it properly when they are all here and I have camera ready. Will be a big surprise for them!

NormaSatansFelcher Sat 15-Oct-11 15:06:01

Where is the feedback thread?

CrossEyed Sat 15-Oct-11 19:21:11

Ours haven't arrived yet - have had people in the last two days in case. Will probably miss them on Monday now!

Wiifitmama Sat 15-Oct-11 19:40:26

Ours arrived this morning. The extra character packs was a nice surprise. We are missing the envelope for sending back the flip camera though. Can I live in hope that this means we get to keep it?wink

SouthernandCross Sat 15-Oct-11 19:58:10

Haven't got ours either. We'll probably miss them now too!

Squiglettsmummy2bx Sun 16-Oct-11 11:48:06

Got ours yesterday & we are missing the envelope too. Love the game but the portal keeps needing to be synced & this can take a long time sometimes which is frustrating sad anyone else having this problem?

Tortoise Sun 16-Oct-11 12:42:27

Will be trying the game after lunch. Kids very excited.

Tortoise Sun 16-Oct-11 14:43:47

So far no problems with the portal but all the characters we have all say need to rest so can't play! Restarting the level seems to have sorted it so I assume they all ran out of health. Can't find any booklet about it.

Wiifitmama Sun 16-Oct-11 14:50:09

We have had no problems with the portal or the characters. I especially like that the portal is wireless.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 16-Oct-11 16:35:30

Will find out re deliveries for you guys on Monday - sorry for the delay and also the envelopes for camera return!

SouthernandCross Mon 17-Oct-11 16:24:50

Stupid Question Alert: how long did you have to charge your camera for before you could record anything. My three are sitting staring at the package they aren't allowed to open because I want to video them opening it!

Tortoise Mon 17-Oct-11 16:30:49

Our camera was already fully charged.

SouthernandCross Mon 17-Oct-11 16:32:17

I've got a nasty feeling we have a duff one sad

SouthernandCross Mon 17-Oct-11 16:46:59

Did everyone video the opening of the boxes?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Oct-11 18:24:39

SouthernandCross - I've emailed you

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Oct-11 13:32:50

Feedback thread is here

CrossEyed Tue 18-Oct-11 13:56:19

Apparently it is now at our neighbours. Sadly our neighbours are not! Hope they get home soon.

CrossEyed Tue 18-Oct-11 17:33:42

Neighbour home. We have the box and... camera is not charged. The leaflet says that it is supposed to be partly charged, but it didn't turn on at all. It is plugged into the computer USB now, and the right light is flashing so hopefully can try again in two hours (time it takes, according to leaflet). Which is bed time! What are my chances of persuading them to sleep?

SouthernandCross Tue 18-Oct-11 17:51:12

Good luck, mine took all night to charge! I had no problem getting anyone out of bed this morning though...

CrossEyed Tue 18-Oct-11 18:02:25

Don't tell me that!!!!!

CrossEyed Tue 18-Oct-11 20:24:43

Right, camera charged. Am afraid the kids kept opening the box while I was fiddling round trying to charge camera....

Tortoise Tue 18-Oct-11 20:32:08

Filming dc playing the game is tricky. They all sit quietly because they are concentrating! I'm trying to get some commentary or excitement out of them or it will be a very dull video!
I hope my bad cold goes before I have to film myself! Bright red nose isn't very good on camera!

CrossEyed Tue 18-Oct-11 20:51:56

Tortoise - we had the same problem, asking questions and getting shushed!

SouthernandCross Tue 18-Oct-11 22:12:48

Mine are all very 'into' the game as well. The liveliest bits are when DD2 isn't doing exactly what DD1 wants her to and I'm not sure that MN is ready for that sort of reality TV. I've had better luck when the game isn't on, and I ask them to explain each character and what it does.

Wotnow Mon 24-Oct-11 23:30:24

yy our camera wasn't charged and by the time Dh had realised and read the instructions, the kids had the box open and had the thing set up!
so no videos of excited box opening here either.
i agree that the game os very sedntary and they sit on the sofa and don't say much so the videos aren't really that thrilling...
the kids have been ill too so not played so much at times or jsut been plain grumpy!

Wotnow Thu 27-Oct-11 19:16:36

Have sent camera this am.
The kids loved the game... adults, well, not so much.
but the boys are babbling away about soul gems and levels and puzzles and different powers and all sorts.
It's found its market! grin

the Wii is away for abit as one of the boys was pretty rude to my friend yesterday! but theya re playing wiht the characters anyway in their room.

SouthernandCross Thu 27-Oct-11 19:23:04

I got some classic interaction of my girls being very rude to each other while playing. The older one gets very bossy and the younge one gets very defiant. Also did a bit of an interview with each one about different aspects of the game, got DD1 explaining how to set up the game and the opening of the box.
We had a lot of trouble charging the camera though but I was sad to say goodbye to it sad

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