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Rock 'Em Sock 'Em ROBOTS Game

by Mattel

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  • The classic game from 1966 in which the battling robots try to knock each other's blocks off
  • Red Rocker and Blue Bomber battle it out in the arena, with realistic sounds and jaw-jolting action
  • When a robot lands that blockbuster punch to his opponent's jaw, the victorious robot's head pops up with that Rock 'Em Sock 'Em gotcha sound
  • Complete with robots and stadium
  • A classic game fun for all
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 10.5 x 3.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005BY8V
  • Item model number: 68896
  • Our recommended age: 6 - 9 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)
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Product Description

A remake of the classic game from the 1960s! Kids control battling robots Red Rocker and Blue Bomber with fast thumb action and try to deliver the blockbuster punch that will knock his block off! Battle it out in the arena, with realistic sounds and jaw-jolting action. Land a punch and don’t lose your head to be declared victorious!

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A classic for over 40 years!
WHACK!

It's the game where the original battling robots try to knock each other's blocks off!
A Classic for More Than 40 Years
First debuted in the 1960s, the Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots game has been thrilling kids for decades! This remake returns everyone’s favorite robots, Red Rocker and Blue Bomber, to the classic yellow ring, where they’ll duke it out until someone loses his head! These tirelessly fighting robots are tough, so kids can enjoy rematch after rematch. The simple but engrossing play is fast, fierce, and — most of all — fun! So go ahead and knock his block off!

Kids Control All the Punching, Jabbing Fun
Designed for two players, this exciting action game lets each opponent control his robot by operating the corresponding mechanism with his thumbs. The ring requires some simple assembly, and the robots easily fit into grooves on their platforms. Push the right button to deliver a right hook, and push the left to punch with your robot’s left arm. You can also shift your robot’s position in the ring by moving the controls left and right. Kids affect the intensity of the battle with their thumb speed and expert fighting skills!

Realistic Sounds and K.O. Action
While they battle, the movements of Red Rocker and Blue Bomber are accompanied by realistic sounds and jaw-jolting action. As the mayhem magnifies, players race to deliver the blockbuster punch that will cause their opponent’s spring-loaded head to pop up, signifying the end of the fight. The player who hasn’t lost his head wins the game!

What's In The Box?
Ring comes complete with two thumb-operated mechanisms and two battling robots.

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Red Rocker and Blue Bomber battle it out in the arena, with realistic sounds and jaw-jolting action.

Amazon.com

Long before TV shows like Battlebots, there were these guys: two plastic boxers battling it out in a ring, tirelessly jabbing at each other in an effort to knock their opponent's block off. Years go by and these fighters (creatively referred to in my house as "the blue one" and "the red one") are still at it, still operated by two players working simple controllers, and still madly punching in an effort to knock loose the other fellow's spring-loaded head. As was traditionally the case, it takes a while to maneuver the robots such that you can even land any punch, let alone a knockout blow. But for intense silly robot fighting, without the hassle of batteries, these guys are still champs. --John Moe

Customer Reviews

Great fun for all ages!
lissa
The robots are always falling off the ring and they aren't that easy to snap back on.
Liz Claiborne
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em ROBOTS Game was fun for everyone that played it.
Gilbert Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

219 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2005
Like many baby boomers, I had the original toy myself as a kid. As much as we may like to believe it, the old classic one was not perfect either. It always seemed like one robots head popped off much easier than the other, or the rubberbands came off underneath. Time has tended to make us look back on these toys much more fondly than we did when we actually owned them.

That said, these "new-fangled" versions are extremely poor quality. First of all it just feels flimsy. It certainly is not as durable and heavy as it used to be. Second it seems that one robot is always overly sensitive while the other needs to be hit with a sledgehammer to get the head to pop up. And of course you don't have the trademark, "ZZZZZZZZZZ" sound that the old metal teeth used to make when the head popped up. Our kids must have thought we were nuts to have enjoyed this so much and we have to try and explain how it "used to be better!" The designers who made this should be forced to play it non-stop for 8 hours a day. Shame on Mattel for ruining a classic toy.
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175 of 184 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Mulichak on November 2, 2001
I was disappointed to find that the Rockem Sockem robots I remember so well as a kid had magically shrunk down to pint-sized replacements. I would have been completely satisfied if they had retained thier size, which in turn would have made them retain their original greatness. The lesson here boys...if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Liz Claiborne on November 21, 2005
Do not waste your money on this toy at all!! The robots heads pop-up without even being hit. The robots are always falling off the ring and they aren't that easy to snap back on. It was disappointing to play this game. My kids have given up ont his game and it just sits on the shelf.
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112 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Griffin on February 14, 2002
My husband and I were delighted when we saw one this favorite childhood toy back in circulation.We got it for our two sons for Christmas. It took forever to assemble. The Blue guy's head is so sensitive that it pops up when you are only making him punch. So no one wants to be blue. What's the point? And what happened to the signature "scream" when the head pops up? Just a shame that the quality isn't the same.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephens on February 14, 2005
I bought this for my kids and can second all of the reviews I read that are disappointed with the game. The blue guy's head NEVER goes up. The robots are always and easily popping off. And yesterday, one of the yellow posts that holds up the white "rope" around the boxing ring snapped off and is impossible to fix. It's virtually ruined as no replacements parts are available. GOOD LUCK trying to get any help at the MAttel Website or 1-800 number. I am very disappointed in this product and highly recommend you consider something else. It's a shame because I could see where our whole family would have lots of fun if it worked and was sturdier.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wayne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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Before I bought this, I was hesitant because of the mixed reviews. There were complaints that the product was not well made and was much smaller than the original. However, many of the "most helpful" reviews were from as far back as 2001. It made me wonder how well they reflected the current product.

The box shown for this item says "The original fighting robots" and also says that this is the "classic" game. That certainly implies that it's not a scaled down model, and to my relief it's full sized and very close to the original.

The robots themselves look very much like the originals, except for the stickers. The arena looks pretty much the same too, except the "ropes" are threaded through the posts, while the original game required putting the ropes over the hooks on each post. There are other differences that I'd consider subtle for a game player, though probably not for a collector.

Back in the 1960s, I never owned this. I played it at other people's homes. I was surprised at how smoothly everything moved on the new one compared to the ones I remembered. Some people have commented that one robot or another had a more sensitive head than the other. That was a complaint back when the originals were made too. I didn't find that to be a problem with the one I just got, but if it's a problem, just make sure that the players switch colors every few rounds.

The robots are right handed. Of course you can punch with either hand, but you can throw right hooks and left jabs if you know how. You can't do the reverse. You can retreat, work on proper position, and deliver a punch with the motion and timing you would use in real boxing.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By My3andme on November 8, 2005
My husband and I purchased this toy for our daughters birthday. Yes, a girl ! Anyhow, we found this very hard to put together, not too mention frustrating. The quality of the cheap plastic that it is assembled with is not durable. Forget about trying to stretch the rope ring around the edge of the platform, it took us over 20 minutes. The rope was not very generous in size and everytime you would push in one end the others would pop out. After a while we decided to give the rope a little stretch as it needed some play, but the rope was already fraying and after a try the rope snapped. We still have one rope around the ring, but its not the same. So now it's time to play the game. My husband was excited to play this with his daughter because he remembers when "Santa" brought him one (the original) when he was a little boy. He found that the punches were weak between the robots and it was almost impossible to punch hard enough to pop the opponents head up. My daughter left the game crying and frustrated and said it was "stupid". Sad to see a parent spend money on a toy that is such a disappointments. Guess we need to read these reviews and hope they are accurate before we purchase something :)
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