Horrible Histories Battle Arena Review

The Boys are pretty Horrible Histories Mad, they have the books, the games, they watch the programmes, sung along to the songs and always talk about it, I think that it’s the gore and the weirdness of it all that they enjoy. Now their is a New series 2 Horrible Histories toys to add to their collection including the long-awaited Horrible Histories Battle Arena.

Horrible Histories fans have been building their armies ready for battle, collecting heroes, troops, leaders and catapults, not to mention weapons, pigs, scoring spikes, groats and game cards since the range launched earlier this year.  These can now all be brought together with the awesome Battle Arena playset to create the ultimate clash between the Egyptians and the Romans.

Horrible Histories gameplayers’ who want to stage a battle of superior size will be able to using the Battle Arena filled with explosions, gruesome and gory manoeuvres and some seriously sneaky battle tactics.

You can use the Arena as one big Roman or Egyptian battleground or it can be separated into two pieces so that you can battle against each other. The Arena comes with a sticker sheet so you can decorate your arena to suit you ready for battle. You can bring the most terrible tactics into play. An Egyptian army can drag dead characters back to their embalming tomb and bring them back from the dead! The Roman army can hold characters in jail and turn them into mighty gladiators, found nowhere except in the battle arena! Or if your not interested in reading and following the rule book you can just set up your troops, take it in turns to fire at your opponent, keep going until a leader falls, whoever has the most men left wins! If you do want a real battle them you must place your troops and aim pigs wisely.  The exploding pillars hold a platform for your leader to oversee his troops, If the leader falls 3 times they loose the game.

If kids want to grow their armies, they’ll be pleased to hear that Series 2 of the Horrible Histories Hero Collectables, Battle Packs and Horrible Heroes Specials this summer, providing players with Legatus the Roman General and the jackal-headed Egyptian God Anubis, a special hero Mummy and awesome Gladiator, not to mention extra soldiers, peasants, hero weapons, game cards and pig ammo!

The boys were really excited when a big box was delivered to our door, they ripped it open and to their surprise inside was a Horrible History treasure!

20130806-220149.jpgAlong with the Battle Arena and Roman and Egyptian Starter packs there was also Horrible Histories Blind bags and Battle packs.


The boys quickly went off to their room to set up a battle, Jak read through the rotten rule book, whilst Joseph sat and opened up all of the boxes and started to set the Arena up. They spent hours setting up their armies ready for battles sticking to their strategic game play, Joseph’s was to protect his Emperor as much as he could with his army being close by and Jak’s was to spread out his army hoping that if they got knocked down by the flying pigs they wouldn’t take each other out. They disappeared into their room for hours playing with each other and I even got told off for putting it all away and ruining there set up, boys eh!



Here is what the boys thought of the Horrible Histories Battle Arena and Armies:

How long did it take to set up the Arena ready for battle? 15-20 minutes and it was easy to set up

What is the best part of the game? You don’t have to stick to the rules, you can make it up as you go along giving you freedom to create a whole new game.

Are the rules easy to follow?  The rules are simple to follow for ages 8 and upwards but my younger brother had to be explained to a lot and reminded of the rules

Would you recommend the game to your friends?  Yes, Definitely. My friends like imaginative games and I am looking forward to inviting them over for a battle

If you could improve the game what would you do? Improve the catapult with fire power so pigs can fly further


What would you rate this game? Joseph: We’re not going to give it back! Jak: 8/10

What’s Your overall opinion of the game? A big thumbs up! And would like to carry on collecting more figures to build up our armies to make it an Epic battle.


For stockist details call 0800 389 8591 or visit www.worldsapart.com

Battle Arena                                                                 6+                               £39.99

Carry Case                                                                     6+                               £14.99

Hero Collectables                                                          6 +                                  £1.99
Hero Collectables Series 2                                           6 +                                £1.99

Horrible Heroes Specials                                             6 +                                £6.99

Horrible Heroes Specials Series 2                           6 +                                 £6.99

Battle Pack  – Egyptian & Roman                            6 +                             £9.99

Battle Pack – Egyptian and Roman Series 2        6 +                                £9.99

Starter Set                                                                    6+                                £14.99


We was supplied with the Horrible Histories for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received.





Stocking Fillers with Yellow Moon

We received a parcel last week from yellow Moon and was quite surprised to see what was inside as normally we get a box of seasonal crafts to make and be creative with but this time we was given a box full of goodies to play with, Joseph couldn’t believe it as among the many little toys and games was speed racer construction kits.

Not only do Yellow Moon sell a brilliant selection of crafts but they also stock toys and games and my boys were not let down by them! They liked every single item sent through to them to review, I almost didn’t give them any of them as they were just too good and i really wanted to wrap them up for them.

We received:

Speed Racer Construction Kits –  £1.49 each

Holographic Magic Spring – £1.49 each

Micro Football Table – £8.99 (was £9.99 as of 15.12.12)

Pirate Shrinkles – £5.99 (was £6.99 on 15.12.12)

Horrible Histories Vile Villian Brainbox – £7.99

3D Moveable T-Rex Puzzle – £3.99

Speed Racer Construction Kits were a favourite of Joseph as he loves Lego and these are very similar. They don’t take long to construct and come with easy to follow instructions and a driver which has a detailed face and body. We built ours within minutes and the boys were soon racing there cars against each other. Joseph has taken a couple of the cars apart and put the pieces together to build his own so they do  not have to stay together. They come in varied designs but are all racing cars.


Holographic Magic Springs comes in a range of different colours, we received a green one. Jak really enjoys these springs and spent ages watching it flip down the stairs. Our stairs are pretty wide so the spring had trouble getting from one step to the next but it did manage a few at a time. This spring kept the boys amused for ages, a brilliant little stocking filler at a superb price.


I was very surprised with The Micro Football Table it is made to a high standard of a high quality wood, we have had mini football tables before which have been bought for the boys as presents and they have been plastic and have broken in the matter of hours. this table is made from wood and actually looks like the  normal big ones that you get in the amusements but a smaller version, which means it can be taken in the car to relatives or moved from room to room to be played with. It didn’t take long to fix together and it comes with all the tools needed to do so. The first game was played by Jak and Daddy and they was screaming away at each other like it was a real football match. The game comes with two score boards which are screwed to each end behind the goals, two footballs and the handles are non slip with little grooves in them and are perfect for little hands too. A brilliant gift for any child at a really fabulous price.


Pirate Shrinkles is sort of a craft set where you draw or trace the Pirates, colour them in and shrink them in an oven. There are two sheets which has pirates and all the little extras on like a treasure chest and coins on, you cut around the pictures leaving a little space, colour them in and then place them in the oven and watch then curl and shrink to become hard little men. Includes 33 Shrinkles plus all the accessories and instructions. The set also comes with accessories so you can make badges, key fobs, fridge magnets, pencil toppers and jewellery, before you bake the shrinkles make sure you hole punch then first as it will be hard to make a hole in the plastic once shrink. Joseph really enjoyed doing this activity and has helped him loads with his control of colouring in as he was really interested in making one, It’s not often when you see Joseph enjoying colouring in as he is a little boy who likes messy play normally, he sat and coloured all the little coins in and was excited to see how small they all shrunk. I was like a big kid too, it just amazed me lol! the kit of shrinkles are definitely something i would be buying again for the boys and even myself 😉



The Horrible Histories Villian BrainBox was a big hit with Jak as he really enjoys history and has all of the horrible history books. The game is compact and can be taken out and about with you, we took ours onto a shoot that Joseph was doing as it can get pretty boring with all the waiting around that is done. Jak and i played the game and he beat me lol. The game is a memory game, you read and study the facts about a character from history for 10 seconds and then answer the questions to keep the card.The questions may not just be what you read but may also be about what the picture is about. It is a fun game but also educational. It comes with 54 picture cards, timer and a dice all in a compact little box.



Joseph thought the 3D Moveable T-Rex Puzzle was amazing and i couldn’t agree more! The puzzle comes with all the parts made from a thick cardboard all with a little letter on them that correspond to the instructions leaflet which was easy to follow. The pieces slot together easily although Joseph had a bit of a problem with doing it but his hands are tiny. The head moves up and down and the tail can be moved from side to side. The overall puzzle makes a lovely little toy to play with but also looks nice on the side as a show piece. Height when constructed is 29cm.



 Last orders for all products from Yellow Moon are the 18th December for standard delivery or 20th december for next day all UK.

Yellow Moon have some brilliant little craft and gift sets that would all make excellent presents for christmas.

Thank you for reading my post, we was sent the products for review purposes, all words and opinions are of my own.