Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Superheroes

Brand: Mattel Games
Manufacturer: Mattel
Model: DHW38
EAN: 0791385346516
Category: For Kids
Price: $32.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 7.87 x 7.09 x 3.94 inches
Shipping Wt: 2.30 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Inspired by the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, it’s a new twist on an old classic! You know Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but now Batman and Superman are duking it out! Players try to move the two legendary superheroes into position and hammer the other until one goes “flying!” Skillfully placed hits will send the other hero right off the platform! Battle it out in the ultimate showdown with realistic sounds and jaw-jolting action. Land a superhero-worthy punch to be declared the winner and hear the victorious K.O. sound. Designed for two players, this exciting game lets each opponent control his superhero by operating the corresponding mechanism with his or her thumbs. Push the right button to deliver a right hook, or push the left to punch with your hero’s left arm. You can also shift your superhero’s position in the ring by moving the controls left and right. Kids control the intensity of the battle with their thumb speed and expert battling skills. Features one Batman and one Superman figure. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.


  • Inspired by the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Batman and Superman star in this classic game.
  • Move them into position and pummel back and forth until one superhero “flies” off the platform!
  • Exciting boxing action where opponents maneuver and fight it out for fun!
  • Includes two thumb-operated mechanisms and two battling superheroes.

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Top Reviews

These aren't the droids you're looking for
by Shagbark (3 out of 5 stars)
January 12, 2016

It's an okay toy, but it is NOT the original one shown in the picture. I ordered one from here about 2 years ago, and it was identical to the

original game. I ordered one Nov. 2015, and it was smaller, the robots move less crisply, the necks are plastic instead of steel, and they DO NOT MAKE THE WHIRRING SOUND WHEN YOU KNOCK THEIR BLOCKS OFF. It's surprising how much less satisfying it is without the whirring sound.

See photo for size comparison. 2013 version on left; 2015 version on right.
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Simple, easy game - loads of battle fun!!
by microq (5 out of 5 stars)
March 6, 2015

Well, I have to admit I did not play this game 50 years ago nor have I ever experienced the "original version" that was apparently made so much better than this one according to other reviewers......BUT....I'm surprised by all the negative comments about "not worth buying", "cheaply made", etc. I got this for my 8 year old son's birthday and I have to say its provided LOADS of light-hearted fun. He was SO EXCITED when he opened the box (and he'd never heard of this game!) It's not a game you sit and play for hours, but we love taking turns battling each other - Dad versus son, Mom versus Dad, son versus little sister, son versus granddad, son versus friend, etc. The robots are easily moved, buttons work well and there is some practice and skill required to win (busting the head off your opponent's robot). You have to block and you have to hit the chin just right to sock the head off your opponent! For Christmas we purchased a VERY EXPENSIVE electronic battle bots game with remote controls. That game is TERRIBLE compared to this one and it's much "better made" (not cheap by any means). We've played Rock 'em Sock 'em 10 times more than the expensive, electronic bells and whistles version. Sometimes simple is better and I think this game should be appreciated for what it's meant to be - a battle robot game for kids who will DELIGHT in rockin' those robots and sockin' their heads off! :)
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It will SUPER KNOCK your BLOCK off!!
by The Art of Fun (5 out of 5 stars)
January 19, 2016

If you are a big kid, a collector, or just want to have some fun I highly recommend this version of Rock'em Sock'em robots.

I have been interested in buying a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots game for a few years, however I had yet to find a version (themed copy) I thought displayed both quality and pure awesomeness. With all of the poor reviews of quality on other regular non themed versions of Rockem Sockem Robots, I had been holding off on pulling the trigger on buying a copy. When I saw this toy/game in a newsfeed, I knew it was the one. I bought it the first day I saw it on Amazon.

The figures are really durable and look great! So far they have held up to grown men performing wrestling style moves along with the normal punches, being dropped from kitchen counter height onto hard flooring, and a three year old's throwing across the room. The free form non-ring format of the fighters is a huge plus to me. It allows for a bit more imaginative play. The toy engineers for this product put actual thought into several small functional details that I appreciated. The toy heads do not pop up and off like the original robot fighters. This would ruin the feel of the game for me (having Superman's head shoot up on an extended neck is not a cool image). Instead the fighters pop off their 'building rubble' fighting stands if their chin/head is hit just right. It makes for some very cool knock-outs. We had Batman get knocked out and hung up on Superman's fist, so I did a victory flight around the room. The aesthetics of the characters and their fighting stands are just awesome. Also, the action figures are much bigger than I thought they would be! I believe they are about 8 inches without the fighting stands.

Just hit the Add to Cart button, you will not be disappointed!

P.S. I hope other characters (superhero or other) are licensed for this format of Rockem Sockem Robots.
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Great Toy! The Grandkids loved playing this
by L. Simon (5 out of 5 stars)
August 12, 2018

We bought this for our Grandson's 6th birthday. It's hard sometimes to find a gift the kids like that doesn't involve video games and similar electronics, those popular building blocks or the latest cartoon characters found in video games AND keeps them interested for more than a couple minutes.

We took a chance on this "old fashioned" toy and our grandkids loved playing each other, their Poppa (me) and their Dad. I had a fun time playing as well with both them and my grown up son. Finally a non-electronic toy that they're actually using!

This toy is marked adult assembly required, which always worries me a bit. But the assembly was just snapping a few plastic parts together and no tools were required. Literally just took a couple minutes and the instructions had about 3 steps or so.

All that and it doesn't break the bank either!
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Top 10 best toys of the year
by Rhyno (5 out of 5 stars)
April 4, 2016

Bought it for my 6yr old daughter who recently all but abandoned Disney princesses for DC and Marvel Superheros. She had to see the Batman v Superman movie twice. She loved the Rock'em Sock'em the moment we got it out of the box. We started off quoting lines from the movie as we were fighting and she was laughing so hard. Then we started coming up with our own lines as we were fighting and I don't think I've ever seen her laugh that hard for such a long period of time. We kept playing until my hands started cramping up and it was her bed time. A really great bonding moment for my daughter and I who struggle due to the hours I'm forced to work.

Pros: Easy assembly, durable parts, extreme fun factor

Cons: Large hands cramp up after a few hours, small hands seem to do fine
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by 55 year old (4 out of 5 stars)
October 11, 2017

It doesn't seem the same as I remember as a kid (granted I was much smaller so it probably looked much bigger then). The main thing is there's 'no noise when the block is knocked off' which was really fun - that was the best part! I'm hoping the kids have fun with it-guess we will have to make our own noise.
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Is okay but mIssing key feature from the classic
by DAC (3 out of 5 stars)
November 23, 2017

Unlike many reviewers of classic toys I have few illusions that the past as viewed through a child's eyes was any better than today's goods built from modern materials. I remember from 50 yrs ago how fun this toy was but how irritating because the plastic was brittle and it kept breaking. The modern version seems sturdily built with a less brittle plastic. Is smaller than the original ( I think) but what dooms this version is it lacks a key feature- remember when the head popped up on the original? It was a big event with that satisfying metallic "zizzzzzz" sound as the head popped up an inch or more. New version you barely know. No sound and head barely pops.

Will a child today be engaged by this toy as it is? I expect so and that is reason I bumped from 2 star to 3. Will update after Christmas Day.
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by Wounded Combat Veteran (5 out of 5 stars)
February 5, 2017

This is seemingly identical to the toy that I played w/ in the mid-late '60s. I bought this for my 9-yr-old grandson, and he and his neighbour friends have played w/ it - as rough as kids do - since Xmas almost 2 months ago.


OK, several years have passed, and it has survived unscathed. It's been played w/ by numerous neighbourhood boys.
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My 36 Year Old Brother Loved His 6 Year Old's Gift!
by Joslin,Top Contributor: Makeup (5 out of 5 stars)
December 22, 2016

This was purchased for my 6 year old nephew, however it was REALLY purchased for my 36 year old brother (his step-dad). My brother had a set of metal rock'em sock'em robots when he was a child. I knew he and his son would enjoy playing with this together, so I made the purchase as a Christmas gift to the 6 year old. What a hit these were! Everyone at our Christmas gathering enjoyed playing with it! This toy is smaller than they used to be and it's not quite the same quality, however it is a lot of fun!
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Duped then Duked - Rock 'em' Sock 'em "Mini sized" is more like it
by Westside Steve (2 out of 5 stars)
November 25, 2017

Not like the larger sized original that had the metal spring loaded head that made a distinctive "zipp" when the head was hit correctly. These are cheap plastic spring loaded tracks with no sound when hit. The robot sizes seem to be close to 1/2 smaller. Punch frantically enough and the heads pop up without being hit. Many times a head would pop up and you're not aware because its so quiet and small in size. My kids lost interest after 7 minutes. I'm repacking and returning. No wonder they were on sale.

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