It’s good to see Nickelodeon improving their already impressive Nick Jr. lineup with some pretty cool new shows, one of them being Blaze and the Monster Machines by Nerd Corps Entertainment (Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, Slugterra). To help people become more aware of this hot new series, Nickelodeon has released the first few episodes of it on DVD in Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory. Showcasing problem solving skills involving math, science and more, kids and their families will learn something new while enjoying the action and adventure in between.
The show follows a monster truck named Blaze and his young driver AJ (who knew kids could drive), who go around having adventures with their monster truck friends. Of course there’s one monster truck that’s jealous of Blaze and his friends named Crusher who has a friend / underling named Pickle. Most times when there are problems to be solved by Blaze and the gang, they come from Crusher putting obstacles in their way to stop them from having fun or winning a race. These problems usually involve using math, science and such to save the day.
A good example is in one episode where they have to calculate how much force is needed to move an object with a certain amount of weight, with AJ and Blaze representing one number while the obstacle has a different number. So the two of them will ask viewers to help pick a number that is greater than the object’s so that they can move it. Other examples will have them coming up with a plan to change Blaze into a crane with a wrecking ball, a truck with a high powered water hose, etc and will ask viewers to say the name of the parts they need to put together and activate it.
Blaze and his buddies will need help and then some in the two episodes here. In the double length pilot episode “Blaze of Glory” Blaze and AJ get a chance to enter their first race in Axle City while also meeting some new monster truck friends. When Crusher decides to play dirty and stop Blaze and his newfound friends from winning the race at any cost, it’s up to them to overcome Crusher’s dirty tricks and get back to the race. “The Driving Force” has Starla the cowgirl monster truck losing a piston in a swamp and it’s up to Blaze and AJ to get it back. It won’t be easy of course, as Crusher has his sights set on it and will do everything he can to stop Blaze from getting it, even it means summoning giant bigfoot robots and more.
Being a fan of Nerd Corps Entertainment’s shows for quite awhile, I enjoyed Blaze and the Monster Machines as it felt like a perfect show that kids and their families can enjoy and learn things from. As with their other shows, everything is colorful and very well animated, which shows up perfectly on this DVD. The audio is great as well, as every sound effect and cool song is heard loud and clear. The only gripes that can be said about this release is that it’s a bit on the short side, as the pilot episode is about 45 minutes followed by a 22 minute episode that brings the running time to just a little over an hour. There’s also a lack of special features or extras, but the hour of fun content should satisfy viewers for the most part.
The Blaze and the Monster Machines: Blaze of Glory DVD is an educational treat that both young and old can enjoy. It’s a bit on the short side and doesn’t feature any extras, but the fun viewers will get from the action, adventure and learning should more than get their engines revving, and will have them yelling “Let’s Blaze!” along with AJ and Blaze in no time.