Archive for October, 2012

Insect Robots, Just in Time for Halloween

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The New York Times Gadgetwise blog featured our HEXBUG Scarab XL and HEXBUG Spider XL Micro Robotic Creatures in this post, just in time for Halloween. Check out the complete post below.

“Remote-controlled cars, trucks and helicopters are common these days. Insects, on the other hand, are relatively new on the scene.

Hexbug Scarab XL and Spider XL ($40 each, from www.hexbug.com) are big brother editions of their tiny button-cell counterparts, with many more features. Powered by AA batteries, the robots come in your choice of colors of translucent plastic, allowing you to see the fascinating gear-driven mechanics of each of the legs, as they work in concert to create forward motion.

Of the two, the spider is the more sophisticated, with a LED eye on a head that turns 360 degrees like a gun turret, allowing it to move in a complete circle. But the faster Scarab can pop from its back to its feet if it is placed upside down.

The remote control, powered by a single nine-volt battery, makes steering easy. It offers three forward moving speeds (slow, medium and fast) and one reverse speed, and two channels, allowing multiple bugs to be operated independently or at the same time. Both are in stores now, in case you want to infest your Halloween decorations.” -By Warren Buckleitner via Gadgetwise.

 

Best Toys Guide Names HEXBUG Warriors as Top Toys for Christmas

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The editors from The Best Toys Guide reviewed our HEXBUG Warriors, and we are proud to announce that they have selected Warriors as a Top Toys for Christmas pick. In their own words, they summarized their feelings on the product line by concluding, “They created a great play experience for kids, and they have multiple dimensions that keep each battle interesting. Battle items have long been popular for kids, but never before have I seen one that that provides such continuous entertainment. It’s not just a simple launch and load item that you fire at opponents, it’s not just an action figure to stage mock battles with, it’s a tiny robotic warrior that seems to have a mind of its own and it will fight to the knockout.”

Check out their website and included below is their video review of HEXBUG Warriors.