Archive for October, 2009

Toys’R’Us Announces 2009 Holiday Toy-Buying Trends

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

HEXBUG Nano has been declared representative of the trend toward “Tiny Treasures, Teeny Prices” in 2009. Toys that are small in size, but provide big fun at petite prices, are proving to be one of the year’s most dominant trends. Today’s focus on all things frugal has certainly influenced this trend, but to kids, these toys are miniature must-haves. These tiny treasures, all under $12, are sure to provide hours of enjoyment:

HEXBUG® Nano from Innovation First International makes playing with insects fun. These inexpensive micro robotic creatures look alive and feature a mini vibrating motor that propels them across the floor or table, helps them flip from their back onto their feet, and even enables the bugs to navigate a maze.

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Ant featured on German Engadget

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The German Engadget site has an article about the HEXBUG Ant and includes one of the more popular HEXBUG Ant YouTube Videos.

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HEXBUG Ant: Top 10 Tech Toys

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The HEXBUG Ant made the Top 10 Tech Toys list by Digital Trends, as seen on Yahoo! Shopping.

If you don’t consider batteries ecologically evil, and you want to drive your dog really batty, two button cells run the fourth Hex Bug Micro Robotic Creature, an ant ($10) that skitters across wood floors and carpeting at cockroach-like speeds, 10 times faster than previous Hex Bugs.

Check out the other 9 cool toys on the list.

HEXBUG Nano: Classy Mom Approved

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

The HEXBUG Nano is now Classy Mommy Approved. Blogger Colleen Padilla summarizes her review of the HEXBUG Nano below. Padilla also includes a video of her children interacting with the blue HEXBUG Nano. Click through to see the video.

This HEXBUG Nano is too cool. The package with our little HEXBUG arrived in the mail today for our review and right away when I saw it was actually a little micro sized robotic creature I knew the kids would be very interested. With the flip of a itsy switch this tiny little 1 inch critter was racing around on our hardwood floor. We had the kids convinced it was a real bug as they chased after it and fought over who could touch it first and then touch it again and again. It’s super lightweight at .75 ounces and vibrates in your hands when you hold it – making it seem even more life like. Finally, when Mackenzie overcame her fear and really held it, she noticed the little switch so she began to have an inkling it was part machine instead of a blue stink bug. At a price point of $8, this is one of the most entertaining and coolest toys I’ve seen this season. And Moms will love that it only takes up 1 inch of space. Sold at Toys R Us and Radio Shack or online. Classy Mommy Approved.

Nano Review and Giveaway

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Robyn’s Online World, a Nielson Top 50 Mom Approved Blog posted a great review today of the HEXBUG Nano.

These would be a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season, and at under $10 the price is great. They come in a great little tube so they are great for stocking stuffers. If you have teens that want cash or gift cards but you like to get them a little gift also the HEXBUG Nano would be excellent. How about that unisex gift you need to buy with a $ limit for the office gift exchange – again a great idea and fun for everyone! They will be available at RadioShack and Toys ‘R’ Us.

They’re also having a contest, giving away two HEXBUG Nano specimens! Read the whole review on their site and check out their contest entry requirements.

Nano makes Forbes Top 10 Hot Holiday Toys List

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

HEXBUG Nano was featured as 1 of the Top 10 Hot Holiday Toys this year. Check out the slideshow over at the Forbes website.

HEXBUG Nano bots need some medication …

Thursday, October 8th, 2009


The new Hexbug Nano bots really remind us of the ant farms we had as kids, only after a while the ants would take a break and quiet down. These guys are so active, almost hyper, to the point that some robotic Ritalin might be handy…

Click through for a video of some Nano specimens in their habitat.

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The cat is out of the bag, or more accurately, the robot is out of the cup. The nano-sized but mega-cute Hexbug Nano robots have escaped the factory and are rushing to stores, and Christmas trees, near you. :)