Archive for November, 2009

San Diego Family Magazine

Friday, November 20th, 2009

The HEXBUG Nano was chosen for the 2009 Holiday Toy Review in San Diego Family Magazine’s December Issue.

Description: Collect each of these pocket-size robots. HEXBUGS vibrate tomove, flip to their feet, navigate mazes and zoom forward.
Surprises: “Unique, innovative toy. Great price. Sparks a child’s interest in science,” says dad John.
Parents Should Know: You can access scientific games online for free (password included with toy).
What the Kids Like: 8-year-old Nathan and his dad agree: “This is so cool!”
Score: 10

To read the review and check out all of the other items in the Holiday Toy Review, go to, and click on the December virtual issue on the lower right side of their website. The toy review starts on page 32.

HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set Unboxing

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Check out a great video of the HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set being unboxed.

Hexbugs appear on the UK Great Toy Guide 2009

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Hexbugs appear in the 100 fabulous gifts for under £10 in the Great Toy Guide 2009

“It looked like a really cool creepy robot, a bit like a ladybird with 6 legs and metal feelers.”

Check out the full review over at their site

Start a Swarm – Toyology review Ants

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

The Ants are featured on the fabulous Toyology website, the online source for Toy News and Reviews in the UK, featuring all the latest (and best) toys and gadgets available

“The latest arival in the Hexbug range are these multi-coloured ants, great additions to any robotic collection, making a fine companion for any Robosapien or a plaything for your PLEO. Even on their own they’re enough to entertain us humans, each one has six rotating legs with three feet attached that spin into motion at the flick of a switch.”

Check out the full review over at their site

Tried and tested for Christmas: The Hexbug

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, an online parenting magazine from the UK, has reviewed the HEXBUG product line.

Mike says: “The bug almost looks like a thing a GCSE or A level student may make for a exam since its built out of coloured yet clear perspex. This means you can see the circuit board and gears that make it work. That is something I like about it as it makes you wonder if I could make one.

Check out the full review over at their site.

2009 GeekDad Holiday Gift Guide #3: Toys & Games

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

HEXBUG Nano has made the GeekDad Holiday Gift Guide in the Toys & Games section.

HEXBUG Nano are tiny battery powered robots that use tiny vibrations and engineered legs to propel themselves forward. Specially designed to mimic the behavior of real bugs, they scurry over small obstacles and pop back up on their feet when knocked over. The engineers created over 150 leg variations using 3D printing and other rapid prototyping methods to come up with the final design. You can see the evolution of the Nano on the HEXBUG website. Buy them at ToysRUs or Radio Shack.

Check out the other cool toys over on the GeekDad site.

Shop Talk: 4 trends in holiday retailing

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The Dallas Morning News has called the HEXBUG Nano one of the hottest toys of the holiday season.

One of the hottest toys this season is a bug native to Texas. Hexbug Nano is on every hot toy list this year. The $7.99 micro robotic creatures are the creation of Greenville-based Innovation First International. The little robots flip from their back onto their feet and can navigate a maze. The bugs are sold at RadioShack and Toys R Us. Larger, older versions of Hexbugs cost $9.99 and have antennae that sense obstructions and make a 90-degree turn.

Read the full story on their site.

BigToyTalk: Hexbugs

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

BigToyTalk has put up a review of the Original, Inchworm, Crab and Ant.

The original bugs have now been joined by new versions including Crab (pictured right, around £12.99) and the high-speed Ant (always in a hurry and priced around £9.99).

Check it out at their site.

Bugging Out – Hexbug Micro Robotic Creatures

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Family Fun Guide, the grown-ups guide to what kids like, has reviewed the HEXBUG product line.

These micro robots are hugely entertaining, and make great stocking stuffers. The Hexbugs come in five different insect-like styles – the Original bug design, the Ant, the Inchworm, the Crab and the Nano. Each robotic creature reacts slightly differently when switched on.

Read the rest of the review on

Nano: Holiday Must-Haves for Kids

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The HEXBUG Nano was reviewed by All American Mommy, and received an All American Mommy Award. The HEXBUG Nano was one of 9 products to receive the award and to be featured in this holiday gift guide.

It may be little, but it’s fascinating behavior transfixes kids, tweens and parents for hours at a time! It also makes for the perfect stocking stuffer for shoppers on a budget.

Check out all of the Holiday Must-Haves for Kids on the All American Mommy blog.