Archive for the ‘Nano’ Category

DIY Seasonal HEXBUG Bouquet

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Easter is just around the corner, and our HEXBUG Nano Easter Egg is the perfect complement to your kids’ basket! For the DIY enthusiast, here are our step-by-step instructions to make your own seasonal Nano bouquet with, and enjoy the Nano bunnies after!

Step 1: Paint a terra-cotta pot in any festive color, and place a thick piece of Styrofoam inside.

Step 2: Hot glue wooden skewers to the back of your Nano Easter Eggs (we used 12).

Step 3: Place skewers sturdily in the Styrofoam, displaying all the Eggs.

Step 4: Add festive tissue paper between the skewers and ta-da!


Monday, March 24th, 2014

Kids Race and Battle the Nano V2 with Innovation First’s Thrilling, Free, Mobile Game

Innovation First International, creators of the internationally popular HEXBUG® brand, in cooperation with developer Behaviour Interactive, today announced the launch of HEXBUG Havoc on the Apple App Store. HEXBUG Havoc, the free-to-play mobile game, allows HEXBUG fans to experience and interact with their favorite micro robotic creatures in a whole new, daring way!

“This game will bring fans even closer to the fun of HEXBUG’s playful, adventurous robotic creatures,” said Bob Mimlitch, III co-founder and chief technology officer of Innovation First International. “The new platform is a fun, free complement to our existing robotic toys, allowing users to easily take their HEXBUGs on the go, while leaving their tracks and physical bugs at home. The game is also totally addictive.”

At the start of each mission, players choose their own Nano V2 before exploring their way through endless horizontal tracks and vertical tubes filled with collectibles, power-ups, obstacles, and… enemy HEXBUGs! Players will need to travel fast and far to unlock new track pieces, complete missions, and confront electrifying surprises around each and every turn.

In addition to traversing the auto-generated race track, the fast-paced gaming experience includes a number of fun features, such as:

  • Intuitive swipe, tap, and jump controls
  • Rewarding battle missions
  • A wide-range of different tracks and Nano V2 elements to explore and unlock as you play
  • The ability to steal battery life and take down HEXBUGs blocking your path by bumping them aside or ramming them off the track

HEXBUG Havoc players can access the app through Game Center, challenge their friends, and post their scores to Facebook and Twitter. HEXBUG Havoc can be played on any of the following devices: iPhone (4 or later), iPad (2 or later), iPad Mini, and iPod Touch (4 or later).

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A Spectacled Owl – HEXBUG Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

A Spectacled Owl gets acquainted with HEXBUG through a review of the HEXBUG Spider.

A Spectacled Owl HEXBUG Review

“Many times when we have been in the toy aisle at Target, my kids have noticed the HexBug’s.  I honestly had no idea what they were or why they would be considered fun.  However, we (and I say we because I played too!) had the privilege to get one of the HexBug Spiders to review.  You would have thought it was Christmas up in here!  They begged me over & over again to open it and could hardly wait for me to take the pictures I needed for this review (“Mooooom!  Are you done YET?”  “Mooooooom, can we play with it NOW?”)”

Read the full review at: A Spectacled Owl

Meet Hexapillar: Target’s Exclusive Robotic Gift Card

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Innovation First and Target teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind Hexapillar gift card. Innovation First Labs President, Chris Troyak, spoke with editors from the online magazine, A Bullseye View, to talk details about the joint venture. Read on to learn more!

If you have a hard time wrapping your head around exactly what is Target’s latest card-meets-toy, it’s probably because you’ve never seen anything like it before.

An impressive addition to Target’s 2,000+ gift card archive, the Hexapillar gift card is a curiously crawly robotic caterpillar that does more than just crawl—it flies. The gift card/bug is a creative collaboration between the design teams at Target and HEXBUG, which specializes in micro robotic creatures (they even won the renowned Specialty Toy of the Year award at the 2012 Toy of The Year Awards!).

Derived from the HEXBUG Nano—the tiny autonomous robotic critter that behaves like a real bug—the Hexapillar features a caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly. Two gifts in one? We’ll take it! The one-of-a-kind gift card launched in stores last week and can be found in the stationery, toys and electronics department until the end of the year.

Founded on the belief that innovation is necessary very early in the design process to produce simple and elegant product designs, the HEXBUG robot family is the brainchild of Innovation First Labs, a leader of robotic toys. To get the full scoop on the one-of-a-kind Hexapillar card, we caught up with Innovation First Labs President Chris Troyak to talk details.

Read the full post at A Bullseye View


Mom with a dot com Reviews HEXBUG

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Mom with a dot com had the chance to test and review the HEXBUG Nano Glows in the Dark Habitat Set.  Here are her thoughts:

Hexbugs are such a great item! My family is very much into innovation, electronics, physics and just how things work. These miniature robotic bugs were such a hit with all of us (yes, even us adults). They have such an assortment to choose from: crabs, inchworms, ants, nanos, spiders, larva and the scarab. They also offer habitats for these little robotic creatures to play around in.

Read the full review at Mom with a dot com.

Pocketfuls reviews the HEXBUG Nano

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The HEXBUG Nano was recently featured on Pocketfuls’ blog:

Before you think I’ve lost my mind, I should clarify that I’m now talking about HEXBUG Nano, small robotic toy creatures that behave in some ways like real insects.  The habitat I’m referring to was built by Noah and Will for their  HEXUG Nanos (which are the smallest of the HEXBUG family), and I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s a fantastic toy.

Read the full post at Pocketfuls.

HEXBUG Nano Easter Edition Featured on ABC World News Now

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Toy insider Laurie Schacht shares her favorite Easter gifts for kids, and the HEXBUG Nano Easter Edition is one of them!

View the video here.

HEXBUG Nano Zip Line Starter Set Featured on

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 has featured the HEXBUG Nano Zip Line Starter Set:

HEXBUG toys are very popular with kids today. In fact the HEXBUG Habitat has won a Toy of the Year (TOTY) for the last two consecutive years. Now, the HEXBUG Nano gets a little more daring with the addition of the HEXBUG Nano Zip Line Starter Set.

The Zip Line set allows Nano HEXBUGs to wear a special clip on backpack and then slide down a zipline. The great part is, one does not need to put the Nano on the zip line or take him off, it all happens automatically. When the HEXBUG reaches a zip line, it just clips to the line and slides down. When it reaches the bottom, it just slides right off the zip line.

Read the full post at

HEXBUG Nano Easter Edition Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The Sweet Pea Saving blog has a review and giveaway of the HEXBUG Nano Easter Edition:

It’s that time of year again! Shopping for fun things to put in Easter Baskets is underway.
Kids LOVE Hexbugs, and these cute holiday themed bugs are a GREAT addition to any basket.

Read the full post and get details at Sweet Pea Saving’s blog.

HEXBUG Nano Easter Edition Review and Giveaway at Miki’s Hope Blog

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Miki’s Hope recently reviewed the HEXBUG Nano Easter Edition:

Kids LOVE Hexbugs, and these cute holiday themed bugs are a GREAT addition to any basket. They come in many different colors and are in cute eggs (normally they come in tubes).

Read the full post and get information on a review at Miki’s Hope.