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VEX Robotics Pick & Drop Ball Machine

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VEX Robotics Pick & Drop Ball Machine

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Build the Pick & Drop™ from over 400 VEX® Robotics pieces!

Experience the art of engineering through the mesmerizing kinetic motion of the new VEX® Robotics Pick & Drop Ball Machine by HEXBUG®! Spin the crank to transfer energy through the arm linkages, activating 3 sophisticated grabber hands that reach down and grab a ball. Keep spinning the crank to hoist the ball to the top of the machine where the grabber arms will automatically release and drop the balls onto the return ramp.

Collect and connect all of the VEX® Robotics Ball Machines, or give your VEX® Robotics Ball Machine a powerful boost with the VEX® Robotics Motor Kit (sold separately).

Eight Balls Included. Batteries Not Required.

VEX Robotics Pick & Drop is compliant with CPSIA standards. Ages 8+



This construction kit challenges you to not only Build Genius™, but dos so while constructing a roller coaster style ball machine at the same time. Once built, watch as the gears turn, the axles twist and the balls roll as you turn the knob by hand or attach a motor kit to add power to this machine!

HEXBUG® believes in using the fun of robotic toys to teach kids important STEM principles through hands on learning.The VEX® Robotics Pick & Drop™ feature two alternate builds for more robotic fun! All Pick & Drop's™ construction pieces are compatible with educational VEX® IQ pieces to create your own custom VEX® robot and explore unlimited possibilities.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Choking Hazard Message No
Batteries Included? Yes

Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

Great, Fun Built, Precision Parts, Fantastic Project
I love this pick up and drop machine. High quality parts. Hours of fun building this machine. Turned into a fantastic device that demonstrates some factory or automated mechanics of a machine like this.

I was a bit skeptical about this from other reviews around the web. Having issues with it working, but I was able to get mine to work as it was intended. I found I some of the issues others had wrote about. But with some debugging of my work, I found I had not completely put some components together properly. Also, in building the arm I had not correctly followed directions and caused issues, but was able to easily rectify that issue. Also, you have to watch the timing on the arm gearing.

It provided a great building and troubleshooting platform. Precision made parts, all of them. No real issues with the mechanics that couldn't be debugged and fixed.

The only issues I actually had was with packaging.
-The box doesn't stay closed very well. This caused an issue at the store. As some of them got dumped, which I didn't know. I had to return to the store to find a kit that actually had all its parts bags.
-The other issue I had, was that it didn't come with any instructions. Although, it is almost 100 pages long, just for the Pick and Drop alone.

Review by Slaingod / (Posted on 7/3/2016)
Good in so many ways...then the dealbreaker.
The good: my son has poor finger strength and this was certainly a good workout for him. The instructions (which I had to download b/c none were in the box) were adequate so that he could build it with very little help from me (in fact, he got it right more times than I did, so I left him alone).

After many hours of building, everything worked---kind of. The balls fall off a lot, the collection of bars on the right (which appears to do absolutely nothing right now) could be modified to block that, but my son only wanted to stick to the instructions. Perhaps the print version would have had a different placement.

But the absolute worst part is that the claws get hung up on the little acetate window that holds the balls in. I made a new one out of acetate I had in the house, but my son refused to use my better modeled one b/c it didn't come with the kit. So, please, VEX Robotics, please build this kit yourself and troubleshoot that component and fix it. With the amount of frustration caused by his finished model not working, I'm not sure I'll buy another kit. I was able to use the experience to illustrate why scientists must go through a testing and redesign phase when creating new things, but he's still angry about the whole thing. So angry we had to take it away from him, which is a shame after all his hours of building. We'll give it back when he accepts that the design is flawed, not something he did wrong, and the emo dies down a bit. But seriously, make the holes bigger on the acetate so it doesn't buckle and catch the balls, make it a bit shorter and/or give it a slight bend (toward the ball ramp) so that the claws don't snag on it. Or...something! That acetate window caused such a great project to turn ugly. Fix this one thing, and I'd give it 5 stars! It really is a cool machine and illustrates so many science principles (matter in motion: push/pull, gears, levers, gravity, friction, etc).
Review by TeacherMom / (Posted on 6/5/2016)
good build, does not quite work.
Is not good at picking up balls. Seems to be a few MM short.
Review by nighthawk / (Posted on 2/29/2016)