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VEX Robotics Pick and Drop Ball Machine by HEXBUG

$39.99
SKU#: 406-4204

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

  • Compatible with education VEX IQ pieces
  • Collect all VEX Robotics ball machines
  • 3 sophisticated grabber hands
  • Features two alternate builds
  • STEM based construction kit
  • Ages 8 years and up 
  • Batteries not required
  • 8 balls included
  • Spinning crank

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. 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™ construction pieces are compatible with educational VEX® IQ pieces to create your own custom VEX® robot and explore unlimited possibilities.).

"The pieces are so solid and clip together so well. My 10 year old has always had trouble with lego as he uses too much force and can't moderate it, this was perfect! It took him 4-5 hours over a few weeks to complete and most parts he could do completely by himself." - J

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

Choking Hazard Message
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Batteries Included?
Yes

Customer Reviews 9 item(s)

  • Awesome toy!
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    I bought this for me and my 6 year old son to do as a team project. At first he put some pieces together incorrectly, but after we back-tracked, it went together smoothly. Works absolutely flawlessly, but you have to make sure everything is 100% exactly like the instructions say. So, for the reviews that say they had problems....It's operator error. We enjoyed it so much that we bought the motor kit for it and it is mesmerizing to watch it in action. We played around with the timing of the gears so that it does not drop the balls on top of each other. Awesome toy!
    Review by rrlc (Posted on 9/2/2018)
  • For the STEM enthusiast—or wannabe STEM enthusiast
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    My 12-year-old son enjoys robotics and STEM projects. Since his his school doesn't have a robotics team, it's been great for him to practice and improve his skills with Hexbug toys. He loved his first Hexbug (purchased in retail store), and went online to complete variations on the instructions included. Then he wanted another Hexbug badly enough to do extra work around the house for about three weeks to earn the money. It was great to see him work out the instructions on his own. When one arm didn't pick up the balls correctly, he puzzled it out until he figured out his mistake to make it work right. It took him about two evenings to complete—long enough to be challenging but not so long that he became frustrated. He really enjoys playing with the completed Hexbug as a toy. He was able to do different modifications on his first Hexbug, doubling the fun he had with it.

    This product might not be right for kids with a short attention span, or if they'll need a lot of hands-on from a parent who is challenged to find that kind of time (like me). For our son, Hexbug was the PERFECT find! I'm glad these come in different price ranges, and that our online purchase included a discount and free gift.
    Review by anne4JC (Posted on 5/12/2017)
  • Perfect for my boy.
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    My son got this for his seventh birthday. And it was the first thing he wants to play with. And now he's wanting more sets to build.
    Review by Sara (Posted on 4/10/2017)
  • Ok but does not drop the balls
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    Does not drop the balls
    Review by bagginsofbilbo (Posted on 1/18/2017)
  • Great product
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    The pieces are so solid and clip together so well. My 10 year old has always had trouble with lego as he uses too much force and can't moderate it, this was perfect! It took him 4-5 hours over a few weeks to complete and most parts he could do completely by himself.
    Review by J (Posted on 12/3/2016)
  • Great product
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    The pieces are so solid and clip together so well. My 10 year old has always had trouble with lego as he uses too much force and can't moderate it, this was perfect! It took him 4-5 hours over a few weeks to complete and most parts he could do completely by himself.
    Review by J (Posted on 12/3/2016)
  • Great, Fun Built, Precision Parts, Fantastic Project
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    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.
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    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.
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    Is not good at picking up balls. Seems to be a few MM short.
    Review by nighthawk (Posted on 2/29/2016)
Details

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. 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™ construction pieces are compatible with educational VEX® IQ pieces to create your own custom VEX® robot and explore unlimited possibilities.).

"The pieces are so solid and clip together so well. My 10 year old has always had trouble with lego as he uses too much force and can't moderate it, this was perfect! It took him 4-5 hours over a few weeks to complete and most parts he could do completely by himself." - J

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

Additional Info
Choking Hazard Message
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Batteries Included?
Yes
Instructions

Click Here to Download VEX ROBOTICS PICK & DROP BALL MACHINE Instructions

Click Here to Download VEX ROBOTICS PICK & DROP BALL MACHINE Alternate Build Instructions: Ray Gun

Click Here to Download VEX ROBOTICS PICK & DROP BALL MACHINE Alternate Build Instructions: Space Craft

Reviews

Customer Reviews 9 item(s)

  • Awesome toy!
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    I bought this for me and my 6 year old son to do as a team project. At first he put some pieces together incorrectly, but after we back-tracked, it went together smoothly. Works absolutely flawlessly, but you have to make sure everything is 100% exactly like the instructions say. So, for the reviews that say they had problems....It's operator error. We enjoyed it so much that we bought the motor kit for it and it is mesmerizing to watch it in action. We played around with the timing of the gears so that it does not drop the balls on top of each other. Awesome toy!
    Review by rrlc (Posted on 9/2/2018)
  • For the STEM enthusiast—or wannabe STEM enthusiast
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    My 12-year-old son enjoys robotics and STEM projects. Since his his school doesn't have a robotics team, it's been great for him to practice and improve his skills with Hexbug toys. He loved his first Hexbug (purchased in retail store), and went online to complete variations on the instructions included. Then he wanted another Hexbug badly enough to do extra work around the house for about three weeks to earn the money. It was great to see him work out the instructions on his own. When one arm didn't pick up the balls correctly, he puzzled it out until he figured out his mistake to make it work right. It took him about two evenings to complete—long enough to be challenging but not so long that he became frustrated. He really enjoys playing with the completed Hexbug as a toy. He was able to do different modifications on his first Hexbug, doubling the fun he had with it.

    This product might not be right for kids with a short attention span, or if they'll need a lot of hands-on from a parent who is challenged to find that kind of time (like me). For our son, Hexbug was the PERFECT find! I'm glad these come in different price ranges, and that our online purchase included a discount and free gift.
    Review by anne4JC (Posted on 5/12/2017)
  • Perfect for my boy.
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    My son got this for his seventh birthday. And it was the first thing he wants to play with. And now he's wanting more sets to build.
    Review by Sara (Posted on 4/10/2017)
  • Ok but does not drop the balls
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    Does not drop the balls
    Review by bagginsofbilbo (Posted on 1/18/2017)
  • Great product
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    The pieces are so solid and clip together so well. My 10 year old has always had trouble with lego as he uses too much force and can't moderate it, this was perfect! It took him 4-5 hours over a few weeks to complete and most parts he could do completely by himself.
    Review by J (Posted on 12/3/2016)
  • Great product
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    The pieces are so solid and clip together so well. My 10 year old has always had trouble with lego as he uses too much force and can't moderate it, this was perfect! It took him 4-5 hours over a few weeks to complete and most parts he could do completely by himself.
    Review by J (Posted on 12/3/2016)
  • Great, Fun Built, Precision Parts, Fantastic Project
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    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.
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    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.
    • Price
    • Quality
    • Value
    Is not good at picking up balls. Seems to be a few MM short.
    Review by nighthawk (Posted on 2/29/2016)

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