Hexbug Vex Robotics Toys Review (Maker)
Hexbug Vex robots are fun little bots for both kids and adults! With Hexbug Vex Robotics, kids can build and control their own functional robots in the shape of creepy creatures like spiders, ants and beetles.
It sounds like a great way for kids to have their very own robot collection, at a reasonable price. But how do these electronic bugs measure up in practice? Let’s take a look.
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Hexbug Vex Robotics Review Video
Hexbug Vex Robots Features
* Kit to build and control your own personal robotic bug
* Can be customized using programming variations
* Choose from several different bug shapes
* Use components from different bugs to create a unique robot
* Batteries are included
* Age range: 8-12
Hexbug Vex Robotics Review
With Hexbug Vex Robotics, you get to build your own robot! Designed to appeal to kids, these bug-shaped creatures come in different colors and sizes. They’re bigger than you might expect from the photos (watch the video above to see the size of the ant) and they all look satisfyingly machine-like and creepy in a way that kids love.
They come in kits that include a CPU or ‘brain chip’ and from 150 to 300 pieces that snap together. If you assemble them according to the plan, you’ll end up with something resembling an ant, spider, scarab beetle or strandbeast (that’s the blue one).
Pick any of the bugs and you’ll receive a kit containing all you need to build your micro Hexbug Vex robot – a CPU including infrared distance sensor, LED module, interlocking gears and all of the pieces making up the body. Of course you also get a remote control so that when your bug is built, you can make it move and walk around in any direction.
The distance sensor in the CPU (the ‘brain’ of the robot) allows your finished bug to ‘know’ when it’s approaching an obstacle, so it can try to maneuver around it.
And one really cool thing about the remote control is that as well as telling your robot where to go, you can also set it to do its own thing. Then it will crawl around in whichever directions it pleases, making it like a real scary bug. This is a lot of fun to watch, as you can imagine!
The different Hexbug Vex robots and their components are all compatible with each other, so as soon as you have more than one, you can ‘crossbreed’ them, creating your own unique designed robot from a mixture of pieces. This is a great marketing idea because it means that even if you have them all, there’s still a benefit in buying more, so you can keep the ‘pure’ robots you’ve already built but also mix up the pieces of new ones to create ‘babies’.
Each type of bug has its own special capability. For example, the Hexbug Vex spider can rotate its head all around 360 degrees. The scarab scurries along quickly, keeping close to the ground, while the ant will climb over some obstacles instead of going around them.
Compared with other robot toys, they are budget priced. It does take time to build the kits – at least 2 hours and possibly twice that, depending on the child’s age, skill and experience with this type of toy, because there are hundreds of pieces to put together. But building them is all part of the fun.
Hexbug Vex Robotics are fascinating robots that Frankenstein would be proud to call his pet. Most kids will feel the same! In fact, anybody with a creative or mechanical mind will surely enjoy building and controlling one of these robotic beasts.
Published 10 December 2014