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4M Tin Can Robot

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439 customer reviews
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  • Recycle a soda can by turning it into a silly robot
  • Kit includes parts and instructions, just add a "can" do attitude
  • Great for the "science" enthusiast in your family
  • Requires two AAA batteries (not included)
  • Recommended for ages 8 years and up
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4M Tin Can Robot + OWI  14-in-1 Solar Robot + Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Turn a metal can into a walking, wobbling, bog-eyed robot that can move. It can be transformed to become a robotic monster too. Cans can be cool! Kit includes parts and instructions, just add a "can" do attitude. Watch your child's delight and sense of accomplishment with the robot they create. Great for the "science" enthusiast in your family. Requires two AAA batteries (not included). Recommended for 8 years and up.

From the Manufacturer

Turn a metal can into a walking, wobbling, bog-eyed robot that can move. It can be transformed to become a robotic monster too. Cans can be cool! Kit includes parts and instructions, just add a "can" do attitude. Watch your child's delight and sense of accomplishment with the robot they create. Great for the "science" enthusiast in your family. Requires two AAA batteries (not included). Recommended for 8 years and up.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.2 x 5.2 inches ; 11.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0014WO96Y
  • Item model number: 3653
  • Our recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

Build a Tin Can Robot

Build A Robot or a Monster

Turn a metal can into a walking, wobbling, bog-eyed robot or robotic monster that can move. Recycle a tin can into a great toy for exploration and learning.

Complete Robot Instructions

4M Tin Can Robot Kit includes set of plastic mechanic body parts, toy motor with gear, 2 straws, 1 pair of moving eyes, screws, nuts and detailed instructions. You provide a tin can a 2 AAA batteries.

Tin Can Robot

Build, customize, and explore with a working Tin Can Robot than can move. Encourage creativity, imagination, and scientific discovery.

Science, Learning & Fun

4M creates toys and games that stimulate learning and exploration. The Tin Can Robot teaches children about robotics with a simple easy to assemble kit. Recommended ages 8+.


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Customer Reviews

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168 of 170 people found the following review helpful By M. Stacy on February 11, 2012
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I purchased this toy to build with a 5 year old who currently has a fascination with robots, and it was a major hit! He loves it. His younger sister loves it. And after taking it to "Show and Tell" at school, he quickly discovered that his entire class loves it, evident by the fact that he heard the phrase "will you build me one" many, many times that day.

The project was very easy to assemble, and contrary to many reviews I see here, I experienced no issues with "fragile, easily broken parts." (I'm writing this review 3 weeks after assembly, and the robot still looks mint, despite hours of play) Assembly took approximately 1 hour, but could have taken much less if I hadn't proceeded slowly to explain the how and why of things during the building process.

Despite my overall positive experience with this toy, a couple of small issues slightly hurt the overall product --

1) In the parts list section of the instructions, the 2 screw types are labeled incorrectly. This will become evident (and the problem resolves itself) as soon as you begin to use the screws, but the error did cause a few minutes of confusion during assembly.

2) The 2 bolts used to connect the arm brackets are simply too short. They may work if you grind the bracket slightly, or simply force the bolts enough to reach the nut, hoping to not break anything in the process, but luckily, I had screws in my "scrap parts container" that worked perfectly. To avoid unnecessary aggravation, I recommend visiting a hardware store and replacing the 4 bolts with bolts that are approximately 1/16 longer. This will cost a few cents extra, plus a trip to the hardware store, but will help ensure a much more positive experience with assembly.
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163 of 172 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Dodds on October 28, 2009
Well, not hard to build so much as instructions that are too complex. It's neat when it's done but the electronic parts are fragile. After five minutes of operation the wiring broke, no abuse of any kind. A real slog to put together and then my 8 year old was immediately disappointed when the parts failed
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 19, 2012
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Of course, my creative son says, "Mom, it's not CUTE. It's awesome."

But honestly, this robot is just darling -- adding eyes to the form gives it a little personality.

My son spray-painted his can gold before he built this, but you could use any old can. I like how the can is not gripped too tightly by the robot -- you can switch cans as you please.

This was a fun mechanical toy for him to build, and it took him quite a while -- 2 hours or so, mostly because of the teeny-tiny screws.

Here's tip, Moms: If you have a magnet in the house, get it out for this project. It will keep all those tiny metal parts from rolling onto the floor.

*** update -- I added our photos in customer images ***
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful By K. Deriu on May 3, 2009
The robot was fun to put together. I thought that my son would have been able to participate in more of the process but the screws were so small and difficult to screw in that he could not. He did have fun seeing the finished product. Overall a good toy. He brought it in to school for his "make your own robot project" and it was a big hit!
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Jessa Fee on October 24, 2009
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Our kids loved making these robots, and put them together in an hour or less with a lot of help from their father. They were 4 and 6 years old when we got this kit and they were not able to make them on their own, even though they are quite proficient at building with litle LEGOS, et cetera. Just a word to the wise, that this project will probably require adult help or at the very least supervision for children who are under age nine or ten maybe?

I am looking at our boys' creations right now, which are proudly on display on the shelf above our computer desk, because they still love them and occasionally pay with them or try to rebuild them. we also took pictures of them for their home school blog, as they were so very proud of their first MOVING robots! Well worth the price.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By cavedave on July 6, 2012
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I bought this kit along with the Solar Robot. The Tin Can Robot is easier to assemble and works better, because it is battery operated. I need to advise you that - in order to assemble - you will need two things: 1) patience, and 2) a REALLY good small crosshead screwdriver. I recommend a Sears Craftsman P1 screwdriver...not something you picked up at the flea market. The screws will strip easily if you apply torque with a poor screwdriver. Perhaps this is why the company provides a few extra screws. Also, decide beforehand if you want to build the robot to stand up or to lie down. This will make it easier for you to get the wiring right and attach the arms and eye "stalks" in the right direction. NOTE: doesn't work on anything but a smooth surface!
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Small on February 5, 2010
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I bought this as a Christmas present for our 12 year old grandson. My husband and grandson assembled this robot together. Although my grandson could not have done this project himself, it was a super fun project. All the parts were there nothing was missing. Well thought out by the designer. My grandson keeps it on his dresser at home, he said that he will show his children one day... the project that he and grandpa built together.
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