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Elenco Escape Robot Kit

by Elenco
3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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  • Requires soldering assembly
  • Escape Robot uses three infrared emitting diodes as its ?eyes?
  • Never fails to find its way out of a maze
  • Built-in microprocessor which enables it to ?think? on its own
  • Easy to understand kid friendly step-by-step instructions
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Elenco Titan Tank Kit lets kids built and do battle with their own R.C. tank! Youngsters will learn all about circuitry and electronics while they build their own R.C. tank! The infrared remote-controlled Tank uses a microprocessor that allows it to "battle" up to 4 other Titan Tanks. It even makes sounds when it shoots and when it's "hit"! All components, including remote, are included. For youngsters age 12 and up. Each tank requires 4 "AA" and 4 "AAA" batteries (not included). Warning: Choking hazard, for children 12 and up. Order yours today! Elenco Titan Tank Kit; From the Manufacturer; The Titan Tank is an infrared remote control kit. Its microprocessor provides different channels that allow up to four Titans to fight each other at the same time. Makes action sounds when shooting and when it is hit. The Titan moves using six wheels that can move forward, backward, right and left. Requires (4) "AA" and (4) "AAA" batteries.

From the Manufacturer

Escape Robot kit works just like an A.I. robot. It never fails to find its way out of a maze. The Escape Robot makes use of three infrared emitting diodes and one infrared receiving module to send and receive signals and detect obstacles. Escape Robot has a built-in microprocessor which enables it to “think” on its own, as it processes information about its environment and maneuvers itself around obstacles. Escape Robot moves on six legs. The kit comes complete with two sets of differently designed legs, which provides endless fun and excitement with its different sets of movements.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.2 x 6.2 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 13.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Origin Taiwan
ASIN B002VRNC6E
Item model number 21-886
Manufacturer recommended age 11 - 15 years
Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
Best Sellers Rank #84,852 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#266 in Industrial & Scientific > Robotics > Domestic & Personal Robots
#1,472 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science
#6,928 in Toys & Games > Action & Toy Figures > Action Figures
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3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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From an assembly point of view, this toy offers a lot. In spite of the stated recommended age, we went ahead and purchased this for my 5-year-old, with the intent that he and I would work on it together.

Of course I had to do all of the soldering, and much of the stuff requiring fine motor skills, such as the gear assembly. But there's still lots he was able to help out with, since all the parts need to be sorted, electronic components need their leads formed, screws need to be tightened, etc.

And he and I had a LOT of fun working together to assemble the kit. The instructions are even surprisingly well-organized and presented, considering that they still were obviously written by someone not a native English speaker.

But, some caveats: this is by no means a durable toy. And even during the assembly, there are pitfalls to watch out for.

There are a lot of self-tapping screws going into soft plastic, which I am well aware need to be handled carefully, lest the threads in the plastic get stripped or components get deformed. But even with that knowledge and caution, it was FAR too easy to overtighten the screws holding the legs in place. I still managed to stress four of the six legs enough to whiten the grey plastic, and a fifth one actually broke (so far the Super Glue is holding fine though :) ).

The infrared LEDs are also a bit tricky. The kit includes LED mounting brackets, but these are not actually brackets in the traditional sense. They are just a spacer the LED goes into, allowing a gentle way to mount the LED at a right-angle to the PCB. Getting the LED soldered without too much play in the bracket between the LED and the PCB is nearly impossible. I wound up just gluing the brackets down and then soldering the LED in.
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This is a nice working model to build. However it requires a good deal of soldering. Therefore unless your child is very comfortable with solder you should help her or him.

I bought this for my daughter and we built it together. I am very good with electronics and did the PCB circuit. She did the rest of the assembly.

When we turned it on only one motor worked. I had to redo some of the soldering to get the second motor to work. Once I did it the whole thing works very well.

Pros:
These are the main "good" things:

* It is a fun kit to build and really works very well.
* It teaches you a little about electronics.
* Shows kids how simple it is to get basic automation going.

Cons:
These are the main "bad" things:

* Very minimal instructions specially for children. At least tell them how far to push the components in the PCB.
* Needs a troubleshooting section. At least they should tell you how to test it before fully assembling it.
* It requires soldering. While not hard it requires some basic skills and should not be your first soldering project.

Overall: It was fun and it is not over yet :-)
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First off,

I have never done any sort of electronics before, although I have always wanted to. I recently struck an interest in robotics and figured I should start somewhere simple and inexpensive. The package contained everything, and looked in great condition and all that.. The instructions seem as if they might be translated from a language other than English, but still readable.
Fair warning : There are about 100 TINY parts (transistors, diodes, capacitors) and are very easy to lose if not careful.

After about 3-4 hours of soldering and mechanics, everything was complete, I put batteries in, But nothing happened. :( I was pretty sad, after all that work and no cool robot, but After a closer inspection found that the Microprocessor was put on backwards and pretty much stuck (like 20 pins soldered is a pain to unsolder).

So now I've ordered a second one to give it another shot, After I put that one together I'll update this review.
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I would highly recommend this beginner robot. My son found the directions easy to follow.
It did help that we also bought the beginner's soldering kit "Elenco AK-100 Learn to Solder Kit."
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I ordered this and another Elenco Kit as part of a class I was teaching to eight to ten year old kids. The kids loved it. They especially loved being able to solder all the components on themselves. I did also order a practice soldering kit and that definitely helped with teaching them to solder before we started on the robot kits. The directions for the kit were fairly easy to follow though there are a couple parts that need to be placed in a specific direction and if you are not paying close attention, you may put them in backward and it won't work. I do have to warn you that it is very easy to make a mistake on a kit like this or even ruin the board when you are soldering (or desoldering, when mistakes are made). In my case, my kids did make mistakes (all part of the learning process) and were not able to get their robot fully functional. Regardless, I think this product is completely worth it and an excellent value.
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My 10 year old son enjoyed building this robot and was very proud of himself when he completed it. But he was even more excited when it worked the way it was supposed to! This is a great beginner's kit for children that want to learn how robots work. I highly recommend it.
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