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HEXBUG Original (Colors May Vary)

3.7 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Hexbug Original

Hexbug Original is intelligent and obedient; kids can change its direction with a clap, table snap or any other loud snap. It keeps moving forwards until an obstacle appears which this robot can feel with its bump sensors. Both with sound and bump, it backs up half way and changes direction to move again.


Why You'll Love It: Hexbug Original crawling bugs are creepy but fun to watch.

Age: 5 years and up

Features
  • Sound and bump sensors
  • Fits in hand
  • Attractive color and shape
Required Batteries: 2 AG13 (included)

From the Manufacturer

The robotic creature that reacts to touch and sound. Colors may vary. Batteries included.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.8 x 4.2 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 2.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B00164CKIO
Item model number 401-1150
Manufacturer recommended age 5 - 14 years
Batteries 2 LR44 batteries required. (included)
Best Sellers Rank #123,910 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#111 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Robotics
#114 in Toys & Games > Electronics for Kids > Remote- & App-Controlled Figures & Robots
#362 in Toys & Games > Puzzles > Floor Puzzles
Customer Reviews
3.7 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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My favorite bug! This is a delightful little product that brings a smile and a laugh to all who see it. I keep Charlie on my desk at work, and when I think someone could use a cheerful diversion, I turn him on... allowing him to crawl around my desk until he bumps into something and changes direction. LOL :) Charlie is a pleaser to be sure...

This little robot is actually very interesting and cleverly constructed. His clear, blue-tinted body allows one to see his electronic insides and mechanisms. He responds to touch via his wire feelers, and with bug like "aplomb," he will respond to a loud clap or other loud noise. Creative science teachers probably can gain a lot of mileage with their students by discussing how Charlie works and how robotic creatures are now influencing, helping, and / or otherwise changing how humanity thinks and operates. I actually used him in a lecture to college students on philosophical concepts like free choice vs. predetermined paths; power relationships, and the "virtue of the small," the appreciation of small things, which can have big impacts. I asked my students to ponder this: what if you had an off switch? (How would this affect your life?)

Charlie, I think, is named for one of the letters of the NATO Spelling alphabet. The HexBug family consists of Charlie and four buggy brothers: Alpha (Orange); Bravo (Green); Delta (Yellow); Echo (Red). Each bug is unique in color and shape.

Charlie can best be cared for and appreciated by children eight and older--to adults. Charlie is too fragile for very young children, and he is full of small parts. (While toddlers may be fascinated with his movements as my nephew is when he sees mine, toddlers = have a tendency to be too rough with things.
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I purchased this toy for a 5-year-old boy who loves mechanical things. I took it out of it's box to check that it worked and found that once it turned on, it marched in a tight circle and did not change direction when it hit objects, as advertised.

The seller shipped a replacement, and I thought that was the end of it. I made the mistake of giving it as a gift without checking it. The replacement bug also marches in a tight counter-clockwise circle! This new one at least changes direction slightly when it hits other objects, but the problem with its legs/sense of direction is such that it just ends up getting stuck again.

It was a real disappointment to me. The little boy and I ended up flipping it over and getting some amusement out of watching its legs wiggle in the air, but it definitely was a bummer that it doesn't work properly.

I think this may be a design flaw. The legs don't coordinate very well which leads to them getting stuck. Both hexbugs that were shipped to me have the same problem: their back left leg doesn't work as well as the one on the right, so it just moves in circles.
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Once again important detail isn't supplied.

Spare batteries onhand are a must when giving a child this type of toy.

However do note the following: Older 'Original HEXBUG ALPHA' (solid color battery door) use AG12/LR43 batteries. Newer Alphas (with translucent battery door) use the AG13/LR44

In the absence of detail one might assume this takes an AA or AAA. Nowhere is Button Battery mentioned, much less WHICH button!

No Detail: NO SALE!

By the way, it would have been nice to have been told that it's 2&2/3" long, 2&1/3" WIDE & 1&1/3" high.
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We own four of these, two green, one pink and one orange. We bought them at Radio Shack for less than the price Amazon offers (and no shipping), around $10. They are great fun. My son (12) and I play with them at our desks when were surfing our computers. My Dad and my niece (2) play with theirs at his desk to, but are more interested in make them change movement. I don't recommend them for smaller children, however. They can be pulled apart. Parental supervision is recommended...
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A Kid's Review on October 17, 2009
I have been researching robots and bionics because I want to build one myself. I found the HEXBUG collection and purchased a few (well my mom did), these are great examples of little robots and a great way to extend your research beyond books and the internet.
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This is the third HexBug my son has purchased. This one resembles a beetle to our way of thinking. All of the bugs in this series have been winners and this one is no exception. My son is thrilled with this addition to his collection of HexBugs.

It creeps along very bug like but backs away if you clap your hands in front of it or it comes to a wall. Sometimes, it gets stuck banging up against a wall and can get lost under furniture. This bug does not perform well on carpets or beds - it must have a hard surface to crawl properly.

I think this toy is worth the price since it provides lots of playtime as my kids (and husband) devise obstacle courses for it, battle it against other HexBugs and love to bring it outside. It has gotten lost a few times inside the house as they leave it to crawl around on it's own but the small noise of its mechanical legs helps track it down.
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