CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
HEXBUG Original (Colors May Vary)
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- Nano - Micro Robotic Creatures
- The robotic creature that behaves like a real bug
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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
- Sound and bump sensors
- Fits in hand
- Attractive color and shape
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The battery does not last and they stop working for some reason. The cats hair gets tangle in the legs and they stop working.Published 2 months ago by SARAD
My grandson says he loves the Hexbug and plays with it a lot. He is starting to get an army of them, so I guess he really does like them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. Ott