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Minion MiP Turbo Dave - Fun Balancing Robot Toy
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- Meet Turbo Dave, your own personal Minion!
- Over 140+ original sounds and phrases from the Despicable Me franchise
- Reacts to shakes, pokes, bops, claps and hand gestures
- Bonus app features 6 additional games: Fart Blaster battles, STEM coding and more
- Use your smart device as a remote control and drive Turbo Dave around
- Tinker with your Minion’s emotions using digital mood chips
- Interact with Despicable Me characters, costumes, and props
- Features a block-based coding platform for educational gameplay
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Have you ever wanted to have your very own loyal henchman to help carry out all of your mischievous schemes? Meet Turbo Dave, your own personal Minion! Turbo Dave will make you laugh with over 140 comedic responses to sound, touch, and the free app. Minion MiP responds to hand gestures and can even navigate your room. Download the Turbo Dave App in order to control your Minion remotely, plan paths for him to self-navigate, interact with other characters or props from the Despicable Me franchise, and even have a fart blaster battle with another Minion MiP! Also included is a block-based coding platform for educational programming fun. When desperate times call for DESPICABLE measures, Wowwee’s Turbo Dave can bring in the mischievous fun!
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Carry out your rebellious schemes with Turbo Dave - your own personal Minion! Both sweet and subversive, Turbo Dave will make you laugh with over 140 comedic responses to sound, touch, hand gestures, and gameplay from the Turbo Dave smart device app!
Use your smart device to take command of your Minion with the Turbo Dave app. Drive Turbo Dave around, program his reactions, and interact with costumes, props, and characters from the Despicable Me franchise. You can even square off with another Turbo Dave in an epic fart blaster battle!
Interact with your own personal Minion! Equipped with GestureSense technology, Turbo Dave reacts to your hand swipes, shakes, pokes and claps. You can also make your Minion dance, guard and explore on his own.
No silent but deadly farts here - this Minion’s laughing gas is just a whole lot of funny. Grab a friend, and enter a high stakes fart blaster battle with another Minion MiP!
Have fun learning to program your Turbo Dave! Customize your Minion’s reactions to different physical inputs with the bonus block-based coding platform.
Turbo Dave is based on WowWee's award winning MiP Robot; the personality filled, dual-wheel balancing robot that can carry its own weight, navigate its environment & respond to hand gestures. WowWee technology + Turbo Dave personality is a match made in toy heaven!
Describe your product in 3 words.
Sweet Subversive Robot
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
MiP and Minion Dave clearly share a common DNA. Both mischievous and a little goofy, it felt completely natural for us to bring these two lovable characters together... and bring Turbo Dave to life!
What makes your product special?
Over 140 comedic sound effects. High tech sensors and GestureSense technology. Explore, Dance, and Guard modes enabled by a quick turn of the wheel. Hilarious App-enabled game play with familiar Despicable Me characters. Educational coding platform.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Watching kids laugh hysterically as they discover all of the different ways to play.
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But it is the adult, after all, that will pull out the credit card - and this toy is quite expensive. The self balancing mechanics are undoubtedly costly to manufacture. But I'll still have to give WowWee credit for getting this technology to the price point they have achieved.
Ultimately though, I think WowWee is over-promising and under-delivering. Regardless of the claims, there isn't that much interactivity with this device. In our experience, if the motion sensor in the center of the minion's overalls detects close movement it will react. Moving toward it will cause it to back up, or moving from side to side will cause it to turn. That's about it, and even that is unreliable. Pick him up, shake, and put him back down will cause him to act dizzy and then fall over (requiring you to pick him up again and set him back upright).
There are other modes - a dance mode, an explore mode, and a guard mode. Theses are accessed by turning the wheel manually and watching what color the light on the Segway-thing turns. Guard mode basically watches for motion and responds - much like the default. Dance mode causes the minion to move around and make noise for about a minute and then return automatically to default mode. Explore mode has the minion move longer distances and hit into objects repeatedly.
The megaphone thing is simply a plastic ornament. It doesn't do anything. Similar, the light on the segway thing doesn't do anything but light up.
As an adult, the Minion Dave quickly loses it's charm. It is loud and obnoxious and really doesn't do anything but balance on the segway. As a child, Minion Dave is a super-computer that is responding precisely and appropriately to the child. Conclusion - the child's imagination is filling in a huge gap here.
The battery compartment must be removed via a screwdriver and four AAA batteries are required. In our use case, these lasted about a week before needing to be replaced, so user-supplied rechargeables are appropriate. I'd have preferred an included internal rechargeable battery accessible via USB.
The Bluetooth connection and app does not offer much value at all. The most functional aspect of the app is picking an icon of a canned response from the minion from a list. The path making capabilities and programming interface add no value in my opinion - it's not intuitive and is unresponsive. This interface feels like a beta product under development.
CONCLUSION: To an adult - an expensive annoying loud obnoxious battery drainer with mildly amusing self-balancing technology. To a child - an amazing delightful miniature super-computer with unprecedented capabilities. Warning, requires a hefty dose of child-like imagination for best results - and a significant dent into your toy budget. But the construction is solid and this toy seems engineered to take-a-beating-and-keep-on-ticking. As an adult you may also want to pick up a cheap pair of ear plugs to use while Minion Dave delights the kiddos.