Must Have Robot Friday

January 11, 2013

Must Have: Windup Robots


These Wind Up Bots come in packs of 12 and are perfect for playing with during that nasty snowstorm. Each is 2 ΒΌ" and are randomly picked. And for the girliest of girls, the Noggin Pink Windup moves her head, arms and hips. P.S. She also comes in blue and a pair of green and purple.

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January 4, 2013

Must Have: Chip, the Robotic Desk Organizer


Chip is a friendly desk organizer that is multi-colored and made of MDF with metal and flex magnet accents. At a size of 6 x 2.5 x 7", he can hold pencils, pens, paper, paper clips or other accessories (not included.)


Match Chip up with a 6 x 6 x 1/16" Janna Salak Love Does Not Compute Desk Clock. Made of high grade aluminum, it has a high gloss finish, is UV coated and is scratch-resistant. A single AA battery is not included but a transparent, acrylic stand is.

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December 28, 2012

Must Have: Battleship - The Movie

Imagine a movie based on a game. Sure, it has been done with Real Steel derived from the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots so it makes perfect sense to create one for Battleship. They have even made a special Movie Edition.

You would wonder if this could be successful but it is worth viewing just to see how they pulled it off. A battleship/museum is the hero, saving the planet from evil aliens. Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Rhianna operating the big guns and David Schwimmer for comic relief. CGI runs amok throughout the film where there are plenty of robot weapons and vehicles. The best part, however, is that most of the ammo used to attack are giant pegs and you can play along yelling, "Hit!" every time one meets its mark.

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December 21, 2012

Must Have: Winter Robot Caps


Snow has finally arrived here in the Midwest so it is time to drag out your winter duds, including your very own Robot Cap. A one-size-fits-all, it has an Acrylic exterior and a warm, fleece liner in its interior.


For kids, there is also a Robot Cap that includes 3" antennas. It is made of Acrylic, is jacquard knit and needs to be hand washed.

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December 14, 2012

Must Have: Robot Socks


Made of 75% cotton, 20% polyester and 5% spandex, these black and grey Men's Robot Socks make for holiday stuffing in a stocking or could be the stocking itself on a bot lover's mantle.


For the fave women in your life these Robot Crews are made of 63% Cotton, 34% Nylon and 3% Lycra.


And for the kidlets, this 5-Pack comes in sizes 5 - 6 and are made of 68% cotton, 28% polyester, 3% spandex and 1% rubber. All are machine washable.

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December 7, 2012

Must Have: Robot Flashlight


Provide your kidlet with a Robot Flashlight that is not only safe for those aged 3 years and up, it has bendable limbs to encourage interaction. Made by the good folks at Little Tikes who are famous for their safe and child-friendly products, it has both straight light and blinking mode. An auto shut-off sensor helps conserve the 2 AAA batteries (included.)


If you want a slightly more macho flashlight that saves even more energy, the Lego Dynamo Flashlight is 7.5" tall and has a hand crank that should give you about 5 hours of light. Also poseable, it features 2 white LED lights and rechargeable NiMH batteries.

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November 30, 2012

Must Have: Lego Robo Champ


It isn't enough that they put out new products every time a new movie or craze is born. Lego is now taking its building acumen and turning it into games. One of the first is Robo Champ that not only teaches kids how to build a bot, its gameplay is thinly disguised as a contest at a robot factory. The first player to assemble one correctly wins. One of the rules involves stealing your needed pieces from another because you can never learn too early that thievery pays.

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November 23, 2012

Must Have: Rover Spy Tank


The Rover Spy Tank creates its own WiFi connection and can be controlled by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. An adjustable camera streams video and takes photos while a built-in microphone sends back audio. The device has night vision capability and runs on 6 AA batteries (included.) Also included is access to a free app to control the tank.

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November 16, 2012

Must Have: Car Robot Decals


Make your own robot family with mix and match decals for your vehicle. A total of 50 pieces can used to make parents, kids and pets. The kit is large enough for at least two cars and a few windows. Find them for $11.99 per set.


We also found a 12" wide Star Wars Decal that includes Chewbacca, Hans Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C3PO and R2-D2. White is the default color but you can specify another color or even a different size. The VinylDisorder decal will set you back $8.00.

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November 9, 2012

Must Have: Vtech Cogsley

Vtech's Cogsley is a clever learning bot for kids aged 3 to 6 years old. He comes with 30 computer chips that trigger responses, including sounds, images, movement and LCD animation. When the kidlet claps her/his hands, sings or talks, the toybot responds by moving various body parts like his nose and eyes. And when ignored, Cogsley makes a funny comment to get some attention. He needs 4 AA batteries (included.)

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November 2, 2012

Must Have: LOL Elmo


Egads -- we were wrong. Putting out an early holiday ad for Let's Rock! Elmo was only the precursor for LOL Elmo. He tells jokes, makes silly sounds and of course giggles if you press his feet or tickle him. Dorothy, the goldfish remote, is included and squeaks. Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years, he needs 4 AA batteries (demo batteries included.)

For older kids and adults, the 2012 documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey is a must see. Whoopi Goldberg narrates the story of Kevin Clash and how he finally made his dream come true with the help of a furry red Muppet.

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October 26, 2012

Must Have: Prometheus Comes to Video

"Prometheus", a movie that involves a group of humans in space trying to discover the extraterrestrial roots of the planet, was recently released on Blu-ray. Directed by Ridley Scott, it is a sort of prequel to the 1979 "Alien". David, played by Michael Fassbender, is an android with a aberrant personality that works for Weyland Industries.

While we have not yet seen the epic sci-fi thriller, we did recently re-view Stephen Spielberg's 2001 "A.I." with android Haley Joel Osment wanting to become a real boy. It is worth checking out if only to appreciate the melding of the minds of Spielberg and Stanley Kramer, who originally planned to make the film.

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October 19, 2012

Must Have: Robot Cookie Jars


Stash those freshly baked munchies in a Limited Edition Lost in Space B-9 Robot Cookie Jar created back in 1999. At a height of 14", each is numbered and made of hand painted ceramic.


Prefer the retro look? The 1050s Ceramic Vandor Toy in the Cupboard Cookie Jar pleasantly greets all humans who come in search of a snack.

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October 12, 2012

Must Have: Robot Costumes


It's almost boo time again so maybe it is time to start thinking about costumes for the special event. The Artsy Heartsy Retro Robot Costume has a polyester jumpsuit and headpiece, and a foam overlay. It will fit sizes 2T - 6X. There is also an adult-sized Retro Robot Costume with a red polyester shirt and pants with elastic waistband, silver, blue and yellow accents, and a white square opening in the front allows the human to peer out.


Older kids will can go as either the Red or blue Rock'em Sock'em Costume in sizes 7 - 10 that comes with shoe and hand covers.

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