March 12, 2010

Must Have: Hydrazoid Clap On

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Everyone appreciates a good Hydrazoid. Build your own with this kit from Elenco. It needs only basic tools to assemble and once done, reacts to sound impulses. Clap your hands and it will move forward for 15 seconds. LEDs and illuminated fiber optic antennas make it more than your average bot on the block. At a size of 7 x 6 x 5", don't forget 2 AA batteries (not included.)

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March 5, 2010

Must Have: Mattel Screature

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While your wimpy friends are busy with their Pleos, you can surprise and attack with your Screature. He uses IR sensors to find and get his prey while screaming in that hideous dinosaur kind of way. Pet him on the back and he will be nice, but if you touch him on the nose, he will spit water at you. The Screature needs 3 AA (included) batteries to wreak havoc and can be placed in room guard mode to protect your other bots.

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February 26, 2010

Robot Snob Must Have: Mighty Beans

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We remember playing with actual jumping beans as kids and finding out that they were really worms inside a cocoon trying to get out. Somehow the cheapy plastic ones back them weren't nearly as much fun. Mighty Beanz one up that concept. They can race and flip down a tilted surface. Sold in 6-packs, they are technically not robots, but we bet the next generation will be.

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February 19, 2010

Must Have: Zhu Zhu Pets 2010 Toy of the Year

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Even with the vague threat of too much lead in their noses, the Zhu Zhu Pets were announced overall best from the 2010 Toy of the Year Awards. Lego's Mindstorms NXT 2.0 took top honors in the Educational category and was deemed "an outstanding toy that helps children develop special skills and knowledge through play." But then, we already knew that, right?

Other awards went to Mattel's Mindflex game, Spin Master's Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Car and Techno Source's Rubik's TouchCube.

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February 12, 2010

Must Have: The New and Improved Pleo

Pleo is back with new improvements and was shown off at the CES 2010 by his new owner, Innvo Labs. Changes include improved skin, a better paint job and a new charger. This is good news for both old and new fans who don't want the dinobot to become extinct.

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February 5, 2010

Robot Snob Must Have - Tribot

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We are thinking that WowWee must be getting ready to debut a new bot as they are offering their Tribot at an amazingly cheap inexpensive 79% discount. Use his remote to get him to tell lame jokes or play games. The 15" high robot has 3 wheels, making him omni directional, and has multiple activity/alarm modes, several sensors and LED indicators. He also needs 8 AA and 3 AAA batteries, not included.

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January 29, 2010

Robot Snob Must Have: Dress Up Your Babies With Bots

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What does the best dressed robot-loving baby wear? For starters, she/he dons this 100% cotton Body Suit with protection at mealtimes with a 10 x 9" Bumkins waterproof Superbib.

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When going out, the tot can sport a San Diego Hat Company chenille Robot Hat and nighttime is the right time for the Gerber Blanket Sleepers.

(Note: Clothing is not to scale.)

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January 15, 2010

Robot Snob Must Have: Roomba

We are thinking of dating things from now on as B.R. and A.R., before and after Roomba. While we get to play with lots of shiny electronic toys, this holiday we caved and purchased our own robotic vacuum. We not only got free shipping with our basic 400, we also got a pet maintenance kit. We hate to use that word "awesome" but honestly, it truly is. After its initial charge, we let it loose in our upstairs hall to make sure all was well and it purred away.

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The Roomba went into the bathroom and back down the hall, then did what iRobot says will never happen. It went down all 13 stairs to the first floor. But the great god of all things electronic was watching over us as it only lost the removable bin and started up again with nary a scratch.

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Watching the robobot run back and forth while we were doing other nasty chores was so endearing that we almost started talking to it. We don't even mind the noise that many complain about. There are a couple of negatives, however. If you have very furry pets you need to clean the brush often and the vacuum does not like shag carpeting. That being said, head over to iRobot and find a Roomba you can call your own.

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January 8, 2010

Must Have: Insultabotz

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Build the Insultabotz, load it up with one or several evil messages of up to 15 seconds apiece and let it loose in your workplace or home. When it comes in contact with any object detected by its IR eye, such as people, pets or water coolers, it will stop, reverse direction and issue an insult. The 6-legged robot is simple to assemble and is no doubt simply annoying.

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January 1, 2010

Must Have - Animated Vitameatavegamin Lucy

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We think that the best "I Love Lucy" episode ever was the one with her demonstrating Vitameatavegamin. She has since been immortalized with this 14" tall animated Lucy with moving head, arms, and body. Both the classic scene and a DVD of Episode 30 are included. Lucy comes with a 120V AC adapter or can run on 4 AA batteries (not included.)

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