December 25, 2009

Must Have - Hexbugs Take on Robotic Hamsters


Who needs a Zhu Zhu Pet ? When the original Hexbug Nanos were conceived, there were over 150 variations of legs alone tested, so you know that this robotic insect has a history. The final version allows the legs to bend and unbend allowing him to move forward. When you order, the color may vary, but you will get one that can not only flip over by itself but comes with an access code that allows you to go online and play games.

Oddly enough, your Nano can have its own Habitat beginning next month, leaving us to believe that the company really is after the robotic hamster market.

Via Hexbug Nanos


P.S. Happy Holidays, all! Remember that today is the day to give what you can to whomever you can. Greet your neighbors, feed a stray cat, love your enemies, and forgive everyone everything.

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December 18, 2009

Must Have: Invest in Robots


While you are thinking about last minute holiday gifts, teach someone inexpensively how to save with the Mudpuppy Robots Money Bank. At a size of 4.5 x 4.5 x 4", it has three slots and interior compartments and has been safety tested. For older spendthrifts, there is the Diamond Select R2-D2 Bank sculpted by Oluf Hartvigson. About 11" tall, the perfectly scaled droid can save the planet, one dime at a time.


Midwest's Ceramic Bank eeps when you feed it and the ROBO Bank doubles as an alarm clock. He actually talks, counts and tells the time as his eyes flash in that evil botty kind of way.

Via Robot Banks

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December 11, 2009

Must Have: WowWee ChatterBots


Such a deal! You can now save almost 75% on WowWee's ChatterBot Dog/ Cat. Connect to PC or Mac via USB and they will tell jokes and make rude comments about you. The bot also keeps track of upcoming events and can be used as a speaker.


The disruptive Fairy Godfather and Devil/Angel are also available at reduced prices.

Via WowWee Chatterbots

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December 4, 2009

Must Have: Transformer Watches


Our Transformer gadgets of the week (it certainly seems that often) are these watches from Transformer Kids. They don't really do much, no bells and whistles, but they certainly look menacing at an inexpensive price. Choose between Optimus and Bumblebee.

Via Transformers

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November 27, 2009

Must Have: Erector Spykee


Wait long enough and the price of almost anything will come down. Erector's Spykee costs about 50% less than last year. He acts as surveillance, takes pictures and video, has sound effects, plays music and has an IR auto-parking recharging system. Compatible with Skype 3.0, he is equipped with a WiFi card for Internet access. In true Erector spirit, he can be constructed 3 different ways from the same set.

Via Erector Spykee

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November 20, 2009

Must Have: WowWee Roborover


WowWee's Roborover may look a little strange but speaks up to 5 minutes of content, including letting you know that he has fallen and can't get up. He also plays driving-based games and either avoids or runs over obstacles. The 9.1 x 10.6 x 14.5" RR comes with a remote to send him where you want him to go.

Via WowWee

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November 13, 2009

Must Have: RC Bump N Chuck Bumper Cars


Next time you get bored in your cubicle, pop out your Kid Galaxy RC Bump N Chuck Bumper Cars and let the RC fun commence. Hit the other driver and he ejects amid sounds of pain, we assume. The cars have working fans on the back to enhance the effect. At a size of 4 x 4 x 6", these bumper cars won an award for their originality and are recommended for those over the age of 3.

Via RC Bump N Chuck Bumper Cars

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November 6, 2009

Must Haves: Hasbro Newborns and Playskool Stompers


It is with large amounts of glee that we played with the two robotic pets from Hasbro and Playskool sent to us by Litzky PR .

Hasbro's FurReal Chipmunk is almost real enough to freak out our cats, who spend endless days watching squirrels from windows. The Newborn chirps and threatens vocally while wagging its tale and moving up and down. We gave it the pats on the back to get it to go through its paces and we swear that it decided to move a bit on its own although it does not claim to be voice activated. Designed for kids ages 4 years and older, it comes with its own adoption certificate and bottle.


By the way, one cat wouldn't come in the room. Obviously, the other one was clearly unimpressed, but then he is rather mellow 90% of the time. Hasbro has other Newborns, such as a Guinea Pig, Piglet and Lamb.

I really loved Playskool's Stomper Triceratops . For kids 3 and up, this little dinobot is really soft and when you pet him, he moves his head and mouth when he roars. It becomes pretty obvious why they named him a Stomper. This guy one pretty much scared away both cats at first until I quit making him perform.

Playskool has other Stompers, like their Hatchling T-Rex and Stegosaurus that are also soft to the touch. Each one comes with a discovery sheet with facts and batteries. When your kids beg you for a puppy, we suggest substituting one of the above as an alternative. No house breaking, no chewing shoes, and no pet food expense. Besides, your real pets will find them nonthreatening after a first or second encounter.

(Thanks, Jessica!)

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October 30, 2009

Must Have: Thank You, Death Robot


Never get tired of reading about robots? Then "Thank You, Death Robot" should be your next selection. Edited by Mark R. Brand, the 272 page book contains a collection of speculative fictional stories about death bots. We couldn't have promoted it any better than in its own description:

"If you run, it will catch you. If you hide, it will find you. If you resist, it will destroy you."

(Thanks, Beth)

Via "Thank You, Death Robot"

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October 23, 2009

Must Have: Protect Your Baby With Carini Bambini


Protect those newborns from the evil robots with this 5 piece Carini Bambini Bedding Set. It comes with sheet, skirt, quilt, bumper and, to complete the package, a musical mobile to protect and defend. The blue and red bedding is 200 thread count cotton and is easy-care wash and dry.

Via Carini Bambini Bedding Set

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