Faber Castell's Robot Kit not only encourages the arts of construction and decoration, it becomes a 7" x 5.5" nightlight when complete. Made from durable printed plastic, it has battery operated LED lights that change color as they protect the room from any horde of dark and evil bots that are hiding under the bed. (Two AA batteries not included.)
This Transformix LED Flashlight turns into a stationary lamp in three different styles. The company claims that the bulbs will last over 100,000 hours so if a disaster occurs, there will still be light for all. It needs a button cell battery (not included) to run.
Every roboticist needs at least one decent set of Bookends and these multi-colored ones are perfect for kids of every age. Each is 5.5 x 3.5 x 8", is hand-carved and painted and can be personalized.
And if time is your thing, this 9.5 x 9.5 x 9.5" Mudpuppy Wall Clock is made of fiberboard, printed with nontoxic ink and is phthalate free. Designed by Barn Eyes, it needs one AA battery (not included.)
There seem to be an abundance of movies that feature robots and we keep coming across them, so of course we are going to encourage you to also enjoy the outdated effects and convoluted plots. This time we found "Making Mr. Right" from 2008 with John Malkovich as both a scientist and inventor of Ulysses, a robot made in his own image. Asimov is undoubtedly very restless in his grave right about now.
"Real Steel" has finally come out on Blu-ray for those of you who missed the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em film starring Hugh Jackman. Just think of it as "Rocky" on robotic steroids. Add to that a dysfunctional father/son relationship and you have an instant family viewing night.
If you want something G-rated and on the cheese ball side, "Short Circuit" was released in 1986 and stars Ally Sheedy and Steve Gutenberg. This was pre-CGI animation and consisted of a bot named Johnny 5, who was designed by Syd Mead of "Blade Runner" fame. Because he was voiced by his creator during filming, #5 sounded much more human than previous movie bots.
Capitalizing on their successful Alphie, Playskool has two smaller units designed for those ages 3 and up. The Deci-Bot teaches counting and numbers in both Explore and Find It Modes. Maestro-Bot is for playing tunes and has three song modes and colorful keys to teach its humans one of three songs. They are bright, cheerful and come with AAA batteries.
This is no Mindstorms NXT, still the Lego Creator Rescue Robot can be posed, has an armored chrome head protector and comes with a lighted brick, rocket booster and antenna. This kit is recommended for kids ages 7 - 12, has 149 pieces and can also be turned into a laserbot or robocat.
Kid Galaxy's RC Data Robot is almost too cute and designed for ages 3 and above because we all know that toddlers love robots, too. With blinking lights and moving eyes, he spouts out botty noises and his remote lets him go forward, back or turn around. He also comes in apple green.
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UNO has almost become high tech with its Roboto Game. Each player's name is recorded and players can include customized "house rules." The bot picks a name to begin. As soon as you think you are getting somewhere, the bot calls out a random rule or comment and changes your play. A deck of 108 cards and 3 AAA batteries are also included.