April 1, 2010

Giant Gundam Returns Armed With Laser

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The giant Gundam will be resurrected this July at Higashi-Shizuoka Station, southwest of Tokyo, with a "beam laser." The huge Bandai Namco figure, which was visited by about 4 million people last year, will be in Shizouka again for about 6 months in time for its 30th anniversary.

Via Kotako

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March 31, 2010

Cam Babies Respond to Noise

One can never have enough baby robots, if only to prove that they are not all bad. Cube Works Cam Babies wander around, respond to loud noise and complain when they fall down and cannot get back up. The 10cm tall babybots are available in two sizes and several colors for ¥1,590 (~$18.00) and ¥2,550 (~$28.00.)

Via Strapya World

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Whoa! New Zhu Zhus!

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Say it ain't so! Not content with the gazillions they are earning from their original Zhu Zhu Pets, Cepia has released even more of the little buggers. Say hello our little friends Moo, Rocky, Spottie and Tex. They can be purchased in a group or separately.

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Add in Fluffy Bunny and Butter Cheeks Baby and your Easter shopping is simplified.

Via New Zhu Zhu Pets

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March 26, 2010

Must Have: Penbo and Bebe

Jessica Rusack of Litzky PR sent us a Bossa Nova Penbo to play with so we quickly put her through her paces. Recommended for kids between the ages of 5 and 10, our first reaction to the furry penguin is that she is literally bright enough to grab the attention of toddlers as she passed the "cat test." Grace poked at her a couple of times then sat down and watched as she waddled around and chatted in her weird language that almost sounded like English.

There is definitely a learning curve here. Penbo responds when you push her heart button, pinch her wings, tap her head or a do a combination of them. Her baby can be activated the same way and plops out of Mama's stomach in an enclosed egg. There are long and short pinches, and double taps, and Bebe has just as many.

Watch the weird relationship between mom and Bebe. They chirp to each other, dance together and Penbo gets noticeably anxious if you take her penguinette away. Bebe also is constantly communicating with her elder, so be careful not to lose her.

That being said, this is no Furby. Penbo dances, can be told to go left or right, sings a tune and plays 5 games. We tried a couple of them but musical chairs and tag works better if you actually participate. We could have used a toddler or two.

Penbo also has moods. She can be happy, sad, excited, bored or fall asleep if you forget about her. Once you get used to her language and the commands, she would undoubtedly make any little girl (or boy who likes pink penguins) a fun companion.

(Thanks, Jessica)

Via Penbo

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March 19, 2010

Must Have: Robo-Q RQ-01

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The Robo-Q Mini Robot may only be 3.4 cm tall, but it can still amuse/annoy your family and friends. The RQ-01 can move forward, left and right via remote control and an IR sensor will keep it from bouncing into walls, people and pets. Don't forget 4AA batteries (not included.)

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Set him up against the minute M-O1 that needs 3 AAA batteries (not included.) The mini-dude from "Wall-E" has a controller that doubles as a storage base.

Via Robo-Q RQ-01

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March 10, 2010

Bots for Tots

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Robots go plush with these three 8 x 2.5 x 13" Pillows. They are perfect for kids who could swallow small parts or are too young for metal bots. And when your toddlers tire out, lull them to sleep with this Robot Mobile from Tiger Tribe. Each of them is 4 x 2" and hangs from a stainless steel rod.

Via Robot Plush Pillows.

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March 3, 2010

Cheeky Monkey Debuts at NY Toy Fair

One of the participants in the recent NY Toy Fair was the "Cheeky Monkey," designed by Nick Donaldson of Got Robots?. It can perform 16 actions via remote and should have a price of around $20 when released this summer from MechRC.

Via Robot Dreams

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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.

Via Mighty Beanz

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February 24, 2010

Senario's Zibits Almost Too Cute

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Senario thinks tiny with their new line of Zibits. At a size of about 2.5" tall, the 12 different robodudes, with the help of a IR remote, can move forward or turn 360º while chattering in a botty kind of way. Three button batteries come with them but you will need two AAA batteries to get them to go. At a price of only $9.99 each, look for them next month.

Via Zibits

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Dr. Who Daleks Talk, Tell Time

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"Dr. Who" fans can now rule the planet with the 13" Talking Dalek. Remote controlled, it moves pretty much as it does in the show and makes happy robot sounds.

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The bot also comes in a smaller 2.5" version and a Sculpted Wall Clock.

Via "Dr. Who" Dalek

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