October 27, 2008

Mechagodzilla Rules!


Japan certainly loves their movie monsters, as evidenced by Bandai's R/C Mechagodzilla. Standing about 20" tall, his eyes, nose, and mouth light up as he turns his ugly head in 360º a la Linda Blair. So far he is only available in Japan for ¥84,000 (~$828.00,) but hey, at least you will be protected when the original Godzilla returns.

Via Amazon Japan

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October 24, 2008

Must Have Robot: R2-D2 Astromech Droid


Start thinking holiday shopping before the prices go up. Trossen just got in a new shipment of the Star Wars R2-D2 Astromech Droid, our Must Have Robot this week. The Interactive bot stands about 15" and walks, talks, and responds to over 40 commands. He can serve as security guard, play games, freaks out if you mention Darth Vader and can find you if you are up for a game of hide and seek. R2 needs 4 AA and 4 D batteries (not included) and needs a limited amount of assembly. Pick one up for $159.99.

Via Trossen

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October 22, 2008

Roboreptile, The Next Godzilla?

Check out the Discovery Channel's Roboreptile. This has to be the ultimate robotic reptile for those who have watched "Jurassic Park" more times than they will let on. He can walk on four legs or run on two. His color adjusts according to the light and he moves his had, snaps at unsuspecting humans and whips his tail in a threatening manner. At a size of 33 x 10 x 12", the Roboreptile can be yours for $147.77.

Via Roboreptile

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October 21, 2008

Tiny Tomy Robo-Q


Say hello to the Tomy Robo-Q, supposedly the smallest robot on the planet. At a size of 3.4cm high, the bot has artificial intelligence that allows it to play games and navigate. It can kick and pass a ball via remote, can go through a maze and dodge obstacles in its path. Available in 4 colors, it will be sold in Japan beginning in February for ¥3,500 ($35.00.)

Via Telegraph

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October 20, 2008

Elmo Live Is Detained


In a moment of weakness, or perhaps insanity, we ordered an Elmo Live from Amazon last month. Knowing that it would probably be the hottest toy for little ones, we pretended we were ordering for our kids, but knew deep in our hearts that we wanted to play with it, too. We recently received a note from the site, stating that there would be a delay in delivery to make it November 15, a couple of weeks later than expected. This means that they are indeed in short supply. We will let you know when/if delivery occurs. In the mean time, if you want one, now is the time to order.

Via Elmo Live

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October 16, 2008

Nakagawa Wooden Robots


Takeji Nakagawa takes Keyaki, teak, walnut, and white ash wood to create these handcrafted robots. His take on it is, "I don't really have an exact answer but I often relate my robots with the future. What we really want is a future full of trees and something more natural. I don't think humans can live without trees no matter what advances technology makes."

We dig that he prefers potential buyers actually view the pieces before purchase. Prices for the unique toys range from $50.00 for small ones up to $6,000.00 for the largest pieces.

Via take-g toys

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October 8, 2008

Robotic Pugilists Do More Than Punch


Remember the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots? Hammacher Schlemmer has an updated version for those who were fans of the originals. The mini-warriors stand 11 1/2" tall and can move 360° for hooks, jabs, bobbing and weaving. The bots have 8 different maneuvers and verbally complain when punched. Added to the action are speakers that play music and make crowd noises. The Robotic Pugilists need 4AA and 4C batteries for each (not included) and have a price of $89.95 for the pair.

Via Hammacher Schlemmer

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October 7, 2008

It's a Bird! It's a Robot! It's I-Wing!


The Silverlit Wingsmaster I-Wing was designed with actual bird wings in mind to keep it aloft. The flying robot has super wide infrared control, specific flight patterns and is tough enough to survive bumps, collisions, and tough landings. The i-Wing comes with a built-in Li-Poly battery and needs 6 AAs for the remote. You can choose from 3 styles and see it in action on UK Amazon. I-Wing's price is £19.99 (~$35.00.)

Via Amazon UK

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October 3, 2008

Robot Snob Private Collection


Although we cannot afford most of the pricey robots, we wanted you to know that we do have our own mini-collection. Shown here are two of our botty buds who hang around our desktop and get to come out and er, play, in their limited fashion. If you would like to start your own collection, head to your nearest dollar store, Amazon, or check out the site below with Tin Toy Robots, based on vintage designs. There are over 100 available, most of them at incredibly reasonable prices.

Via Neat Stuff

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September 29, 2008

MechRC Robot Can Move It


Cross a robotics engineer and a Transformer artist and you end up with the MechRC Robot. Pre-assembled, it has over 100 pre-installed motions and sounds and has 180º movement. Manipulate the bot on your PC (not Mac compatible,) add sound effects, soundtracks, and voices from music files, and they will shout out through MechRC's chest. At a size of 36 x 32 15cm, the robot comes with a lithium battery pack and charger, IR remote, and USB to serial adapter. You can pre-order now for £399.00 (~$800.00) and expect delivery in about 8 weeks.

Via I Want One of Those

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