Feb 24 is WowWee's official launch date of MIP. They are taking preorders for $119 with "free" shipping. And you can submit ideas for what you want MIP to do in a 6-second Vine video. If your suggestion is the most popular on Facebook you can win the little Segway-like character (MIP is 7 inches tall).
WowWee's robot department apparently has awakened from its dormancy to unleash three new products: Robot Zombie, RobotZombie Mini, and RoboMe. Check out the Zombie bots here:
They range from $42 for the Mini to $50 for the Robot Zombie and remote.
You control the full sized Robot Zombie with your remote. Then, when Infection Mode sets in, you blast him and reveal his burning brain!
ALSO, I found RoboMe on the shelf at ToysRus today for $100. You place your iPhone where his face should be and use the RoboMe app (app is a free download) on ANOTHER smart phone or ipad to see what's going on with Mom and Dad in the other room. Here's the video:
Just finished this 5-inch "3D Paper Figure" by Kochi Models (www.kochimodel.com). It features 15 parts that can be tabbed together but I added glue. You can spin the cone on its head to reveal 3 sets of eyes. The arms are movable and a key in the back can be rotated. Cost me $10 including shipping from Japan as a paper robot eBay sale. Though perched on my hobby knife box, I didn't have to cut it out. All parts were preperforated.
Purchased and built this Edu Science robot and enjoy its movements. However, the device runs with such strength that two of the pegs holding the left leg on (see picture below) often pop off leaving the robot in a crippled heap. I'm considering gluing in the plastic pegs but I'm not sure the glue would affect the movement of the joints. Anyhoo . . . it's a fun and quick build and I even created a 30-second video showing this feller in action on my dining room table: http://youtu.be/3IQi5y9F-T8
I saw this robot advertised on ebay for way too much money and sought out a dealer who sells it reasonably: Hobby Link Japan. This is one in a series of three precision-cut card stock robots by Sankei. the bot pictured ("Number 3") is 1 and 1/4 inches tall but includes 60 pieces. One must develop a philosophy that what's on the inside is just as valuable, just not visible :) The irony of it all . . . if you look at the parts trees, you'll see one part remaining in the green tree. Yes, I forgot to insert a grill that WOULD have appeared through the row of eight squares in the robot's chest. But there's no way I'm going to tear it apart. The parts are sturdy but dismantling after gluing would not be a good thing.
Fun project. Instructions are in Japanese but the diagrams are clear (yes, if I would have looked closely I would have inserted interior part C5!). Head swivels and arms move. Key in the back is static.
Converting from Yen, here's what I spent:
Sankei robot 3 (pictured) $7.62
Sankei robot 2 $9.73.
Shipping for both totaled $5.88.
Hey, it's great to be back in these parts. I haven't participated in quite a while and was so glad to see Brian's site alive and well!
I like the looks of this bot. It's $20 on the shelf at Toys R Us ($15.99 online, plus shipping of course) as part of their Edu Science "Know How?" series. "Knock it down, it will always get up. The rough and tumble robot never stops!" Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't we discuss a pricier robot sold by Make Magazine that had an odd gait and would get up after being knocked down? It sure rings a bell. Please share your thoughts on this one.
This kit includes head, back, chest and arm pieces; hip assembly; two legs; 2 soles of feet; 3 pins; decals; instructions. Runs on 2 AA's. Check his movements below . . .