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Build and Battle Your Way to Fun This Summer with HEXBUG! #Review

| July 11, 2016 | 6 Comments

Summer is a time for kids to let their hair down and have fun. There are some days where kids are at home and feel as though they have nothing to do. For days like this, I like to get my kids involved in doing something interactive and that they can learn from while they are playing. I am happy that HEXBUG® asked us to review some of their robotic toys that allow kids to become interactive through building structures and play.

 

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HEXBUG wants to provide children with a positive experience with robotics from a young age. They are passionate about robotics, and their passion is shared by users who are amazed by their product’s accuracy to mimic their bug-like attributes.

Below are the products my family received to review:

  • HEXBUG® Fire Ant (Ages 8+)
  • HEXBUG® Battle Spider (Ages 8+)
  • VEX® Robotics Robotic Arm (Ages 8+)

My kids could not wait to play with their battle bots! Once out of the package, they each gravitated toward a different bot to play with. Each bot could also be controlled on two separate channels for different battle or racing modes.

My daughter fell in love with the HEXBUG® Fire Ant. It has a cute design, is bright and colourful. Once she started using the remote controls, she loved making it spin around in circles around our dining room table. When she let it loose, it was REALLY fast, and she loved trying to keep up with it. Our ant also lights up, and my daughter really enjoyed this feature.

 

Ottawa Mommy Club HEXBUG Fire Ant Photo

 

Since my little guy is all about spiders, he could not get enough of the HEXBUG® Battle Spider. Its long legs carried its alien-like body around with the aid of its remote control. It makes noises when the channels were toggled when it becomes damaged and while it fires its infrared beams at its opponents. It also crept along our table a bit like a spider would while stalking its prey before it attacks. He really liked his new spider friend.

 

Ottawa Mommy Club HEXBUG Spider Photo

 

My kids had fun trying to get these two bots to battle each other. I don’t think they were intended to do battle with each other, but it was fun to see my kids try to manoeuvre their bug friends to crash and bash their friends together. Check out the video to watch how our epic battle played out!

Both of my children enjoyed playing with the VEX® Robotics Robotic Arm. Though they were too young to be able to put together themselves, they had fun being my assistants, giving me the pieces I needed to put together this construction kit. This TOTY (Toy OF The Year) Awards 2016 winner allows builders to control the knobs to be able to pick up objects close by with its claw.

 

Ottawa Mommy Club HEXBUG Arm Photo

 

This kit is great for rainy days as it took a few hours to complete. The instructions were easy to follow, and, thankfully, a few extra pieces are provided, just in case some of the smaller pieces fall become lost during a build.

 

Ottawa Mommy Club HEXBUG Arm Build Collage Photo

 

Once completed, the kids and I had fun twisting the knobs and trying to pick up objects with the claw. This robotic arm is even able to turn 360 degrees, so it does not have to be picked up and turned around to reach objects not directly in front of it.

 

Ottawa Mommy Club HEXBUG Arm Kids Play Collage Photo

 

This kit is also able to be reconstructed into two different toys: a scorpion and a helicopter.

 

Ottawa Mommy Club HEXBUG Arm Other Builds Photo

 

Overall, we really enjoyed building and battling with our robotic toys from HEXBUG. The HEXBUG® Fire Ant and the HEXBUG® Battle Spider bots were fun to learn how to use and the kids loved battling with them. The VEX® Robotics Robotic Arm was a great way to spend time together with my kids while constructing a robotic arm we could use to pick up all sorts of objects. We now have even more fun ways to spend our time indoors and out when we are at home this summer.

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Disclaimer: I received products from HEXBUG® in order to write this review. The views I shared are my own.

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me! Author's website.

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  1. Lynda Cook says:

    These are cool and kids love building things like this and especially if they move, these remind me of that movie with Gene Simmons, I just cannot remember the name of it!!

  2. jan says:

    My nephew is a huge fan of Hexbugs, so we bought two HEXBUG® Battle Spiders for our son and it is love.

  3. Judy Cowan says:

    My nephew has been talking about these, I think the HEXBUG® Fire Ant might make a good birthday gift for him!

  4. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    These llook like great toys to help get the kids brains working on how things work 🙂

  5. Laurie P says:

    My boy loves his Hexbugs! Highly recommended!!!!! Love the new stuff.

  6. These are so cool. My little cousins would love these!

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