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Hexbugs Micro Robotic Creatures

I recall seeing Hexbugs on store shelves, yet one glance at the box and I assumed they were a science-experiment-type toy not geared for my younger kids. After all, the terms robotics and my daughters usually don’t mix. Yet, when asked if we’d like to try them out this month, and after actually reading WHAT this product line was about – I was very interested and was surprised that they weren’t on my radar before. Turns out they are very unique, and SO much fun! Read on!

Hexbugs are micro robotic creatures intended to introduce robotics to children at a young age. Around since 2007, the Hexbug brand started with the Hexbug Original and grew from there. Now there’s the The Hexbug Crab, Inchworm {a remote-controlled creature}, Hexbug Nano {the smallest creature}, and the Ant. Next came the Nano habitat sets and the newest is the Glow-in-the-dark Nano and the Hexbug Spider. As you can see, there’s a whole selection of creatures – but what do they do?

Hexbugs use the physics of vibration, sound and light to skitter along and explore its environment on smooth surfaces. They act like real bugs, flipping and tossing all around. This alone makes kids’ eyes wide – they tend to love things like these. Each has it’s own colors and designs too – and they are incredibly smart. We received a bunch of products from the Hexbug Nano line:

  • 1 HEXBUG Nano 5-Pack
  • 5 Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano bugs
  • 1 Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Spiral Starter Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set
  • 1 HEXBUG Nano Elevation Habitat Set
  • 1 Carton of “Bug Food” {batteries}
  • 1 Mini Screwdriver

When you set up each ‘set’, the pieces attach in different ways; so it’s construction, imagination, creativity and then the physics of the bugs scurrying around the set. That’s lots of learning for young kids, but they get it – they really get it. And, it’s great to see them figure it all out without even really understanding how it all actually works.

For those that think that all of these products are for the older kids – think again. Geared for ages 3+ {really!}, my twins both have a blast with playing with Hexbugs and can completely understand what to do with them. They know that the bugs will act a different way depending on how the sets are attached, so it’s not the same ‘play’ each and every time. You can add to the sets or get more Hexbugs for play.

The creatures are sold separately and in sets of 5. As proved by watching my own girls, Hexbugs are not just for boys either. Also to note, the Nanos come with Bug Food {batteries}, which is also very welcome with this parent. I stored away the 5 Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano bugs as stocking stuffers, a great idea if you are stuck for gifting ideas.

Right now, the Hexbug website is having a “12 days of Hexmas” sale, you’ll want to check in each day since there’s a 50% sale to be had daily, each day is a different product. And, if you order online, there’s free shipping on orders over $79.99.

Check it out, the more I see Hexbugs in action, the more I think it’s one of the hottest toys of the 2011 season!

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Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.

 

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13 Comments

  1. OK I didn’t get and still somewhat don’t get the whole hexbug thing but I am thinking that my kids would love these now! Great review again Tammi!

    1. It’s pretty neat, I need to check out the other bugs, since they all behave differently.

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