I know what you’re thinking.. at least if you are like me: What the heck is a HEXBUG Inchworm? I had never heard of a HEXBUG Inchworm until I was sent one to review. It’s actually pretty cool! It is a micro sized robotic creature that is a tiny electro mechanical wonder. You control precisely where they scurry with a miniature infrared remote control unit. Each HEXBUG Inchworm and controller is outfitted with two channels so that you can operate two bugs independently at the same time. Their crawling motion is simply fascinating to operate and watch.
With the HEXBUG Inchworm you can travel straight forward, forward left and right, straight backward, backward left and right and can stop in place. HEXBUG Inchworm can even pirouette in place when stopped on its center pod foot. Two button cell batteries are included in each Inchworm and each remote.
Our twins are a little young for this yet, but they really got a kick out of my husband playing around with the little HEXBUG. They would laugh every time it moved and then proceed to chase it around the table with their arms streched and their hands ready to grab on to it the instance they could manage to get a hold of it. It moves fairly slow, so this didn’t take long at all.
We also took it to a friends house where they had older kids (their youngest is 7) and he was thrilled with it at first but then became a little bored with it. A few hours later he came back to the HEXBUG and was chasing his sisters around the house and him and his brother then tried to set up ramps to see if it would jump them. (boys boys boys!). They boys were also quite interested in how the Inchworm worked and was put together, so this would also be a great way to teach your children the basics of robotics.
For only $20 this is a great toy for the younger kids and would make a great stocking stuffer! Try it out with your infant (with you manning the controls) and see what a kick they get out of it! It was cute to watch and the twins really did enjoy it but then got very upset when we wouldn’t hand over the controller or let them play with the HEXBUG itself.
Available in various translucent colors including Red, Black, Cobalt, Green and Plum and retails for $19.99. Available soon at select RadioShack stores nationwide, other specialty retailers or at www.hexbug.com.