Don’t think your 8 year old can assemble it!
So, first the good bits. It’s good looking and when assembled carefully it works. BUT it’s diddly to assemble. All protruding bits from the assemble sheet MUST be filed off or fear wheel doesn’t work. Mass production at the expense of accuracy. But it if you’re willing to spend a fair bit of time assembling it.
Tobbie the Robot is loads of fun for model builders
I have seen a few videos and read several reviews before sinking my money into getting one. So, I know what I was getting myself into. Tobbie the Robot is a great looking robot. The big head with big bug eyes, sharp yellow and black colour theme are definitely awesome. It doesn't actually do a great deal, its arms don't move. It is not programmable. It is not remote controlled. It is not an IoT product. It doesn't answer any questions. You can't fight with it. In fact, it either follows or avoids others. It pretty much just walks, interacting w...ith your direction (hand) using IR sensor to obtain inputs and based on the selected program to decide if it should move towards or away from the detected object. Yes, it does produce some sounds and eyes do blink to provide some feedback, but mostly just to amp up its cuteness in my opinion. Now its limited capabilities out of the way, lets talk about some of the good stuff about Tobbie - the reason I gave it 4 stars. It is not particularly expensive, between $45 and $70 AUD, not bad for starter, especially one who wants to build and take pride that he/she took part in creating this robot. That to me is the best thing about Tobbie the Robot. I am really impressed with the quality of the parts. Yes, the plastic could be thicker, made of carbon fibre, have some rubber or silicon parts, etc but that would add weight and cost. Like most kids, I had built some affix models like tanks, planes, etc when I was small. That was a long time ago and fondest memory come from manufacturers such as Tamiya and Hasegawa, sorry not Bandai, Revell, and I have no experience with newer brands like Dragon. I had just purchased some work equipment and they came with little instructions, few pics and very poor English with quite a few misspellings. That said something about the product I am afraid. So, when I took out the manual and was confronted with a 30 pages manual that I consider close to Tamiya assembly manual quality, I was really delighted. It tells you tools you need. All parts are very illustrated and accurate. With screws and shafts, it provided 1-to-1 drawings to minimise the chance of getting it wrong. It tells you common mistakes people might make and illustrates that clearly. It reminds you to remove the burrs in case they affect the motor operations. It even reminds you at several places to remove the assistance tool (A-15). I was impressed that it came with an assistance tool in the first place. Gears have different colours so you really can't get them mixed up. They are not symmetrical so to help you install them the right way. This combined with a highly detailed and well written instruction booklet made for a very satisfying assembly experience. So confident, I didn't even test it midway to make sure it is built correctly. And when I finished building Tobbie the Robot and powered it up, Tobbie beeped at me and stamping his feets in a couple of seconds prompting me to interact with it, that was a very satisfying experience. To me, the entertainment provided by Tobbie the Robot is at least 50% - 80% in the building of it and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!
Questions & Answers
I would want this toy to be delivered before the 15th August, if this is not possible then I will have to go elsewhere. It would have to be delivered either before the birthday or on the birthday not after. thanks
Don't know where you are located. But look up your local Jaycar store and pay a visit I'd recommend. There is also a new v2 which is nice but fair bit more expensive because circuit board no longer comes with the robot but has to be purchased separately. Jaycar does provide delivery. Express delivery is 2-3 business days. https://www.jaycar.com.au/delivery-info
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