Not such a long time ago and probably playing in a theater near you, there were droids. They had names, like BB-8 and C3PO, that sounded like random passwords for highly secure banking websites. The most lovable of these droids, at least until BB-8 rolled his way into our hearts, was undoubtedly a little chap named R2D2, who had more charisma and personality than a trashcan-shaped bot who could only talk in squeaks and whistles should have been allowed to have. And with the littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit you can construct not only your own R2D2 but a nearly infinite number of variations on him. And you can control these fabled bots using -- What else? -- the Force.
The Droid Inventor Kit was created by tech startup littleBits with assistance from the Lucasfilm division of Disney and is intended for Padawan Learners (for those not steeped in Star Wars lore, that's a Jedi in training) ages 8 and up. (One suspects it will also appeal to Star Wars fans who long ago moved on from the elementary school set.) The kit lets you assemble the mechanical parts that allow the droid to wander around. More significantly, though, it includes a set of "bits," electronic building blocks that hook together according to the rules of Boolean logic to form the droid's custom brain, thus teaching the rules of computer circuitry and fooling kids of all ages into learning some pretty heavy electronic principles while they think they're just having fun. You can control your droid using its smartphone app, but it also has a proximity sensor that not only helps it avoid obstacles while wandering around but lets you move it using your hands without actually touching it, a pretty good approximation of the Jedi powers known as the Force Push and Pull.
If you want to pretend you're in a Star Wars movie, you can send your droid on more than 16 different missions. You could also get your inner Jedi on with the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid, but he doesn't have the Inventor Kit's customizability. And if you need alien monsters to fight, consider the Arcbotics Hexy or the Stormtrooper-like JJRC R1 Defender.
This droid builder is a great way to teach electronics, motors, gears to a young child. No need for soldering. The build is well put together. Great educational toy!
This was a birthday present given to my grandson yesterday Nov 1. Need to return because even after trouble shooting, it did not work.
I bought this product for my 10 year old niece and she absolutely loves it! She is a huge Star Wars fan and opening this up made her birthday. Would 100% recommend!
I bought this for my twin nephews' 10th birthday. They loved it! It was so fun for them to step into the role of an inventor and explore building something!
This Droid Inventor Kit provides all the fun, accessibility, and inspiration we expect from LittleBits. It's a winner, especially for fans of cute little Star Wars droids.
This product is exceptional. I got access to it early, and I must say it is fantastic. There is literally hours of fun here, and you feel so proud when you make the kit.
I bought this last week for my son, he loves Star Wars. He has spend hours on perfecting it. Could not recommend this toy enough.
Great for all ages! I ordered this for my sons birthday but have found my husband and his sisters playing with it too, fantastic family fun.
Very clever toy, simple to set up and use. Nephew was absolutely delighted. Overall this has been an extremely appreciated gift. Worth every penny.
Bought this for my 12 year old nephew who is a huge Star Wars fan. He said it took him about 5 minutes to put together and so far he loves it. This is a hit!