If your youngster would like a robot that walks, talks and responds to a remote control but isn't up to assembling a Lego Mindstorms EV3, the Tomy I-Sobot might be worth looking into. He's getting a bit older now, though, and his age is starting to show. He knows over 200 words and phrases, but the Meccano Meccanoid XL 2.0 knows 3,000. Then again, the Meccanoid XL has to be put together out of 600 pieces, so the I-Sobot might be the superior choice if you don't want your living room floor cluttered with nuts and bolts for days on end. And the I-Sobot has over 200 movement routines that can be activated by his remote control or voice commands, so despite his age he has some slick tricks up his sleeve, including a Clint Eastwood impression that must have the other bots rolling with laughter down at the local cyber tavern.
The I-Sobot is a six-and-a-half-inch tall android that pops out of the box fully assembled. It balances on gyroscopes and can shoot a bow and arrow, fire a bazooka and shoot his own hands off the ends of his arms for a knockout punch that would make him pretty effective in fighting other bots, if other bots weren't rapidly getting a lot smarter than the I-Sobot is. In fact, it's this unit's lack of intelligence that's rapidly making him look like little more than an outmoded toy your kids will get tired of playing with once the first few hours of mechanized excitement have passed.
The aforementioned EV3, for instance, can be assembled into forms like a six-legged scorpion that can be programmed to knock the bazooka out of the I-Sobot's mechanical paws before he can fire it. Or if the EV3 is too complicated a project for your kids (or even for the parents of your kids), consider getting a Makeblock Codeybot or a Sphero Sprk+, either of which can be programmed to run rings around the I-Sobot's lumbering legs.
This little guy is very sophisticated and moves like a human. He can balance on one foot and even does the hula!
It has no mode that will let it run on its own. It cannot sense the edge of a table and of course will break if it falls.
It’s great fun, but without any autonomous actions; it won’t guard your room, or react to things.
Disappointingly, though, Tomy hasn’t thought to give the i-SOBOT controllable hands, which severely limits its ability to interact with its environment.
The possibilities are endless, especially when you consider introducing props in to the equation.
I'm no tech-head but the I-Sobot is seriously an impressive kit.
The i-Sobot is fun… but I quickly got bored with it after a few minutes, mostly because I got frustrated I couldn’t pick anything up with the fingers