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These are two inch long robotic insects and creepy crawlies which are operated by two 1.5V button cell batteries when the on switch is flicked to the side.
They scutter across the floor and can even right themselves if they get flipped onto their backs. The bug is made of blue plastic (other colours are available) with metal legs, but looks nothing like anything if I'm being totally honest.
It came atop a cardboard hexagon, which is was connected to by a silver coloured wire. This was then encapsulated by a clear plastic dome (as seen in the picture). It came with instructions in English, Spanish, German, French and Italian which if you can read then congratulations you have 20/20 vision! 1mm font size is unhelpful for anybody! These mostly concentrate on what not to do with the batteries but there is also a small diagram on where to put the batteries, if you can find the world's tiniest screwdriver to remove the cover.
As well as having two batteries included, an additional two batteries are provided. Don't worry you can use these for something else (see later)
I actually got this in my Lootcrate last month so didn't pay for it, but you can buy them in various colours on Amazon.co.uk for £8.25; reduced from the RRP of £10.99. You won't be doing this however I can't imagine.
I am advised by my Lootcrate magazine that they also come in Larva, Scarab and Ant; as well as glow-in-the-dark Zombie Larva and Zombie Scarab. How wholly unexciting!
After scuttling around for all of 11 seconds, the batteries died a death and needed to be replaced. After searching high and low for a screwdriver with a 5mm blade I found that the second battery was lodged in a way that you couldn't remove it; so after 20 minutes I gave up and threw it in the bin.
Not in a million years, in fact I only opened it when I seen it was on Ciao to review it! I can't even imagine if the batteries hadn't died so quickly that it would have been any more fun...
**Also published on Ciao**
Every school morning when my boys are eating their breakfast and getting dressed we have the children's cartoon channel Boomerang on the TV in the background. Every single morning since about June this year there has been toy adverts on and the one that seems to have stuck in my head alone is the one for 'Hex Bugs'. My sons have been asking for a Hex Bug ever since they first saw them advertised so after hunting one down each for their Birthdays I will now share my thoughts about them..
*~*What's a Hex Bug?*~*
Hex Bugs are small robotic creatures that resemble bugs (hence the title) and the most common variety is the Nano version, which is also the smallest, and is a basic looking microchip 'bug'. The Hex Bug was first launched back in 2007 and has grown each year with the additions of new 'bugs' and 'creatures' being added year after year and their popularity is growing more and more with each new addition.
Each Hexbug comes complete with a battery which can be changed (all explained in the instruction leaflet when you purchase your bug) and the bugs all have an on/off switch.
Also available are:
All the 'species' come in a choice of rainbow colours, some being more rarer to collect than others, and there are also several types of habitat sets available which are basically like little homes with different levels for your 'bug' to run around in.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
Firstly I'll start with the price. These start in the region of £7 for a basic bug (Nano) and can be found in most toy stores apparently. Well that was what I'd been told day in day out on the TV adverts but after hopping on a bus mid November to our town centre and hitting several toy shops (Toymaster and Toys r Us I'm talking about you!) I was told that they didn't stock them despite their popularity.
I did find several places online to purchase the bugs, and whilst I do normally prefer to order online I wanted to go and pick the bugs out myself as online they can't guarantee which colour you will be sent.
I found the cheapest option was a store on Ebay, which though didn't let me choose the colour, it was only £6.95 and included postage and packaging which was a bargain.
The packaging for the Hex Bug comes in a plastic transparent looking vial. The vial looks like something from a science lab and nestled inside in the Hex Bug which though slides about in the tube it seems protected enough not to get damaged.
*~*Our thoughts on the Hex Bug*~*
When I'd seen these bugs advertised on the television I didn't really think too much of them if I'm being honest as they were just a small toy that moved a lot and looked quite annoying.
When I actually typed the name into a search engine I was surprised at just how popular these little creatures were and there were several videos on the likes of YouTube showing them in 'action'.
On receiving the bugs that I'd ordered for my boys, I wanted to test them out mainly to see that they were in perfect working order so I could get them wrapped up for their birthdays and also to see what all the fuss was about.
There is an easy to remove lid at the end of the vial and this simply pops out by twisting it off. It also plugs back in so storing your hex bug is safe and secure once in it's tube like vessel.
The bugs I bought for my boys as mentioned are the Nano version, so are approximately an inch in length and a centimetre across whilst their bodies are made from a robust coloured plastic with the microchip underneath clearly visible. They are just over one centimetre in height due to the length of their legs and the nano features 12 - 6 on each side which are made from a soft rubbery material.
To activate the bug there is a small switch on the underside of the Nano (this varies in place on different bugs) and once pressed the bug starts to come alive. Once placed on a flat surface the bug then scurries around in circles and if it gets knocked over it 'jumps' back on to it's feet and off it goes again.
This may not sound overly riveting, but there is something actually quite addictive about watching these little robotic creatures and bugs scurrying around and their movements are scarily lifelike.
Apart from them being collectable items these are really fascinating to watch in their habitats as they can climb levels and race each other and because of the amount of different 'homes' you can buy there are endless possibilities of watching what your bug can get up to.
These are fantastic little creatures that get children used to the workings of robotics from an early age and my boys think they are just brilliant. Personally I think they are such an interesting and innovative toy that they are literally spell bounding watching them move around.
Durability wise these seem quite sturdy in build though if dropped or stood on could damage quite easy, as my boys have been quite careful with their bugs they are still in excellent condition though they have only had them for around 6 weeks so it's hard to give a life expectancy to them!
As for battery life again it's difficult to say as ours have been played with an awful lot in the 6 weeks or so we have had them and they are still going strong. It doesn't state on the packaging how long the battery life actually is so I really can't comment I suppose it's dependent on what time period they are played with for.
Hex Bugs are really addictive and here to stay! My husband hadn't really seen them advertised as they are normally on the children's channels so he had no idea what these little creatures were like until he saw our sons and he is very impressed indeed to the point he wants his own ..and I have to admit I want my own too!
More Hex Bugs are already on next years Christmas list!