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This is the biggest piece of rubbish I have had the misfortune to buy,the idea might be great if you can get one that works.I have now purchased and had replaced 3 of these all of which had different faults.I then decided to buy the newer model at extra cost and guess what this one does not work either,it is now 5pm on Christmas Eve and I am short of 1 of my Grandsons presents not to mention not full of Christmas cheer,I thought the name Science Museum would mean that you would get a good quality product not a cheap made in China piece of rubbish,this one will be going back after Christmas and I hope to never see one again,if it was not for my Grandson really wanting one I would have given up after the first 2.
This is a great present for any kid. A talking robot that keeps an eye on the cash balance. This is a great and fun way for a child to store their money. The robot bank talks and so tells you the exact balance that you have at any time. This is a fun interactive feature which any child (or childish adult) will love. It has slot recognition and this is how it inputs the amount you have into its memory which is extremely helpful as opposed to inputting values into other bank like devices for the home. It also helps you to keep a track of the withdrawals you make asking you if you are 'sure you want to withdrawal'.
Your child can make themselves targets that they want to reach and the robot bank actively encourages you to make this target, this kind of encouragement is wholly positive for me and I think it'll help your child to better take care of their money. The robot bank display shows the time; date, day and the month so can be used as a clock when not being used for its banking main feature. Every time you get close to the robot the arms and legs move which may start to get annoying for any parent though your child will love it the first hundred times for sure. Batteries are included
This is quite possibly one of the most irritating pieces of plastic on the planet. My daughter wanted one of these for ages so when she saw it was in the sale for £9.99 she bought it. They normally retail at £19.99 and are available from Argos, Comet and other retailers.
The robot itself looks fairly cool, although a bit more like a spaceman than a robot. Its arms are articulated at the shoulder and wrist allowing it to make annoying whirring noises and move them.
The idea behind the money bank is good, it encourages kids to save money by letting them set targets and telling them how much they have saved and how far they have to go.
It recognises metals by their metal content, well most of the time it does. It makes mistakes fairly often when inserting money.
The most annoying part of it is the lights, talking and whirring of the arms. Even with the sound turned off it would randomly flash and move its arms, although it didn't talk with that awful American voice then.
It ate through it's batteries fairly quickly, it needed a mix of AA and AAA batteries which was expensive to put in for initial set up. Before the batteries ran out, even my daughter was sick of its noises.
I can't wait till Monday when we take this piece of useless junk to the charity shop.
The Science Museum Robot Bank is a clever idea to get children to save. Not only is it stylish and funky with it's flashing blue eyes but it can also recognise what denomination of money is put into it. Most people will think it recognises the size of the coin but supposedly it works out which coins are put into it by its metal content. It gives the owner a challenge to prove this by asking to put in a froeign coin to see if the robot Bank recognises it or not in the instructions.
Many features are also included with this item such as time/date/alarm clock functions, balance display, the ability to set a saving target.
If the saver wishes to make a withdrawl the Robot Bank will verbally warn them that they are about to make a withdrawl. The saver inputs the amount they wish to withdrawl and Robot bank claculates if any, what saving are left.
At first my daughter loved this item but after about three weeks it became a nuisance, every time someone or the cat walked passed it, it would pipe up ' Hello, How are you?' Totally freaked out the cat to the point he attacked it one day, alas the Robots Banks arms no longer move he did not fair well in the battle, the humble cat won.
Sometimes it detects the wrong denomination and you have to go through the hassle of withdrawing the incorrect amount, taking out the coin you just put in and trying it again to get the correct balance.
The alarm clock always woke you to the annoying tones of 'Its time to get up' repeatedly, it is so annoying by the time you get up you are in a bad mood because its voice goes right through you, but at least you get up so maybe this is an advantage.
Unfortunately the day came when Robots Banks batteries ran out and were never replaced until recently.............Now we have the whole house screaming 'Who put bloody batteries back in that thing!'
Robot Bank cost £19.99 from Argos and is very popular around Christmas. The idea is very good and most children will love it but a few will detest and loathe it with a vengence and the cat might run away.
Stuck for ideas on what to buy someone for Christmas? Robot Bank is an excellent gift for your friends and family.
What is Robot Bank?
Robot Bank is from the Science museum and costs approx £19.99 depending on the retailer you use. This was the price from Argos where i got my husbands one. Looking around i have discovered that the price for him is between £19.99 and £24.99.
He is approx 23 Cm's High.
He is a talking Money box with many different functions which includes:
Time and Clock on LCD
Counts your money as you add to bank
Can tell you how much you have in bank, as he remembers every coin you add.
He keeps track of withdrawals too - Be warned he will try and stop you with a few phrases.
Target Set - Set a target to reach and the robot will remind you of your target. Always set a small target for children at first and extend it each time, other wise they do get a bit fed up.
Sensor- The robot can sense when someone is near and will say several phrases including PLEASE SAVE TODAY plus many others, he also moves his arms and lights up. This can drive you crazy sometimes and makes me jump if i forget about him at night. You can turn the sensor off.
Batteries - The batteries were supplied with all our robots so i think this must be standard but please check this out when buying. If not supplied you will need 4 AA batteries.
Suitable from the age of 6 years - You need a little understanding of what your doing but the instructions are simple enough to follow.
Why i recommend him?
My son received a Robot Bank for Christmas 2005 and when everyone else saw it they all wanted it. Now Daddy, Sister, Auntie and Cousin all have one in there collection. I also wanted one but think we have enough of them in our house at the moment to cope with.
What is the attraction of this little robot? When i asked everyone the replies were that He's cool, Funny, and gives them the motivation to save. Since my son and daughter got one they have saved and saved and can afford more bits and bobs now. Its just something about this robot that everyone just loves so go on buy one for someone or yourself, you will love it.
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I bought this for my sons Christmas as a little extra present I thought he might like. Before this purchase he was forever emptying out his old piggy bank and counting his pennies the miserly little sod.
Now a little bit about my son, He is 7 and a half years old, and doesnt like spending his own money if he can help it (yup Ive taught him well) Every time we go shopping he asks for something, I usually say of course you can have it .if you have enough money that is? This usually makes him think twice about wanting it!
So back to the Bank...
I paid £19.99 for this from Argos and it is also available from www.sciencemuseumstore.com for same price...
Not only is this a bank but it is also a handy little alarm clock!
It takes 2 AA batteries which are inserted into the back of the robot, This is easily opened with a cross screwdriver, and easily closed again. You must press the reset button every time you change the batteries...I havent had to do this yet as the batteries i put in on Christmas day are still going strong! (and they weren't expensive batteries)
There is an LCD display on the front of the robots tummy which shows the date and time (once you have set it that is) This is easy to set up, There are 6 buttons around the display which will help you to do this.
This robot shaped savings bank is silver metallic coloured plastic, which is pretty hard wearing as this has already been dropped!
The robots face has a little infrared movement sensor, which when activated will talk to you...saying things like please save today or you have almost achieved your target, please add more! I am hungry, please fill me up The only drawback is the robot speaks English with an American accent...My son and daughter now run around repeating it, and it can drive you a bit loopy!!!
The eyes will flash blue when the robot speaks to you. The arms will also move as it speaks to you so it all seems rather realistic to a child.
The bit for dropping the coins in is on the top of the robots head, and amazingly the robot knows which coins are being dropped in. Please note this is a UK toy so will only recognise UK tender. My son received a few pound coins in his Christmas stocking and so he was able to start his saving off immediately after he had this out of the box. He popped one in and it said one pound wow brill he said..so he was running about after he had popped all his own money in asking the relatives for any spare change for his bank!
Another super feature of this bank is it actually remembers all the coins you put in and tells you the balance after you have put some more money in, to get the balance you need to press the balance button which is situated at the bottom left of the LCD display,
There is also the option to set yourself a target, To do this you press the target button and then press the set button and then there is a blue navigational button below his tummy, this will help you to set the target, you then have to hold down the set button. This can be a bit hit and miss at times, but it does eventually work. My son wanted to save £20 and he has just reached the target and the robot has said Well done, you have reached your target!
There is also a withdraw button should you wish to take some of our money out, You simply press the button, use the navigation button to determine how much you are withdrawing and then press set to confirm...you do have to open the bank from the bottom to physically count out how much you are taking though so this is where good counting and knowledge of money is useful. The robot also asks if you have a good excuse to be withdrawing the money LOL.
I am glad I bought this bank as it encourages my son to save some money and also helps with his counting and his knowledge of monetary values. This is a brilliant gadget for children and adults alike.
Thanks for reading
Put this tough-talking robot in charge of your savings. He counts your cash, speaks, lights up and waves his arms - and only gets upset if you try to take your money out of him! Built-in LCD alarm clock. Batteries included. Age 6+.