Don’t be fooled by their size—Meccano Micronoids are bursting with personality.
Micronoids are the newest personal robots to join Spin Master‘s Meccano line, and given their size, I fondly call these guys the little brothers of the Meccanoid. Available in Blue Basher, Green Switch, and Red Socket, kids can build and program their very own robots.
Micronoids are perfect for the kids who have an interest in building, programming, and engineering, but aren’t totally ready to commit to spending a lot of time building. Designed for kids 8 and up and with about a quarter of the pieces of the 2-foot tall Meccanoid (for kids 10 and up), each robot comes with either 139 or 142 pieces (depending on which model kids have). The box comes with the signature Meccano screwdriver made specifically for these building pieces, so no additional tools are necessary. Although kids will have their end result much faster, they should be just as careful while building to avoid any mistakes! I built the Blue Basher in under an hour.
Once it’s built, kids can make their Micronoids walk, talk, turn, and even smash through obstacles with push-button programming. Or, kids can program it with Learned Intelligent Movement (L.I.M.), where they program movements and sounds and play them back with the push of a button. The robots will dance when they hear a beat (same) and can answer yes or no questions.
If you’re not sure which Micronoid to get, pick the one with the look you think your kid will enjoy most or choose the color that he or she will love best. Each robot performs the same functions, so the only difference is in the style. If kids have more than one Micronoid, the robots will interact with each other.
Kids will have a blast building and then programming their Micronoids. Although they are small, they are mighty!