It’s that time of year again and robot toys for kids are on everyone’s list. But just like any technology, every year they develop and get smarter. So what are the newest robot toys this year? Will you be impressed?
We’ve put together the best robots for kids this Christmas in 2017, so you don’t have to worry about what to look for and where to look for it. There’s something about a robot that gets kids (and parents) excited, because who doesn’t like ordering a robot around the place!
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Whether it’s a super cool gift or just for home, robot toys are a favorite with both girls and boys of all ages. Robot toys for kids are fantastic play tools, learning tools and overall just great fun! Robots can be an interactive buddy loaded with numerous impressive features and they can do all sorts of amazing tricks.
There are a few new cool Star Wars robots out, and trusted brands like Lego, Meccanno and Sphero have new robots controlled by apps.
Here are 25 of the best robots for kids that you don’t want to miss this Christmas.
Best Robot Toys for Kids 2017
1. Meccano M.A.X
Just out, the Mecanno M.A.X is sure to be a top hit for the Holiday season. This robot has a little bit of A.I and you can program him to do lots of things. He plays games, talks and moves around on his wheels, avoiding objects with his infrared sensors. The more you play with M.A.X, the more he gets to know you and incorporates more phrases and games. M.A.X can be controlled in three ways; using the app, voice commands or with the in-built controls keypad. Designed for kids aged 10+, he’s a fun playmate that will not disappoint. Plus you have to build him yourself!
Cozmo has a huge personality and is one of the best robot toys for kids. Cozmo expresses real emotions in response to you. The more you play the more you can unlock new games and upgrades. Cozmo isn’t an average remote controlled robot, he gets curious and will explore. This clever robot plots and plans instead of just learning and repeating, and has entertaining emotions. With a recent update you can now code Cozmo with Scratch blocks using the Cozmo Code Lab
3. FurReal Roarin’ Tyler
If you were a fan of the FurReal Torch Dragon, then Roarin’ Tyler is the next step up. When you roar at the robot tiger, he roars back! He plays with toys that you give him and can move his head, mouth, eyes and ears. His back legs are moveable so you can change his position and even hug him properly. For more robot pets see: 10 Best Robot Dogs and Robot Pets
4. Minion MiP Turbo Dave
What do you get when a Minion crosses a MIP? Turbo Dave, a balancing robot toy for kids. Dave is controlled using an app and also responds to hand gestures, like hand swipes, shakes, pokes and claps. Minions appeal to a younger audience, so if you are looking for robot toys for preschoolers or a young child, it’s a fun choice. Kids can play games and even use some very simple block based coding, so there’s a little educational value added.
5. R2-D2 Droid by Sphero
The R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero is a robot toy that you will probably buy for yourself, but pretend it’s for your kid. Detailed and small, he comes with a micro USB charging cable, stickers and instructions to download the app. Complete with authentic R2D2 movements like bipod to tripod stances, he can interact with the other Sphero Droids like the BB8 and BB9 Droid.
6. Lego Boost
Lego building kits are always a favorite and a great activity that parents and kids can do together. The new Lego Boost gets a little more educational and teaches kids to program using simple drag and drop code. Kids can build some cool exciting lego robot toys and use a smart device to make it move. As the name suggests, you can ‘Boost’ your lego to build, code and play with a reliable brand that’s been around for years.
7. Ultimate Lightning McQueen by Sphero
Once Sphero have their name attached to it, you can guarantee it’s going to be something special! Ultimate Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars, is a remote control car with his own personality. The car windscreen displays his eyes, which animate, his front lights detect when it’s dark and switch on, and he has an animatronic mouth. Once you see this car in action, you can see the absolute quality in Lightning McQueen and what sets it aside from other RC cars.
8. Dance Code Belle
Interact with your favorite Disney Princess Belle as she practices dancing for the ball. This is a great way for kids to learn and have fun playing with a singing and dancing Disney Princess. Using a smartphone or tablet, kids can code the robot, to perform certain dance moves. There is simple block coding for younger kids or a more complex way to code Belle for older users. Belle talks and sings as she moves around the dance floor.
9. Zoomer Show Pony
Full of personality and fun, the Zoomer Pony is a perfect gift for the horse lover in your family. Zoomer Pony comes with many treats you can feed her such as an apple, a carrot and a sugar cube. She recognizes each item and displays her emotions and actions with her bright eyes. Watch out, if she eats too much of the sugar cube, then she will get hyper and start to sing and dance. You can calm Zoomer Pony down by brushing her hair.
10. Meccano MeccaSpider
A robotic pet spider that can squirt venom, yes this is the new MeccaSpider from Meccano! Kids can play a variety of built in games and even program their spiders using the Meccano app or onboard controls. With Infrared sensors, the MeccaSpider can sense intruders, pursue them, and fire a squirt of water (or spiders venom). Targeted at kids age 10 and up, this robotic spider will take around 1-3 hours to build.
11. FurReal Makers Proto Max
The FurReal Proto Max has a transparent body and actually looks like a robot dog. He comes in 8 pieces and you have to put him together before the fun begins. He is simple to build and you can code Proto Max using an app. Kids can customize everything about their dog, including the sounds he makes, his color, eye animations and routine movements. Designed for kids ages 6 and up, this is a cool coding toy that children will love.
12. Star Wars BB-8 with Star Wars Force Band by Sphero
Still popular, the Sphero BB8 is one cool Star Wars robot. Using the Force band, kids can control the droid with push, pull and drive gestures. Packed with fun features, like being able to record and play your own holographic messages, BB8 is a companion that has won the hearts of many. Similar to the Sphero ball, the BB8 uses an app that directs him to explore his surrounding and complete missions.
They were the hottest toy craze from 2016 and whether or not they lived up to everyone’s expectations, kids are still crazy about them! The release of the Hatchimal collectibles
, has kept their spirit alive and are a more affordable version. So how long does it take a Hatchimal to hatch? Anywhere up to 30 mins, and then you should see your little Furby type pet animal emerge. The pets change their eye color when they age from a baby to a toddler to a kid.
14. Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8 (Life Size)
It’s the dream, an actual life sized scaled BB8 droid! At 16 inches tall, (19 inches with antenna) the Hero Droid BB-8 from Spin Master is one of the biggest robots for kids. This RC Droid uses a remote control, follows voice commands and has a follow me mode, so he will roll along by your side. Hero Droid BB-8 also has replica lights and sounds from the films. If you’re looking for an oversized Droid Robot, here he is!
15. LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Star Wars is still as popular as ever and now you (and your kids) can design, build and customize your very own R2D2. This DIY droid is as unique as they come, and has the added bonus of teaching kids about electronics. The littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, is new on the market and will undoubtedly be a hit with everyone that builds it. Controlled with a tablet or smartphone, kids can drive their little robot about and complete missions.
16. Air Hogs ROBO TRAX
If you love robots for kids that are out of the box instant fun and have no limitations, then this is the toy for you. The Air Hogs ROBO TRAX is made tough to roll over rocks, mud, snow, rough terrain and more so that you don’t have any limit to where you can roam. Remote controlled robots for kids should be easy to drive and this one stands up to balance on its two legs and fires missiles as it rolls.
17. Transformers Trypticon
One of the most popular robots for kids has been brought back from the Eighties and remastered by Hasbro. The Transformers Trypticon Figure is ready for more action and Decepticon play. This robot transforms from a walking T-Rex, to a city and then to a battle station. He is powered by batteries and loaded with cannons and lasers for attack. It is easy to transform Trypticon in just a few easy steps. Also included is the mini figure of Full-Tilt, who transforms from a car to a robot with a weapon.
18. UBTECH Jimu Robot Buzzbot/Muttbot
Create your own robot, then take him apart and create another. The two in one UBTECH Jimu Robot Buzzbot/Muttbot allows you to do just that. This robot kit for kids
includes two hundred and forty-nine interlocking parts, plus six servo motors that allow movement and a rechargeable lithium battery. Download the app to code your robot and do fun tricks or moves.
19. Fisher-Price Imaginext Batbot
Get ready to play, with the Fisher-Price Imaginext Batbot. This exciting Batman themed robot toys for boys will take your imagination play to the next level. The Batbot morphs from a tank into a full combat robot. He can shoot four discs or use the claw on his arm to capture bad guys. The Batbot comes programmed with over one hundred working phrases. You can choose mission phrases, which move the story along or use the systems check phrases for computer like sounds and sirens.
20. Meccano: Micronoid
Build, program and play with your very own robot with the Meccano Micronoid. This robot is easy to put together and comes with all the tools you will need in the box. There are three styles to choose from, or take them all home. These funky toy robots for kids interact with each other, racing through obstacles or just dancing together. Anytime they hear a beat, these robot toys for kids will begin dancing to it. The Micronoid robot uses simple push button programming to play.
21. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi
Targeted at little learners, the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi is a great starter robot for toddlers. Movi teaches shapes, ABCs and animals. When playing with the animals function, Movi will make animal noises, say the name and then show your little one how the robot pet
moves. With the shapes function, Movi will demonstrate how kids should move to make a shape, and then ask a question about the shape to reinforce what they just learned.
22. Battlebots Arena
Prepare for the ultimate battle with the Battlebots Arena. This set comes with a fold out enclosed arena and two remote control battlebots. Attack and dodge from the other player. The battle is won when your opponent loses all his parts. Gather and snap your battlebots back together in a flash for round two and three. This is a great game for friends, families and siblings. Collect different Battlebots to bring into the arena for more fun gameplay.
23. WowWee – Mip, Miposaur and Chip Robot Dog
These robot toys for kids from WowWee, are sure to give little ones hours of fun. You can play and toss the ball with CHiP the robotic dog
, practice balancing things on Mip’s
tray or give commands to the Miposaur, a fun robot dinosaur. Year after year WowWee is still popular as they make robots for kids that last.
24. SainSmart Jr. RC Transformation Car
A car that changes into a robot with the touch of a button, it never gets old! The Sainsmart Jr. RC Transformation Car is a little robot that packs a punch. Kids can use the remote to rotate him 360 degrees and move him forward, back, left or right. He makes sounds and also has LED headlights. For Transformer fans, this will certainly amuse kids for hours.
25. XYZrobot Diver
Dive into adventure with the XYZrobot Diver. This scuba wearing robot is packed full of features. You can draw a line and he will follow it around, or use the app to drive him. The diver has a camera that will link with your phone to take photos of what he sees. He also has a sensor at his feet that helps him see obstacles and avoid them.
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