Friday, May 8, 2015

Fun With Robots From WowWee

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Disclosure: I received the items picture above, at no cost, to facilitate this review. 

 When I was younger, I remember hearing just about every grown up say, "each kid is different". It wasn't until I became a parent myself that I learned just how true this statement is. Now with four kids of my own, its incredible to see their different personalities come out, watch them find interest in different activities, and excel in various talents, sports, and the arts. My 5-year old son, Elijah, in particular, has developed a huge interest in anything involving technology, and as soon as Big Hero 6 came onto the big screen, robots soon became one of his biggest passions. He is determined one day he will create a robot of his own, and he was so excited to start getting in some practice with a few great new robot friends from WowWee! I hope you enjoy this review of these fantastic robots - because our whole family sure had a lot of fun welcoming them into our home!

Meet Tipster!

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Robots just don't get more adorable than Tipster! Tipster quickly came a very beloved friend in our house, and even recently helped Elijah get accustomed to his new glasses. "Look Mom! I look just like Tipster!" Aside from how cute Tipster is, there are so many things to love about this robot. My boys can play pretty rough some times, as most boys do, and even though Tipster isn't designed to be thrown or dropped, he is definitely a heavy duty toy. I love knowing that my boys are free to play and roam with Tipster, without the worry of damaging their new friend.
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Tipster comes with a lot of accessories that can be used during free play time as well as for one of several games that Tipster can play.
  • Tipster remote
  • 4 plastic ladders
  • 1 Barrel or canister
  • 2 Blue lids that can be used to close up the barrel or can be snapped on to Tipsters hands and used like plates for stacking items
  • A handful of blue robots (similar to a barrel of monkeys)
  • Four AA batteries for Tipster not included.

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The amazing new robot that's perfect for young children! With 5 different play modes and an easy to use remote, Tipster combines a fun personality along with interactive activities, like  balancing, stacking, counting and more! - Website Description

The remote of this robot takes three - AAA batteries and looks almost identical to Tipster's face. When it comes to remote controlled toys, Tipster is, by far, the easiest my kids have ever used and with it's wireless technology, my kids can play with Tipster without having to stay directly connected in order to control him. One button moves him forward, the second turns Tipster 360 degrees so that he can truly move in any direction with ease - boy can this Robot spin! He has two other buttons (yellow, and green) which can be pressed either on his face, or on the remote itself. Kids can use these buttons to make Tipster move around freely, or play and one of his five fun and educational games.

Games With Tipster:
  • Tippy Tunes - See how much you can build on Tipster before the music stops! Stack it up high and then watch it all fly!
  • Dizzy Builder - Build on Tipster as he spins around and counts down from 10! There's three rounds to this game, each one trickier than the last. Count 'em up and beat your score!
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  • Tipster Takedown - In this game, Tipster tells you exactly what to put on his trays. Then, grab the remote control and drive him around until everything falls off!
Tipster final 7 Also a big fan of Disney Infinity, Elijah loves to put his Disney Infinity characters on Tipsters trays - and they fit perfectly!
  • Tipster TrixPrepare to be amazed! Place Tipster on his RoboBarrel and watch him keep his balance atop it! Drive him around and see if you can make him tip!
  • Free Play - Completely child-directed! Use the remote control to drive Tipster around, and listen close for building cues! Tipster's interactive personality will keep children laughing for hours! - WowWee Product Description
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 Check out the video below to see Tipster in action!

Though Elijah loves all of Tipsters games, his favorite without a doubt is Free Play. The fun is endless and with all of Tipsters lights, sounds, and interactive abilities, he feels almost like a real "live" robot friend. Easy to control for kids of all ages (Elijah's 2-year old brother even has fun with Tipster without any adult help needed), durable, just enough accessories and features to keep kids interested without needed adult help or supervision, it's easy to see why Tipster makes the perfect "My First Robot"!

 You can purchase Tipster HERE from WowWee for $49.99 or check your your local Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, K-Mart, or Amazon.

Meet Elektrokidz 

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 When it came to all of the robots we had the privilege to test out and review for WowWee, I did not expect my oldest pre-teen daughter, Mariyah to gravitate to the Elektrokidz like she did. I absolutely expected that she would want to claim MiP, the most interactive robot with the most elements, but as soon as she saw the Elektrokidz Troll, she was quickly begging her little sister to let her claim this robot as her own. Finally! The perfect gift for any pre-teen that isn't over my budget!

 With batteries already in place, we simply pushed on the trolls belly button, turned on some music and watched his hair dance away. My kids laughed and laughed at the simple fun found in this robot. They also took clapping and singing, each giggling with excitement as they watched the trolls hair move, even to the sound of their own voices.

 Currently there are 6 different Elecktrokidz that come in 6 different finishes, including black matte and shiny gold. Each ones comes with their own pair of stylish shades, which can be placed on or off of your robot. Finally, each Elecktrokidz's hair moves different, which means you can collect them all for some musical hair waving fun!

 Recently we took a road trip to visit family and our whole family had a blast, putting our Elecktrokidz Robot Troll on the dash of our car and joining in with some car dancing, and air guitar playing. Elecktrokidz really are a great way to break up the monotony of a long drive with some hair wagging fun!   Click on the video below to watch the Elektrokidz dance to the beat!

 Not just for music fun, the Elektrokidz robot troll by WowWee can be a great tool utilized by kids with special needs that struggle with voice projection. Any Elektrokidz robot can be placed across the room and will move its hair and respond to voice and sound. Kids know they are speaking loud enough when they see their voice actually moving the robots hair!  

Elektrokidz even have their own social media pages! Follow them so you never miss out on any of the fun!
Check out all Elektrokidz have to offer HERE on their website, where you can also purchase your favorite Elektrokidz for only $14.99. You can also check your local Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, or Amazon!

Meet MiP

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I'm sorry, but I just had to save the best robot for last! After one minute with this awesome guy and you will totally understand why he comes from a company called "WowWee", because that's the best way to describe our families new robot friend MiP!

Equipped with GestureSense™ technology, any hand motion controls MiP™. Using its free app, you can drive it, play games & more all while MiP™ balances on two wheels! - WowWee Product Description

There's really no reason to wait, before I tell you all of the things we LOVED about MiP, you have to check out all the things this robot can do in the video below:

MiP Features:

A Balancing Robot It’s the year of the MiP™. Perched atop unique dual wheels, this multifunctional and autonomous robot is more than just a toy. Powered by an iOS or Android smartphone, your eyes will light up at what MiP™ can do. - WowWee Product Description

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Aside from being able to balance himself on two wheels, MiP can also balance and carry objects (or robots) that match him in weight. Each MiP comes with their own plastic tray that snaps easily on and off of the front of MiP and my kids have a blast trying out different objects and watching how MiP reacts and moves to keep each one from falling off. Water bottles, flashlights, flower vases (like the one pictured above) there's not many items we have tried that MiP can't balance!

  Gestruresense Technology Thanks to our innovative equipment, MiP™ responds to motions, be it your hand or an object. Effortless navigation, MiP™ is always trying to please!  - WowWee Product Description

 This feature my younger kids found a little harder to use, but it's perfect for adults or teens! My daughters had fun each sitting at the end of the hallway and sending MiP back and forth to each other with just a swipe of their hand. You can use your hand to tell MiP to move forward, backward, left, right, and stop. You can even clap to make MiP perform different actions when he's in different modes!

  Immersive Personality - Your new buddy likes to have fun, and invites you to join. Show some praise, and MiP™ will be your new best friend, but push it down, and you’re in for an angry robot! - WowWee Product Description

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Our family has found this feature to be so very true! The more we play with MiP the happier and more chatty he seems to be. Times where he's had a little bit of a "run-in" with our other robot Tipster and MiP has been pushed to the ground, he definitely shares his discontent. Overall, we like it best when our MiP is happy and every kid and adult in our house has a blast with our fun robot friend! MiP has his own little vocabulary, and even music when he dances. We love watching his personality come to life each time we play with him.

  Endless Fun: Not only does MiP™ offer tons of gameplay fun, but there’s also an app that enables you to drive, dance, battle, balance, and so much more. -WowWee Product Description

 I'll be honest, MiP has so many features and there's so many things you can do with this robot, we are still discovering new ways to have fun with him! One of my favorite features about MiP is that he comes programmed with seven different modes, each one color coded, and each one with their own unique ways to play and enjoy this robot.
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Modes are easily changed by a simple turn of MiP's wheel and the color indicator on the front of MiP will change according to what mode he is set in. We have a few favorites in our house!

 In the pink stacking mode, grab MiP's plastic tray, attach it to the front of the robot and MiP will balance just about any object you give him. You can play a game with MiP in this mode! MiP will give you a few seconds to balance an object on him, if you succeed, he will reset the clock to give you time to add another object, if not, MiP will spin and toss off all the items you added. Keep playing to see how many items you can add before MiP sends them flying!

  Cage Mode is a favorite of my boys. In this game with MiP, simply use the gestruesense feature to keep MiP from escaping your control. MiP will move faster and faster trying to escape as you use your hand to stop his every move. There's always lots of giggles coming from my boys when MiP is in the white cage mode

  Trick Mode is a little harder for my younger boys to do but in this mode, you can give MiP up to 50 commands, through hand gestures, which MiP will memorize. Then, give him two claps to send him on his way and MiP will repeat the sequence of commands he was just given - you can even use this trick to have MiP deliver objects to people! No matter what mode you choose, there is one guarantee and that's hours of fun and learning adventures!

  The MiP APP

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Our MiP wanted to show you just how easy it is to connect your Android or Apple devices. Download and open the FREE MiP App to your device, turn on MiP, and then using the bluetooth application on your phone or device, search for your MiP. Once your device finds it, simply click on your WowWee-MiP and start having fun! This is my kids FAVORITE way to use MiP! The MiP APP opens a whole new world of excitement, games, and adventures!
  • Use the DRIVE App to move and steer MiP in any direction!
  • BATTLE and BOX with a 2nd MiP as you shoot lasers or "box" to defeat your opponent as you race all around
  • Use the CANS App where you can (virtually) drop anything from "happiness" to "sleep" and even (our boys favorite) "farts" into your robot and watch MiP react to each unique CAN.
  • Use the PATH App and draw a map for MiP to follow
  • The APP fun and possibilities are endless!
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 MiP Even Has His Own Social Media Pages! Make sure to follow them and become a "Mipster"
You can purchase your own MiP HERE from WowWee for $99.99. Or check your local Target, Walmart, K-Mart, Toys R Us, or Amazon.

 I hope you enjoyed hearing about all of the fun we had with a selection of WowWee's Robots! Having gotten to personally speak with a representative of WowWee myself, I can say that not only to they make quality robotic toys and products, they are also a company who loves giving back to their community. From donating toys to sick children in the hospital to introducing robots to low-income public school classrooms, WowWee goes above and beyond what it means be a quality company.   Tipster, Elektrokidz, and MiP aren't the only robots WowWee makes!

Check out the WowWee website HERE to see all of the other amazing and creative products from WowWee!

Go pick out a new friend today and have your own Fun With Robots!