The popularity of robots and robotics is fast rising, blame that on the slew of robot movies produced in the recent years. But while having robot helpers in our homes might still be a long time coming, toy robots, on the other hand, are gaining traction among kids and even kids-at-heart. And because the toy market can literally be a smorgasbord of toys, robots included, taking your pick can be overwhelming. It is in this note that the My Mommy Needs That team put this list of the best toy robots out there. The things we considered when we made our picks were:
(Clarification: We used “he” for concision.)
- Quality – kids can be brutal when handling their toys especially if they’re pitting them against each other in one of their many pretend plays. The list below only includes toy robots that can withstand a bit of roughhousing from little (and big!) hands.
- Age Appropriateness – some of the toy robots in the list are for older kids. There are also others children as young as 3 can play with. Manufacturers have included age recommendations for the robots on their boxes, so better take note of them. You also have to consider your child’s special needs when choosing a toy robot for him.
- Value That Goes Beyond Fun – yes, we buy toys for our kids because we want them to have fun. However, it doesn’t mean they can’t have fun and learn at the same time. The toy robots in this list help develop a number of skills – cognitive, problem-solving, creative, as well as build his interest in robotics and AI. Who knows, he might want to pursue a career in the said field in the future!
- Face Value – adults are more interested in a product’s internal features than it’s aesthetic beauty. However, that’s not the case for most, if not all, kids. They’re attracted to the colors, the style, and the familiarity of things, toys included. We took this in mind when we made the list up.
- Price – of course, we always want to get a bang for our bucks. We just have to remember that when it comes to toy robots, we will get what we paid for. It’s best if we invest on one that has these three factors – quality, safety, and usefulness.
(If you don’t have the time to read through the lengthy post, check the table out!)
|Cubetto Playset Coding Toy (Primo Toys)||$$$$$||A toy robot set that teaches very young kids (3-6 years old) coding and programming without having had to use additional gadgets.||★★★★|
|Imaginext DC Super Friends, RC Transforming Batbot (Fisher Price)||$$||A two-in-one toy robot that comes with an action figure (Batman), four discs and a controller. Good for your little Batman/DC fan and recommended for kids age 3-7.||★★★★|
|Think & Learn Teach 'N Tag Movi (Fisher-Price)||$$||Movi is the ideal AI companion for your preschooler. The robot is promised to get your child up, moving, having fun and, most of all, learning in no time.||★★★★
|Zoomer Dino (Spin Master)||$$$||The Zoomer Dino is shaped like a dinosaur yet has the personality of a dog. Teach your kids how to be responsible pet owners along with coding and programming fun with this toy robot.||★★★
|Mr. Robot Remote Disc-Shooting Robot (Westminster)||$ (On sale)||Remember those word-spouting and lighting action figures we had when we were kids? This toy robot is a total upgrade to those toys.||★★★|
|Dash and Dot Robot Wonder Pack (Wonder Workshop)||$$$$$||These robots are LEGO-compatible and make learning coding fun for kids who are as young as 6 years old. Great to also use in classrooms.||★★★★|
|LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building and Coding Kit (LEGO)**Editor's Choice**||$$$||You can build five various models with this one kit from LEGO. Plus, the kit not only teaches kids age 7-12 the joys of building their robots, but robot coding as well.||★★★★|
|Orbotix 1B01RW1 Sphero Ollie App-Controlled Robot (Sphero)||$$$||A toy robot that's good for outdoor playing. Remove the rubber grip tires and you can play with Ollie on smooth surfaces as well. It's tough, does stunts and can go as fast as 14 mph.||★★★★|
|Tenergy Odev Geo STEM DIY Toy Robot (Tenergy)||$||A very affordable DIY toy robot that runs on renewable energy (saltwater and solar). Teach your kids (or class!) robotics and sustainable energy with this one.||★★★★|
|Sphero Original BB-8 (Sphero)||$$ (On Sale!)||A cute and realistic-looking BB-8 droid from the Star Wars franchise. Any fan, young or old, will surely like this one.||★★★
|Cozmo (Anki) (Comes in Cozmo and Cozmo Old packaging in Amazon)||$$$||The robot with an attitude, Cozmo has AI comparable (according to buyers) to that of Siri. If you want your kid or yourself to have a cute and lovable robot companion, Cozmo is "it."||★★★★|
|MiP the Toy Robot (WowWee)||$$||A companion robot that responds to its owner's gestures/actions and does a lot of things like eating, talking its own language and even fight others of its kind.||★★★★|
|mBot 1.1 Kit (Makeblock)||$$||Robots that are great for personal use or for classroom teaching. mBots teach STEM skills, robotics, coding and electronics to kids aged 8 years old and up.||★★★★|
|Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS (Meccano)||$$$ (On Sale!)||This 4-foot humanoid robot might be difficult to put up but, once done, it's fun to play with. Older kids and teens (even adults!) will learn a lot on robotics with this robot.||★★★|
|Cubelets Robot Blocks (Twenty Blocks In One Package) (Modular Robotics)||$$$$$$$||A very expensive robotic cubes set but, according to buyers, is worth the investment. Cubelets teach kids as young as 4 the mechanics of robotics while older kids, teens and even adults will find building robots from the cubes could be a lot of fun.||★★★★|
|14-in-1 Solar Robot (OWI)||$||Recommended for kids aged 8-15, this robot kit lets your child assemble 14 different robots and make them move with the use of solar energy.||★★★|
|BuilderZ ZOOB Bot (ZOOB)||$||A colorful, buildable robot kit that will surely pique your kid's interest in robotics.||★★★★|