WowWee Robots: A Holiday Gift Review

Yup, it's almost that time... only about a week until the ugly reindeer sweaters come out, your Aunt Hermilda pinches your cheek in front of your whole family, and the wrapping paper flies around the living room almost as feverishly as the blizzard rages outside.

And, I'm guessing, you probably don't have all of your shopping done yet.  I can make a second guess too - that someone left on your list would love to get a WowWee robot for the holidays.

The conundrum here is that unless you're a whole lot wealthier than I am (i.e., burning Benjamins in your fireplace) you can't buy EVERY robot for EVERYONE on your list.  If you could, they'd be some lucky folks.  So, I figured I'd give some advice on which WowWee robot to pick up for that special someone.

Please note that we love all WowWee bots, but couldn't possibly list them all here - if you have any questions about a robot not on this list, please post a comment or to the public forums!

For The Uber-Geek:  WowWee Rovio

The Rovio is simply awesome.  For under $300, you can have a mobile robot webcam in your house... how cool is that?  You can set up the Rovio to work from only inside your home, or go through a more detailed setup to enable it to be accessed and controlled from ANYWHERE over the Internet.

Given the Rovio's special focus, it's heavy focus on new technology and evolving software, and great opportunities for hacks and mods - this roving wonder is perfect for the computer or technology geek.  Of course, you know one, I'm sure!

Read The Review of Rovio

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For The Pre-Teen/Young Adult:  WowWee Tri-bot

We all fondly remember that age... when we loved to terrorize our little sister (or brother) with whatever was close at hand, loved to play games all day long, and especially... make obnoxious noises!  For the mischievous child in your life (or adult, in my case) Tri-bot makes a perfect companion.

He's got a "new robot" personality that's full of life and energy.  You can let him roam freely, play a variety of different games with him, or even pounce on unsuspecting victims with his Alarm feature.

Read The Review of Tri-bot

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For The R/C Model Airplane Lover: Dragonfly or Bladestar

If you think model airplanes and helicopters are a dying hobby, only to be replaced by professional World of Warcraft and Cheeto speed-eating... think again.  Flying toys and models are hotter than ever, and WowWee has a few technologically impressive and super-fun models of their own, that are sure to please any model pilot.

First, we've got the Dragonfly - a classic WowWee flying toy.  The FlyTech Dragonfly flaps its wings like a real insect and is simply a blast to fly (outside is best.)  It's simple enough to pick up and get started immediately, even if you're a novice - but provides enough control for advanced flight.  Even better - the Dragonfly is a huge bargain this year!

See A Video of the Dragonfly

Buy Dragonfly Now From Amazon.com

We also have the FlyTech Bladestar - a new "spin" on helicopter flight.  Bladestar can hover and fly autonomously around the room, employing sensors to ensure it does not hit ceilings or walls.  If you wish, you can also take direct control of Bladestar.  If you know anyone who's looking for a fun flying toy to use inside the home, Bladestar makes a perfect gift.

Read the Review of Bladestar

Buy Bladestar Now From Amazon.com

For The Scientist, Programmer, or Student:  RS Media

RS Media is one of the most robust robotic toys out there, offering multitudes of customization and learning opportunities.  The RS Media has been used in education around the world, including Carnegie Mellon University, to teach Java programming and also about robotics.  In addition, RS Media can be tailored to your individual taste by installing different personalities, ranging from cartoon characters to movie stars.  As such, the RS Media is absolutely perfect for the aspiring programmer, engineer, scientist, or amateur roboticist.

Learn More About RS Media

Buy RS Media Now From Amazon.com

For Young Girls:  The FlyTech FairyFly or Tinkerbell

I don't know about you, but most of the girls I've known in my life love fairies, and especially Disney's Tinkerbell.  WowWee obviously knew this too, and created the unique FlyTech FairyFly and Tinkerbell flying toys.

Easy to charge and get flying, these beautiful sprites circle and dance through the air with ease, and their speed and height can be controlled with the included remote - which also doubles as a display stand.  Bring some magic into her life with FlyTech!

See The FairyFly In Action

Buy The FlyTech FairyFly or Tinkerbell

For The Animal Lover:  The Alive Cubs

When I was a kid, I wasn't much into cuddly things.  I was more the Transformer and Nintendo type of kid, but my sister loved her plush animals.  To this day, stuffed creatures make a great gift for her and many other people I know.  Whether you're a young child who loves animals, or a full-grown kid at heart, the Alive Cubs are adorable and collectable.

Available in four varieties (Polar Bear Cub, Lion Cub, White Tiger Cub, and Panda Cub) the Alive Cubs react to your touch with realistic sounds and movements.  They're designed to look as real as possible and are very high quality - sure to be enjoyed by anyone who loves cute creatures!

Read My Review of the Alive Cubs

See the Alive Cubs in the Community Store

Ready to go shopping?

I hope this guide helps you pick a WowWee robot for the robot lover in your life. 

Remember:  WowWee has lots of other robots - I've only listed some of my personal suggestions here!  You can see the other awesome robots WowWee has available by checking out the community shop, our Reviews page, or the Browse page to see all content.  If you have any questions about giving WowWee robots this year, make sure to post a comment or talk about it on our forums - the community is here to help!

Happy Holidays!


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Comments

GWJax's picture

Dear Santa,

I have been a Very,Very good boy this year even through my sick months and I still kept a smile on my face. I would like a FemBot or the Rovio to see how they work inside and share the information I find with all my community friends at RoboCommunity to help them improve there hacking skills along with my skills. If you can get the elfs to make me one of the above for Christmas this would be really great! But if not, I understand and I'll wait for next year to come around.

Thanks Santa,

Jax

Roboreptile1's picture

I was wondering if any one knows where I can buy an RS MEDIA cheapest?

GWJax's picture

Roboreptile1 said:
I was wondering if any one knows where I can buy an RS MEDIA cheapest?

That would be e-bay, but you have to hunt for the best fined.

 

Jax

GWJax's picture

GWJax said:
Dear Santa,
I have been a Very,Very good boy this year even through my sick months and I still kept a smile on my face. I would like a FemBot or the Rovio to see how they work inside and share the information I find with all my community friends at RoboCommunity to help them improve there hacking skills along with my skills. If you can get the elfs to make me one of the above for Christmas this would be really great! But if not, I understand and I'll wait for next year to come around.
Thanks Santa,
Jax

 

I guess Santa thought I was a bad boy, hehe So I bought the Femi from our community store at a unreal price of 59 bucks. She is still in the box waiting for her photo op before she gets ripped down for a nice and instructive article for all our members.. So to close this post keep an eye out for this article coming very soon.

 

Jax

Peter Redmer's picture

Awesome, Jax. Thanks for supporting the community store, it helps :)

I can't wait to see Femi's ripdown and photo op... I think we've all been waiting for some exciting material on her for quite some time!!

GWJax's picture

Thanks Commander Pete, I'm happy you approve of the rip down of Femi. and I still have to get the rip down of the Tri-Bot to you as well, So I will give you the Femi first and then the Tri-Bot to follow along with some mods for the BugBots.. I have a lot in store for the community this year to keep our hackers and modders in constant working order, ha ha

Jax

Commander keep me informed when JoeBot hits the stores so I can start on him as well. Thanks

MrRobot's picture

A new niche retailer opened on the web last month that specializes in "robot pets." They have almost all of the Wow Wee products and some cool Manley Toyquest Tekno animals, including the Tekno Pony. You can check it out at http://www.buyrobotpets.com. Cheers!