Meccano MeccaNoid G15

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  • OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING: 4 Stars

    What It Is

    The Meccano Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot is a four-foot-tall robot kit which, when its 1,223 parts are assembled, is an impressive, voice activated, wise-cracking robot. The central event of this toy is its construction. It took our adult TTPM experts over seven hours to build, so your average 10 year old will be very challenged by it. That said, with the help of a trusted adult or a friend, the pay off is pretty exciting: a real, walking, talking robot that can be controlled by your voice or remotely via bluetooth from a compatible smart device.

    The Meccanoid G15KS is a part of a much larger family of Meccanoid products under the Meccano label from Spin Master. There is also the G15, which appears simpler to assemble (with 400 fewer pieces), and the full range of downright simple vehicles and architectural sets all seem to be a good warm-up to the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot, which is the most advanced kit Spin Master offers.

    Is It Fun?

    Starting with bags of random pieces and working methodically as they come together to form the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot will be very satisfying for the right kids. And how impressed will friends and family be when Meccanoid rolls out to tell them a joke, shake their hand or give them a high five?!

    Who It’s For

    For the future engineers out there--the kids who have the patience to pour over the lengthy instruction manual and count the "holes" to decide how each of the 1,200-plus pieces fits into the much larger puzzle. The right kids for the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot will not be nervous when they open the box to find bags with all of those pieces, which look NOTHING like a robot!

    This is designed for ages 10 and up.

    What To Be Aware Of

    It took our adult TTPM experts over seven hours to assemble the Meccanoid G15KS Personal Robot, so the manufacturer's 10-and-over age rating seems a little generous. That's not so say that kids that young can enjoy it, but they'll undoubtedly need more help in its construction than older kids.

    (c) TTPM

    For over 100 years Meccano has allowed you to explore real engineering, using real tools. Now, experience Meccano’s new innovation in robotics with its latest offering, the Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot.

    When you build a Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot, you’re building a friend. It’s easy to assemble, just use the real tools included. When you’re all done building Meccanoid’s frame and have plugged in the batteries, it will use its Meccabrain to guide you through connecting its motors. As with any Meccano product, you can take the pieces apart and re-create. Rebuild Meccanoid as a dinosaur, or anything else you can dream up. With your imagination and 600 parts to play with, the possibilities are endless!

    Programming your Meccanoid G15 is easy and intuitive – no special skills required! Thanks to Meccanoid’s Learned Intelligent Movement (LIM) technology, you can simply move its arms or speak to it and Meccanoid records what you’re doing and repeats it back to you! With 6 motors to control its arms and feet and head, Meccanoid G15 can show off some slick moves as his large LED eyes light up with over 500 color options!

    Meccanoid’s powerful, built-in Meccabrain is the key to its programming. It contains 64 megabits of flash memory allowing it to learn movements and record sounds that play back.

    For interactive fun use the Motion Capture feature on the Meccanoid app free for your smart device. Place your smart device into Meccanoid, activate the Motion Capture feature and marvel as Meccanoid mirrors your every action! Or swipe the on-screen Ragdoll avatar to make Meccanoid twist, turn or move any way you want!

    Meccanoid G15 is your wisecracking best friend with voice recognition and an intelligence shaped by you! It tells jokes, plays games and has over 1000 pre-programmed phrases, comments and witty comebacks. With a friend like the Meccano Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot, there’s no limit to the fun you can have!
  • There are so many gifts in this one gift! It supports a kid's STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) development, and once they've built their robot, they have a new buddy! Until they rebuild it into something else!