I’m always intrigued by toys with a tech element (I’m basically a big kid at heart myself!). When I saw Hexbugs, my immediate reaction was, “These are SO COOL!” and I couldn’t wait to see how they worked in real life!
Like other Hexbugs, Nanos are robotic creatures that act like real bugs! The newest autonomous robotic creature in the HEXBUG lineup comes in 5 collectible colours. Batteries included. They are pretty cool because, not only do they behave like real bugs, they also flip over by themselves!
I have to admit, I was intrigued by these tiny little creatures, so I searched around to find out how they actually work! From the Hexbug website, I learned that The motor inside the Nano rotates a counterweight that causes forces up and down. The down force causes the legs to bend and the Nano moves forward. The up force causes the creature to hop lifting the front legs off the ground and allowing the legs to unbend. This up and down movement repeats several hundred times per second causing the Nano to move forward. The Nano creature’s ability to flip over by itself is due to the rotating forces caused by the motor and the unique internal and external chassis design (and a little magic). How cool is that (and where were these toys when I was a kid)?
There are so many awesome things you can do with a Hexbug Nano!
The HEXBUG Nano Spiral Starter Set is the perfect way for first-time HEXBUG owners to give their Nano bugs two levels to explore and slowly climb up to elevation. The customized track is expandable and interchangeable with all other Habitat Set products, further extending its creative play pattern. The HEXBUG Nano Spiral Starter Set contains one extremely rare mutation, two easy connect HEX cells, 5 easy connect spiral ramp pieces, 2 easy connect one way gates and 16 easy connect standoffs.
The HEXBUG Nano Elevation Habitat Set features a multi-level spiral and bridges that can accommodate an entire HEXBUG Nano collection, and enable each Nano bug to stretch its rubber legs as it traverses through the sizable mini-community. The customized track includes one spiral ramp that rises two levels up, offering explorative HEXBUG Nanos the best view in town. Elevation comes with 52 easy connect pieces and 2 rare HEXBUG Nanos.
The HEXBUG Nano Bridge Battle Habitat Set allows kids to create the ultimate battleground for the HEXBUG Nano. HEXBUG Nano owners place their bugs on either side of the elevated arena where they must scurry over an orange bridge, through one-way gates and meet in the center battle platform. HEXBUG Nanos nudge and knock their competitor out of the battle arena until only one bug is left standing and reigned champion. Bridge Battle comes with 29 easy connect pieces that two rare HEXBUG Nanos.
The HEXBUG Nano can now come to life day or night with the Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Starter Set. The Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano is a micro robotic bug that when switched on, skitters around to work its way through any maze, maneuvering through open orange gates and pathways that keep it contained most of the time! It can even flip to its feet when turned on its back. The Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Starter Set is perfect for any first time HEXBUG Nano owner, and contains one extremely rare glow in the dark HEXBUG Nano mutation, two easy connect glow in the dark curved pieces, and one easy connect glow in the dark hexagon piece.
Glow in the Dark HEXBUGS Nano owners can now create a variety of customizable playgrounds for the industrious critters to traverse using the Glow in the Dark HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set. Designed to foster children’s creativity, develop fine-motor skills, and fuel hours of imaginative playtime, this set contains two extremely rare glow in the dark HEXBUG Nano mutations, four easy connect glow in the dark curved pieces, three easy connect glow in the dark straight pieces, and three easy connect glow in the dark hexagon pieces, offering users a variety of configurations.
Hexbug Nano toys are available nationwide or online at Hexbug. Or, you can win a set here!
Giveaway: One reader from Canada (excluding Quebec) will win a set of Hexbug Nano toys worth over $200!
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