Innovation First are autonomous, high-speed micro robotic creatures.
Each bug ranging from the Ant to the Inchworm has its own light and
sound sensors that control different features. In each bug, button
cell batteries are included.
Like a crustacean from
the ocean floor, the Hexbug Crab walks sideways and upon entering a dim
area, will stop to hide in the dark. Users can control its
movement by making a loud noise or clapping, scaring it out of hiding or
sending it in another direction. The Hexbug Crab is available in
various colors including cobalt, teal, green, red and black.
The Hexbug Inchworm is
a micro-sized robotic creature with complete seven-way steering and
looping type body. The Inchworm uses an infrared (IR) controller,
allowing the player to direct its crawl movements forward, backward,
left and right (batteries are included for the remote as well).
The controller for the Inchworm is outfitted with two channels so that
two bugs can operate independently at the same time. The Hexbug
Inchworm is available in various translucent colors including red,
black, cobalt, green and plum.
INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY RATINGS
So easy that they don't even have to include
instructions! When starting to use the Hexbug
Crab, the kids just had to figure out where the light
sensors are and how loud they need to be to "scare" him.
It was a little challenging at first, but certainly not
what our team would call difficult. The remote
control on the Hexbug Inchworm was a bit different from
standard remote controls that our users were used to,
however, like the crab, not too tough to figure out.
A bit delicate, but look as if they've been fairly
well-made. Since they can't really be kept in the
original package there's a definite chance (cause
they're remarkably small) that the Hexbug Crab or
Inchworm could end up crushed - so, if you end up with
one, be sure your kid has a specific place to keep it
when not being played with. Additionally, our
reviewers noted with regard to the Inchworm - the remote
control is super-small - if your kids loses it, the toy
will pretty much be unusable - so again, be sure there's
a place for safe-keeping.
The translucent exoskeleton give these little bugs some
character. Our panel agreed that they can
definitely be considered "cute bugs", but not some that
Let's start with this - they do what they're intended
to. The Hexbug Crab moves based on its sensitivity
to light and sound while the Inchworm reacts well to the
remote control, shifting in multiple directions as
guided. Here was the biggest issue - most of our
older kids (within the recommended age) lost interest
fairly quickly - while the robot was fun for a little
bit, the novelty definitely wore off. What we
found? It really entertained the younger ones that
were around (well below the recommended age) -
obviously, they're too young to play with them on their
own and must be well-supervised, however they were an
The priced "bugged" our panel just a little - both the
Crab and the Inchworm are just a few dollars more than
what our reviewers think they should be. It's not
often that our reviewers would pay as much as the retail
price for anything - so no surprises here!
Our panel referred to the Hexbugs as a itsy-bitsy,
mini-robots - they're very small and cute in their own
unique way. Without doubt they're original in kids
electronics - something different meant to entertain our
Have a kid who just loves robots and has all the big
ones? One of these little ones would add
something different to the mix! Also a plus -
the translucent exoskeleton reminds kids that
there's really something working inside to enable
the robot to do what it does!