What kid doesn’t dream of having his or her very own robot? When many of us were children, we eaderly watched the TV episodes of ‘Lost in Space’ with the kindly and protective robot who would warn of each new impending alien danger. Will Robinson was one lucky kid. The Discovery Kids Robo Warrior is not as sophisticated as the TV robot but moves in a similar fashion and has a repertoire of more than 12 different sounds. He lights up, spins around, shoots discs and makes sounds that are sure to delight any youngster.
A battery powered remote control with a flexible antenna controls the robot and launches small foam disc projectiles at the enemy or selected target. The Discovery Kids Robo Warrior Disc Shooter is recommended for children age 6 and up. The box includes a warning that small parts could be a choking hazard for kids 3 years and under. The only small parts that I can see are the foam discs which I think would be an unlikely thing to choke on. I’m not a parent so you need to trust your own instincts on this one.
Robo Warrior comes armed with 16 of the foam discs. My unit came with 8 blue discs and 8 pink discs. The ammunition compartment with a hinged lid is located in the top of the robot’s head where it is easy to reload as needed. The discs shoot out of the robot’s mouth and travel about 10 feet through the air. The discs are soft and pliable so even a direct hit doesn’t hurt or do any damage.
The sounds that the robot makes are a bit louder than I anticipated but my 2 cats didn’t seem to mind it even though strange sounds usually send them hiding in the basement. They actually seemed more curious than afraid of this new member of the household. One of the cats will fetch small foam balls just like a dog. I am hopeful that, with time and a bit of patience, I can get him to retrieve the foam discs for me. For now, it’s enough that he isn’t afraid of the robot.
In the box
Getting the Robo Warrior out of the box will be your first challenge. He is tied to the packaging with twisted strands of wire and attached to a foam base with a couple of screw-in plugs. It takes several minutes to extricate him from all that but the extra care in packing is designed to avoid damage during shipping so the robot arrives safely. That’s a plus. The remote control is similarly fastened to the box along with the antenna. Those are not as difficult to wrestle free. The antenna easily screws into the top of the remote control. The soft and flexible antenna is a great safety feature.
The writing on the bottom of the box goes into some detail about using new, alkaline batteries and not using rechargeable batteries but it never actually tells you that you need 6 AA Alkaline batteries. That’s 4 batteries for the robot and 2 for the remote. You’ll want to have the correct batteries on hand come Christmas morning or your child’s birthday party.
Each battery compartment is clearly marked so you can insert batteries with the correct polarity in each device. Once the batteries are correctly installed, just flip the switch on the bottom of the Robo Warrior and he will light up and make sounds and music as you guide him with the remote control. He will move more easily on smooth floor surface but he actually moved quite well on carpet too.
The Discovery Kids Robo Warrior Disc Shooter is available from Bealls Florida online for the surprisingly affordable price of only $20 plus shipping.
You will also find the Robo Warrior on Amazon, from the same marketplace partner, Bealls Florida, for an even better price of $17 plus shipping.
Visit the Discovery Kids Store online to browse the other fun and instructional products that will bring joy to your kids on Christmas morning or any other time of the year.