Meccanoid G15 KS
Meccanoid G15 KS robot from Meccano is one of the coolest toys we’ve tested! In terms of ‘Wow’ factor what could be better than assembling your own Robot…?
The product does take quite some time to assemble, but that’s kind of the point really – we’d expect it to take even the most advanced kids (and parents!) hours to build. This is not a challenge to take on lightly – if you think you just want a cool robot without any initial elbow grease, then you might need to look elsewhere! The construction process is a major part of the experience and the educational benefit with this product…you have been warned!
Once the product is assembled, it quickly becomes clear just how (comparatively) advanced Meccanoid is versus many other toy robot products. Meccanoid’s functionality is very impressive in terms of the layers of interactivity that are pre-programmed or can be programmed in – there are in advance of 1000 pre-programmed phrases built into Meccanoid, although we didn’t get to them all. Meccanoid will record and play back phrases and will also learn a sequence of movements. The product also comes with an App which we found to be quite handy, but thought it could have been a little more intuitive.
For those looking for data and stats, Meccanoid has a hugely impressive 1,223 parts in total, a wall mount charger, a rechargeable battery, a ‘Meccabrain’, an LED module, 2 hand tools, 8 servos, 2 wheel assembly and 2 motor gearbox assembly. That’s a lot of stuff packed into one product, and while we would certainly expect this bearing in mind the very high price point for this product, it certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of amount of stuff in the box!
Meccanoid himself has an attractive voice and via his big puppy dog eyes looks very realistic. Which may seem irrelevant to a construction/engineering experience product, but actually once Meccanoid is built, it does take some determination and technical effort to get the most out of Meccanoid, so the more enticing he is as a character, the more likely it is your kids will seek to engage with him on a level where they get enough value from him…
…which brings us to our final point, this is not a product to buy and leave with your child (unless you have a super duper engineer way advanced of their years!), this will take a great deal of effort to build and some effort/concentration to utilise the functionality to any degree, so we recommend only buying this if you/your child are genuinely interested in this kind of process.
WHO’S IT FOR: Older kids i.e. 8 years or older, and parents with patience to construct fairly complex products. If you like this kind of thing, you should absolutely love Meccanoid!
THE TOY VERDICT: Meccanoid is a super cool, highly advanced construction toy with an astounding end result. Recommended!
WHERE TO BUY:
To see the product on Amazon.co.uk, just click here: Meccano G15 Ks Toy
To see the product on Amazon.com, just click here: Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS