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Over the last 18 months the way we entertain our kids has changed somewhat. With bricks and mortar shops shut for long periods, and many of us avoiding physical shops for even longer, kids haven’t had the usual opportunities to browse the shelves of toy shops and see what is new and available. Instead, much of their time has been spent looking at screens – whether that be watching things on YouTube or playing games – in my two’s case normally Roblox.
HEXBUG must have had a real insight into my home, and I’m sure millions of others, and have launched a new project that merges physical toys with online entertainment. In addition to Junkbot toys there is now an associated eight-part digital series on YouTube and also a new game on the Roblox platform – Junkbots Story.
The whole idea behind Junkbots is that junk is brought to life, in robot form, by alien radiation. Children are encouraged to dig through the rubbish to find the component parts of the Junkbots and put them together. With over 30 different Junkbots they don’t know who they’re going to find as they dig through the rubbish, and if they want they can combine sets to create their own Junkbot characters.
We were sent a selection of the “rubbish” to sort through to build our Junkbots. The rubbish itself comes in three different sizes. The Junkbots Trash Bin has a total of 15 pieces inside allowing children to create one Junkbot. The larger Junkbots Dumpster has twice as many pieces inside the rubbish. Also in there is one “energy module” which allows you to power something in your robot in some way. The largest Industrial Dumpster has over 50 pieces and both an energy module and a “motion module”. This means you should be able to build four Junkbots from the contents.
Sifting through the rubbish to build your Junkbot
Each of these is shaped like an appropriately sized bin and once you’ve taken off the plastic chain securing it closed you need to root through the trash to find everything you need inside. Some bits can be found loose next to cardboard food packaging in the bin, whilst other bits are inside black bin bags. Rummaging through the rubbish seemed to be huge fun according to my kids.
The Junkbot pieces inside are incredibly detailed, although it may not be at all obvious at first what goes where – especially if your kids are like mine and just start trying to connect everything together before they’ve got all the pieces out or looked at any instructions or similar.
Some of the pieces are fiddly to connect and there were a few occasions where a frustrated child asked me to help push in “arms” and “legs”. With the dumpster selection we had we ended up with a couple of light modules and also a vibration module which were used extensively as the kids created their own Junkbots.
From what I’ve read online it seems that there are also motors and drive modules available, and I suppose I’m slightly disappointed that we didn’t get a motor as some of the Junkbot pieces looked incredibly engineered to enable parts to rotate and move, so it’s a shame we couldn’t see that actually happen yet. Obviously with these being blind “bags” you don’t know what parts you’re going to get in your dumpsters, but I can definitely see these motion modules being in high demand.
Interestingly the kids keep going back to the dumpsters and creating their own weird and wonderful Junkbots by combining parts from all the sets they were sent. Hours have been spent doing that and I’m particularly impressed that it’s made them all work collaboratively together too!
The Junkbots series on YouTube has also been a huge hit, especially with my son. Available on the HEXBUGS YouTube channel it’s been really nicely made and weirdly manages to have an almost retro feel to it, whilst still being cutting edge. I’m not normally a fan of animated stuff, but this is definitely different.
I can’t even pretend to understand Roblox, but know that my kids are addicted to it when they’re at their Dad’s house. I’m pretty sure my son will be delighted to find the Roblox game Junkbot Story when he gets back to his iPad when he returns to his Dad’s next week.
To buy Junkbots…
Junkbots Trash Bin RRP £4.99 available here.
Junkbots Dumpster RRP £9.99 available here.
Junkbots Industrial Dumpster RRP £19.99 available here.
Disclaimer: We were sent a selection of HEXBUG Junkbots to review and some movie night accessories to accompany watching the series on YouTube. All opinions remain my own. Links in this post are affiliate links. If you purchase anything through the links I receive a small commission, but it costs you no more than it would do if you arrived at the site via your own steam. Many thanks for any purchases made. For more toy reviews please see here.