Geckobot the Wall Climbing Robot Lizard Engineering Kit
The Geckobot is more than just another wall climbing toy. It’s a robotic toy. It’s a building toy as well as being an educational toy.
It’s made by Thames & Kosmos - well known for their educational toy ranges - and is an award winning engineering kit.
This robot Gecko is built using easy fitting construction pieces that snap together, to create a wall climbing robot lizard, that'll walk vertically up smooth surfaces!
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How does Geckobot work?
This ingenious wall gecko uses a motorized battery-driven air suction function, that mimics the way a gecko walks in real life. Two feet remain suctioned to a surface whilst the other two move forward.
It will walk vertically on perfectly smooth surfaces such as glass, whiteboards and gloss surfaced laminates. He probably won’t be as successful on tiling, as foot suction may be lost if its feet go down on the tile grout, but all other smooth surfaces are good.
Geckobot Industrial Robot Arm
Geckobot Suction Tow Truck
Who will Geckobot appeal to?
The manufacturer’s recommended age range is eight to fifteen years. Kids at the lower end of the range might find help from mom or dad useful, especially if they need help with manual dexterity or understanding the physics involved.
It will probably appeal to any child familiar with lego. They’ve only got to look at the pieces to recognize the snap together type of components used in its construction.
In addition to building a lizard robot there are 6 other mechanical building projects possible with this one kit:
- Industrial Robot Arm
- Suction Tow Truck
- Suction Gun
- Inch worm
- Smartphone Holder
How easy is Geckobot to assemble?
The best way to get started is to work on a tabletop with all the pieces sorted into groups. The full color instruction booklet provided is excellent in helping you to identify individual pieces, and in putting them together.
If you do get stuck, Thames and Kosmos have posted an instructional video online.
Construction is straightforward but you will need scissors and a marking pen at the outset. These are needed to cut the airline tubing to the various lengths required, and to mark the length on each piece.
The parts clip together very easily. Just follow the step-by-step instructions in the manual where everything is well explained. There are some trouble-shooting tips on pages 14 and 15 if needed.
Construction Tip: The suction element of the toy may need some initial minor adjustments. This is normal. When trying vertical climbing for the first time, either put something soft on the floor beneath the toy to cushion its fall, or stand beneath it ready to catch it.
Just a personal child safety note. Bearing in mind that the Geckobot can climb window glass, keep an eye on younger children using windows to play with their toy. If the toy stops out of reach they may try climbing up to retrieve it. Better be safe than sorry.
Geckobot at a glance...
- Wall climbing robot lizard manufactured by Thames & Kosmos
- Recommended age range: 8 to 15 years.
- 176 piece engineering kit using snap-together construction techniques.
- Geckobot + 6 other models can be built with this kit.
- It uses a motor driven suction system.
- Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.1 x 11.5 inches.
- Requires 2 x AAA batteries.
- 24-page instruction manual in full-page color.
This wall climbing robot lizard has only a passing resemblance to a Gecko, but it really doesn’t matter. This is a great fun toy. It is well presented and readily understood.
Kids will not only build it; they’ll play with it and modify it. All of which will teach them about aspects of physics - like air pressure, suction and surface texture - and let them use their imagination.
Geckobot is a great educational toy with plenty of stimulating play value and we like it... a LOT.