It’s not hard to understand why Hexbugs have become so popular. Their appeal can be summed up in two words: robotic insects. If that doesn’t produce a geekgasm, then you are not part of the target market for these mini automatons. For everyone else – young and old – toys like this Hexbug Scarab are practically irresistible.
Not all robotic bugs are created equal. Some move across flat surfaces via vibrations – pretty neat, but not all that different from getting a call on a cellphone left sitting on a counter top. Hexbugs actually scuttle across the floor on moving legs. For example, this Hexbug beetle speeds along on six angled legs (and does so at a faster clip than either the comparably designed Hexbug Spider or Hexbug Crab). When flipped on its back, it also has a way of getting itself upright again – which is good, because this bug is totally cray-cray.
Unlike other Hexbugs, the scarab doesn’t have a sensor to detect when it’s about to run into something. It just plows forward blindly, changing course only when it runs into something. This is actually pretty funny, as it gives the little guy more of a reckless and aggressive personality than his more cautious brethren. However, it also makes it more likely to get busted – especially if it goes flying off a table.
Despite the potential for breakage, this makes a cool gift for kids, and might even spur interest in science and technology (educational rationale, yay!). There are also plenty of adults who indulge their geekiness by collecting Hexbugs. However, you don’t have to be interested in robotics or entomology to get a kick out of these. Just about everyone is amused watching these little insect robots scurry around – at least for a little while.