Leo is a big fan of HEBUG and he can often be found tormenting each of his HEXBUG bugs, letting them scuttle around the enclosure until he opens up the gate so that they can escape to greener pastures. Over the last couple of months Leo has been enjoying a completely different kind of Hexbug experience, with the Zombie Aquabot.
The HEXBUG Aquabot is a robotic fish that swims around in water, I first saw these rather clever HEXBUG additions at a Christmas in July event last year. When it arrived I knew that Leo would be rather impressed, so I quickly put together a big bowl of water and released the fish from the packaging. Of course you try telling a 3 year old to wait a moment so that I can work out how to get it working… Patience and 3 year old really do not go hand in hand.
The Zombie Aquabot is Grey in colouring and looks like a shark. Along the sides of the fish there is a glow in the dark skeleton. The idea behind the Aquabot is to give kids the experience of owning a fish without all of the responsibility, there is no need to clean the Aquabot out or even feed him. The kid’s are just left to enjoy the fun elements of owning a fish, and you the parent don't have to worry when they inevitably get the fish out of the water...
The Aquabot comes ready to play with straight out of the box, all you have to do is prepare a bowl of water (if you don’t have the Hexbug Aquarium) and place the fish in the water. The Aquabot is equipped with a sensor that activates when the fish has been submerged in water, this in turn makes the robotic fish swim. If you get the Aquabot back out again the sensor lets the robot know and it turns back off again.
When the Aquabot is active he will swim around for a little while and then he will turn off to preserve battery. So if your little one’s are anything like Leo in terms of playing one minute and getting distracted the next, the battery will preserve it’s self unless they take the fish out of the water and re-submerge him to wake him back up.
In terms of the Aquabot’s swimming ability he tends to go around in a circle, I didn’t notice any change of direction or diving as I was expecting. He seemed to swim around at the same level bumping into the sides, which for me was a little disappointing, but Leo still absolutely loved it.
There are a selection of different Aquabot designs available, ranging from £4.00 - £9.99 depending upon what you choose. You can purchase a set that comes with a Aquabot and a fish bowl which I think is a nice touch. Since we were sent the Zombie fish for review, we have actually purchased a second Aquabot and a bowl for Leo to play with them both. They are especially popular at bath time.
Over all the Aquabot has been thoroughly enjoyed by Leo, and it’s not hard to work out why! What’s not to love about a zombie robotic fish?
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Disclaimer: We were sent the Zombie Aquabot for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest and my own.