Build Your Own Tobbie the Robot

Build Your Own Tobbie the Robot

Build Your Own Tobbie the Robot

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  • Tobbie is an ultra-intelligent, robotic friend!
  • Has 2 modes: ‘Follow Me’ and ‘Explore’
  • Tobbie uses an infrared sensor to find his way around
  • Powered by 4 x AAA batteries
  • Recommended for ages 8 and up


  1. I found this a really good fun thing to build and it works surprisingly well. It is probably more difficult than a standard 8 ear old could easily put together. Some parts have to be assembled precisely correct otherwise it will not work at all. I used a sharp knife to remove the moulding burrs which probably isn't suitable for a younger child. For it's price and complexity it is a very well designed and manufactured product but it is still made of relatively flimsy plastic and if you drop it or squash it, then it will break and I doubt it will be repairable. It walks on any relatively smooth flat surface (carpets are a struggle) in the direction the head is facing, which rotates through 360 degrees. It operates autonomously in either a back away from objects mode or a follow objects mode. It does not come with any form of hand held controller. The assembling is the main entertainment of this product as once assembled and played with once, there is not much more you can do. I have replaced the existing controller with another that I can reprogramme. Overall I think it is brilliant but anyone without a specific interest in robotics might find it a bit limited. 
  2. We had a lot of fun building Tobbie. Took us about 3 hours.
    You will definitely need something to cut out and file down the parts with — we used manicure scissors and a nailfile, which worked, surprisingly.
    I can't imagine an 8 year old building Tobbie unsupervised — my boyfriend is a techy person, and even we had to pause and think a few times, when it came to the wires.
    Once Tobbie was finished and came to life, we kinda *cough cough* fell in love with him a little.
    Overall, a super fun project, and it's great that you get to build it yourself. it's a great project to do with your partner, child or family.  
  3. Ordered this product for my son for Christmas, it came in good time but when I opened the box it was all in parts that you have to put together u must be a genius to work out what piece goes where I wouldn’t recommend this at all it’s really bad I got instructions that say part P and Z when the letters on the plastic are A and B so yeah I wouldn’t buy this it’s terrible