Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Product: HEXBUG AquaBot Robotic Fish
Age Range: 3 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: AquaBot Single – The robotic fish that really swims! Water brings it to life! HEXBUG AquaBot™ provides kids with the fun experience of having a pet fish, without all the messy clean-up. HEXBUG AquaBot™ is available in two styles, the Shark and the Clownfish, and ten translucent colors. Styles and colors are selected randomly at time of shipment based on availability.
Zombie AquaBot – Caution! The buoyant AquaBot™ has been infected by the Zombie Apocalypse. It’s lifelike behavior is eerily mesmerizing, and sure to entertain. This Zombie mutant has a translucent-black exoskeleton casing that glows in the dark for robotic play day or night.
Review: James has been hankering after some HEXBUG toys since we first discovered them, and so he was pleased when some robotic fish turned up for us to play with! HEXBUG create small robotic toys that move around quickly when activated – their most recognisable product is the original bugs and nano bugs, which scuttle around obstacle courses at high speed.
We were sent the AquaBot, and the Zombie AquaBot. Both swim automagically when dropped into water, and keep swimming for 5 minutes before turning off to preserve the battery. To start it swimming again, you just lift it from the water and drop it back in.
The girls were immediately intrigued by AquaBot and wanted to get them into water as soon as possible to see them swim!
Georgie scoffed at me telling her that the black fish was a zombie, and got out her iPad to prove to me that it is in fact an x-ray fish. As I don’t particularly want to have to explain to the girls what a zombie is, I’m happy to go along with the x-ray fish explanation!
Our original AquaBot fish is bright green, in clownfish shape. Both the fish are made from translucent plastic so that you can see all their electrical innards, and when they are in the water the tails flap back and forth really speedily, propelling them along at a decent pace.
The fish are pretty loud, clicking with each flick of the tail fin – and you can hear it even when the fish is underwater. The skeleton on the zombie fish glows in the dark, which is a fun touch.
The fish don’t go very far underwater, just swim about just below the surface with the top fin sticking out. If you are playing with these with children, make sure you caution them to be gentle as the tail fin does come off fairly easily – but it slots right back on too.
We give these robotic fish 4 stars. They are fun but the novelty does wear off eventually. I reckon they’d make a great stocking filler though!