Reviewed by Emma Booth
I was gifted the Mio the robot toy to try out recently and my 10-year-old daughter couldn’t wait to give it a try. This robot requires building from scratch so I thought this was something my daughter might enjoy doing with her dad. Inside the box was lots of electronic components like a circuit board electric motors and the parts to make the body of the robot which felt like decent strength plastic and wasn’t flimsy, also inside was an informative and easy to understand manual.
The recommended age is for eight years plus but I think this is something more suited as a family activity and she thoroughly enjoyed building this with her dad. It took them roughly an hour to finish building and looks just like it does on the box. I thought it looked like it should have something covering all the wires on the back, but that’s where the controls are and it is supposed to be that way. So, time to turn it on and there are two ways to use. First you can play off-line by using the control buttons on the back. With these you can program a route for him to take. This robot has so much technology. It’s amazing, but because of this you have to make sure you follow the instructions properly. Otherwise it just does random things, but some of the things it can do include following your hand due to having an infrared sensor or search for Metal objects using the flip down magnet on the front. But, I imagine only light metal objects such as a paper clip as this is fairly flimsy. The other option is to play via the app which you can download from the App Store and was very easy to find and was free. Once we downloaded the app we did struggle to get the app to work as it should but I’m not sure whether this was me and not being great at technology. I think most kids would be absolutely thrilled to receive this and it would give hours of enjoyment. ,I think kids with a specific interest of science or building with electrical parts would particularly benefit from a gift like this. All in all we really enjoyed this and it was great for my daughter to spend some time with her dad having fun. The only thing I would say is to make sure you keep the menu safe as you’re definitely need to refer back to this numerous times to make sure you’re programming it right. Mio The robot next generation retails at around £25 and I can’t help but think that with the amount of technology in this robot that it is incredibly good value for money and would be money well spent and I’m sure this will give many more hours of enjoyment.
RRP: around £25.00
This product can be purchased from the Smyths Toys website here.