Powerful, speedy, yet gentle disc shooting
Fun dance moves
Weak remote-to-robot communication
Aggressive toy, in both appearance and action
Discs get lost easily
At the age of 5, children are ready to take the lead in imaginative play, and what better way than with a robot that your kid can control with just the push of a button? The Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot looks a bit like Robocop and is sure to be greeted with excitement. But will it stand the test of time? I let my 5-year-old son play with it for a month to assess the android’s design, entertainment value, and more. Here’s what I found out.
Design: Not the most high-tech, but a tough, futuristic look that will appeal to kids
Standing slightly over a foot tall, the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot is stimulating at first sight. The silver armor and infrared helmet drew my son in immediately, though the robot’s overall appearance is a bit too aggressive or mean for my taste. It isn’t the most high-tech toy in his playroom, but it looks buff and tough and has many talents that are guaranteed to get your kids excited: It talks, walks in all directions, lights up, shoots foam discs from its chest, and even busts some serious moves.
The foam discs, which are soft and colorful, are easy to load, even for tiny hands. All you have to do is lift the robot’s head open and insert the discs—something that my son figured out how to do almost instantly. There are 12 discs, which is a nice touch considering how far it spits them out and how easy it is to consequently misplace them. You also have the option to purchase replacement 12-packs on Amazon.
The foam discs, which are soft and colorful, are easy to load, even for tiny hands.
Note that if you don’t turn the robot off, it will periodically “wake up” and say, “Master, I await your instructions.” So make sure to turn the switch off before bedtime (I learned the hard way). It’s also pretty loud, which is fun for the kids but not so fun for the parents.
Quality: Can take rough play, but remote control doesn’t always work
The Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot needs six AA batteries total to power up: four in its shell and two for the remote control. The batteries aren’t included in the box, so make sure to stock up before opening it.
The robot stopped answering to my son’s commands unless he placed the remote control a few inches away from its head, which (understandably) frustrated him.
Made of plastic, this robot doesn’t seem to be of the highest quality and feels like it could break easily. So far, though, it’s been taking a beating from my child just fine. That said, the connection between the remote control and the robot is hit or miss. After only one day of use, the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot stopped answering to my son’s commands unless he placed the remote control a few inches away from its head, which (understandably) frustrated him.
Entertainment Value: Lots of tricks that keep kids enthralled
Little ones will love to control this robot—making it dance, walk, talk and fire foam discs all at the control of a remote. Every time we turn the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot, my son is thrilled to hear it say, “Greetings Master. I await your command!”
Little ones will love to control this robot—making it dance, walk, talk and fire foam discs all at the control of a remote.
What wowed him the most, however, is how far and fast the soft, colorful discs fly out of the robot’s chest. They literally shoot across our living room. He took great pleasure, for hours on end, in shooting the discs at other toys and even had his little brother chase after them as he fired them. (Note: They’re soft and don’t hurt when they hit someone.) He also loved maneuvering the robot through obstacles that he placed across the room. Note, though, that you can’t hold down the walk button for the robot to keep moving. Every 4 steps or so, you need to press again—something that really upset my son.
Overall, the Click N’ Play Remote Control has a lot to offer (including some fun dance moves that’s kind of like a robotic waltz) and has the potential to keep little ones enthralled for a long time—if the remote control communicates with the robot properly, that is.
Educational Value: If you’re not into toy weapons, this isn’t for you
For the most part, this toy is more about “fun” than “learn.” That said, the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot may help younger toddlers understand cause and effect—pushing a certain button will result in a particular action. Older toddlers who are starting to read may get excited to recognize commands written on the remote control.
If you do not allow toy weapons, this is probably not the toy for you.
But other than that, this toy sends a pretty aggressive message that I am not particularly thrilled about. The foam discs are, of course, harmless and more in tune with imaginative play. But the robot comes armed with a gun, shoots on command, and says things like, “Freeze! Identify yourself, or I will shoot you!” If you do not allow toy weapons, this is probably not the toy for you.
Age Range: 5 and up
Kids who are 5 and older (the age recommended by the manufacturer) will appreciate the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot’s multiple functions and should be able to use the remote control and the discs with ease. Younger kids may get confused. If you have a younger child in your household, make sure to keep an eye on the discs flying about, which can be a choking hazard.
Ease of Cleaning: Easy to wipe clean
Since it operates with batteries, you can not submerge this robot in water. Thankfully, the smooth, plastic exterior makes it a breeze to wipe clean. There are, however, a lot of crevices and holes, including the disc repository, which can be more difficult to wash.
Price: Good price for a robot of many talents
Though it costs around $35 at full price, the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot is often available for around $19. Other comparable robots retail for around $20 to $25. I’d probably recommend buying this toy at the sale price, as it has many tricks up its sleeves that will keep kiddos excited and engaged.
Competition: Plenty of other options out there
If you are looking for other remote-controlled robots, there are plenty of other options. The Large Remote Control Robot by ThinkGizmos, though slightly more expensive (about $40), offers similar features and then some: It dances to music and fires missiles instead of discs. It’s also taller than the Click N’ Play Remote Control Robot. If toy weapons aren’t allowed in your home, you can opt for less-aggressive toys, like the AILUKI RC robot or the WEECOC Smart Robot, both of which feature 50 different actions and respond not only to a remote control but also to your kid’s gestures.
- Product Name Remote Control Robot
- Product Brand Click N’ Play
- MPN CNP0176
- Price $34.99
- Weight 1.12 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 12.5 x 8.5 x 5.5 in.
- Manufacturer Recommended Age Range 36 months - 10 years
- Batteries Required 6 AA (not included)
- What’s Included Robot, remote control, 12 foam discs