Built a Robox (287/366)

287RoboxTop2“Imagination creates reality.”
~ Richard Wagner

It’s always been a marketing ploy (and stroke of genius) to have the items that are in a movie, TV show, or book available outside of the fantasy world of the story available for people to have one of their very own. After reading “A Bargain for Frances” as a kid, I desperately wanted a Willow-Themed China pattern tea set with two birds flying over a bridge. I didn’t get one until later, as an adult (in a “throwback” moment), but the Turtleback Publishing company would have raked it in had they been in the toy making business at the time. We recently visited Harry Potter World at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and I was sure to bring back a few Butterbeer steins and chocolate frogs as souvenirs, and of course I brought home some Lightening McQueen stuff for my nephew when we got to go to Carsland on our recent excursion down south to run the Disneyland 5k.

So yeah, I’m a sucker for tangible items from the pages or scenes of imaginary worlds. They can make you feel so much more connected to the magic of the story, and so much more special for that connection.

I immediately thought of this when I saw the book and model set for the Robox earlier this year – a story about a boy who builds a robot friend and their adventures together. I snatched it up as a cool activity to do with the Kid. And as luck would have it, he came over for a camp out today!

We started out by reading the book, which was pretty cute. Poor Renny is having a pretty lousy day and nothing’s going right for him. The Kid laughed at some of the silly names in the book, and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. After we finished the book, he was excited to build his very own Robox.

One of the neat things about this book and kit is that everything stores inside the box used for Robox’s body (that’s why he’s called “RoBOX,” get it? Ha ha ha!). The book, pieces, and even two sheets of stickers for decorating your Robox are in there.

The instructions are simply laid out in picture form, which was awesome. The Kid was so excited to build I don’t think reading directions was gonna happen anyway.
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You just follow the diagram, and the whole thing goes together pretty quickly. So quickly in fact, that I couldn’t snap too many pics before he was done!
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Behold, Robox!
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This was really cool. I liked the sturdy construction of the model, the simplicity of its building, and the fact that it can all go back in the box for storage and reuse (always fun to build!). The only thing I wasn’t too thrilled about was that in the book, Robox eats things, but to put stuff in the model’s “belly”, you had to take his whole head and shoulder piece off and place items inside. While this isn’t that big a deal, I think it would have been cool to show the book’s Robox do that as well – the Kid kept trying to figure out how to make Robox “eat” another way, like he would have in the book. I remember when I was a kid and totally know how he felt. The toy should match the story! That’s key, man!
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Slight design issues aside, this was a great buy. I got to have some quiet reading time, some neat building time, and lots of crazy fun time with one of my favorite guys.  My verdict?  Robox Rox.  Ha ha ha!


Related links:
Robox on Amazon
A Bargain for Frances on Amazon


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2 Responses to “Built a Robox (287/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    I remember how much the little monkey enjoyed putting this together…were you traumatized by not getting the mini tea set as a child?

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