I was recently approached and asked to review an Offbits Kit. It is a “build it yourself” robot kit, made entirely from reclaimed, hand painted parts. This sounded like just the sort of quirky, fun gift I like to buy my Hubby and Brother for their birthdays, so I was keen to give it a go.
When it arrived, I was surprised to notice that all of the robot pieces were made from metal parts you’d find in your average toolbox. (Even I recognised and could name 80% of them)! The kit contained all of the nuts, screws, springs, bits and bobs to make the robot figure outlined in the instructions, but you can also add any elements you find at home, to make your own, unique Offbit.
This is what the Carebit kit looked like upon opening…
The instructions were pretty easy to follow, and I managed to assemble my Robot in around 40 minutes – with some help from a screwdriver, and my trusty pliers! One part was particularly fiddley, and I may have* used several expletives. The box weighed around 80g, and measured 7 x 5.8 x 2.2 cm and the assembled Robot measured around 7 x 4 x 4.5cm.
Once he was built, I was very proud of myself, though! I gave him the wholly unoriginal and uninspiring name of….. BLUE!
The kit is aimed at children aged 7+. I’m not sure I’d have been able to build this without help at age 7, but I think I’d have enjoyed making it with an adult. The kits retail at $25 (Around £16) each, and include Free International Shipping.
On the whole it was good fun to make, and I like the fact he comes with a magnet so you can stand him securely on his box or any other thin card or paper surface. I love the fact the kit encourages you to upcycle any bits and bobs you have lying at the bottom of your tool box. I can see 10 year old children expanding on this set to create lots of other models using bits and pieces they find in the Garage or shed at home.
I’d definitely consider buying one for my Brother. (He’s as geeky as I am, but don’t tell him I said that)! I also think that “Blue” is looking a little lonely on his shelf, so I may need to invest in another kit for myself too.
The Offbits team have spent the past 2 years developing their products, and they are now hoping to change the way that people play. They want to re-define the traditional toy, helping people see potential and personality in any spare parts, which they have lying around.
They want us to use their kits as a foundation or a spring-board for our imagination and creativity. They hope people will enjoy upcycling un-used and un-loved bits and pieces, to transform them into unique characters, vehicles and contraptions. They are hoping to do this via their soon to launch kickstarter. You can find full info HERE.
This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the kit to review, but all words and opinions are my own.