Build your own personalised robot with the help from this Meccano MicroNoid set. Socket is a small and adorable robot that fits in your hand for you to bring out and about. He is able to dance, walk and interact! This is a great set to keep the children busy this summer holiday. There are three Meccano Maker Systems to collect: Socket, Switch and Basher.
This Socket set is suitable for aged 8 and above. It requires four AAA batteries to operate which are not included. It comes with 123 pieces, 1 motorized micro module, 2 hand tools and instructions. Mr K tried to build it on his own but some of the parts were too small and fiddly. He required plenty of help from me and it was a bit of a struggle to put some of the pieces together for me as well. It was quite a challenge and it took us an hour and a half to complete. It required a lot of focus and concentration but we enjoyed the challenge.
This set comes with a few of individual packets which I have placed into the paint pots to keep them separate and easy to find. The step by step instructions were very detailed and we love that the instructions shows the exact scale of the screws to be able to easily identify them.
Once you piece your robot and place the batteries in, you are ready to play with him. It is easy to program him using simple push button programming. On the top of the motorized micro module, it comes with a sliding switch which allows you to select different modes: 8-Ball, Dance, Autonomous and Off. The 8-ball mode allows you to ask your MicroNoid yes or no questions and he will give you his honest answer. Most of the time, my children ask lots of nonsensical questions to tease him! They all love this mode. Next is the dance mode where you play your favourite music to make him dance. As for autonomous mode, your MicroNoid will do things on his own like giggle, fart, dance, sing etc. If there is another MicroNoid nearby, they may start interacting with each other or dance to a synchronized routine.
This is an awesome robot that will help your children to learn to build and program. Mr K programmed Socket to say I love you mummy and to give me a hug message! It was so adorable! Mr K was able to learn simple programing and he enjoys playing with Socket! I would definitely recommend this robot for any children as it is inexpensive, fun and there is educational value too.
We have made this video to show you more about Socket! https://youtu.be/jHFhhF2Nlgk
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own.