- Roars a lot
- Roars a lot, walking is flawed, very few functions
Not a patch on the Robosapien; our time with the RoboRaptor was more of a trial than a fun filled afternoon.
Price$ 179.00 (AUD)
It was with sadness that we slowly packaged up the Robosapien, and sent it back off to WowWee. We tried to fill the void it left with cameras, computers, even high end home theatre systems, but nothing replaced the thrill of steering a fully animated robot around the office, wreaking destruction when and where we pleased.
Thus it was with much glee that we fired up the RoboRaptor, ready to pick up where we left off. The raptor offers a more simplified control system, and less functions than it's more advanced brother, but that shouldn't make a difference right?
Wrong. Using the RoboRaptor was like using an entirely new toy; a much worse toy. It suffers most of the problems the Robosapien suffered, but loses all forms of flexibility as well. We found it plain, boring and fundamentally quite useless.
Problems were evident from the moment we fired it up; the RoboRaptor struggles to even take a step. No wonder these things became extinct. There was something extremely wrong with the foot design, and so even the basic walking motion seemed to not work half the time. For the first five or ten seconds of being told to move, the Raptor just shuffled his feet and did nothing, then he begun to intermittently plod forward, with the same agonising sluggishness that plagued his humanoid counterpart.
To compound the problem, he uses the same turning system as the Robosapien, that is, he can't move diagonally, he has to stop and rotate on the spot, then continue to lumber forwards. This function was something we complained about in our other review, and it has somehow managed to get worse here. The foot design again proved to be the problem, meaning it took the Raptor over 5 minutes to turn in a full 360 degrees.
What really appealed to us about the Robosapien was the little things, like the dance function, which came complete with music and Justin Timberlake's "The Robot". He had a mountain of witty one-liners, and all his limbs and body parts were capable of moving individually or in unison. You could pick things up if they were in the right place and punch, kick and throw, as well as a host of other options.
The RoboRaptor on the other hand has almost none of these. His head and tail can be swung from side to side, and if he walks up to something he can try to pick it up in his mouth. Aside from that, he really has no cool functions. He has a tendency to roar a lot, at pretty much everything, which may appeal to some people by adding some authenticity, but it wasn't a patch on the hilarious repertoire of the Robosapien. The controller was fairly easy to get the hang of, largely due to having less buttons than its predecessor. There is a single pad that controls walking, and a second pad to move the head and tail. The shoulder buttons control the targeting system, allowing RoboRaptor to move towards a specific target, assuming you can get him moving at all.
The Raptor also has no way of detecting when things are in front of him. Numerous times he walked into a box or a shelf and just got stuck there, letting lose muted roars till somebody freed him. Combine this with the poor walking controls, and it leads to a lot of frustration as your cool robotic dinosaur tangles with and loses to a cardboard box.
What it comes down to is that a toy needs to be fun. The Robosapien was a ball to play with due to the sheer number of features he presented. The Raptor on the other hand, we simply couldn't find anything to do with. Some people might argue that it is a children's toy and that they would enjoy, but we can assure you, we have the maturity of a five year old, and after a few minutes with it we had lost interest completely.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Apple iPhone X
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Toys for Boys
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Bose SoundLink Micro
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- WalabotDIY, the 3D Imaging Tool That Gives Consumers ‘Superman-Vision’, Launches Today in Australia
- Google Certifies Insta360 Pro as First ‘Street View Auto Ready’ Camera
- Australian startup launches Tiller Kickstarter campaign
- Anki Arrives In Oz
- Griffin's PowerMate is the Surface Dial dead-ringer that's trapped in Mac land
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTTIBCO Integration SpecialistOther
- CCDeployment ManagerNSW
- CCWorkforce Capacity Analyst - Contract with Large Telco in Pennant HillsNSW
- TPSenior Business Analyst - Sunshine Coast HospitalQLD
- CCDigital Reporting AnalystNSW
- CCSecurity/ Penetration Test AnalystQLD
- FTService Desk EngineerOther
- CCICT Project Manager - Port Macquarie NSWNSW
- FTReporting AnalystQLD
- TPieMR Program Director - Gold CoastQLD
- FTInformation Security AnalystNSW
- FTApplication Support SpecialistVIC
- CCChange AnalystVIC
- FTTest AnalystOther
- FTSenior Pega DeveloperOther
- CCPega ArchitectVIC
- FTLinux Systems EngineerOther
- CCWin10 Apps PackagerWA
- FTDigital Content ProducerOther
- CCReporting AnalystNSW
- FTProject Manager/Business AnalystQLD
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- FTSenior Business Analyst - AdviceOther
- FTSenior Change Analyst, Governance & AssuranceOther