Nameless spider robot should just be called awesome

A man's dream toy, a weapon-wielding remote-controlled toy spider, nets nearly half a million hits on YouTube in one day. Will it live up to the hype once it's released?

Can I kill Zhu Zhu pets with this? Video screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

At first glance, the title of the video "Sneak Peak Greatest Toy in the Universe!" sounds like a showboating claim conceived by a lunatic.

As the video progresses, you meet a remote-controlled toy spider wielding powerful weapons, and suddenly realize maybe creator Jaimie Mantzel is onto something. After all, it takes part genius and part luck for an independent person to get nearly half a million hits in one day for a YouTube video about a toy robot. We also recommend you check out the official promo video for the spiderbot, which is set for release later this year.

Mantzel's 7-minute, 29-second video showing off his creation highlights the arachnid's weapons, which include Ping-Pong balls, darts, and flying discs. It even has removable armor. The spider seems to move around well, and if it doesn't cost a fortune, this could just be the hottest toy of 2012. The operating noise does seem loud, though.

Part of the robot's allure lies in the creator's enthusiasm. "No one at the stores, or in marketing, care whether or not a toy is awesome. They don't care if it's cheap junk with wheels on it that shouldn't be there. That's not their job. Their job is to sell what YOU buy," Mantzel says in his video description.

He continues, "What you spend your money on is what you'll get more of. Yes, I'll make money from these, but the reason I put ridiculous effort and love into this is because I think this is the kind of thing that SHOULD be for sale. There's no reason anyone should ever have to take something home and be disappointed!"

You can even name the spider robot (it's currently nameless); Mantzel and host company Wow Stuff want your suggestions. Check out Crave's video podcast preview of Wow Stuff!'s other co-developed creation, My Keepon .

 

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