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Fly, shoot, and drive: the best robots and RC vehicles of Toy FairSpiders, planes, and dancing robots! Here's the best of what we saw in NYC.
Hi. I'm Scott Stein and here at Toy Fair 2014 in New York. There are a lot of crazy toys but there are also a lot of robots. Here are some of the most interesting ones that we saw on the show floor. The Nerf comebat creature RC Robot looks like some sort of 6-legged battle droid. But it has a little remote and shoots Nerf darts up to 45 feet. It can spin 360 degrees, crawl around creepily and do rapid fire blasting. This comes out in the fall and will cost $79.99. And for a less violent robot, WowWee is releasing the MiP, a little robot friend that dances, that spins and that also delivers drinks. It has a gyroscope inside and can keep balance delivering an ice-cold Coca-Cola to you if you dare, and almost looks a bit like a segway and it can work without any remote whatsoever. If you wave your hand, you can teach it little programmable tricks and have it then perform them. Then you can use your iPhone pair with it and use it to control through all sorts of terrain or games or use it to race people or just have it do funky dances. It's coming out in the spring for $119. The Ozobot was actually unveiled at CES 2014 but it appeared again at Toy Fair and it's coming out later this year. They had a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for it and its build as the world's smallest intelligent robot. It's a tiny little, little sphere-type device that fits in a palm of your hand and sits on top of your iPad or Mac screen or even a series of lines drawn on a piece of paper and it can actually crawl across those lines and use different colors as programmable tags to do all sorts of additional tricks. It's gonna cost about $59.99 and you can raise with friends or use a variety of apps to do all sorts of weird games with them, kinda like little funky robotic mice. And finally, well maybe it's not a robot but it is one of the coolest remote controlled planes that we've seen. It's actually a smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit. This PowerUp 3.0, which again was a Kickstarter campaign is gonna be shipping by June 2014 and the kit cost $50. You attach this to a paper airplane using the kit that they provide you to fold or fold drone and it has a motor. It has a rotor and you use your phone to control it and fly in the air for up to 10 minutes at a time and that is pretty much the coolest thing I could have ever imagined using as a 7-year-old. Half away PowerUp 3.0. It's gonna be seen in a lot of classrooms. And there you have it, four of the weirdest robots/remote-controlled toys we saw at Toy Fair 2014. I'm sure you'll be asking for one of these later in the year or someone you know will. I'm Scott Stein at CNET.