HEX Bug Toys

Updated on August 22, 2012
H.W. asks from Portland, OR
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My son is wanting a remote-control toy, and we are looking into the hex bugs for their simplicity and low cost. Both my husband and I think this is a good first remote toy. (We have antique furniture and know that it would be destroyed by a car or robot banging into it, FYI. And we are concerned that a robot which does 'tricks' or talks would pull him away from more constructive play, so we are not looking for suggestions for either or those kinds of RC toys.)

So, if your child had/has a HEX bug, what's been your experience of the toy? Long lasting or did the batteries run out immediately? Any preferences between 'styles' of bugs and ease of use? My son is five and so simple hand/remote coordination is important for him. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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So What Happened?

Thanks to all who answered my query. We ordered the 'inchworm' bug for now, and might gift him later with one of the other, simpler, bugs so we can make tracks/enclosures with legos. SH-- yes, your suggestion that this extends to constructive play is right on.

Thanks, everyone.

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answers from St. Louis on

My 13 year old still plays with them as does my 11 year old nephew. The only problem I have with them is the damn cat likes to catch and carry the bugs around. :(

With my kids it is more about, hey lets build this and see if they can make it to the top and stuff like that. It is more about building the ramps that the bugs, I mean they are little vibrating pieces of plastic but watching them climb stuff is kind of fun.

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answers from Houston on

We have the remote one that looks like a spider and it is awesome. It has endured being played with by a bunch of 5 & 6 yr olds and it is still going strong! It is SO easy to use...your boy will LOVE it. I like playing with HEX bugs anyway...there's something soothing about watching them go round and round.

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answers from Sacramento on

My kids have hex bugs and they really love them, but they don't have the remote ones, so I can't give a recommendation for those. HOWEVER, they do have the coolest remote control car ever. The wheels are rubber and the design of the car won't wreck your furniture! They LOVE these!!

Check it out http://store.discovery.com/discovery-spinning-car/detail....

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answers from Honolulu on

Hi H.,

Both my kids, have Hex Bugs. The cheaper one- Hex Bug "Nano."

They've had it for about 2 years now and it still works fine. So my kids are now 6 and 9.
They like it.
It is fun.
Then, their Aunty got them that race track thing for it too.
We have also given these Hex Bugs as gifts and it has always been a big hit. And when my kids have play dates, they all play with it.

And NO... it does NOT in any way, pull the child away from more constructive types of play. In fact, my kids, pretend play with their Hex bugs... and they construct things with other blocks etc., with it and play with it. It is imaginative. At least for my kids and the way they play with it.

I even like it myself. Its a cool fun toy. Some people collect it.
I don't know about any "remote control" Hex Bug. The Hex Bug Nano we have, does not have a remote.

And believe it or not, my kids' Hex Bugs have NOT gotten lost, though they are small things. Because... I TOLD my kids, that when they are done playing with it, to put it in its container on the shelf. I have a container for it. They have like 3 Hex Bugs each. And I tell them its easy to get lost, don't lose it, put it in its container when they are done. And they do.
And YES, my kids turn it off, when they are done.
So the batteries, are still the original batteries still.

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answers from Sacramento on

my son loved his. when he got older and didnt want to play with them as they were, he took them apart and made "frankenhex" .. they lasted a long time even when they were "franked". if you have a large outdoor area, think about getting a bigger rc vehicle. we got my son a three wheeled one at radio shack and he build all kinds of extensive jumps and dirt tracks to run it on.

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answers from Jacksonville on

Aren't those the little roach like things?
My kids wanted those really badly a few years ago. They were like $6 or something. They each got one in their Xmas stocking last year. They liked them and enjoyed playing with them. But it was short lived. The batteries still work, if they ever took them out to play. But my kids are older.... 11 & 14.

Now, if the manufacturer has made more complex ones then it might be good for your son. The ones we had/have don't do anything but run across the floor until they hit something, then back up and run some more in another direction. Kinda lame in my opinon. No "control" of ANY kind to be had.

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answers from Spokane on

My boys (8 and 4) love the hex bugs (the small nano bugs with no remote) and the r.c. bugs. My boys tend to forget to shut them off so they do go through batteries quickly but even my 4 y/o can work the r.c.

This is the r.c. spider we have

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answers from Portland on

These are so much fun. My kids love them! They usually forget to turn them off, so it's good to check. The batteries do run out, but not immediately and they are pretty cheap. I especially recommend the glow in the dark - you can get glow track and bugs. Very fun.

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answers from San Diego on

We have the Hex bugs of all styles, with the most being the smallest Nanos. All 3 of my kids love them to bits! They are 11,8 & 3. Even my husband and I love to get in there and play with them. They are a go to gift choice for their friends and they have chosen the starter kits to put in the Toys 4 Tots bins at Christmas.
We have a bunch of track and pieces and they build these elaborate habitats on the train table that is set up in the backroom. They can watch them for hours. They race them. They come up with all sorts of scenarios for them.
The only thing we have to be mindful of is the cats like them too so they can't be left out and they can't be left unattended if someone needs to go away for something while they are playing. They have to have someone there at all times.
We've had them for a few years now. We started getting them when they first came on the market.
The batteries last a good long while and the replacement batteries aren't very expensive so long as you don't buy them from the company. We bought a bundle of something like 100 of them from Ebay for super cheap. They run on typical button batteries. The 2 pack sold by Hexbug is marked up and they aren't any different than a standard battery.
As for ease of use. They are all super easy to use. My 3 year old can use them and has been able to for a while. The ones that come with a remote control are super easy to control, even for little ones.

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