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UGears: Hexapod Explorer (388pc) Board Game

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Your cat is going to love/hate us for this one! Are you ready for the coolestcrawler available anywhere on the model market? Introducing the Ugears HexapodExplorer: part insect, part robot, part extraterrestrial rover. Driven by apowerful spring motor, the Hexapod Explorer can walk up to 3 meters on its ownlegs, without need of an auxiliary or supporting wheel like other models have.The ability to bear its own weight, on the legs alone, allows the HexapodExplorer to navigate slightly rough terrain, like a planetary rover stepping outof the capsule to explore new worlds. Another amazing feature that makes ourwalker unique is that the Hexapod Explorer comes with a variable speed dial. Youcan make your robo-bug creep, crawl, or skitter at any speed you want! When theHexapod stops walking, pick it up and watch the legs come to life and flailabout, just like a real insect, crab or spider would do. It's the stuff ofnightmares, or a mechanical model-maker's dreams, depending onone's perspective!

This DIY Hexapod Explorer takes its place as champion walker among Ugears'amazing family of mechanoids, automatons, 3D puzzles, and wooden mechanicalmarvels. We've created a purely mechanical, wooden walking robot, withoutelectronic components. At Ugears we believe design should be elegant, in everysense of the word—simple, smart, and beautiful to look at. As Theo Jansen hassaid, “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” Weare committed to surprising and delighting our growing base of customers in85 countries across five continents with designs that have that “Wow!”factor.

We are fortunate to live in an exciting age of space exploration and rapidtechnological advancement. Mankind's first steps on another celestial spherecame in 1969, with the Apollo 11 moonwalk of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.From 1997 to the present there have been six different Mars rovers operating onthe red planet. Imagine you are the commander of a mission to explore Planet X.A rover can only take photos and samples along its solitary path. But imagineif your landing craft could release a robotic army of Hexapod Explorers toskitter across the surface of the new planet in every direction, testing thesoil, collecting rock samples, searching for alien life forms. Each night theHexapods rest, and each day they recharge and come to life, continuing theirexplorations and scientific work. Maybe a lander from another civilization on adifferent planet arrives, sees the Hexapods, and believes them to be thedominant life form on Planet X!

The Hexapod Explorer wooden model kit has 388 pieces and features a strongmetal spring that powers the robot's walking action, and rubber band foot padsfor better traction on smooth surfaces. This DIY model is rated Medium levelwith an assembly time of approximately 8 hours. The internal spring is woundwith a ratchet key located on the belly. With a ratchet mechanism you don't haveto hold the key while winding to prevent slippage—potential energy is storedwith each twist, without slippage, until the spring is fully loaded. The HexapodExplorer can traverse rough surfaces and even step over obstacles of 1–2 cm.Crank the model up, set it down, choose the desired speed using the dial on theHexapod's head, then release the “go” switch at the rear to set the modelin motion. You can change speeds at any time, either mid-run or on thenext go.

We often find our inspiration in nature. Hexapods, the subphylum thatincludes insects, are the most diverse and prevalent life form on Earth,representing half of all known species. Three pairs of jointed legs is a verystable design for traversing all kinds of terrain, which helps explain whyinsects have been so successful in colonizing almost every square meter of theplanet. We think the Hexapod most resembles a beetle. Did you know there areover 400,000 different species of beetles, making Coleoptera the most diverseorder known to science, with fully 25% of all known animal life forms? Britishevolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane is said to have quipped that if there isin fact a God, the Creator seems to have “an inordinate fondness forbeetles.” We are also fond of our Hexapod!

Let's face it, the six-legged, hard-shelled beetle is a winning design, andso is the Ugears Hexapod Explorer. In fact, the Hexapod's movements are solifelike you might be tempted to play a practical joke on an unsuspecting friendby asking them to pick up your resting but partly wound-up Hexapod (set onhigh-speed skitter mode for maximum scare effect). Our advice: Don't do it! Notunless you want to be picking up the pieces after your Hexapod Explorer isdropped to the ground or flung against the nearest wall by your startled friend.Our advice is the same for cats—cats and Hexapods are an unstable mixture, sokeep them apart! That is unless you think eight hours of build time is totallyworth it for a viral video of your cat pouncing on and dismembering your UgearsHexapod Explorer—you'll have to decide for yourself!

Are you looking for a cool, creepy-crawly Halloween toy or decoration? Do youhave a child, a niece or nephew, or a neighbor who is into robotics? Kids andadults will love building the Hexapod Explorer and seeing it come to life as ittakes its first skittering steps. Building Ugears models is a great way to learnbasic principles of science and engineering, including principles from biologylike animal locomotion. We love it when families come together to work on aUgears project. When parents and children spend time assembling a coolmechanical toy like the Hexapod Explorer they get to experience the satisfactionof creating something together, then the fun of playing with it together.Building models is also a great way to develop mechanical competence, learn howto problem solve and learn how to follow detailed, illustrated instructions (auseful skill for kids and adults).

The Ugears Hexapod Explorer is a unique gift idea for friends or familymembers who love nature, insects, robots, model building, DIY projects, puzzles,or for anyone who appreciates outstanding mechanical and aesthetic design.

Specifications:

  • Self-assembled, no glue needed
  • Model size: 10.6 × 8.7 × 3.7 in(270 × 220 × 95mm)
  • Package size: 14.9 × 6.7 × 1.1 in(378 × 170 × 28mm)
  • Number of components: 388
  • Estimated time of assembly: 8 hours
  • Level: Medium

Product Details

Product Code: 38078068
Barcode: 4820184121294
Brand: UGears


Categories: All Games, Best Sellers, Puzzles, Sale Games

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Our delivery rates vary based on the weight and volume of your total order. An accurate shipping cost will be calculated during the checkout process. Orders are shipped by air via Australia Post straight to your door! 

Delivery Times
The Board Gamer orders ship from our fulfillment partner Mighty Ape. Their warehouse is based in New Zealand with daily flights across the Tasman with Australia Post.

As a result of courier delays the current standard delivery times for In Stock products using Australia Post are as follows:

 

 QLD  4-7 business days
 NSW  4-8 business days
 ACT  4-8 business days
 VIC  6-9 business days
 SA  7-10 business days

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