4M Tin Can Robot — Product Review

4M Tin Can Robot by Toysmith — Product Review
4M Tin Can Robot:  Turn a metal can into a walking, wobbling, bog-eyed robot that can move. It can be transformed to become a robotic monster too. Cans can be cool! Kit includes parts and instructions, just add a “can” do attitude. Watch your child’s delight and sense of accomplishment with the robot they create. Great for the “science” enthusiast in your family. Requires two AAA batteries (not included). Recommended for 8 years and up.

  • Green Science – millions of metal drink cans are thrown away every day. You can recycle one of them to complete this project.
  • Kit includes parts and instructions, just add a “can” do attitude
  • Great for the “science” enthusiast in your family
  • Requires two AAA batteries (not included)

Let’s see what others have to say about 4M Tin Can Robot:

Cool, but fragile and hard to build,October 28, 2009

By J. S. Dodds (Minnesota)
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars
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Well, not hard to build so much as instructions that are too complex. It’s neat when it’s done but the electronic parts are fragile. After five minutes of operation the wiring broke, no abuse of any kind. A real slog to put together and then my 8 year old was immediately disappointed when the parts failed

Tin can robot,May 3, 2009

By K. Deriu (CT)
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars
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The robot was fun to put together. I thought that my son would have been able to participate in more of the process but the screws were so small and difficult to screw in that he could not. He did have fun seeing the finished product. Overall a good toy. He brought it in to school for his “make your own robot project” and it was a big hit!

An easy, fun robot build that lasts and lasts!,October 24, 2009

= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars
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Our kids loved making these robots, and put them together in an hour or less with a lot of help from their father. They were 4 and 6 years old when we got this kit and they were not able to make them on their own, even though they are quite proficient at building with litle LEGOS, et cetera. Just a word to the wise, that this project will probably require adult help or at the very least supervision for children who are under age nine or ten maybe?
I am looking at our boys’ creations right now, which are proudly on display on the shelf above our computer desk, because they still love them and occasionally pay with them or try to rebuild them. we also took pictures of them for their home school blog, as they were so very proud of their first MOVING robots! Well worth the price.

Great Project to build WITH your child, but with slight issues,February 11, 2012

By M. Stacy (VA USA)
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars
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I purchased this toy to build with a 5 year old who currently has a fascination with robots, and it was a major hit! He loves it. His younger sister loves it. And after taking it to “Show and Tell” at school, he quickly discovered that his entire class loves it, evident by the fact that he heard the phrase “will you build me one” many, many times that day.
The project was very easy to assemble, and contrary to many reviews I see here, I experienced no issues with “fragile, easily broken parts.” (I’m writing this review 3 weeks after assembly, and the robot still looks mint, despite hours of play) Assembly took approximately 1 hour, but could have taken much less if I hadn’t proceeded slowly to explain the how and why of things during the building process.
Despite my overall positive experience with this toy, a couple of small issues slightly hurt the overall product –
1) In the parts list section of the instructions, the 2 screw types are labeled incorrectly. This will become evident (and the problem resolves itself) as soon as you begin to use the screws, but the error did cause a few minutes of confusion during assembly.
2) The 2 bolts used to connect the arm brackets are simply too short. They may work if you grind the bracket slightly, or simply force the bolts enough to reach the nut, hoping to not break anything in the process, but luckily, I had screws in my “scrap parts container” that worked perfectly. To avoid unnecessary aggravation, I recommend visiting a hardware store and replacing the 4 bolts with bolts that are approximately 1/16 longer. This will cost a few cents extra, plus a trip to the hardware store, but will help ensure a much more positive experience with assembly.
Overall, we enjoyed this toy enough to order another robot from the same company (different model). I had fun with this project, the child is still having fun with this project, and he learned quite a bit about motors, current, why a battery makes his toys move, and why adjusting the cams (feet) impact the movement types. I’d call that a major win, despite the minor annoyances.

Not very educational but lots of fun,July 6, 2012

= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars
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I bought this kit along with the Solar Robot. The Tin Can Robot is easier to assemble and works better, because it is battery operated. I need to advise you that – in order to assemble – you will need two things: 1) patience, and 2) a REALLY good small crosshead screwdriver. I recommend a Sears Craftsman P1 screwdriver…not something you picked up at the flea market. The screws will strip easily if you apply torque with a poor screwdriver. Perhaps this is why the company provides a few extra screws. Also, decide beforehand if you want to build the robot to stand up or to lie down. This will make it easier for you to get the wiring right and attach the arms and eye “stalks” in the right direction. NOTE: doesn’t work on anything but a smooth surface!

Our first grader was very proud to have built his own “robot”,February 19, 2013

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Our first grader LOVES robots and is always talking about building his own robot. This was extremely easy for him to do with the guidance of my husband. (You can use any can that fits, which makes it more unique to the individual.) They were both very proud of the finished robot.

Pretty Cool,February 10, 2013

By hyfynut (Oregon WI)
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This thing was a fun project for me and my son to work on. The 4 instead of 5 stars is because as other reviewers have stated the instructions are lacking in thoroughness . We had to backtrack a couple of times but it was overall easy and good fun. I recommend buying it and going through the instructions and parts list before you and your child build it so you can overcome the short commings in the instructions.

I don’t know about 4M Tin Can Robot. I think I’ll pass!

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