Meccano MAX Review (Spin Master)

Meccano MAX
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What It Is

Combining Artificial Intelligence with customizable programming, the Meccano-Erector M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy allows kids, and adults, to have more control through personalization. Before that though, the robot needs to be built, and this set offers a challenging building opportunity for kids ages 10 and up. With 332 parts, it took our TTPM builder 4 hours though may take some builders more or less time depending on experience. Once built, M.A.X measures 12-inches tall. The initial set up involves charging it for 4-6 hours, installing software, and then waking MAX up and walking through a series of questions, and hardware testing with MAX. Then it's time to start playing! You control it using voice commands, buttons on the MeccaBrain, or via the free app. M.A.X can tell jokes, DJ, dance along to music, play a game with you, and so much more. He comes with built-in infrared sensors, enabling him to move freely while avoiding obstacles. Through the app, it's easy to control his movement via a joystick. The longer you play, the more he can do, as you unlock additional levels. You can set the time, and the volume, and hear fun facts from MAX. MAX can even go on patrol, make a delivery, and take messages. One of the best parts about MAX, and one that sets him apart from other robotics on the market, is that he seems to have a big personality thanks to realistic emotional responses via a wide variety of facial and physical animations, sound effects, and speech files. And since the robot is constantly learning, and fresh content is being unlocked, kids can continue to interact with MAX in new ways. This is a fun option for kids who are into science, technology, engineering, and math, and those who enjoy or are interested in learning robotics building and computer programming.

Is It Fun?

Meccano is known for its robotics building sets for kids and M.A.X. may be the most fun one yet. Combining Artificial Intelligence with customizable programming, it allows kids and adults to have more control through personalization. It offers a challenging robotics building opportunity for kids ages 10 and up, and would be a cool project for kids and parents to work on together. Once built, M.A.X has many fun features that kids can unlock through play. He can tell jokes, DJ, dance along to music, play games, deliver messages to friends and family, and more. Realistic emotional responses via a wide variety of facial and physical animations, sound effects, and speech files gives him a fun personality, which kids will enjoy.

Who It’s For

This set is recommended for kids ages 10 years old and up. It would be a cool project for kids and parents to work on together. It's a fun option for kids who are into science, technology, engineering, and math, and those who enjoy or are interested in learning robotics building and computer programming.

What To Be Aware Of

With 332 parts, it took our TTPM builder 4 hours to build though may take some builders more or less time depending on experience. Once built, M.A.X measures 12-inches tall. The initial set up involves charging it for 4-6 hours, installing software, and then waking MAX up and walking through a series of questions, and hardware testing with MAX. When we first started playing with M.A.X, we thought he may be broken because we could not get it to perform many of the features listed in the manual. However, we found that the longer you play, the more he can do, as you unlock additional levels. For example, after unlocking level 4, we were able to set the time, and the volume, and hear fun facts from MAX.

The set includes: 332 parts, one AC/DC Wall Mount Charger (10.4W), one Rechargeable Ni-MH Battery 1800 mAh, two Hand Tools, one Sticker Sheet, one Instruction Sheet for one Model, one M.A.X Brain Module, one IR Sensor Module, two Smart Motor Modules, one LED Module, 1x 3 kgs Servo, 1x 1.9 kgs Micro Servo, and one USB Cable.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy