Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit Review (LittleBits Inc.)

Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
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What It Is

The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, which lets kids (and any Star Wars fans, for that matter) own their own Droid and build it from the ground up. The kit comes with everything you need to start creating: 30 pieces featuring circuitry bits, the body to house the droid, wheels, and more. From the moment you take the kit out off the box and download the free Droid Inventor companion app (available for iOS and Android devices), kids are immediately learning the fundamentals of circuitry building as they piece together the brain of your droid. Kids start with the basics, learning, as with any LittleBits kit, the tools of the trade, from how to connect the battery, power on your circuit and the function of each bit. 

Next you'll tackle missions one at a time. What's nice is that the app will not allow you to proceed until you've completed each of the Base Assembly and Droid Training missions one at a time. This ensures that, kind of like a Jedi in training, you know your stuff before tackling bigger missions. This also breaking things down and makes learning circuitry much more accessible and easy to do. 

In Droid Training Mode, kids learn how to style their droid with the included sticker sheets (including a blank sheet for kids to color in). Next you can set up an obstacle course using regular household items and learn how to control your Droid using Tilt Drive, record and send secret voice messages on your droid (think: "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."), and even how to draw with your droid. 

Once you've mastered these missions, or at least tackled them to your best abilities, you can then move on to rebuilding and reconfiguring your droid to test new powers that utilize other circuits. New Powers missions include Disassembly, Intruder Alarm, Arm Wave, Self Navigation, Force Mode, Head Controls, Custom Head, and Custom Body missions. Many of the more advanced missions use the Proximity Sensor bit. In the Intruder Alarm mode, kids can place their droid in front on a door and have it alert you when intruders get too close. In Arm Wave mode, you can control the droid's arm movement with the wave of your hand. In Self Navigation mode, the droid will recognize when it gets too close to an object or wall and redirect itself. In Force Mode, control the droid using the force (your hand). In Head Controls mode, kids can teach their droid to spin its head around like R2-D2. Kids can further customize the droid by stepping away from the circuitry, and get crafty to create new custom heads or bodies for their droids.  

From the home screen on the app, you can also enter Droid Controls at any point to access a kind of free play mode in which you drive around your droid. Here you will also see all 22 of the sound effects you can press to play (including a droid fart).

Is It Fun?

The opportunities for play are really endless when it comes to the Droid Inventor Kit for Star Wars fans. To give you an idea, we've been playing with our Droids for a few weeks now, and we kind of feel like Rey in that we haven't even scratched the surface yet of what kind of powers we can unearth with our Droids. With endless opportunities to build and rebuild your Droid to your liking, customize it to fit your style, and program it into different modes for lots of roleplay, this kit is one of the most original Star Wars toys we've seen in years. 

Who It’s For

The Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit from Little Bits is for ages 8 and up. This toy will appeal to young makers and Star Wars fans who love building, creating, and imagination-fueled play. There are also a lot of educational benefits built into the play that parents will appreciate.

What To Be Aware Of

littleBits kits are compatible with iOS and Android devices. You'll also need to download the free companion app, Droid Inventor, to get all the instructions, which you can download through the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Your droid is controlled via Bluetooth through the app. The app will alert you if the connection is lost. If at any point you need to reconnect or the connection is lost, simply turn on your droid and place your mobile device closer to the droid. It will let you know when it's connected. 

On the hub of the droid is where you'll also be able to see if any issues arise. For example, an indicator will light up if your battery is low or not connected properly. There is also a light, which through the app you can test to ensure your circuit is functioning properly. 

If at any point your droid is still not functioning as it should, make sure all your bit circuits are properly aligned and connected. Dust can get into the circuits so also be sure to maintain and clean your bits. 

Proximity Sensor: Through our testing in our studio, we found that lighting can affect this sensor in particular so make sure you aren't using in direct light for the best experience.

A 9 Volt battery is required to operate your droid. It is included.

The droid stands are 11.4 inches tall when constructed.




AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy