#StikBot Zanimation Studio Review (Zing)

#StikBot Zanimation Studio
What It Is

The Stikbot Zanimation Studio, from Zing, comes with a stage and prop boxes, a tripod, and three Stikbot figures, including a stikpet. You'll need to construct the stage and download the Zing Studio App. The Stikbot Zanimation Studio will help you create stop-motion animation videos. Once you download the app, click on the video icon, and this will bring you to your phone's camera function. The green screen icon on the left will activate the green screen, or a blue screen if that's your style, and then prompt you to choose a background from their library or from one of your own photos. Next, pose the Stikbots and hit the red Stikbot face on the lower left corner of the screen. This takes a still and you are then ready for your next set-up. Continue doing this until you have told the story you wish to film. Along the way you can use the two props to hide or raise your Stikbot characters. Once you are done, you can view your video, and share with friends. The recommended age for the studio is 4-and-up, but I think this will be challenging for younger children. It took me a few tries to get the hang of it, and I still need to perfect my technique. Not everybody is Sidney Lumet or Quentin Tarantino, and it will be a while before I create an Oscar contender. The stage can shift, sometimes the suction cups in the Stikbots pop up, and the figures don't always bend how you'd like them to. But it's fun and I love any toys that spark children's creativity and interest in filmmaking. There are a few features that I did not get into yet, but I plan to check them out as I begin pre-production on my next film, The Bot-father. 

Is It Fun?
Yes!  People of all ages will have fun posing the skitbots and creating their own mini-movies.
Who It’s For
Although the recommended ages is 4+, we think younger children will have trouble with this product.  
What To Be Aware Of

You will need to download the Zing Studio App

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions