The Hexbug Nano v2 Back Hole playset is one of the latest sets designed for the crawling Hexbug robot bugs. One of its main highlights is climbing vertically – something not many robot toys can do. The Hexbug Nano V2 can also climb horizontally, through tubes and loops and around corners.
The Black Hole Hexbug Nano habitat set is customizable for you to make your own configurations and designs, but it does have its downside. Let’s take a peek to see how good this play set really is.
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Hexbug Nano v2 Black Hole Habitat Set Video
Note: The Hexbug Nano v2 Black Hole habitat is also marketed as Hurricane or Cyclone.
Hexbug Nano v2 Black Hole Large Play Set Features
– Includes rotating flags and tubes, fixed pegs and 2 hex cell bases
– Includes crow’s nest and a special black hole
– Includes a spiral tube accessory
– Comes with one Hexbug Nano robot bug
– The bug can defy gravity with its actions and movements
– Customizable configurations
– Takes AG13 batteries (one included)
– Age 3+, we think 6+
Hexbug Nano Habitat Set ‘Black Hole’ Review
This set is also known as the Hexbug Nano Cyclone or Hurricane habitat playset and it’s great for the advancing minds of your children. Even adults will be able to appreciate its capabilities, though you may shudder at the realistic crawling motions of the bug!
It’s mostly made of transparent plastic and includes over 58 pieces in total, including controllers. It includes 1 Black Hole funnel, 1 crow’s nest and 1 spiral tube which can be set up with the other tubes and connectors in a small number of different configurations. So it’s customizable, although there are limits to the variations you can create if you want to include all three of the exit routes for the bug.
You or your child can then control where your robotic bug should go through creating various tube designs and setting up the free-fall mode. These robotic bug toys have been intelligently made that they can crawl out of the exits and proceed to discovering their new environment over again.
One Hexbug Nano bug and one battery is included so you can get started right away. You can order more Hexbug Nano bugs separately. If you have the older style Hexbugs without the bristles on their backs, they can’t climb, so you will need the Hexbug Nano v2 type to use the full potential of this set.
You’re sure to also want more batteries so you can keep the bug alive and crawling!
The bugs are awesome, we don’t have any hesitation in recommending them. There is an issue with this Hexbug Nano habitat set however, and that is the way the bugs will sometimes stick in the tunnels. You have to take apart the tubes to get them out. Little kids are not going to be able to do that for themselves, so we don’t recommend this for preschoolers.
If your kids are over about age 6, they may still need help setting it up the first time, but likely after they’ve seen it done they’ll be able to release any trapped bugs by themselves – so they won’t have to keep ‘bugging’ you!
In summary, this is a great play piece for the intelligent young minds of your children and improves their knowledge about science. It’s an award-winner and compliant with CPSIA standards. We recommend it for kids of around age 6 and up.
Published February 13th, 2014