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My 4yo was so elated to receive Botley for Xmas but it all fall flat. Initially even I was excited with all the promises of how it works. Physically item seems to be of good quality but it’s programming is faulty - forward movement only 1 wheel moved, I thought the wheel is damaged but backwards movement both wheels are ok. The sensor is not 6ft distance, more like 6cm. Even when Botley detect the black line & says ‘ah-ha’, it doesn’t move at all. It was totally disappointing especially after l spent much time reading up on all the reviews & it seems reliable. Worse, having to take the Xmas gift away fm a 4yo. Although Amazon is understanding to why I need to return the item but for weeks, their courier didn’t pick it up which was a hassle (needed to contact them again and again to check when they are collecting ) as they had indicated to be collected within 24 hours. Refund is not immediate after their collection, i needed to follow up weeks after their collection on my refund.
I purchased Botley for my daughter for Xmas ; it worked well the first day and we had fun, but after the second day the coding instructions input via the remote can't be transmitted to Botley. The batteries are brand new and the robot is on but does can't receive any instruction. I have contacted learning resource customer service but no feedback so far...
I love Botley and I was really hoping my 6 yr old would too but it hasn't been the hit I was hoping for. Botley has so much potential but it is perhaps missing a slightly better user guide to help with some play ideas. The manual includes instructions but these need to be fully digested by an adult (or child who can read) and then translated back to the child who will be using Botley before you can really make the most of him. All absolutely doable with time and patience but the task did take the shine off for my 6yr old who really just wanted to play. Im still not entirely sure how to make the most of the items that come with Botley, I'm sure we'll get there but definitely recommend digesting the manual before giving this as a gift! We'll also be looking at how we can safely store Botley, a case rather than a box would have been better packaging to keep him safe from harm!
This is a great 'learning' robot and our kids love it. Very sturdy and able to take a good knock, it keeps them interested when learning to program the toy. The robot however does not have a 'free control' setting which lets you play with it like a remote control car... in stead it has to follow pre-programmed route which the child needs to input via the remote control. This is no problem in itself as it develops the childs thinking skills as to where and how the robot needs to be programmed to go a particular route, but a free driving setting would have been a bonus so they could just whizz it about on the floor trying to avoid obstacles without having to program it beforehand.
Perfect for my 3 year old and 7 year old girls. They spent hours with it despite it being a “learning activity”! Love the fact it’s screen free. The product itself seems well made and versatile. Time will tell if it stands the test of regular use!
One issue I noticed was the tracking of the wheels. One seems to spin quicker than the other which makes a huge difference when trying to do a straight run.
The video on the Amazon page for this item (LER2941) shows the robot following black lines on cards laid on the floor. No such cards were provided. This is misleading. The cards should not be shown on the video if they are not part of the product.
Bought this little bad boy for Christmas for my 4 year old. first one that came was a dud not sure but just asked them to resend another. 1 day later the new one came, Amazed. kids a well and truly loving the toy seems the be the winner of the year as normally they get board in 5 secs. so very happy with the people they really were helpful and gave no fuss. 10/5