The Meccano Meccasaur is a build from scratch, roaring, stomping, 3 feet tall robotic dinosaur from the people at Meccano. It is a DIY programmable dinosaur toy that interacts with you and is able to perform a couple of cool and crazy tricks.
Some Quick Features
- The Meccano Meccasaur dinosaur combines both the mental and physical aspects of play
- Parts are made from a combination of modern plastics and metal
- Robotic dinosaur interacts with it’s “maker” (in this case not sir Richard Attenborough) and responds to questions and petting
- Kids can put it in guard mode to keep snooping siblings out of their room – or dad can use it to guard the last piece of pie in the fridge for a guaranteed midnight snack
- Did we mention the Meccasaur goes Roooaaar!
- Meccasaur is recommended for ages 10+ and requires 4 C batteries (not included) to both charm and scare the living daylights out of people
- Available for purchase online here
What’s in the box?
The Meccano dinosaur comes in a well organized box with parts contained in sections. Assembly instructions in the included booklet is at times a little frustrating to follow since it is comprised of pictures mainly. So kids should be prepared to spend some time with this. As a parent you should also keep this in mind when sweating (and swearing) while helping Junior put some of the smaller parts together.
Inside the Meccano Meccasaur box you should find the following :
- Motorized Meccasaur Module
- Light-up LED Module
- Meccasaur Brain
- 2 Hand Tools
- And about 700 odd pieces to put together this 3 feet tall, 3D puzzle.
Trying out the T-Rex
Once you have put it together though it’s pretty easy to operate it – in part due to the fact that it also has dedicated push-button directional controls to get it to do the tricks you want. Some other units of this type feature voice command only systems which can sometimes lead the toy going “huh?” when the kids tell it to start doing the Macarena. This digi-dino is capable of answering questions and it will give you an honest ‘yes or no’ answer (just don’t ask it if it thinks you look fat).
It is possible to teach the Meccasaur dinosaur commands. These would include having it roar, lunge or walking towards you or away from you or to the sides. It struggles a bit to move around on carpet – it seems that shaggy carpet is the only thing higher in the food chain than a T-Rex.
The Meccasaur loves to be petted (it seems dinosaurs are people too) and also responds to hand movements. You can also record a word or phrase and have the robot dino say it back to you.
Kids can program the Meccasaur dinosaur to stand guard and “attack” any trespasser. It will greet any unsuspecting family members or friends with a great big roar … to which they will respond to by needing a new pair of shorts. (Tip for intruders : if the eyes on this teeth-machine is green, then the coast is clear). Or disarm it before it disarms you by taking out the batteries – every battery operated monsters Achilles heel.
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Meccasaur Dinosaur – Quick questions
Is this monster safe for my 5 year old to play with?
Yes, but recommended ages are from around 10 years and up. As always there is a choking hazard for children 3 years and younger due to some small parts. If your kid has a lot of Lego experience you can maybe stretch the age to 8 and up. It would be a little technical for say a five or six year old so give it a couple of years before you pop this dinosaur in the Christmas stocking.
How much does the Meccano Meccasaur weigh?
About 6 pounds and dimensions are roughly 3.9 x 19.7 x 11.8 inches. So it is not capable of crushing a car. Which would have been kinda cool.
Won’t this 70 million year old dinosaur just fall apart, die and fossilize somewhere at the bottom of a cupboard?
With a little TLC – no. A couple of screws do tend to work themselves loose with regular use – if it bugs you put a drop of glue on them and then the Meccasaur should happily romp for quite a good long while. Anything short of a giant comet hitting the planet of course. Kids should also not tire of it too quickly either – it really is a fun piece of hardware/software.
Dinosaur Caught on Camera
Have a look at the video below to see this monster in action …
To Roar or Not to Roar?
The Meccano Meccasaur dinosaur robot does not ship with dr. Allen Grant’s hat – which is a pretty major oversight we feel. It may be a challenging toy and at some point you or the kid may find yourselves scratching your heads. But remember this is a 3-D puzzle. There are times when the manual isn’t completely clear and if you mess up you may have to break down and rebuild. That’s part of the fun though.
Anything that gets the kids away from the tv, computer or iPad for a while is IM(very)HO a godsend. It is fun for adults too mind you! The Meccano Meccasaur dinosaur robot is fun to build and play with. Teaches kids to figure out stuff – and their parents to read a manual. But that may be the point e.g. this can be a great family project – neatly combining two thing kids love a lot – dinosaurs and robots. Building this from scratch and then being able to play and interact with this thing is quite a unique experience.
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