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Teksta T-Rex

£76.99
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Young kids will love playing with the Teksta T-Rex, the only question is for how long? Best for children with a passion for dinosaurs, this toy will see them through a few rainy afternoons.

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Sam Applegate

11th September 2014

By Sam Applegate

I like bacon sandwiches.


The Teksta T-Rex is a robotic dinosaur extraordinaire in the same mould as their robo-puppy. It can walk, roar, respond to hand gestures and sounds like and claps and your voice. With touch sensors that encourage stroking, Teksta have made an effort to give their tiny T-Rex emotions by creating a number of different eye patterns that convey how it's feeling. Usually it just seems to want to bite your finger off! There's no need to worry, though, as the little monster is thoroughly harmless.

Let's see what it can do.

Strutting Its Stuff

Made from matt white plastic combined with patches of fiery red, designed in rounded sections, the Teksta T-Rex Dinosaur has more than a slight sense of aesthetics of those clever Japanese robots you occasionally see performing amazing stunts on television. As you might expect, though, it's not quite as smart.

The way the T-Rex waddles its way about is rather cute, as if it's perpetually about to fall over. There's something quite funny about seeing such a tiny creature with pretensions to being so fierce; it's a bit like Scrappy, Scooby-Doo's tiny nephew. Kids love it.

Aside from the waddling, snapping and roaring, the piece de resistance is the dinosaur's eating action. Press a button, put the provided bone toy in its mouth and it'll eat the bone and then throw it with a surprising amount of gusto. It's a bit of a shock the first time it does it!

As there's no foolproof way to directly control it, I can see it being a bit of a trip hazard and it potentially making its clumsy way down more than a few sets of stairs. You need to keep an eye on it, otherwise it will wreak mindless havoc across your living room! The thing about the hand control gestures -undoubtedly impressive- is that they need to be done extremely close to the T-Rex in order to be recognised, which leads us on to the next point.

Elements of the Teksta T-Rex are just plain old clunky at times. For example, you often need to press and hold a certain button in order to get it to do particular things, and to wait for a confirmation noise before you can be sure that it's understood what you want it to do. That means that play can sometimes feel a little stop-start and that your child has to stay close to the T-Rex.

The app they've built claims to offer a whole range of new T-Rex tricks, but in reality they're the same movements paired up with new elements like music. That said, you can program your own dance routine to the songs provided, which can produce some quite entertaining results at times.

Who Is This Best For?

The Teksta T-Rex Dinosaur is a toy that's most suited to younger kids who aren't as jaded about the world as they can be once they get to school! For all Teksta's efforts to build an app and to give the impression that the T-Rex is more than a one trick pony, the truth is that the T-Rex is fairly circumscribed in its talents. It doesn't really work outside, and as there's no remote control, the amount of power you have to make it move about is actually fairly limited.

That means that unless your child tends to fixate on a favourite toy for long periods regardless of its merits, once they've spent some time playing with it (to be fair, that might be a substantial block), then they might become a little bored. If your child already has a lot of other toys or you're ready to accept that they might quickly master the T-Rex, you can ignore this. If you're considering making the T-Rex their main toy this Christmas, you might want to add something else or think again.

That said, the Teksta T-Rex is undoubtedly funny, endearing and good fun, particularly for younger children, and especially for kids who have a passion for all things dinosaur. You'll need four AA batteries for it to work, as these aren't provided with the Teksta T-Rex.

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  • Emotionally Intelligent: Teksta T-Rex has a variety of eye expressions to let you know how he is feeling.
  • Touch Sensors: T-Rex will roar and wave his head if you approach him.
  • App Program: Create more Teksta tricks using the free downloadable app.
  • With wireless and infrared technology you can train Teksta to play and interact with his friends and other Teksta toys like Teksta the Robot Dog and Kitten
  • Download the app free for extra bonus features and programmes for Teksta T-Rex robot Dinosaur wirelessly with Apple + Android Tablet
  • Requires 4x AA Batteries (not included)

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