Playable Battle Robot Kit

Price: 65.00 CAD
47.97 USD 44.11 EUR

• Passionate about combat robotics but not quite ready to compete in an arena?  These playable battle robot kits are perfect for the young or young-at-heart to practice at home and have friendly battles!

• Recommended ages 5 and up.  (We've had drivers as young as 3!)  Assembly time 20-45 minutes with adult help.

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New designs: Drill Head, Trident, Jigsaw, and Dragon!
* Jigsaw and Dragon have INTERCHANGEABLE WEAPONS! - Swap between a saw blade / single-toothed disc for Jigsaw, and a hammer / grabber-lifter for Dragon.

• These Playable Battle Robot Kits include everything you need to assemble and fight your own Battle Robot at home! Completely safe - the "weapons" will knock the opponents around but won't hurt small fingers.
• Safe and fun to build. The electronics are plug-and-play, and the chassis is slotted and screwed together. No special tools needed!
• Ages 5 and up. (We've had drivers as young as 3, but they aren't as interested in the building portion.)

Kit includes:
• Lasercut basswood frame - can be colored and painted!
• Drive motors and wheels
• Weapon system
• Electronics (motor controllers + radio receiver)
• Rechargeable robot battery (spares available here) and USB charger
• Remote control with AAA batteries

• Size: ~20x15cm (~8x6in)
• Weight: ~320g each (~11oz)
• Assembly Time: 20~45min with adult help

1) Power on robot. Robot red LED will begin flashing.
2) Power on remote control. Robot red LED will turn off and remote red LED will turn on solid to indicated they have paired. (Remote LED will shut off after 30s of no buttons being pressed.)
• The robot red LED will turn on whenever you are driving (not when commanding the weapon). The remote LED will turn on for 30s whenever any button is pressed.
• You can run dozens of robots all at the same time! Just make sure to pair one at a time or you may have to sort out which remote paired with which robot.

Two videos by Tim Baird: "Unboxing and Review" and "Building the Hammerhead Kit"

Remote Control Assembly

Colossus | Dragon

Drill Head | Hammerhead Shark

Jackrabbit | Jigsaw

Mustang | Nile Crocodile

Rage Wheel | Rattlesnake

Sawfish | Snapping Turtle

Stag Beetle | Tornado

Trident | White Rhino
10 Product Reviews - Average rating 4.6 / 5 (Show All)
- 23rd May 2023
Bought snapping turtle and jigsaw. My grandson absolutely loves them both. They were not hard to put together, using a real screwdriver. The ones in the kits twisted the tip off rather easily. The wood wrenches worked great though.
Trouble pairing
- 29th January 2023
Got the rattlesnake robot. The build was fun, but a little tough. Trouble was that we have not been able to get the remote to pair with the robot. Don’t see any guidance on that online either. Help! [FTR - S, please send us an email! We have no way to contact you back via a review.]
Amazing Customer Service & Bots!
- 27th January 2023
I wrote a review a while back on my experience with the bots (had some trouble), and Kurtis at Fingertech reached out to help.

They helped me address the issues with all 3 bots (troubleshooting and replacing the defective parts, and tips for better performance when I reassembled them).

All three are working great, are really freakin' cool, and my kids love them.

If I could amend my previous review, I would, but wanted to be sure to come back and comment again on my much-improved experience.

5 stars for the bots, and 5+ stars for Kurtis and his team.
The Lobsta
- 21st November 2022
I have Stag Beetle or The Lobster as we have renamed the bot. Mounting the motors with my kit would be best with screw heads inside and bolts on the out side. There is a wooden wrench that you need to punch out for assembly. The parts are not as delicate as I thought but use caution. I mounted the battery on top with Velcro to make charging easier. I love the bot but should have put the money towards a Viper . My dog got jealous as I was using the bot to clamp onto and drag around her dog toys so she hid them. Grabbing a Swifty with the bot did not impress girlfriend with my mini roomba emulation but I told her it counts for me cleaning the house.
Thank You Fingertech for all the fun !
Faulty Parts, never quite met expectations
- 12th November 2022
[FTR- Michael, contact us for replacements. Sounds like an unlucky set of defects that we will make right. We're taking notes for future improvements too, thanks!]

I got 3 of them in August 2021 for my 2 sons' birthdays (5 & 6). Hammerhead, Mustang, & Rage Wheel.

First, the good: the kids were PUMPED about them, and it was fun to build them together (though a little frustrating - watch the videos and use your own tools if you've got them).

The bad: the weapon motors barely worked. The Mustang never had a good flip from the first attempt. It moved slowly about 1cm, but then stopped altogether and just clicked when you hit the button after that. The Hammerhead weapon worked for a few hours, but then required you to manually move it upright before the motor would move it.

Rage Wheel weapon motor works, but the 1st little rubber band that rotates the top snapped within minutes, and I've since misplaced the 2nd one provided (that's on me).

I tried taking them apart and putting them back together better to see if that would help, but it was a pain and didn't help. Now, the kids wanted to pull them out again today after a few months, and the Mustang doesn't want to work at all (won't take commands or pair with the remote), and the light on the charger is off, meaning it's charged or not charging.

I should have written a review or contacted them the week of, but I was frustrated and hoping I could get it working, and then time just got away from me. Figured I'd write it up now since it's fresh on my mind.

TL;DR: great in concept, and these may have been duds that were exceptions, but at the very least it was a quality control issue, as 2/3 of the weapons either never worked or failed the first night. Would be worth every penny if they worked as intended, but instead were just an expensive frustration. Added a star just for my kids' excitement with it all.
Awesome, but could use more durability and custom controller
- 20th December 2021
Great, but would really appreciate custom controllers. Also motors could use better durability for the gears. Mine broke within 5 seconds. [FTR- Sorry to hear that! Must have been a manufacturing defect as they're normally very robust. We'll send a replacement.]
Great fun, but some minor issues to look out for.
- 01st March 2021
I got the Snapping Turtle (vertical spinner) and Mustang (flipper) and really had a lot of fun putting these together and driving 'em around.

Plus, it really seems like there's potential for customization of parts as well if you want to play with batteries and motors.

I can't recommend them enough for adults that just want some robot fighting amusement or kids who want an awesome intro to engineering.

That 1 missing star is for some build issues.

Both controllers had issues with the alignment of the right/left turn buttons. I had to cut away some of the wood around the holes in the top. It's soft, and a pocket knife took care of it, not difficult, but...

On the Snapping Turtle, the wires popped off the weapon motor shortly after unpacking it. Some wire stripping and tape fixed it up and it works but...

On the Mustang a number of wood parts have to slot into one another and slide into place. This is reasonably tough to do, you want it to stay put, but in some cases the wood would start to peel off layers or need some trimming down to work. Again, not too tricky in the soft wood, an it all works but...

...these things could be problematic for younger, less industrious, or more easily frustrated builders. So take that into consideration.

A last note that is actually a recommendation for Fingertech - supply controller buttons in a color that matches the wheels of the bot, or have the bot name or profile etched into the controller's battery cover. Something to help identify that a controller matches a specific robot vs. having them all look the same. [FTR: Thanks for the review! Actually, any remote can pair with any kit, so don't worry about mixing them up!]
Perfect for beginners
- 10th February 2021
Been watching battlebots since I was 9, had a blast building my own.
Perfect for the beginner combat bot fan
- 05th February 2021
Ordered two kits, on opening the box I was impressed at the quality and attention to detail of the kits. Every detail had been thought of from carefully packaged hardware, pre-soldered electronics to the included batteries and mini screwdriver. The kits went together easily with the aid of the very clear build videos provided on the website. The laser-cut parts are produced to a tight tolerance so some minor sanding may be required in certain places to get the best result. Once together the bots are a joy to play around with and battle each other. The small motors pack a surprising amount of power and it is very satisfying to watch them zip around like your favourite heavyweights from TV. Overall a great gift for any aspiring bot builder. 5/5
Absolute blast
- 04th February 2021
Mine arrived yesterday. I had an absolute blast putting it together and for an absolute novice like me it's an awesome reference piece in moving on to the real thing. Plus me and my fiancé have had a huge amount of fun battling on our living room floor.
Replacement NiCad Battery for Playable Battle Robot Kits

The NiCad batteries that come with the Playable Battle Robot Kits last up to 15 minutes - but sometimes that isn't enough!

Grab a spare or two for your robot and don't be stuck waiting for a recharge.

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