Best Toy Robots, August 2007

Ditch the windup R2-D2. At the online store, based in Van Nuys, the automatons and programmable pets are packed with 32-bit microprocessors and solar-powered batteries. Palm-size CYBUGs ($26-$63)—“insects” that look like circuit boards with claws and legs—can be set up to make chomping motions, seek out light, and battle other CYBUGs. The RoboNova-I ($980) looks like an evil Transformer but just wants to dance; in addition to performing flips and cartwheels, this funky bot pops and locks like a b-boy. Kits and fully assembled toys are available for every budget and IQ level.