On May 10, 2013 by Ethan Lowry
While we were in Shenzhen we visited Makeblock. They went through HAXLR8R last year and ran a very successful Kickstarter to fund their robot-making kits. They’ve taken the classic Elector Set concept and cranked up the quality and capability. The anodized aluminum frame pieces and heavy rubber treads have a feeling of permanence that plastic toys just can’t match. The electronics are built around an Arduino shield with easy connectors to a wide range of components. The kit is even LEGO compatible, with the hole spacing carefully chosen to match. All this adds up to a beautiful, top-quality, full-featured (and expensive) kit.