Robotix (toyline)

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Robotix is a line of toy motorized modular construction sets, used to construct robots, robotic vehicles, and machines, and often including action figures. Robotix toys were first marketed by the Milton Bradley Company (MB) from 1984 until 1986.[1] The 1985 cartoon series Robotix was based on these toys. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Robotix toys were sold by RC2 Corporation under its Learning Curve brand. Learning Curve changed the colors of the original MB toys from mostly black and white to bright colors, introduced new parts, and expanded the range of playsets.[2]

As of 2014, Robotix toys are sold by Robotics and Things, based in Simi Valley, California, which also offers STEM enrichment programs for children.[2][3]

Parts[edit]

You can see the Arm (50mm)

Robotix parts, despite their route creation being centered in the United States,[4] use the metric system of measurement for their pieces. For example, they sell three arm pieces: Arm (50mm), Arm (75mm), and Arm (100mm). These parts connect using a Male/Female attachment system, where each connection is in the shape of an octagon. The toy was high quality for the time, featuring a good figure, heavy plastics, and rounded corners.

Ownership[edit]

Robotix toys were sold by the Milton Bradley Company from 1984 until 1994. It was turned into the animated series Robotix in 1986.

Learning Curve Brands began offering Robotix sets in 1994, and continued offering them until 2001. The packaging at this time changed to reflect the Learning Curve name, and many new parts were added. Since 2001, Robotics and Things has continued to sell Robotix toys through the internet. Despite the changes in distribution, products currently available are fully backward compatible with all toys from 1984 onward. Information provided by Neil L. Friedman, Director of "Robotics And Things" in an email dated 11/5/2007.[unreliable source?]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Virtual Toy Chest's Robotix Archive". Virtualtoychest.com. Virtual Toy Chest. 2007. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Robotix". Zeroidz.com. Zeroidz.com: Great Robots and Toys From the Space Age. Retrieved 2016-01-06. 
  3. ^ Robotics and Things official website
  4. ^ http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/milton-bradley-company-history/