Transforming the typical robot toy

CubebotThough I have a six-year-old son, I have somehow avoided those plastic transforming toys that are supposed to go from a car or a truck to a robot, though I can never get them to look like either one.

But avoid a block of wood that transforms into a smiling robot that looks like he’s about to bust a move? No way: This one is just too cool.

CubebotCreated by amazing designer David Weeks, the Cubebot Wooden Robot Toy is a twist on the very-neat Japanese wood craft known as Kumiki. And unlike the typical battery-hogging, noise-producing, plasticky robot toy, the Cubebot is crafted of hardwood and gets its moves from sturdy elastic bands that let its owner move him into all sorts of positions.

Cool Mom Picks Pick of the Year 2010Any noises he makes come from your own mouth, so I’m practicing my robot voice now, much to my children’s embarrassment.

I could see the Cubebot sitting on the dresser in a baby’s nursery, on the bookshelf in my son’s room, or lording over a Lego tower in the playroom. Though it is not a particularly fragile-looking toy, the recommended age of 12+ leads me to believe that it may be a little tricky to transform the Cubebot from block to ‘bot. I’m hopeful that even I could figure it out. -Christina 

The Cubebot Wooden Robot Toy is available in three sizes at A+R Store.


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Mir
    Reply September 26, 2010


    One Christmas gift down. 😉

  • Reply October 4, 2010

    Lisa Bruckner

    So glad my son and husband don’t look at this site…because they are both getting this wooden bot for the holidays. I think I might even add it to my recommended gift list for Hendricks Park clients. Would be a great stocking stuffer.

    Thanks for the great tip CMP!
    All the best,

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