My son, like so many kids, has a thing for robots, but the first few realistic robot toys he received were greeted with suspicion and trepidation: Why are those eyes blinking? and—ack!—will it talk at night when I’m in bed?!?
The aptly named Calabot was created by the smart people at Calafant whose build-your-own cardboard structures have entertained my kids for years. Like their palace, farm, and even walk-in castle, the Calabot comes completely disassembled–words that normally strike fear into my no-assembly-required heart. But, with easy-to-follow instructions (no, really!), any smart teen or grown up should be ok.
Just don’t think you can hand the box to your six-year-old and tell him to build it himself.