Your Kid Wants These Things Really Bad, and You May Want One Too

WooBots 8 photos
Photo: Bamloff
Trucks, buses, airplanes, you name it, they’re all made of wood and can turn into robots. Transformers? No, way better. These toys take Lego bricks and put them to shame in a blink of an eye.
It’s wood that makes them feel natural. Sure, it needs to come from sustainable sources, unless you want some environmentalist knocking down your door. But it’s true, this material feels a lot better than plastic or metal. Carmakers use it to embellish their luxury vehicles’ interiors, but toy manufacturers stopped using it for obvious reasons.

Good old lumber may not be anything like 3D printing, but it will surely tackle kids’ interest. Canadian start-up Bamloff is using it to manufacture a robot collection for action-packed fun called WooBots. They were designed to be transformed into different states in just a few seconds, which is quite important considering kids are not that good at being patient (and neither are adults).

Worry not, though, this is not a toy for children only. As a matter of fact, each of the models could make a great gift for any transportation enthusiast, whether it’s automotive, aviation or the navy that interests him or her most.

Beetle is a wooden toy car that resembles the shape of the actual VW model, and that’s when it’s not in robot mode, of course. Truck is more like the leader of the gang if you wish; Warship is tough and unstoppable; while AutoBus is both robust and reliable, again, depending on the shape you choose. As a matter of fact, it’s not just one shape these wooden toys can take.

All of the WooBots - each is 15 to 18 cm tall and made of 15 to 20 wooden blocks - are cut by a laser machine for precision. They can all turn into two different pre-determined forms, but what you do with them is a matter of choice and imagination, of course. As with any Kickstarter project, there is a small dose of risk involved, but in theory, these toys should be ready for delivery by Christmas.

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