Tomy Dingbot

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Adorable Dingbot moves about the house hitting into walls.

Based on the lovable 1982 film character E.T. Initially produced for a whisky television commercial in Japan.
The battery operated Dingbot is a good communicator, emitting little squeals of excitement as he shakes his head, smiling as he moves about changing direction as he bumps into objects. He is a fast traveling robot who bumps into walls and obstacles, chatters, turns his head, speeds off in another direction carries his own floor plan in his arms. He is a funny robot who is slowly learning the meaning of walls. He's dingbot.

I've had him for a long time and I don't even remember how I got him. It is fairly cute as it resembles robots designed in the 80s with their rectangular head and big round eyes. Wall-E from Disney's movie of the same name shares a resemblance to this toy.


Those big round eyes made Dingbot so adorable


Those small short arms can rotate almost all 360 degrees but his big head gets in the way


A fake panel


I tried prying open his head panel but it won't open


The front wheels are quite worn and control the direction Dingbot travels. The rear wheels only roll foward and back. Dingbot needs a single AA battery under that panel. A power switch controls whether he moves or not.

Although Dingbot is suppose to stop, turn another direction after hitting into a wall, I think mine got old and the sensors broke so it just keeps running into the same wall. I've had this for years and I'm glad I haven't lost him yet. Definitely a beautiful clean robot design that best represents the 80s.

Eric Toy Score: 3 out of 5

Publisher: Tomy
Year: 1982
Price: $9.99


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