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These videos have been making the viral rounds today. They’re a sneak peek and a draft promo video for a six-legged robotic toy in development at Wow! Stuff in the UK. And the toy is definitely a wow. The R/C walker has interchangeable weapon heads that fire foam darts, ping pong balls, poker chip-like disks, and the toys have interchangeable armor that flies off when hit by other walkers.

The developers are looking for a name for the toy and ideas for armor designs and customization pieces. They’ll be giving away one of the toys for the name they choose and for any designs they use. I love this toy designer’s child-like enthusiasm. We have to get him to Maker Faire!

Name Our Toy

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Deven says:

    YES! Jaimie! I am soo excited for these!

  2. Luis says:

    I love this guy, been watching his videos for years! hceck way back to when he made a crazy log saw with two tires!

  3. aaron says:

    i think it should be named the battle crawler evolution

  4. aaron says:

    or it should be called crawler task force

  5. Roxana says:

    Some name suggestions for cool robot. :)
    “Dark Bot”
    “Take Over Tank”
    “Ultrasix” (because of the six legs)
    “Spicrawl” (as in Spider)

  6. Alek Zvonaryov says:

    Arachnid

  7. David says:

    I thought of Spirex…

  8. Jaymz C says:

    Stumpy

  9. Joe Pitz says:

    How about podwalker

  10. Robert R says:

    Battlebot
    Destroyer-6
    Charley

  11. Mark says:

    You absolutely have to get Jamie to Maker Faire and bring his giant robot with him. The toys are actually a small version of it. Maybe he has time to complete it now after the toy design is done. I have been watching his youtube channel for years too, amazing guy doing his thing the “adventure builder” way.

  12. Aaron Newton says:

    I played “prefix”/”suffix” to come up with names

    “Insectrodes”
    “Arachnogedon” or “Armagedtron”
    “Warriachs” (halfway between “warrior” and “arachnids”)
    “Modupods”
    “Exotrons” (“exoskeleton”/”tronic”)
    “Pods of Prey”
    “Warriax” (warrior/thorax)

  13. gwfami says:

    Stalker

  14. Finn says:

    “HexTacticals”, “HexTactics”, “SideA.R.M.s (armored reconfigurable mechs)”.

  15. Ian says:

    Name it Steve

  16. Just be careful that you dont run into
    Tegenaria Duellica and Tegenaria Agrestis. kinda hells tag team ( I think they are together in a ‘lets send a million kids out parachuting in the wind’ kinda way but wont admit it and I aint gonna challenge them about it)

    Xysticus is a loner along with his mate (off and on) Mangora (a maculatian who has been exiled for killing too many young and former mates unbeknownst to Xysticus.
    Another character that not too much is known about is Lyssomane. You never see him even talk to anyone but h is pretty ugly. And then there is that freaky one I cant remember his name. I use the term ‘his’ loosely because I think he wanted to be in show tunes with Bette Midler or maybe as bette midler who knows maybe Cher??? Im just saying he is light on his feet. Although darn well killed that dude who called him a Feather tufted something or other… His name….hmmm ohh yeah that weird Gnatha something ???opr something Gnatha. Ill remember some time for now Gnatha yeah thatll do.. little limp tarsus spinneret eater

    Oh and Mangora has to have green leg armor and there are the evil brothers Gigas and Grossa two evil and mentally …well I want to stay politically correct here so ill just say …nah they are idiots complete and utter idiots but tough kinda the ‘lenny put down the kitten before you…..ahhh too late poor kitten’ tough and stupid

    Im sorry I can not reveal the others at this point as I have to go get some raid….because I think I hear one of them coming now……….

    AARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH Its CYCLOSA damn poisonous bastard I gotta run

    Wrecklesst

    You can light a fire for a man to keep warm for a day

    OR

    You can light him on fire and not have to hear all that damn whining anymore