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Tread lightly with this one! It is so eerily insect-like that your unsuspecting kitten/granny/spouse may be in for a surprise which may just prove to be too much! Behold, Hexapod Explorer! The most stylish crawling model on the planet has arrived to make our day! True to Theo Jansen’s vision, the Explorer shatters the boundaries between engineering and art with its mere existence. This truly amazing robot, Ugears mechanoid family champion, is devoid of any electronic parts, but can elegantly move along various surfaces for up to three meters.

Inspired by the worlds of science and biology of living organisms, the Explorer combines the two. 1997 was the year when Mars Pathfinder rover descended on the Red Planet, paving the way for the others: exploring, collecting samples, recording data, transmitting signals back to Earth. With Hexapod Explorer you can imagine being in charge of a research mission on a new mysterious and intriguing planet.

Insects make up about half the known species on the planet. Their success in the art of survival owes to their versatility, the way their bodies are built. Our Hexapod was designed along the same energy-efficient lines and, in fact, resembles a handsome beetle, crawling away on its six mechanical legs.

This unique model would appeal to anyone with an interest in robotics, biology or mechanics! It would also make a superb gift for people with vivid imagination and those who are prone for a joke!


The spring motor inside the Hexapod Explorer is a powerful one and can push it forward for quite a while. Unlike other models, no supporting wheel is required to move it along. As a result, Hexapod Explorer can negotiate moderately rough terrain, which is fitting for an interstellar mechanism you can imagine it to be! What’s more, the Hexapod Explorer features a variable speed dial (for creeping, crawling or skittering). Our robotic bug alters its speed according to what you want!

The Hexapod Explorer wooden model kit features 388 pieces, a sturdy metal spring, powering the robot’s movements, as well as rubber band foot pads to achieve superior traction on slippery surfaces. This educational model has Medium difficulty level rating (assembly time about 8 h). Wind the internal spring with a ratchet key on the belly. No need to hold the key while winding — potential energy gets stored with every twist – no slippage – until the spring is completely loaded. Our Hexapod Explorer is able to traverse rough surfaces and step over 1-2 cm obstacles. Just crank the model up, put it down, pick the speed of your choice with the help of the dial on its head. Last step: release the “go” switch at the back to get our rover moving! Alter speeds at any moment, mid-run or on the following go.

Get ready for hours of fun with this spectacular piece of engineering marvel!



Dimensions: 14.9 × 6.7 × 1.1 in
Assembled size: 10.6"x8.7"x3.7"
Estimated time of assembly: 4-8 hours
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Number of parts: 388
Tools and materials: Made of high quality plywood; assembly requires no glue or cutting
Recommended Age: 14+

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