Sphero spins up Spider-Man

Posted June 18, 2017

Channelling the best of the Batman Arkham games with a huge open world NY to web-sling around, Spider-Man promises one hell of a superhero adventure when it arrives sometime in 2018. The cute and amusing looking Spider-Man toy has animated eyes.

Away from its charging base, the toy can be used for up to two hours before needing more juice. Again, though, the idea is that Sphero will continuously add stories to Spider-Man's arsenal.

The toy companion's launch is timed to coincide with the release of the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie franchise reboot.

We're introducing new elements of either existing characters or we're exposing characters who may not be as well-known like Mister Negative who's relatively new to the Spider-Man universe. Look out! Here come our seven favourite things about Spider-Man so far.

Underneath that iconic red and blue costume lies both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, with the promise that you can use him both as a simple security sensor through his LCD eyes (that's his "Spider-sense", naturally), as well as to play games with him via the free app.

Spider-Man only listens to your commands while his logo is glowing.

Standing just shy of nine-inches tall, Sphero's new Spider-Man toy isn't quite an action figure because its only articulated features are a pair of arms that rotate at the shoulders.

There's also an associated app that lets you create your own superhero name and abilities and helps you keep track of which bad guys you've fought. Will you be picking one up? It's hitting stores today for $159/£149, and you can get one for yourself from the Sphero online store or retailers like Best Buy and Target in the United States, or Argos, John Lewis and others in the UK. He said Spider-Man is only listening when the spider on his chest lights up, and the user's voice is never stored or shared.

In general, though, this could be the ideal companion for a Spider-Man-obsessed 8 year-old (or older) who wants wants to live the Spidey lifestyle with all the entertainment and activity value, but none of the real-world risks.