Sphero spins up Spider-Man

Alex Kidman 15 June 2017 NEWS

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Sphero's latest toy promises hours of web-slinging action.

Sphero has had remarkable success with its own ranges of spherical robots for both educational and play purposes, but in recent years it's also offered a range of robots built around existing popular cultural icons. From Star Wars: The Force Awakens we got the undeniably cute Sphero BB-8, and more recently the app-enabled Ultimate Lightning McQueen toy.

It has just announced its latest licensed property, and in case both the headline and picture didn't give it away, it's Marvel's troubled teenage hero, Spider-Man. The Sphero Spider-Man is described as an "interactive app-enabled super hero." Spidey measures in at 21.5cm high and 14.5cm wide with a carrying weight of 680g, so he's going to be quite solid.

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. When you're not saving the world, he'll also engage in light banter with you, although it's not clear quite how interactive or interpretative he actually is in real life.

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The Spider-Man Interactive App-Enabled Super Hero is available now for both iOS and Android devices as a free app, although ol' Spidey himself will cost $249.99 when he launches in Australia.

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