4M Tin Can Robot

By | February 10, 2018
4M Tin Can Robot

Transform a used soda pop can into a bug-eyed robot with the 4M Tin Can Robot kit. The 4M Tin Can Robot teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used can into a fun and functional robot. No special tools or knowledge required; the kit contains detailed instructions and all the necessary parts. Just add a used soda pop can and let the fun begin. Use the kit to create a silly robot or a motorized monster, or a combination of the two. Requires one AA batteries (not included). Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

  • The 4M Tin Can Robot teaches the value of recycling by repurposing a used can into a fun and functional robot.
  • No special tools or knowledge required; the kit contains detailed instructions and all the necessary parts.
  • Just add a used soda pop can and let the fun begin.
  • Use the kit to create a silly robot or a motorized monster, or a combination of the two.
  • Requires one AA batteries (not included). Recommended for ages 8 years and up. Works well and long with Polaroid Batteries.

3 thoughts on “4M Tin Can Robot

  1. M. Heiss
    320 of 327 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    So cute to see this thing wobbling across the floor, May 19, 2012
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    M. Heiss (USA) –

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    Of course, my creative son says, “Mom, it’s not CUTE. It’s awesome.”

    But honestly, this robot is just darling — adding eyes to the form gives it a little personality.

    My son spray-painted his can gold before he built this, but you could use any old can. I like how the can is not gripped too tightly by the robot — you can switch cans as you please.

    This was a fun mechanical toy for him to build, and it took him quite a while — 2 hours or so, mostly because of the teeny-tiny screws.

    Here’s tip, Moms: If you have a magnet in the house, get it out for this project. It will keep all those tiny metal parts from rolling onto the floor.

    *** update — I added our photos in customer images ***

  2. M. Stacy
    446 of 461 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Project to build WITH your child, but with slight issues, February 11, 2012
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    M. Stacy (VA USA) –
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    I purchased this toy to build with a 5 year old who currently has a fascination with robots, and it was a major hit! He loves it. His younger sister loves it. And after taking it to “Show and Tell” at school, he quickly discovered that his entire class loves it, evident by the fact that he heard the phrase “will you build me one” many, many times that day.

    The project was very easy to assemble, and contrary to many reviews I see here, I experienced no issues with “fragile, easily broken parts.” (I’m writing this review 3 weeks after assembly, and the robot still looks mint, despite hours of play) Assembly took approximately 1 hour, but could have taken much less if I hadn’t proceeded slowly to explain the how and why of things during the building process.

    Despite my overall positive experience with this toy, a couple of small issues slightly hurt the overall product —

    1) In the parts list section of the instructions, the 2 screw types are labeled incorrectly. This will become evident (and the problem resolves itself) as soon as you begin to use the screws, but the error did cause a few minutes of confusion during assembly.

    2) The 2 bolts used to connect the arm brackets are simply too short. They may work if you grind the bracket slightly, or simply force the bolts enough to reach the nut, hoping to not break anything in the process, but luckily, I had screws in my “scrap parts container” that worked perfectly. To avoid unnecessary aggravation, I recommend visiting a hardware store and replacing the 4 bolts with bolts that are approximately 1/16 longer. This will cost a few cents extra, plus a trip to the hardware store, but will help ensure a much more positive experience with assembly.

    Overall, we enjoyed this toy enough to order another robot from the same company (different model). I had fun with this project, the child is still having fun with this project, and he learned quite a bit about motors, current, why a battery makes his toys move, and why adjusting the cams (feet) impact the movement types. I’d call that a major win, despite the minor annoyances.

  3. DanC
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Inexpensive and the fun factor is 10 stars., June 27, 2017
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    DanC

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    I got this for my 10 year old nephew just to see if he had any interest in simple electronics. Turns out he enjoyed assembling this which is fairly easy and has played with it for endless hours having a tons of laughs at the same time. This turned out to be a great value for the money. All you need to supply is an empty soda can.

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