StikBot is a fun new toy from Brainstorm, and it’s proved popular here. We were sent the StikBot Zanimation Studio to review and we found it to be a toy that fires the imagination. H had fun with the little plastic figures as the bodies are very pose-able and they come in a variety of colours (the set comes with the red man and the yellow animal, but we have a pink one too that we already had). But the fun doesn’t stop there as you can download an app (available free) on iOS and Android to make your very own #StikBot films.
The app is easy to download, and it’s simple to get started. Using the tripod that comes with the set lets you keep your phone very still for smooth filming. The downloadable app allows you to personalise your short films with green screen techniques, adding your own graphics, music and even recording a voice track. Each StikBot has a rubber sucker on his hands and feet to enable lots of cool posing like our cartwheeling stikbot and the elasticated joints help too.
We found that our StikBots worked best on a very shiny surface, like shiny plasticky cardboard that comes with the set. It is a little flimsy as a stage set and it works better with the plastic tray (that we would otherwise have thrown away) kept inside to provide a little more stability.
Now I had hoped to be able to share a video that H was working on with you, but he’s developed quite grandiose plans and it may well take a while before there is anything to show you. So here’s a video from Stikbot’s YouTube channel so you can get a better idea of what the figures and the app is capable of.