ToyDirectory® - Uberbot from UBERSTIX,
MSRP: $149.95Gender: Boys And Girls
With the Überbots construction and RC kits, kids spend most of their time designing and building offenses and defenses and then testing their assumptions on the field of battle. If they are knocked down three times, they return to their lab and redesign to come back stronger. The more kids play, the more sophisticated their designs become. Dane Scarborough, inventor of Überbots and Überstix, told TDmonthly
, “Build a boat and it floats or sails; build a UFO and it really flies; build a skyscraper and your ceiling may get in the way. More than one retailer told me that placing the order felt good because Überstix are designed to work with recycled items, including water bottles, Popsicle sticks, McDonald's straws, paperclips, etc. … This feature allows kids of all economic backgrounds to build big.” The kit builds two Überbots with 250 Überstix, two controllers and two flags. Each Überbot will operate on a different RC frequency, with up to six Überbots capable of battling simultaneously. The kit can also be purchased with rechargeable batteries.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7264 (added 3/20/2006)
Other Products by UBERSTIX
MSRP: $149.95Launch Date: January 2010Gender: Boys And Girls
Uberstix introduces a construction toy that flies and performs stunts. One can build and design their own Gliders while experimenting with the placement of Wings, Wheels, Nosecones and Tailfins. Make your glider do stunts. Learn about the forces that affect aerodynamics. These flexible Glider Kits are made with lightweight foam wings they will soar for long distances. Each has a 13.5 inch wingspan. They come in a variety of 8 graphic designs including the "CYPRUSO", "ELECTICUS", "FOURBARRELL", "PLASMOS", "SKORGE", "STEAMTANK", "TURBINER", and "VORTICIES." Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28152 (added 4/21/2010)
MSRP: $149.95Age Range: 8 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Using the pieces included in this kit, plus recycled water bottles provided by the user, kids can build a working sailboat that not only floats, but realistically uses the wind to sail. The design can be modified into several different kinds of boats. Plus, Uberstix are designed to be compatible with many other popular construction systems, allowing for virtually endless possibilities. This kit comes with with a three- to four-hour lab lesson planning sheet that teaches the basics of sailing and the function of keel and rudder.
― “Uberstix. We love that,” said Terri Bracken, owner of Earth Explorer Toys
in Zionsville, Ind., when asked about her top-selling item for tween boys in October 2009.
― “Uberstix is up and coming,” said Tom Levin, owner of Tom's Toys
in Great Barrington, Mass., about his best sellers for tween-aged boys.
― Two out of 39 retailers said Uberstix are a best selling item for tween boys in fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25756 (added 10/27/2009)
MSRP: $149.95Age Range: 8 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Founded on the idea of a modular construction set that integrates with many other popular systems such as K'Nex and Lego, Uberstix is also intended for use with whatever recycled materials one might have lying around. Mixing Uberstix pieces such as the 60 contained in this set with found materials yields numerous possibilities. This model set is designed to yield a bird that can really flap its wings. The kit also includes a 40-page book of Uberstix basics.
― During an April 2010 survey of best-selling construction toys, two of 43 retailers named Uberstix as their top line.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25114 (added 8/26/2009)
MSRP: $10.00Age Range: 8 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Founded on the idea of a modular construction set that integrates with many other popular systems such as K'Nex and Lego, Uberstix is also intended for use with whatever recycled materials one might have lying around. Mixing Uberstix pieces such as the 60 contained in this set with found materials yields numerous possibilities. This model set is designed to yield a large bat that can really flap its wings. The kit also includes a 40-page book of Uberstix basics.
— “They are flying off the shelves,” said Janet Hoo, owner of Hoomade Toys in Phoenix, Ariz., who named Uberstix in response to TDmonthly's April 2009 survey of best selling construction toys. “Once the customer learns they are compatible with Legos and other sets they want them.”
— “I put some out to show how they work with Legos and others,” said Jacque Flagg, owner of Jacque's Educational Supplies
in Bryan, Texas, on what makes Uberstix a best-selling toy in the construction department.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23614 (added 5/11/2009)
MSRP: $140.00Age Range: 7 and upSKU or Item #: U00370Gender: Boys And Girls
This 500-piece starter kit includes enough components for the construction of 12 lineal elevated feet of monorail track. It also comes with a powered engine and a car to ride the rail and weather 30-degree grades.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22677 (added 3/2/2009)
MSRP: $140.00Age Range: 7 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Adding to the earth-friendly series that encourages kids to recycle products through their constructions, the PirateShip comes with 112 pieces as well as a scavenger list of items children must collect to create their sailable ship. Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22637 (added 2/27/2009)
MSRP: $129.99Age Range: 10 and upLaunch Date: August 2008Gender: Boys And Girls
The ÜBERARC™ 1200 Empire State Building is part of the architectural series, designed for students, architects, engineers and anyone else who just loves to build. Using full-scale authentic blueprints, builders create a foundation and representation of the Empire State Building. Builders apply for a building permit online that will show the seismic and wind loads for their proposed ÜberArc Empire State Building location. They can even pinpoint the location on a map and create their own unique building name displayed to other ÜberArc builders. This architectural dream set will teach basic building techniques to create load-bearing walls, curves, arches and more. The completed UberArc Empire State Building is more than 4' tall. Launch date: August 2008. This set is a JCPenney exclusive until January 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20083 (added 8/19/2008)
MSRP: $16.99Age Range: 7 and upGender: Boys And Girls
These new construction/craft kits from ÜberStix take the company's commitment to recycling one step further. When kids open the construction kit, they will discover that it requires more than just building it. The ÜBERSTIX LANDSAILER™ and ÜBERDRAGSTER™ are both working models that require Push Ups® ice cream pops for wheels, coffee stir sticks, straws and more. The LandSailer requires very little wind to move it across the ground. Kids can set up their own unique race courses for their working models — even build a speed ramp. "This is the first build system that rewards kids for recycling," ÜberStix founder Dane Scarborough told TDmonthly
. "In doing the Scavenger Kits, we're starting a new category of toys."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16613 (added 12/17/2007)
MSRP: $16.99Age Range: 7 and upGender: Boys And Girls
These new construction/craft kits from Überstix take the company's commitment to recycling one step further. To complete the working ÜBERSTIX PirateShip™ or ÜBERFO™, one must collect a list of recyclable components from an included Scavenger List. Building the PirateShip, for example, requires ice cream sticks, a plastic water bottle, cups, a rubber band, a plastic bag for the sail, and tape. The ÜBERFO is easy to build and fun to fly.
— "The Scavenger Kits reward children in two ways," Uberstix Founder Dane Scarborough told TDmonthly
. "First, they get to build a working model they can actually play with. Second, they can build bigger objects because they add to them with materials they find."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16612 (added 12/17/2007)
MSRP: $11.99Age Range: 8 and upSKU or Item #: 00401Gender: Boys And Girls
This 90-piece construction kit can be used to make a movable crab, or combined with other construction toys for creative play.
— "The sheer size of the crab seemed to heighten the sense of accomplishment my son felt in building it," said Robbin Dawson, a member of TDmonthly's Homeschooling Roundtable, which evaluated the toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13542 (added 6/19/2007)
MSRP: $11.99Age Range: 7 and upGender: Boys And Girls
The Animal Kingdom set includes the ÜBERFROG™ (76-piece kit - MSRP: $9.99), the ÜBERCRAB™ (90-piece kit - MSRP: $11.99), the ÜBERBIRD™ (84-piece kit - MSRP $11.99) and the ÜBERBAT™ (60-piece kit - MSRP: $9.99). The pieces feature realistic movement and easily integrate with other construction systems and recyclable materials. The set comes with a 40-page Basics Book.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13540 (added 6/19/2007)
Wholesale Price: (Log in to view) MSRP: $11.99Age Range: 10 and upSKU or Item #: 875415005007Launch Date: June 2007Gender: Boys And Girls
This complete professional construction kit allows children to create foundations from real blueprints with the 12 foundation plans included. Builders can make representations of real skyscrapers or design their own. The 3,200-piece set retails at $299.99. A 1,600-piece set is also available (MSRP: $179.99). Launch date: June 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12792 (added 5/15/2007)
MSRP: $14.99Age Range: 8 and upGender: Boys And Girls
ÜberTropolis 101 is a great way to introduce kids to ÜberTropolis building. This basic set comes with 101 Überstix pieces that allow children to build bridges, towers and the Mobius strip. In addition to basic Überstix I-sticks, the set comes with quarks, which allow kids to build towers and other structures taller than they are. Sturdy components result in structures that can hold a child’s weight. ÜberTropolis 101 can be used with other building systems and recyclables. “In designing everything to be accessible, it’s not just about the price point but also being able to add onto it. You can buy a few thousand Popsicle sticks for a few bucks or you can get some McDonald’s straws ― those are free,” CEO Dane Scarborough of Überstix explained.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12433 (added 4/23/2007)
MSRP: $149.99Age Range: 8 and upGender: Boys And Girls
“Kids” can create radio-controlled, rumbling robots and pit up to six of them against each other at a time, thanks to six interchangeable RC frequencies. Working with sturdy, yet flexible interlocking Uberstix components, builders utilize physics, engineering and creative skills to design robots that can trounce their opponents. In the heat of battle, UberBots employ jabs and hooks and even speak preprogrammed Japanese phrases designed to conquer all foes. Knocking down an opponent three times is a win. Then the fighters retire to redesign their Bots and devise another unbeatable strategy for victory. The 621 kit includes two UberBots, 250 Uberstix pieces, two remote controls, two flags, 14 rechargeable Ni-Cad batteries, two chargers and building instructions.
— These Japanese-speaking robotic construction toys received a TDmonthly Top Toy 2007
award for many reasons: the scientific knowledge they invite in construction and redesign, their RC capability to fight multiple robots at one time, the creativity and inventiveness required when reprogramming the UberBots, and the signature, interlocking Überstix parts that make up their distinctive structure. Finally, Überstix are made from recycled plastic and can be combined with other building toys, setting their kits on a higher plane than other construction toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12117 (added 3/28/2007)
MSRP: $9.99Age Range: 8 and upGender: Boys And Girls
The Überfrog is made of a combination of Uberstix and K’NEX materials. It features realistic movement and lots of personality. The project is rated an 8 on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, and requires the following: 40 Quarks, eight CubStix, two LocHubs, two yellow K’NEX, five green K’NEX and two yellow K’NEX rods.
— "All the children were delighted with how the projects looked upon completion," reported Teresa Wilson, a TDmonthly
Homeschooling Roundtable mom who evaluated the Uberfrog. "This toy is a winner." She awarded it five out of five stars.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11683 (added 2/27/2007)
MSRP: $54.99Age Range: 9 and upGender: Boys And Girls
Kids can create buildings and structures that are taller than they are with the ÜberTropolis 601 set. It includes complete instructions for four different towers, including one to build a 5' tower with a flag to put at the top.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8520 (added 7/11/2006)
MSRP: $54.99Gender: Boys And Girls
The UberStix in this set are variously colored and composed of varied materials. The Stix have been designed specifically for constructing “fantastic representations of buildings and bridges or your own designs,” inventor Dane Scarborough told TDmonthly Magazine
. “They don’t look like toys. They look very industrial, modern or gothic — whatever the builder’s intention is. The product debuted at Toy Fair 2006 and will ship in July 2006. Sets range in price from $99.99 to $300.00.
Build representations of existing skyscrapers, bridges & other structures
Create prototypes of your own designs
Basic building techniques are provided which show you how to create load-bearing walls, curves, arches etc.
For Architects, Engineers, Students and anyone that loves to build!
Architectural Colors Include:
Black, ship Metal Gray, Sandstone, Clear, Clear-Green, Clear-Blue, Steel, Aluminum, Brick Red & Concrete Gray. New colors released each year.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7918 (added 5/22/2006)
MSRP: $21.99Age Range: 8 and upSKU or Item #: 00306Launch Date: September 2006Gender: Boys And Girls
Kids can build a functional catapult and learn the physics that make launching objects through the air possible. The catapult itself only requires 90 of the kit’s 181 pieces, leaving plenty of extra pieces to upgrade and explore new design options. As part of the company's Science Project Series, this kit includes a Lab Sheet to test and record a series of suggested experiments."Our construction system is much more diverse than other products, offering integration with other construction sets (Lego, K'nex, Zoobs, Zomes) as well as with recycled materials (Popsicle sticks, McDonald's straws, egg cartons, water bottles). This offers limitless possibilities for children (and adults) to build structures taller than themselves. [Our products] are not available in the mass-market stores," COO Julie Bell of Uberstix told TDmonthly
. The Uberpult received the 2007 Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award in both Toys/Games and Educational Products categories. It also received The Toy Man Online 2007 Seal of Approval, Award of Excellence and eChoice Award. Launch date: September 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7917 (added 5/22/2006)
MSRP: $44.99Age Range: 7 and upSKU or Item #: 00305Gender: Boys And Girls
Future architects, engineers, and even rocket scientists will love using this versatile construction system that utilizes principles of physics and mathematics to build, float, and fly their wildest projects. The highly flexible, yet sturdy links, crossbeams and connecting panels interlock to form rigid structures that soar. This 450-piece set has plans for a tower, boat, bridge, ray-gun and UFO. Complete instructions are included.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7445 (added 3/30/2006)