Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Monday, September 2, 2013


Remote Control Fighting Robot Cyborgs - Tomy BattroBorg 20 #DigInfo

Battroborg updates Rock'em Sock'em Robots for the Wii generation, we go hands-on  

When Battroborg hit shelves in Japan last June we were, admittedly, a tad jealous. Where were our tiny, motion controlled boxing bots? Well, if you can be just a bit more patient, the vicious little toys should be landing stateside in time for Christmas.  

... beyond the obvious Wii and Rock'em Sock'em Robots comparisons, what's it like piloting these puny pugilists through battle?

When Tomy rep, Jamie Kieffer, took out the Battroborgs we were immediately struck by how small they were.   ... at about two or three inches tall, they're damn-near pocketable, which was a tad unexpected, we'd say they were cute. 

Their exceptionally light plastic bodies have two arms with joints at the elbow and shoulder, which allow them to throw straight rights and jabs. 

We also discovered, accidentally, that if you pop the elbow joint out of place you can "teach" the little guys to throw a hook.  

  ...accelerometers that translate your furious flurries into robot rights and lefts.

Operation is pretty simple. 

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.



With Battroborgs, you punch using hand-held radio controllers.

August 27, 2013

Forget the Punching Bag, Try the Robots

Battroborgs, an electronic update of the old Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots toy, are a lot of fun, and hardly need the hype that the marketing team for the toy has thrown at it. 

The advertising, Web site, and the free Battroborg Trainer app show animations that variously make the Battroborgs look as if they shoot sparks, use martial arts moves and have light-up eyes. They don’t. 

They do two things: Throw a punch with the left, and throw a punch with the right. 

And that’s plenty enough to have fun. 

You punch using hand-held radio controllers. Hold one in each hand, and when you throw a punch, the Battroborg does too. Alternating lefts and rights move the robot forward. Throwing repeated punches with one arm turns the Battroborg. It can take a little bit of practice just to get them in fighting proximity. 

The toy also comes with a “fight arena,” something like a boxing ring, which can be set up so the ropes restrict the toys to advancing toward each other, a help to wee ones impatient to get to the punching. 

When a Battroborg takes a punch, a light on its backpack signals the level of damage until blinking red signals it’s game over and shuts down the Battroborg. 

There is also a single-play mode, “Auto Drone,” that lets you play against a Battroborg throwing automated punches. 

Some of the marketing hype is in good fun. The head of the Battroborg, where you aim your punches, is referred to invariably as the “Neurocranial-Optic Visor.” The on/off switch is on the “Triton Processor.” Cardboard cutouts you can practice punching with are “Training Drones.” 

The toy kept two adults entertained for a good 15 minutes, which would have been longer except for looming deadlines — and the fact that the batteries need a recharge at about 20 minutes. A full recharge also takes about 20 minutes. 

The Battroborg play set is $80 with the arena and two Battroborgs. Additional Battroborgs are $35. 


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