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UGEARS HEXAPOD EXPLORER

Your cat is going to love/hate us for this one! Are you ready for the coolest crawler available anywhere on the model market? Introducing the Ugears Hexapod Explorer: part insect, part robot, part extraterrestrial rover. Driven by a powerful spring motor, the Hexapod Explorer can walk up to 3 meters on its own legs, without need of an auxiliary or supporting wheel like other models have. The ability to bear its own weight, on the legs alone, allows the Hexapod Explorer to navigate slightly rough terrain, like a planetary rover stepping out of the capsule to explore new worlds. Another amazing feature that makes our walker unique is that the Hexapod Explorer comes with a variable speed dial. You can make your robo-bug creep, crawl, or skitter at any speed you want! When the Hexapod stops walking, pick it up and watch the legs come to life and flail about, just like a real insect, crab or spider would do. It's the stuff of nightmares, or a mechanical model-maker's dreams, depending on one's perspective!

This DIY Hexapod Explorer takes its place as champion walker among Ugears' amazing family of mechanoids, automatons, 3D puzzles, and wooden mechanical marvels. We've created a purely mechanical, wooden walking robot, without electronic components. At Ugears we believe design should be elegant, in every sense of the word—simple, smart, and beautiful to look at. As Theo Jansen has said, "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds." We are committed to surprising and delighting our growing base of customers in 85 countries across five continents with designs that have that "Wow!" factor.

We are fortunate to live in an exciting age of space exploration and rapid technological advancement. Mankind's first steps on another celestial sphere came in 1969, with the Apollo 11 moonwalk of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. From 1997 to the present there have been six different Mars rovers operating on the red planet. Imagine you are the commander of a mission to explore Planet X. A rover can only take photos and samples along its solitary path. But imagine if your landing craft could release a robotic army of Hexapod Explorers to skitter across the surface of the new planet in every direction, testing the soil, collecting rock samples, searching for alien life forms. Each night the Hexapods rest, and each day they recharge and come to life, continuing their explorations and scientific work. Maybe a lander from another civilization on a different planet arrives, sees the Hexapods, and believes them to be the dominant life form on Planet X!

The Hexapod Explorer wooden model kit has 388 pieces and features a strong metal spring that powers the robot's walking action, and rubber band foot pads for better traction on smooth surfaces. This DIY model is rated Medium level with an assembly time of approximately 8 hours. The internal spring is wound with a ratchet key located on the belly. With a ratchet mechanism you don't have to hold the key while winding to prevent slippage—potential energy is stored with each twist, without slippage, until the spring is fully loaded. The Hexapod Explorer can traverse rough surfaces and even step over obstacles of 1-2 cm. Crank the model up, set it down, choose the desired speed using the dial on the Hexapod's head, then release the "go" switch at the rear to set the model in motion. You can change speeds at any time, either mid-run or on the next go.

We often find our inspiration in nature. Hexapods, the subphylum that includes insects, are the most diverse and prevalent life form on Earth, representing half of all known species. Three pairs of jointed legs is a very stable design for traversing all kinds of terrain, which helps explain why insects have been so successful in colonizing almost every square meter of the planet. We think the Hexapod most resembles a beetle. Did you know there are over 400,000 different species of beetles, making Coleoptera the most diverse order known to science, with fully 25% of all known animal life forms? British evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane is said to have quipped that if there is in fact a God, the Creator seems to have "an inordinate fondness for beetles." We are also fond of our Hexapod!

Let's face it, the six-legged, hard-shelled beetle is a winning design, and so is the Ugears Hexapod Explorer. In fact, the Hexapod's movements are so lifelike you might be tempted to play a practical joke on an unsuspecting friend by asking them to pick up your resting but partly wound-up Hexapod (set on high-speed skitter mode for maximum scare effect). Our advice: Don't do it! Not unless you want to be picking up the pieces after your Hexapod Explorer is dropped to the ground or flung against the nearest wall by your startled friend. Our advice is the same for cats—cats and Hexapods are an unstable mixture, so keep them apart! That is unless you think eight hours of build time is totally worth it for a viral video of your cat pouncing on and dismembering your Ugears Hexapod Explorer—you'll have to decide for yourself!

Are you looking for a cool, creepy-crawly Halloween toy or decoration? Do you have a child, a niece or nephew, or a neighbor who is into robotics? Kids and adults will love building the Hexapod Explorer and seeing it come to life as it takes its first skittering steps. Building Ugears models is a great way to learn basic principles of science and engineering, including principles from biology like animal locomotion. We love it when families come together to work on a Ugears project. When parents and children spend time assembling a cool mechanical toy like the Hexapod Explorer they get to experience the satisfaction of creating something together, then the fun of playing with it together. Building models is also a great way to develop mechanical competence, learn how to problem solve and learn how to follow detailed, illustrated instructions (a useful skill for kids and adults).

The Ugears Hexapod Explorer is a unique gift idea for friends or family members who love nature, insects, robots, model building, DIY projects, puzzles, or for anyone who appreciates outstanding mechanical and aesthetic design.

Model size: 10.6*8.7*3.7 in (27*22*9.5 cm) 
Package size: 14.9*6.7*1.1 in (37.8*17*2.8 cm)

  • Number of components: 388
  • Estimated time of assembly: 8 hours
  • Level: Medium

Order before 11am, and your item will ship same day (Australia Only)

If your order is coming from more than one location: We suggest you order with Standard Shipping rather than Express (this is due in part to transportation time between stores to get your order combined and sent from 1 location which will delay your "express" postage option).


NOTE - On large mail items (over 1 Metre) Large mail items over 1m will have a delay due to shipping via courier being needed.

Incorrect Delivery Info/Contact Details:
Hearns Hobbies is not held accountable for incorrect delivery/contact information entered in by the user at checkout. Please check your details are correct before submitting your order. If you have entered your details incorrectly when you checked out, please contact us via phone or direct message IMMEDIATELY.

At Hearns Hobbies, we are very efficient with processing orders (meaning your order may already be packed and sorted) so speedy notification is required to allow for immediate intervention in order to change your details.

For more information, or if you are buying Internationally? Feel free to read our Shipping Policy before ordering

Insurance:

It is highly recommended by Hearns Hobbies to opt for additional Insurance or "Extra Cover" to protect your delivery from possible damage or loss on the carriers part. If an item that is not insured is lost/damaged during delivery/transit then the lost item compensation/refund is up to the discretion of the carrier.

Hearns Hobbies offers shipping with Insurance/"Extra Cover", however this option is not applied by default and is at the discretion of the buyer to select upon checkout. Standard shipping DOES NOT include insurance by default.

International Shipping Insurance:

International shipping by default does not come with insurance. Please be aware of this before checking out. If you would like insurance please Contact Us beforehand so we can see what can be organised.

Hearns Hobbies IS NOT responsible for refunding or replacing a damaged/broken items with no insurance.

We CAN NOT ship any dangerous goods internationally, if you place an order for dengerous goods we will have to apply a restocking fee.

Read AUSPOSTS statement on Compensation on damaged goods: https://auspost.com.au/receiving/delayed-lost-or-damaged-items/compensation

Read more about Insurance and refunds on our Refund Policy page: https://www.hearnshobbies.com/policies/refund-policy

What are pre-orders?
Pre-orders, are an order for a product placed before it is available for purchase.

What are back-orders?
Back-Orders allow you to place an order for a product, that is temporarily out of stock.

How much are pre-orders / back-orders?
Prices may vary slighlty (from what was paid on the day of the order). Whilst we try to maintain the lowest possible price, factors such as supplier price and exchange rate fluctuations, could affect the final price when we receive it in store.

Note: Pre-orders could in some cases be a deposit price, without any knowledge of a final price from the Supplier or Manufacturer. In all cases you will be notified if there is a significant price change, from what was originaly paid, before shipping.

How long do I have to wait for my pre-order / back-order?
All orders will be shipped once stock has arrived and full payment has been made, with the exception of Manufacturer Release Dates on some Pre-order Products. Waiting time depends on many factors, which are mostly out of our control. They could be for example, Manufacturing delays (due to global pandemics), Supplier shortages, or shipping delays.

Why am I being charged for my pre-order/back-order, even though the product isn’t released/re-stocked yet?
This is pre-payment for an item's payment and delivery costs that isn’t released yet to ensure as soon as it arrives your order can be fulfilled and sent out to you a.s.a.p. Not all orders will be charged shipping depending on size, and total order amount (see our website for current shipping to find out more and our shipping policy for more information).

Read our full FAQ on Frequently Asked Questions page.

For detailed information on shipping of pre orders please read our Shipping Policy.

For detailed information on returns of pre orders please read our Returns Policy.
UGEARS HEXAPOD EXPLORER

Your cat is going to love/hate us for this one! Are you ready for the coolest crawler available anywhere on the model market? Introducing the Ugears Hexapod Explorer: part insect, part robot, part extraterrestrial rover. Driven by a powerful spring motor, the Hexapod Explorer can walk up to 3 meters on its own legs, without need of an auxiliary or supporting wheel like other models have. The ability to bear its own weight, on the legs alone, allows the Hexapod Explorer to navigate slightly rough terrain, like a planetary rover stepping out of the capsule to explore new worlds. Another amazing feature that makes our walker unique is that the Hexapod Explorer comes with a variable speed dial. You can make your robo-bug creep, crawl, or skitter at any speed you want! When the Hexapod stops walking, pick it up and watch the legs come to life and flail about, just like a real insect, crab or spider would do. It's the stuff of nightmares, or a mechanical model-maker's dreams, depending on one's perspective!

This DIY Hexapod Explorer takes its place as champion walker among Ugears' amazing family of mechanoids, automatons, 3D puzzles, and wooden mechanical marvels. We've created a purely mechanical, wooden walking robot, without electronic components. At Ugears we believe design should be elegant, in every sense of the word—simple, smart, and beautiful to look at. As Theo Jansen has said, "The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds." We are committed to surprising and delighting our growing base of customers in 85 countries across five continents with designs that have that "Wow!" factor.

We are fortunate to live in an exciting age of space exploration and rapid technological advancement. Mankind's first steps on another celestial sphere came in 1969, with the Apollo 11 moonwalk of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. From 1997 to the present there have been six different Mars rovers operating on the red planet. Imagine you are the commander of a mission to explore Planet X. A rover can only take photos and samples along its solitary path. But imagine if your landing craft could release a robotic army of Hexapod Explorers to skitter across the surface of the new planet in every direction, testing the soil, collecting rock samples, searching for alien life forms. Each night the Hexapods rest, and each day they recharge and come to life, continuing their explorations and scientific work. Maybe a lander from another civilization on a different planet arrives, sees the Hexapods, and believes them to be the dominant life form on Planet X!

The Hexapod Explorer wooden model kit has 388 pieces and features a strong metal spring that powers the robot's walking action, and rubber band foot pads for better traction on smooth surfaces. This DIY model is rated Medium level with an assembly time of approximately 8 hours. The internal spring is wound with a ratchet key located on the belly. With a ratchet mechanism you don't have to hold the key while winding to prevent slippage—potential energy is stored with each twist, without slippage, until the spring is fully loaded. The Hexapod Explorer can traverse rough surfaces and even step over obstacles of 1-2 cm. Crank the model up, set it down, choose the desired speed using the dial on the Hexapod's head, then release the "go" switch at the rear to set the model in motion. You can change speeds at any time, either mid-run or on the next go.

We often find our inspiration in nature. Hexapods, the subphylum that includes insects, are the most diverse and prevalent life form on Earth, representing half of all known species. Three pairs of jointed legs is a very stable design for traversing all kinds of terrain, which helps explain why insects have been so successful in colonizing almost every square meter of the planet. We think the Hexapod most resembles a beetle. Did you know there are over 400,000 different species of beetles, making Coleoptera the most diverse order known to science, with fully 25% of all known animal life forms? British evolutionary biologist J.B.S. Haldane is said to have quipped that if there is in fact a God, the Creator seems to have "an inordinate fondness for beetles." We are also fond of our Hexapod!

Let's face it, the six-legged, hard-shelled beetle is a winning design, and so is the Ugears Hexapod Explorer. In fact, the Hexapod's movements are so lifelike you might be tempted to play a practical joke on an unsuspecting friend by asking them to pick up your resting but partly wound-up Hexapod (set on high-speed skitter mode for maximum scare effect). Our advice: Don't do it! Not unless you want to be picking up the pieces after your Hexapod Explorer is dropped to the ground or flung against the nearest wall by your startled friend. Our advice is the same for cats—cats and Hexapods are an unstable mixture, so keep them apart! That is unless you think eight hours of build time is totally worth it for a viral video of your cat pouncing on and dismembering your Ugears Hexapod Explorer—you'll have to decide for yourself!

Are you looking for a cool, creepy-crawly Halloween toy or decoration? Do you have a child, a niece or nephew, or a neighbor who is into robotics? Kids and adults will love building the Hexapod Explorer and seeing it come to life as it takes its first skittering steps. Building Ugears models is a great way to learn basic principles of science and engineering, including principles from biology like animal locomotion. We love it when families come together to work on a Ugears project. When parents and children spend time assembling a cool mechanical toy like the Hexapod Explorer they get to experience the satisfaction of creating something together, then the fun of playing with it together. Building models is also a great way to develop mechanical competence, learn how to problem solve and learn how to follow detailed, illustrated instructions (a useful skill for kids and adults).

The Ugears Hexapod Explorer is a unique gift idea for friends or family members who love nature, insects, robots, model building, DIY projects, puzzles, or for anyone who appreciates outstanding mechanical and aesthetic design.

Model size: 10.6*8.7*3.7 in (27*22*9.5 cm) 
Package size: 14.9*6.7*1.1 in (37.8*17*2.8 cm)

  • Number of components: 388
  • Estimated time of assembly: 8 hours
  • Level: Medium

Order before 11am, and your item will ship same day (Australia Only)

If your order is coming from more than one location: We suggest you order with Standard Shipping rather than Express (this is due in part to transportation time between stores to get your order combined and sent from 1 location which will delay your "express" postage option).


NOTE - On large mail items (over 1 Metre) Large mail items over 1m will have a delay due to shipping via courier being needed.

Incorrect Delivery Info/Contact Details:
Hearns Hobbies is not held accountable for incorrect delivery/contact information entered in by the user at checkout. Please check your details are correct before submitting your order. If you have entered your details incorrectly when you checked out, please contact us via phone or direct message IMMEDIATELY.

At Hearns Hobbies, we are very efficient with processing orders (meaning your order may already be packed and sorted) so speedy notification is required to allow for immediate intervention in order to change your details.

For more information, or if you are buying Internationally? Feel free to read our Shipping Policy before ordering

Insurance:

It is highly recommended by Hearns Hobbies to opt for additional Insurance or "Extra Cover" to protect your delivery from possible damage or loss on the carriers part. If an item that is not insured is lost/damaged during delivery/transit then the lost item compensation/refund is up to the discretion of the carrier.

Hearns Hobbies offers shipping with Insurance/"Extra Cover", however this option is not applied by default and is at the discretion of the buyer to select upon checkout. Standard shipping DOES NOT include insurance by default.

International Shipping Insurance:

International shipping by default does not come with insurance. Please be aware of this before checking out. If you would like insurance please Contact Us beforehand so we can see what can be organised.

Hearns Hobbies IS NOT responsible for refunding or replacing a damaged/broken items with no insurance.

We CAN NOT ship any dangerous goods internationally, if you place an order for dengerous goods we will have to apply a restocking fee.

Read AUSPOSTS statement on Compensation on damaged goods: https://auspost.com.au/receiving/delayed-lost-or-damaged-items/compensation

Read more about Insurance and refunds on our Refund Policy page: https://www.hearnshobbies.com/policies/refund-policy

What are pre-orders?
Pre-orders, are an order for a product placed before it is available for purchase.

What are back-orders?
Back-Orders allow you to place an order for a product, that is temporarily out of stock.

How much are pre-orders / back-orders?
Prices may vary slighlty (from what was paid on the day of the order). Whilst we try to maintain the lowest possible price, factors such as supplier price and exchange rate fluctuations, could affect the final price when we receive it in store.

Note: Pre-orders could in some cases be a deposit price, without any knowledge of a final price from the Supplier or Manufacturer. In all cases you will be notified if there is a significant price change, from what was originaly paid, before shipping.

How long do I have to wait for my pre-order / back-order?
All orders will be shipped once stock has arrived and full payment has been made, with the exception of Manufacturer Release Dates on some Pre-order Products. Waiting time depends on many factors, which are mostly out of our control. They could be for example, Manufacturing delays (due to global pandemics), Supplier shortages, or shipping delays.

Why am I being charged for my pre-order/back-order, even though the product isn’t released/re-stocked yet?
This is pre-payment for an item's payment and delivery costs that isn’t released yet to ensure as soon as it arrives your order can be fulfilled and sent out to you a.s.a.p. Not all orders will be charged shipping depending on size, and total order amount (see our website for current shipping to find out more and our shipping policy for more information).

Read our full FAQ on Frequently Asked Questions page.

For detailed information on shipping of pre orders please read our Shipping Policy.

For detailed information on returns of pre orders please read our Returns Policy.

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