Hexbug (above) is a slightly robotic creature that can feel its way around sensing objects in its path and avoiding them. It can 'hear' and be controlled by a hand clap or loud noise; sound stopping them in their tracks to change direction (much the same effect that a whinging lurcher has on a human being!)
The far more interesting Hexworm (right), Hexcrab, (below left) and Hexnano, as ants and crabs to his mind are insects and crustaceans and Nano is everything you can't see in anything you can!
These have their own talents. The Inchworm comes with dual control so you can spend more and buy two of them. The crab hides in shaded areas until chased out by sound. The Hexant (below right) races up to obstacles and then races backwards and Hexnano (below left) flips over by itself, offering shades of "enjoy your Kafka valentine Metamorphosis!" and worry that this holds some ominous prediction.
Available in five different shapes and colours:
Orange (Alpha) - the colour of happiness, creativity and attraction Green (Bravo) - the colour of harmony, fertility and peace Blue (Charlie) - the colour of stability, loyalty and faith Black (Delta) - the colour of elegance, mystery and sophistication Red (Echo) - the colour of passion, desire and love.
You can also get turquoise, plum, and pink. (And you are also left puzzling as to how to allocate what these colours mean! )
Of course they won't arrive in time for a Valentine's Day gift (no post) but it is a variant on chocolates (fattening) roses (denuding the African soil where they are grown) and cuddly toys, that the dog tends to eat.
Online from £9.99, which we all know will end up as £16 or more after VAT, post & packaging are added. Hmph!
It's Easter next and Gaberlunzie is sick of supermarket eggs already!