Christmas Feature 2013 REVIEWS

Hexbug Nano V2 Orbit Set Review





If you have a little one who is a fan of Hexbug’s chances are you have already bought them one of the amazing new Nano V2 bugs or habitats or it’s on your to do list.

The new V2 Hexbugs are amazing, they are capable of climbing (yes really) and can travel through tunnels and mazes by climbing vertically upwards, horizontally, around corners and through loops & tubes.

Maxx was a huge fan of the original Hexbug Nano and loved watching them run about all over the house usually with the cats not far behind! We had seen the new V2 Nano’s being advertised on TV and of course Maxx shouted “I want that” several times throughout the advert, I have to say I can see why he really wants them. The nano V2 bugs and habitats look like a lot of fun!

We were recently sent the HEXBUG Nano V2 Orbit Set to play with and see what we thought.

The Orbit set is an excellent introduction to the world of Nano V2. The set includes;

  • 1 Nano V2 bug
  • 2 straight tubes
  • 2 curved tubes
  • 5 connectors

The Nano V2 bug comes with a battery.

I found the tubes easy to connect and take apart and once they are connected they stay in place even when it is being played with and turned around a hundred times! You can hold the set horizontally or vertically and the Hexbug will climb up and around the orbit, amazingly Nano V2 can even pass another bug in a single tube! They are fascinating to watch and Maxx looks at it in amazement each time it climbs up and around.

Hexbugs really bring out Maxx’s inquisitive side, he loves asking questions about how they work and how they can climb and he loves watching them run around the floor and Orbit set. He has asked Father Christmas for another habitat so he can watch them play more. You can buy several different habitats for the Hexbugs and many of those can be customised so little ones can make different layouts and habitats which is great as we all know how quickly little ones can get bored!

The habitats are all reasonably priced and I am sure Hexbugs will be making an appearance on many children’s Christmas lists this year. I for one can’t wait to see what Hexbug come up with next as I’m sure it will be another fun, innovative and exciting product!

As with any battery operated toy it is always a good idea to have some spare batteries to hand as Hexbug batteries do run down relatively quickly if they are left on for long periods of time. Thankfully the batteries are not only easy to change but are also reasonably priced.

You can see how the Nano V2 travels around the Orbit Set in the video above.

You can find out more about the Hexbug range and the Nano V2 Orbit Set on the Hexbug website. Hexbug Nano V2 are suitable for children aged 3+


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  • Reply
    Jacqueline Roberts
    December 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I have no idea what these are? Never seen them before.

    • Reply
      Lindy Hamilton
      December 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Hi Jacqueline, Hexbugs are little robotic bugs that scuttle along the floor and move in different directions to avoid obstacles. The new Nano V2 bugs which are the type I reviewed above can climb vertically, horizontally and through loops & tubes. They are great little toys and a lot of fun to watch.

  • Reply
    Caroline Ritchie
    December 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    These look really cool!

  • Reply
    Rachel Craig
    December 20, 2013 at 4:14 am

    I recently became aware of this product via the internet. Video shows them scuttling about.

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