The battling bots are part of Hexbug’s VEX Robotics line which means that kids get that valuable STEM learning as they create the robots out of snap-together components. Once constructed, the robots — one blue and one red — are controlled using a smartphone app. Instead of bobbing and weaving, they roll on wheels. Said wheels, however, are self balancing so they’ll never topple over in the middle of a bout.
In terms of fighting, each robot’s arms fully extend a la Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em to punch. To to throw a right jab, you’d simply twist the phone/tablet to the right. It’s all pretty straightforward. Even cooler: the health/power of each is registered on screen and diminishes with each landed shot. When one finally gets KO’d, its head doesn’t just pop up, it pops clean off.