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Avengers Assemble—Literally, with the littleBits Inventor Kit

Jonathan Tao / August 2, 2018

It might be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but we’ve found this year’s best new toy. The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit allows kids (or adults) to build a customizable wearable gauntlet, just like Iron Man.

The amazing toy is designed and sold by littleBits and allows kids to build robots and other toys out of easy-to-use electronic building blocks. The color-coded magnetic blocks, called bits, just snap together without the need for any wiring or soldering. Kids can follow instructions or step-by-step instructional videos to build gauntlets based on Avengers such as Iron Man, the Hulk, and Black Widow or other heros like Black Panther, the Wasp, and Shuri. The gauntlet features sound, light, and motion sensors and a speaker that includes sound effects from the movies. A circular LED panel can be programmed with images and animations using the littleBits app via Bluetooth. The app also provides tutorials and activities. On the outside, kids can customize their gauntlet using prepackaged stickers or go wild with the glue gun.

The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit is very similar to littleBits Droid Inventor Kit released in 2018 that won Toy of the Year and a host of critical accolades. They are perfect for creative children, aspiring engineers, and budding supervillains—whoops, never mind.

The Avengers Hero Inventors Kit is available for pre-order now and on sale on August 24.