One of fifty inspired entries in this year’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition, Fastronauts was one of our favorite entries. Fastronauts are a dynamic trio of power-packing superheroes that aim to make renewable energy accessible to eager young minds. Each eco-friendly action figure is powered by play: the more you charge your little fastronaut (through motion), the more it will talk, light up, and zoom around in its little vehicle. Each fastronaut uses a dynamo to generate energy for lights, sounds, a bicycle speedometer and more. These versatile action figures are a great way to introduce kids to energy conservation while encouraging them get outside and play.

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Kids are a boundless source of energy, and we’re big fans of toys that put that energy to good use. Designed for 5-year olds but scalable to a wide range of ages, Fastronauts encourage kids to exercise and make them feel empowered as they charge up their toys.

Each action figure is powered by a rechargeable battery and a dynamo that is housed within one of two vehicles. The moon cruiser generates energy by rolling along the ground, while the rocket attaches to a bicycle and powers up as the wheels spin. Tri-color LEDs show how much energy has been generated, and each toy has a button that makes the Fastronaut talk, providing instant feedback. A carefully considered assembly and recyclable casing rounds out the package, enabling Fastronauts to be recycled into future toys. These fun eco-champions are sure to inspire the undertaking of great adventures.

If you’re a fan of the Fastronauts, be sure to vote for them in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition! We’ll be using your votes to select ten finalists for an exciting round of live judging and the chance to win $5,000 in prizes at this year’s Greener Gadgets Conference.

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