Move over Optimus Prime, because there's a new transformer in town. The guys at Dulaney Solar have challenged the traditional concept of the transformer by equipping their Solar Robot with a small solar panel, so that when the toy transitions from man to tank to scorpion, the motor that moves the toy forward is powered by the sun. Awesome.
The Maryland-based company specializes in solar-powered landscaping lights, but has also ventured into the realm that they call “educational toys.” Kids will always want toys, and boys in particular love robots and transformers. Dulaney’s concept is simple and ingenious: teach kids at a young age that solar panels actually work by letting them play with them. We’ve seen a similar mindset before in recycling-based toys and wind-powered gadgets, and the Solar Robot continues this trend of educating about sustainable living through hands-on play.
The Solar Robot comes pre-assembled, but there are kits available as well, with pieces that can build up to 12 varieties of working solar models, like helicopters and bulldozers. The toys charge up in the sun, and the energy powers small motors that propel the transformer forward and spin the helicopter’s propeller. While Dulaney advertises that the toys are for kids aged 10 and up, I bet there’s going to be a lot of grown-up kids interested as well.