Prime-8 RC Gorilla Robot Review

Posted: Dec 7 2010, 2:00pm CST | by , in Reviews | I4U Gadget Reviews

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Cool robot reminds me of a Pleo without the high price


The Prime-8 has arms that have integrated wheels that roll the robot around. The laser shoulder lights on the shoulders are for looks and the thing has LED lights for eyes as well that can play laser tag. On the front of the toy is a sound detection sensor and motion sensor. The legs retract automatically when the robot starts to move. It comes with two soft tipped missiles that launch and dual rocket launchers. It needs eight AA batteries and the remote runs on three AAA batteries.

In Use

The Prime-8 is sort of like the Pleo dinosaur in that it has sensors so that it can explore its environment and use the sensors and sound to avoid obstacles and more. The toy will respond to the controller like any other RC toy letting your kid control it. It also has a program mode that will let the user teach the Prime-8 tricks. The programming list has over 100 functions and the bot can recall ten instructions at one time.

You can program the Prime-8 for guard mode where it will sit still and then when it senses someone nearby it will fire the rockets. My daughter loved that feature. She would put it by the door of her room in guard mode to keep her brother out. The toy would wake up and fire the rockets at him quickly when he walked up and she would laugh hysterically.

The fact that you can tell the robot where to aim and shoot the missile was cool too, my kids used that to shoot at cars and all sorts of other toys (and me). If you have as second Prime-8, they can also race and play laser tag against each other. The dodge ball game is also cool where you try to hit the blue sensor with a ball or rocket. If you hit the bot's sensor, it will fall down. Prime-8 will also dance with other bots if you have more than one available.

The remote control looks very complex and it is, but my kids had the controls down in short order for basic moves and control and needed only a bit of help with the advanced functions like programming. My daughter is six, my son is nine, and they both had a ton of fun playing with the Prime-8. The only problem was that we only had one of the things for them to play with. If you have a child that likes RC toys or has an interest in robots, the Prime-8 is super cool and tons of fun. You can buy one at several retail locations including Toys "R" Us and Radio shack TRU has the bot for only $49.98 right now, which is a bargain if you never ever priced robot toys like the Pleo before that sell for about $400 or more.



  • Tons of functions
  • Automated and direct control modes


  • Control is a bit complex


The Prime-8 is a very cool robot toy that can move around on its own and has a lot of functionality. This is a great toy for boys and girls that like RC gear and robots.


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