New Sphero Spider Man Toy Launched

Posted June 18, 2017

Spidey's Wi-Fi capabilities allow for new missions, games, stories, jokes, and other content updates.

Like Batman in the Arkham games - which, yes, Spider-Man shamelessly and gloriously rips off to great success - this Spider-Man spends a lot of time crawling in the rafters waiting for choice moments to strike.

We had the chance to get hands on and speak with the little Marvel superhero at a Sphero event in Toronto weeks ago where the interactive Spider-Man was first revealed and were impressed by the amount of dialogue, the app options, and even the little Easter Eggs added in. Spider-Man is 23 years old and has been Spider-Man for eight years with his superpowers.

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Since this new Spider-Man toy uses voice commands, it's understandable that parents might worry about privacy. The companion Spider-Man app is required to set up the toy, adjust settings, and view tips. And Spider-Man has many tales to tell.

When I connected the app to Spider-Man (you just hold the phone near Spider-Man), he immediately used my name and asked me if I was royal by birth.

The toy includes expressive LCD eyes, a microphone, a speaker and an accelerometer - so he'll offer enthusiastic commentary if you pick him up and pretend to fight with him. The release of the toy also appears to have been timed to coincide with the release of Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: Homecoming", which hits theaters on July 7.

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The toy also connects to a free accompanying app on iOS and Android devices, unlocking additional features like a Guard Mode for detecting intruders in a room, or tracking how many missions or adventures kids have completed. He's only listening when the spider on his chest lights up, and conversations are never retained or shared.

We've come a long way when it comes to interactive toys.

Video games haven't been kind to Spidey in recent years, and a lot of game fans would likely agree that 2004's Spider-Man 2 - loosely based on that year's Sam Raimi-directed film he same name - was the last title that truly captured the feel of becoming the wall-crawler.

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