Meccano Spyke gets three robot chums

While we patiently wait for the original Spyke (pictured) to roll his Johnny Five-like caterpillar tracks into PC World and take out a few cut-price l

While we patiently wait for the original Spyke (pictured) to roll his Johnny Five-like caterpillar tracks into PC World and take out a few cut-price laptops, creator Meccano is readying a trio of robot friends to join him/her/it.

We're reliably informed that the tinker-friendly ’bots will include Cell, Vox and Miss models, promising such treats as Bluetooth, voice-activated commands and special light and sound effects – presumably in that order.

Add that to Spyke's music playing, VOIP calling and webcam conferencing abilities and we could soon have a veritable robot army at our disposal.

More info is expected at CES next week, so we'll watch our toes for them rolling in and capture them on film.

Latest ETA on the original Spyke isn't 'til April, mind – a full seven months behind schedule. Guess we'll put those world domination plans on hold for now.

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Meccano Spyke

Price: £200

On sale: April (expected)

Contact: Red 5