Wowwee 'bots get sinister

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So you thought Roboreptile was evil? Wait till you see Wowwee's latest mecha-pets – a crab and, lord help us, a robotic panda.

Roboquad (above) actually gained several points in our book purely because it was sitting next to a singing Elvis head, which is allegedly making it's way to the UK later this year. At $119, the speedy crustacean is at the lower-end of Wowee's family, so doesn't have things like cameras or media playback. What it can do, though, is scan the environment, find open spaces and scamper into them in three different directions. It also has a light sensor that changes its mood depending on the time of day.

For pure malevolence, though, it's not a patch on the chap below. The $229, autumn-due Robopanda wasn't actually on the stand at CES, but we're glad to have avoided the nightmares that would surely have followed a a face-to-face meeting.

He may have IR sensors that allow him to track objects and be able to walk on all fours, but just look at the way he's throttling the cuddly panda below with cold, dispassionate eyes. And the most disturbing part? According to the press blurb, Robopanda will 'read stories to you at bedtime' and 'give you a bear hug'. Er, not tonight thanks.