LittleBits, the inventor of the electronic building block, has released an Avengers Hero Inventor Kit in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment.
The kit allows kids to create and customise high-tech hero gear and a unique Super Hero identity using LittleBits electronic blocks. It features wearable sensors, a customisable LED matrix light design and authentic Marvel Avengers sound effects for superheroes including Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Shuri.
Kids can then use the LittleBits to guide them through ‘hero training’ in the free Avengers Hero Inventor app, which includes step-by-step instructions and video tutorials for more than 18 in-app activities. By completing activities around light, speed, stealth, sound, coding, and unique hero identity, kids unleash their creativity and imagine their own invention super powers.
“It’s important to us to provide kids with varied experiences and inclusive role models,” said Paul Gitter, SVP licensing at Marvel Entertainment. “LittleBits’ Avengers Hero Inventor Kit enables kids of any age, gender, and technical background to find super powers that appeal to them, embrace these skills, and invent their own. This rich and fun experience allows kids to ‘be more’ by allowing them to learn and challenge themselves.”
Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of LittleBits, adds, “From creating circuits to introducing super powers like stealth mode, rainbow control, power boost, and more, the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit teaches kids about Steam in a fun, accessible way,” said “We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with Disney to now work with the amazing team at Marvel to give kids the skills — and the confidence – to change the world.”
The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit includes everything kids need to create their own super powers with electronic building blocks, then reconfigure them in different ways to create new inventions: nine Bits, seven hero gear parts, two sticker sheets, and the free littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor app. It follows the success of the Droid Inventor Kit, which won The Toy Association’s 2018 Creative Toy of the Year and was named to several of the toy industry’s most prestigious “hot toy” lists, including TTPM’s “Most Wanted” and the Toy Insider “Stem 10.” The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit is currently available for pre-order on the littleBits website and on Amazon.
Available in the US, Canada, Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit will begin shipping on August 24. The suggested retail price is US$149.99.
LittleBits is a New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block. These magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions, transforming the way kids learn so they can grow up to be tomorrow’s changemakers — no matter their age, gender, race, nationality, or ability. Up to 40 per cent of the kids using littleBits kits are girls, which is four times the industry average. The company was founded in September 2011 by Ayah Bdeir, an engineer and interactive artist.
A Steam leader at home and in the classroom, LittleBits has sold millions of kits in more than 70 countries.