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iBot G3s and Trashbot and Friends Playset: toys for grown-up Mac fans

I have a Bondi Blue iMac and a Tangerine iMac on my desk — and they’re only a fraction of the size of the originals. I’m kidding, of course. Sadly, I don’t have any of the original iMacs, but I do have a couple of cute little Classicbots.

They’re, well, they’re toys created for “anyone with a passion for classic computer designs and geek culture.” They’re created by playsometoys a Hong Kong start-up founded by designer Philip Lee.

When I asked to review the iBot G3s (the teeny iMac figurines), I thought they might be good playthings for my granddaughter and grandson. They’re not, as they come with some very small (and easily swallowed — by pets, as well as kids) “accessories,” including a keyboard, mousebot, and computer stand. What’s more, the iBot G3’s arms are detachable and held by magnets. It also has clip on legs. Be warned: these accessories are extremely small and very easy to lose.

The iBot G3 is moulded in translucent plastic, with details of the revolutionary, original iMac faithfully created. There’s even a door that can be opened for access to an “ethernet port.”

The iBot G3s are $39 each. You can also add to your toy collection with a $32 Trashbot and Friend Playset” with figurines inspired by the original Mail, Error, Trash, Folder, and Disk icons in the Mac operating system — as well as the $31 Classicbot Classic.

Are the Classibots and accessories essential products? Of course not, but they are sorta cool tchotchkes. As for some Apple-inspired toys for my grandkiddos, guess I’ll have to wait until the plush Classicbot Plush is released.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.