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Rotator out of its packaging.

Rotator was one of two BattleBots competitors released as part of HEXBUG's Rivals line of remote control toys. It was released in July 2020 alongside DUCK! in both a two-pack and individually.

The toy is highly accurate to Victor Soto's BattleBots machine, based on the Discovery Season 4 dual-disc build of Rotator, which was the most recent version of the bot at the time.

Rotator packaged as a single release.

The discs cannot be controlled independently and are instead powered by a single motor connecting both discs via a rubber pulley. Although the discs can be removed via small plugs on the top and underside of the toy, there are no options to replace a second Rotator disc with any of the real robot's alternative configuations.

Much like other HEXBUG remote control toys, Rotator is capable of taking "damage" thanks to removable armor pieces held onto the toy with small magnets. In the case of Rotator, its top panel and each of its front and rear armor pieces are removable.

Trivia[]

  • Rotator was the first replica HEXBUG remote control toy to feature removable weapons.
  • Rotator was also the first BattleBots HEXBUG toy to feature dual weaponry.
    • HEXBUG's Robot Wars Matilda toy predated Rotator's release and also had dual weaponry, though was not released under the BattleBots line of toys.
  • Rotator and DUCK! were strangely made available to purchase to a European audience in 2020, marking the first time HEXBUG BattleBots toys were sold in Europe since the very earliest releases.
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