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Dress-up play is an important part of childhood, and since the first big sci-fi era of the 1950s, dressing up as a robot has been a pretty common desire. From the homemade cardboard box suits to elaborate costumes, kids love robotic entertainment, but now – as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) continues to take hold as important focus to merge play with learning, the folks at Illinois-based Aeromax Toys have added some new items to their fantastic collection of My First Career Gear with their Robotic Engineer shirt and helmet. Sent for review in the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™,  this dress-up set pairs the Robotic Engineer shirt (with hook-and-loop velcro on the front) with a Robot Helmet (sold separately). It’s simple and fun.

Personally, I love the little STEM “patch” (screen-printed) on the sleeve, along with the wind-up key on the back. Finley loves anything space or robot related, so this was an immediate hit, and now she’s eyeing Aeromax’s full-blown NASA space suits. Overall, there’s a real retro-feel to this set, the helmet including a flip-up visor that reminds me a lot of a racing helmet I had nearly 40 years ago. 

Available now from Aeromax Toys’ official website, Amazon.com or specialty retailers, the My First Career Gear Robotic Engineer shirt and helmet are an early pick for my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide!


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