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Anki Cozmo wins Toy of the Year 2017 at the Trusted Reviews Awards

Anki’s cutesy-clever Cozmo robot beat back the rest of the fun-focused competition to win our Toy of the Year accolade at the Trusted Reviews Awards 2017.

Consumer robots have been a very mixed bag over the years, mostly falling short of the high expectations set by movie mechs pretty much since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Only a decade ago you had to spend over a grand to get a robot dog that moved like an octogenarian in need of multiple hip replacements.

Anki Cozmo feels like a giant leap for home robotics, however. It combines genuinely smart learning with family fun and plenty of personality – all at an affordable price. If you don’t break into a smile while playing games with Cozmo, you probably aren’t human.

This isn’t the first time Anki has scooped this prize. In 2015 it won for Anki Overdrive, a slot-car game without slots  that lets you race against robot drivers and use virtual weaponry.

Little Cozmo fought off stiff competition from another droid in the form of Sphero’s R2-D2, which is also chock-full of character and extra Star Wars-y features. Also in the running was the innovative hybrid game, Beasts of Balance – think of a cross between Jenga and Skylanders, with playing pieces so pretty you’ll want to put them next to your Lego Death Star.

Buy Now: Anki Cozmo at Amazon

Winners of almost 30 other awards were announced tonight at a big London bash. We had to break for a bowl of nibbles and a glass of Blue Nun just to get through them all.

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