Holiday Shopping Season Could Be A Robotic Toy Story

This could be a big year for robot toys. From lifelike baby dinosaurs to mechanized humanoids, robots are hitting store shelves in many forms.

Sharper Image SHRP even devoted the cover and more than five inside pages of its recent holiday catalog to robot toys. The specialty high-end electronics retailer is billing itself as the “shop for bots” this Christmas.  One of the most anticipated robot toys is coming from privately held Ugobe of Emeryville, Calf. This month, it started shipping its Pleo robotic dinosaur to customers who pre-ordered online.

Pleo units aren’t expected to show up in Sharper Image (NASDAQ:SHRP) stores until early to mid-January. Online retailer Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) AMZN lists Pleo as shipping Dec. 18.

Ugobe’s Web site said the product is on back order and that orders placed Monday would be shipped Jan. 21. It offers customers a holiday card that they can print out that says “Pleo’s On His Way.”

Source:  CNN Money

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