This Avengers inventors kit lets you unleash inner Shuri and Tony Stark all while having fun


LittleBits is once again partnering with Disney to release a new set of STEM toys, this time with Marvel’s Avengers at the forefront.

Tony Stark might have a whole new wave of kids to give scholarships to. Any kid (or kid at heart) who’s inspired by the innovation of Stark, as well as Shuri, Hope Van Dyne, Jane Foster, and so many others in the Marvel universe will likely be delighted to know that there’s an easy way to get building just like their favorite nerdy hero.

The tech toy company littleBits teamed up Marvel to create the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, a science-experiment-turned-toy that lets kids build and code their own superhero parts. This toy is a bit like the Nintendo Labo, where you’re encouraged to work your brain and do a bit of building before you can play.

With the kit, they can customize their own hero gear and superpowers using littleBits’ electronic building blocks, wearable tech sensors, in-app block coding, LED matrix light design, and Avengers sound effects. The electronic building blocks can be constructed and reconstructed to create new parts. Different gear pieces and sticker sheets are also included to facilitate redesign. And once they’re done building the piece, they can download the littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor app.

The app is where kids will get to really immerse themselves in the Marvel universe, becoming an apprentice of sorts to only the best minds in science. The Avengers will provide “hero training” to them, using instructions and video tutorials. Among the heroes featured in the app are Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Widow, and Shuri.

“It’s important to us to provide kids with varied experiences and inclusive role models,” Paul Gitter, the SVP of licensing at Marvel Entertainment, said. “LittleBits’ Avengers Hero Inventor Kit enables kids of any age, gender, and technical background to find superpowers that appeal to them, embrace these skills, and invent their own.”

For nerdy aspiring inventors, this isn’t the only littleBits partnership with Disney. Their first collaboration, the Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, is similar to the Avengers one. It gives kids the parts they need to build their own droid, just like Anakin Skywalker did with C3PO (except, we hope these young minds don’t have it in them to become Darth Vader when they grow up).

If the Avengers set is half as successful as the Star Wars one (and how could it not be?), we might see more pop culture collaborations in the future.

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The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit will begin shipping Aug. 24. It looks like its time for the newest generation of superheroes to step forward!