Updated January 30, 2019 by Misty Alder

The 10 Best App Controlled Toys

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This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Whether you're into planes, trains and automobiles, superheroes, dinosaurs, or futuristic technology, the toys in this collection have something special to offer. Controlled by apps installed on your smartphone, they offer a wide range of playful interactions, from reenactments of your favorite film sequences to aerial acrobatics and spirited battle-bot competitions among friends. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best app controlled toy on Amazon.

10. Sphero Mini Blue

9. Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer

8. WowWee Miposaur

7. Sphero BB-8

6. Drocon Ninja

5. Remoking Military Truck Off-Road

4. Lego Mindstorms EV3

3. WowWee Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

2. Ubtech Jimu

1. Lego Batmobile

Editor's Notes

January 30, 2019:

Toys with app integrations range from highly sophisticated, programmable robots that can cost hundreds of dollars or more, to the modern equivalent of animatronics, which may only have a handful of movements or sound effects that can be triggered via a smartphone connection. This list covers the spectrum, including a classic model train with Bluetooth controls, robotic toys that help teach coding skills, and others that bring favorite film characters to life with semi-realistic sound effects and playful movements.


Misty Alder
Last updated on January 30, 2019 by Misty Alder

Born and raised in the American Deep South, Misty's career in elder care took a sharp left turn when she was swept away to the land of Robin Hood by her very own Merry Man. She's a coffee-swilling master of stitch-witchery with a magical touch in the kitchen and a neverending stream of Disney gag reels playing in her head. A certified nursing assistant by trade and a toy aficionado by choice, some intense parenting ensured she was well versed in gardening, carpentry and electrical engineering by the time she entered grade school. Her culinary artistry, tool-wielding wizardry, and skill with needle and thread were honed over nearly four decades in the kitchens, workrooms, and outdoor spaces of family, friends, and clients. Voracious reading took care of the rest.


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