Ugobe files for bankruptcy

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Ugobe has officially filed bankruptcy. This is bad news for Pleo. That lovable little dino bot is no longer being produced. If you’ve got one you might want to refrain from hacking, just in case it’s worth something one day. As the point out at Engadget, another toy company might buy up the rights, but we doubt it.  At roughly $250 per unit, these things probably weren’t flying off the shelves.

Comments

  1. Etan says:

    Guess it just had to go the way of the dinosaurs.

  2. momotarosan says:

    maybe cyberdyne will buy them out???:

  3. commando says:

    i eat green berets for breakfast, and right now i’m very hungry

  4. fyrebug says:

    they should have scaled back the design of the internals to the point it could have been sold for less than $100. for a childs toy it was overkill and way too complicated mechanically.

    I’m sure their bankruptcy comes as a shock to no one. $250 for a child’s toy was a risky bet. especially one that quite frankly, looked stupid. the skin needed some design work.

  5. BigD145 says:

    predictable end to an expensive toy

  6. amishx64 says:

    “you might want to refrain from hacking”

    Wait…what is going on here? This is Hack a Day.

  7. Gabriel says:

    nice picture littlefoot…

  8. joshua says:

    Personally I’d much rather see these hacked than sitting in a hermetically sealed box on some collector’s shelf.

  9. Chris says:

    Damn, dropped to $100. To buy or not to buy…

  10. Haku says:

    fyrebug, there are some videos of the prototypes of Pleo on YouTube, the skin looks much more realistic, I dislike the cartoonish paint job that they eventually settled on – it makes it look more like a young child’s toy than a miniature replica dinosaur.

    I’d like to get a Pleo for $100 here in the UK but the prices are still too high and the exchange rate sucks so importing wouldn’t save much with the import tax they’re much more likely to tag on what with the ‘credit crunch’

    Bloody rip-off Britain.

  11. tr0nk says:

    ya just ordered one on amazon for 100$ after seeing the xbee hack linked in the article

    collectible or not, think of how much fun you’ll have hacking it vs. how much fun you’d have with the money you wont get with it sitting on a shelf :]

  12. bort says:

    fyrebug, from what I recall of a Wired article on Ugobe, the Pleo’s internals were pretty much scaled to a minimum that stilled allowed realistic movement. Any less and they may as well have just produced the Dino-Chi.

    Pleo made few compromises, and unfortunately priced itself into a spot with few customers.

  13. john says:

    I swear I saw these for $99 on Amazon earlier today when I first read this article at the office, Now that I’m home they are $199 :(

  14. Choscura says:

    I was fortunate enough to see the workshop where pleo was designed and built. the (admittedly ugly) green skin was not the only one, I’ve personally seen a few prototypes that looked good, one was orange, I think I remember a purple one and I’ve heard of but not seen furry pleos.

    this was circa 2007.

  15. Macy says:

    What is captcha code? I’m kinda new at this so I’m sorry if I don’t understand. Thanks in advance.

  16. amishx64 says:

    @ macy:

    CAPTCHA code is a series of number and or letters that are scattered and distorted in an image in order to prevent computer spammer (or scammer) bots from posting comments on a site or anything else such as acquiring hundreds of login names.

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    P.S. What does this have to do with the article?

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