Review: Interactive Spider-Man from Sphero Brings the Superhero Home

Spider-Man is one of the most beloved superheroes, in large part because he's a real kid, like so many comic book readers, so you could imagine (Spoiler Alert!) Peter Parker in your classroom or even your home. Now, the Interactive Spider-Man ($149.99) from Sphero puts the webcrawler in your home for real! Think of the gadget as an interactive speaker, like an Alexa device, but without the smarthome capabilities or Amazon shopping experience. Instead of that, you get hours and hours of interactive superhero stories that you can alter with your response.

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The device itself is well built, and larger than I expected. It is battery operated and is easily charged via the base. Spider-Man doesn't move, but he has these expressive, animated LCD eyes, similar to the ones in Spider-Man Homecoming. There's even a Spider-Sense IR sensor so it knows when you approach it!




  • Well built, and larger than expected
  • Easily charged via base
  • Animated eyes
  • Hours of interactive content
  • Spider-Sense IR sensor and more


  • Not as multi-purpose as Alexa
  • Doesn't move

Final Verdict

The Spider-Man toy from Sphero originally sold for $150, but it has been discounted by $50 most places; so it is a reasonable purchase for your child or a grown-up Spider-Man fan like myself!

iPhone Life Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.