‘Borderlands’ next-gen update comes with functional Claptrap for $399
The last two Borderlands games are getting a next-gen remaster in March, along with limited-edition, remote-controlled Claptrap robot that might have some fans emptying out their wallets.
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, bringing 2011’s Borderlands 2, last year’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all the bundled downloadable content for $59.99.
But for a whopping $399, fans can get the games and the remote-controlled Claptrap, the sassy, foul-mouthed robot who has become a series favorite. Gearbox Chief Creative Officer Brian Martell said building it had always been a dream of the company, but they didn’t think it was possible. But with the help of Idea Planet, which created special items for the Homeworld collector’s edition, a miniature, roving Claptrap was born.
Claptrap is nearly 11 inches tall and weights 2.7 pounds. The robot, true to Borderlands, rides on a single wheel. His eye is lit by a color-changing LED, and can function as a camera that sends images back to your smartphone. Claptrap is controlled by an app for iOS or Android.
“He’s incredibly stable,” Martell said. “We ran him around the office balancing an apple on his head, or hanging stuff off his arms. We even ran him into a wall and he didn’t fall over.”
It wouldn’t be Claptrap if the toy didn’t speak, so there are 20 or so phrases that it cycles through. Martell said Gearbox got fan input by posting a survey asking which of Claptrap’s lines were favorites, without telling them what it was for.
For tech specs, Claptrap has about 20 minutes of battery, and will take between 80 to 100 minutes to recharge. It has about 75 feet of range from the remote control, and uses wifi to sync with your device.
Claptrap will be available for pre-order, along with Borderlands: The Handsome Collection sometime next week, Gearbox said, and there are only 5,000 of the tiny robot available. The game will be released March 24 in the U.S.