Sorry for my english, it’s not very good
I totally agree with you on the following points:
However, I would qualify some of your comments because you seem to speak for all the teachers in the world. The mBot product is really good for schools but it could certainly improve. Is it suitable for all ages? No. For my part, the mBlot remains assambler because the plastic wheels will break quickly.
Since I have the mBot, the Neuron kit and soon the Codey Rocky kit, I can allow it to make some comparisons.
The mBot is for the child who is at least 8 years old with supervision. The neurons that are expensive are for the older ones because of their cost. The Neurons are simple used but I’m afraid it will lose pieces and Makeblock does not sell parts right now.
Beware, the Neurons have nothing to do with the mBot. To my knowledge: The educational contribution and their potential has no equal on the market (Ni Lego, nor VEX can approach the potential of the 30 blocks of Neuron). Is the product ready to use in class? No. I hope Makeblock will stimulate the community and further develop the product as there are hundreds of possible experiences and posibilities with the material.
Hence the product Cody Rocky and block Neuron. With the latter, Makeblock seems to cover all age levels (beginner to 6 years). What I like about Makeblock is that it focuses on Neuron with Cody Rockey and mBot products. For the product AirBlock, I do not have it so I will not allow myself to evaluate without trying it (I see no interest in schools).
Now, I hope that the Cody Rocky will not be a disappointment and that the Neuron blocks will be usable and integrate well with the little robot. Yes, I have fears, but I hope that Makeblock has a solid plan and that it does not go into trials everywhere.
Good luck and show us that the money we put into your products is a safe bet.