Check out these robot-like sand/snow scoops: Hand Trux! I would have loved them as a kid.
The reviews are all pretty positive, with some parents complaining their 2-year-old's arms aren't long enough (which, duh) and others saying there's some sharp plastic corners inside (which, totally valid complaint and something to watch out for). Also, you only get one Trux per order, so you'll have to buy two to become a badass mecha-man like the kid shown above.
(Note, the links go to the product's Amazon page, and I get a few cents if you order through them. I would be showcasing this product even if it wasn't on Amazon, however.)
I'm Debbie Way, an artist and writer who enjoys making things.