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Sorry for the late reply, Mark. I just got here myself.
Your question allows all sorts of answers each containing a question itself. Of course the usual admonition about small children and small parts applies. You should also avoid leaving Lego models constructed by older children (or adults) around for discovery and … see more
Sorry for the late reply, Mark. I just got here myself.
Your question allows all sorts of answers each containing a question itself. Of course the usual admonition about small children and small parts applies. You should also avoid leaving Lego models constructed by older children (or adults) around for discovery and play by those young children who might choke trying to eat any of the smaller parts.
You knew that already? OK, if the child you have in mind has already been using and assembling Lego models, notably the Technic themed ones, the NXT set may be an amazing extension of that activity. Particularly if that child has re-combined any or all of those previous sets into some other, non-supplied model configuration. That is, did s/he build something of his/her own design from the Technic pieces.
The use of a computer is required to get the best use of the NXT machines being made. If your candidate does not know how to use or have access to a personal computer, the whole NXT experience will be severely limited. Even if your youngster has quite a bit of computer experience, it will be of benefit to receive some adult guidance to insure that all the suggested installation and operation topics are understood and followed. It will prevent a great deal of frustration to do so since the programming environment is not particularly intuitive to a beginner. It's easy to do, but not as intuitive as the Lego bricks as using them goes.
You notice I didn't mention any specific ages, such as found on the actual boxes. I'm not convinced that everyone is being totally objective about those numbers in the first place. The vendor wants a lower number to intice more sales, but the parent wants to think of his precocious 9-year-old as actually able to do 11-year-old rated activities. AFAIK, there's no regulation associated with ages printed on any toys. If you are looking for something that will keep your kid busy in your absence, this may do it, but you'll need to prime the pump a bit to generate interest.
Amazingly enough, my recommendation is to buy the NXT for yourself, set it up, build and use it yourself without mentioning it (yeah right?) to the kid. When the child(ren) in question come to you to ask questions about what you're doing, you will be ready to be their local expert and have some ready-built models to demonstrate the inevitable fun. However, be prepared to turn over the set to the child once sufficient interest an curiosity has been fostered. Or more likely, be prepared to buy ANOTHER set so you can both make robots. Perhaps even to battle each other. arrrrggggghhhhh! take that you evil dinosaurus! Good luck. billb see less

By Tech Nic id on January 19, 2008
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I got small plastic boxes and partitioned trays from Daiso or you can get from dollar stores. They can be stacked.
By AJ on December 26, 2013
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The following was published on May 7, 2007 at http://mindstorms.lego.com/news/ (I couldn't find a permanent link to this info.)
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Updated: The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Software version 1.1 to be released in August 2007.… see more
The following was published on May 7, 2007 at http://mindstorms.lego.com/news/ (I couldn't find a permanent link to this info.)
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Updated: The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Software version 1.1 to be released in August 2007.
The team behind the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is happy to announce that from August 2007 the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Software version 1.1 will be available for all users in five languages (English, German, French, Dutch and Japanese). Among its new features this version includes full support for Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and the new Intel-based Macintosh systems.
In addition, the new NXT Software offers improved performance and speed, especially for large program development. New compression methods free up 30kb of useable memory on the NXT Intelligent Brick and shrink most programs and sound files by 40%. The software programming module, called NXT-G, features intelligent scroll + more than 100 other enhancements.
Availability to users:
The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT software version 1.1 will be available in the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT #8527 robotics toolset from August 2007.
To support existing users of the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT #8527, we offer a CD with the new NXT Software version 1.1 for 19.99 USD, plus shipping. This offer will be available from our online shop, Shop@Home.
Users who have purchased the current LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT #8527 software version 1.0 after May 7, 2007 will receive a free upgrade CD with the new LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT software version 1.1 by contacting Customer Service.
For countries not covered by Shop@Home please contact our Customer Service. see less

By T. Cannon on June 16, 2007
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Too late for either Christmas '06 or '07, but presuming a birthday will be coming sometime . . . .
At least you have the advantage of being able to gauge your son's interest in the robot builder in the meantime. Pretty much any of the Technic themed sets serve as extensions to NXT building projects. They also offer co… see more
Too late for either Christmas '06 or '07, but presuming a birthday will be coming sometime . . . .
At least you have the advantage of being able to gauge your son's interest in the robot builder in the meantime. Pretty much any of the Technic themed sets serve as extensions to NXT building projects. They also offer colored pieces to put another dimension on their building. A more advanced activity becomes the redesign of a Technic set to make use of the automation control ability of the NXT. In my letter(s) to Santa and others, I always mention that it doesn't matter if I already have one of the Technic sets being considered a a gift. All or nearly all of the parts in any of them can be incorporated into NXT robots. see less

By Tech Nic id on January 19, 2008
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I'd say buy Bionicle or any Lego Tecnic set. I personally am a fan of bionicle, but that's just me.
By Scott L. Evans on February 5, 2007
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Yes, you have to purchase a converter cable from Lego that has an RJ-12 plug on one end and a 4 post brick on the other.
http://www.legoeducation.com/store/detail.aspx?CategoryID=178&by=9&ID=1286&c=1&t=0&l=0

By Scott Estes on December 23, 2008
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The best base kit books, in my opinion:
Two books by contributors to the NXT Step Blog:
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book… see more
The best base kit books, in my opinion:
Two books by contributors to the NXT Step Blog:
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One Kit Wonders (This one is brad new, but I edited it and can vouch for the quality.
The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor's Guide by David Perdue see less

By Rail on November 21, 2008
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I think so.
By Ianmjedi on May 26, 2008
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I have been interested to find out too.
Here it says there is a Mindstorms NXT 2 coming out (http://thenxtstep.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-8547-mindstorms-nxt-20.html). English reports say it is due out in August for 200 pounds. There is also talk of multiple kits.

By Megan Pledger on April 28, 2009
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There are actually 571 pieces included. Below are helpful details in making a purchase.
571 pieces
Quickstart Guide helps you build a robot ready for action within 30 minutes… see more
There are actually 571 pieces included. Below are helpful details in making a purchase.
571 pieces
Quickstart Guide helps you build a robot ready for action within 30 minutes
Model-specific building instructions, tips and tricks, testing methods and programming options
Easy-to-use software
Test panel see less

By Ella on July 27, 2006