LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
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- Who doesn't love robots? Introduce kids to the creative world of coding with the best educational STEM toys to foster their curiosities. Building, learning, and programming robots has never been more fun!
- Includes 847 LEGO pieces that kids can build and rebuild into 5 cool multifunctional models. The best and most popular robotics toys for 7-12 year old boys and girls who love to tinker and learn about science. Use the latest tech like color, distance and tilt sensors.
- Construct and code Vernie the Robot to dance, rock out on the Guitar4000, foster Frankie the Cat, interact with the Autobuilder, or explore a new discovery with the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4). The IQ-boosting activities are endless!
- Award-winning toy and the perfect gift for kids and teenagers. Instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO BOOST app. Download in the Amazon Appstore: amazon.com/dp/B075LL7KGB. Requires 6x AAA 1.5V batteries (not included).
- Vernie the Robot stands over 10" (27cm) tall, Guitar4000 over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide, Frankie the Cat over 6” (17cm) tall, AutoBuilder over 10” (27cm) high, M.T.R.4 over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
- A tablet or mobile phone is required, but not included. Compatible with selected iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 10 devices with BLE 4.1 and newer. Compatible with select mobile devices.
- Kids can combine their kit with LEGO City 60194 Arctic Scout Truck or LEGO NINJAGO 70652 Stormbringer and use the LEGO BOOST app to control their own original electronic creations.
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LEGO Boost Features & Functions
5 In 1 Model
Kids can build Five models from One set, and each educational toy model is progressively more challenging.
Vernie The Robot
A robot that dances, cracks jokes and passes gas.
Frankie The Cat
An interactive pet that plays, purrs and expresses its mood.
A musical instrument learning toy with pitch bend and sound effects.
A robust, versatile rover with four different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter.
An automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models.
Simple Coding. Challenging Fun!
Start inspiring their future with creative play!
LEGO creations come to life with LEGO Boost, a robot kit for kids! Using the free app on a tablet, kids can code behaviors into whatever they build!
- They can build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies
- Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions for this great STEM toy
- This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO Boost wall poster
Inspire kids to bring their LEGO creations to life with the new LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox, the fun and easy entry to building and coding smart toys for boys and girls aged 7+. By downloading the free LEGO Boost app and following the step-by-step instructions, kids can learn how to master programming robots all by themselves. Inside are instructions for Vernie the Robot—a moving, talking, and dancing robot, the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4)—a robust, versatile rover with 4 different tool attachments including a spring-loaded shooter, the Guitar4000—a musical instrument with pitch bend and sound effects, Frankie the Cat—an interactive pet that plays, purrs, and expresses its mood, and the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that actually builds miniature LEGO models! With the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete array of exciting activities designed for each model, kids can learn about loops and variables, develop their STEM skills, creatively solve problems in endless play possibilities!
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|Item Dimensions||21.26 x 11.10 x 3.58 inches||21.26 x 11.10 x 3.58 inches||10.32 x 7.52 x 2.40 inches||11.10 x 10.32 x 2.99 inches|
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LEGO boost is 80% of the learning at 50% of the cost and 20% of the hassle of LEGO’s fancier Mindstorms product. LEGO Boost compares really well to all other competing robots out there, so if you want your kid to know about coding, robotics, mechanics or technology, it’s a really easy choice. The age range is spot-on: 7 to 12 years old seems just right.
TOP PROS: 1) Great value for what you get; 2) Extensive models for a lot of fun; 3) Painless setup so that kids can use the app and Bluetooth connection easily.
TOP CONS: 1) Needs an iPad or Android tablet, which can triple the cost; 2) Limited accessories and other sensors/motors so far; 3) App can be very confusing at times and the “unlocking” of levels is irritating
WHAT CAN LEGO BOOST DO?
You can build 5 different, intricate projects right out of the box. LEGO included a huge assortment of great parts so that you can build a standing robot, a guitar, a “factory”, a cat, and a horizontal rover bot. Each model is part toy and part experiment because the app has included code that makes the characters lively and interactive while leaving room for customization. All the sounds and processing is done by your tablet, so that’s a smart way to save costs and make the “brain” brick really simple (which LEGO calls the “Move Hub”). The LEGO Boost app guides you through building and programming each robot in a set of challenges that are unlocked as you go. My 7-year-old and I could only figure out how to do Vernie the tall robot so far, which was sad because he wanted to start with the guitar or factory. This is minor bump in the road, though, because I envision this being a popular toy for a very long time. The fact that the Bluetooth setup was so painless (no pairing on iOS, it was like magic) makes this much easier to deal with than other robots like Cozmo.
NOTE: If your app crashes, power off your iPad completely. This worked great for me. I’ve noticed that upon installation, some apps need a power cycle to work their best. I don’t know if this is a memory leak in the iPad or what. I’m running the app on a 3-year-old iPad Air 1 (not 2) and it works great. Anything newer should be fine, and LEGO has a device check section on their website.
IS LEGO BOOST FUN AND EDUCATIONAL?
For sure, this product is a ton of fun and teaches a lot about coding/logic, problem-solving, and creativity. My younger two kids, ages 4 and 7, are over-the-moon-excited about it and have been counting down the days until it arrived on August 1st. My 7-year-old already spent three hours building the first robot and he was completely enthralled. I was especially impressed by the robot’s head motion and the intricacy of the gears used in this model. The app has been fun to go through, but we’re only partially through it right now.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO OTHER ROBOTS?
As you can see from my website, LearnRichly, I’m kind of a learning toy nut. I especially like logic games and programming, so robotics coding is a pretty natural fit. In our house, we have Cozmo (from Anki), Dash (Wonder Workshop), Ozobot, and *3* LEGO Mindstorms kits (the older kids do FIRST Lego League, so they’ve acquired 2 EV3 sets and 1 NXT set). (Ouch, I just realized that I’ve spent over $1000 in toy robots in the last 5 years, yikes. We don’t eat-out or see shows more than a few time per year, so that helps save cash!) UPDATE: See more below about Cozmo in the 8/15 Update..
Which robot do we like the best? So far, LEGO Boost and Dash are the winners, with an edge towards LEGO if you have kids 8 and up and a recommendation for Dash if you have younger kids. Cozmo is small and limited, but more emotive and fun. He’s definitely a “toy” and the others are “learning toys.” Oddly, he’s also capable of real Python programming after a complicated SDK setup, so it’s an eclectic mix. Ozobots are only really useful for the most price-constrained budget; save up and buy a Boost, instead.
Why are Dash and Boost the best? Because they give you real coding experience and make it fun. Dash has several apps available and is generally more mature as of right now, but I think Boost should catch up and exceed Dash overall. They both can take LEGO parts for building, but LEGO far and away exceeds Dash in versatility. It can be a factory, guitar, cat or who-knows-what-else that’s coming in the future! I do appreciate Dash as a standalone, start-from-scratch project, but LEGO will be the better choice for most households. Dash has been alone in this space for quite a while, but probably just got dethroned.
UPDATE ON AUGUST 15th, 2017
OK, we've had LEGO Boost for 2 weeks now. We've built the standing robot, the guitar, and the mini-factory. We couldn't get the factory to work and must have done something wrong--we'll come back to it. My son wants to build the rover next. We also had to buy a large organizer set to keep all the pieces--what I didn't realize is how many *unique* pieces there are in this set. The Mindstorms kits have lots of pieces, but they are easier to organize since there are fewer than 100 unique ones. LEGO Boost has over 200 different types of pieces; we ended up using about 60 little divided bins in plastic craft organizers. If I had it to do over again I would buy the Akro Mills 64-drawer organizer like this one: Akro-Mils 64-drawer organizer. They charge too much for the drawer dividers, but I believe another company (stack-on?) has a 48-pack for much cheaper that *supposedly* works with the Akro Mills set, but I haven't verified.
Since I wrote the above about Cozmo from Anki, I realize that he now has coding in the app! It's pretty good, too, so he's now much more competitive with LEGO Boost. I will review all of them in a future roundup at my little hobby blog LearnRichly.com, but for now I at least have an in-depth review of LEGO Boost that gives you much more detail than I could put in this Amazon review. Using my 6-criteria scoring scale, the average I came up with was a 4.4 out of 5 stars, so I wish Amazon would allow me to award LEGO Boost a 4.5 star rating instead of my 5 star rating.
1. The program freezes after the first motion instruction. This is very annoying as you have to restart the app, and it has a long start-up time. Then it works for a few runs and starts freezing again.
2. The programming steps, represented as icons are not documented. Most are obvious (move forward, move back, etc). Others are completely cryptic. Usually you can figure it out just by trying it, but others still remain a mystery or their effect is unclear.
Another peeve is that the sound emanates from the tablet, not the robot. They should have added a speaker. I have emailed Lego support on the two issues above. I'll update this review with their response when I get it.
EDIT: Lego customer support responded within 24 hours with a thorough email that included a PDF with a "cheat sheet" for all of the programming blocks (a.k.a. "icons"). Regarding the freezing program issue: they claim to be unaware of it. After some testing here, I'm thinking it might be radio interference with nearby routers and cellphones. I moved to a different room and the issue virtually disappeared. I communicated this to Lego. I'll continue updating with any new information I get from them.
I know that this product is meant to encourage programming knowledge, but printed assembly instructions would have made the whole experience much less painful. Lego is going the way of Apps, but that doesn't work well if you don't have several devices (and the latest models of those devices). My refusal to buy the latest models of electronics meant that this product just didn't work well for us. If you have the right device, maybe it won't crash as much, but I was not impressed with the forced extra requirements for this product.
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A few things are a less than optimal however:
1 - The app that communicates with the controller runs on Android 5.0 or higher. So if you have an older tablet (i.e. 4.4.2 or 4.4.4) you're S.O.L.
2 - There's no PC software that you can load onto a laptop and communicate with the controller (you can however go with an opensource solution but this should have been included in-the-box directly from Lego themselves).
3 - The programming glyphs are poorly described and more often than not you have to guess at their function (it's ok in the early stages of building stuff but once you have all of the glyphs unlocked, it's a jumbled mess).
Overall, we did have fun building and programming machines with this kit however the novelty quickly wore off due to the aforementioned shortcomings.
This is not a Lego that will be assembled and forgotten in one day nor is it an easy toy for a seven year old. There are hundreds of pieces used for each robot and your child has to have some basic knowledge of tablets (though which child doesn’t' these days?). At first my child couldn't believe the sheer volume of Lego pieces in front of him; however, once he started building the power of Lego took over and he was engrossed for hours. While challenging for a 7 year old, this toy is within his age-range (though might be too advanced for younger children) and he has played with it every day since getting it over a month ago.
One good thing about this product is that the robots can be built in stages so my child can hit milestones during building to keep his interest. Though the robots take time to build, you can control them using your table at various stages of building. Once the robot is built completely, the fun really starts as there seems to be an endless combination of sounds and movements to control the robot using your tablet.
The one flag is that the software won't work on older model tablet so double check if yours is compatible before buying.
Amazon as a “warehouse deal” advertised as damaged box. Unfortunately it was a previously opened box and the BOOST Hub was missing. Amazon provided a refund with no issues. I reordered a another BOOST set.
This will be our second BOOST set. It is a great set and the kids have enjoyed it. Lots of options to build. Only downside is the requirement for a handheld device. Does not work with a laptop like the WeDo 2.0
Lo curioso del Lego Boost es que al parecer la programacion se realiza y se queda en la App, el programa se transmite al brick por medio del bluetooth de la tablet., esto es, el brick no guarda el programa solo ejecuta las instrucciones enviadas por la tablet.
Esto tiene sus puntos buenos y malos, pero en general me gusto, la App tiene sonidos graciosos y es muy facil mover o quitar bloques,
Solo recomendar que si tienen o van a comprar una tablet entren a la pagina de lego para ver las compatibles, lo mas importante es la version de bluetooth (4.1 o superior).
I would like to see other lego projects that show the function of each wire (data, power, direction of current and problem solving tips / directions).
That said, make no mistake: Once I prompted her to start down the road to building the first project (Vernie the Robot) she couldn't stop. The iPad based tutorials and building instructions are top notch, and the progression is calibrated perfectly to keep the user engaged and enthusiastic.
Plays better than it looks.
1. iPad or iPhone app is used to provide building instructions
2. The same app is used to program the sequence of actions for robot
3. The programming part is actually not coding, but organizing intuitive icons of actions that can be performed by robot (e.g. crying)
4. There are several types of robots could be built and each has its own unique feature.
Contras; necesitas una tableta, y entiendo que no cualquiera y muchas pilas (o recargables).
Sin embargo 100% recomendable.