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Limited Activities and East Batteries
January 14, 2018
We bought this for our 7yo daughter for her birthday. We debated between this, Cozmo and Dash/Dot for a "robot" programmable type item for her. We ultimately went with this for her birthday because she loves to build lego sets, so we thought this might appeal more to her because of the construction aspect.
The construction part of it is great. She has built Vernie and is currently working on Franke the cat. Instructions on the Ipad are good with step by step details. A few times she needed help but overall she can build it independently.
Compared to Cozmo and Dash/Dot (which we ended up with between both kids and birthdays/Christmas), each set is somewhat limited. We found we could do more with Dash/Dot programming wise than Vernie. Cozmo is just plain cute to play with too. Once built Vernie was fun for the first couple days, but she quickly lost interest. Taking each set apart and re-building takes quite a bit of time. So while it is fun to have multiple sets to build, once built they quickly became "boring" and she ran out of things she wanted to do with that set. She ultimately prefers dash/dot as there is a lot more to do with programming. Once the Lego Boost set was built she got bored of what it could do.
The MAJOR downside to this item is it operates on batteries. We went through 3 sets of batteries in 4-5 days when she was using it a few hours each day. That is a serious amount of batteries and very expensive to continue putting new ones in the built set. Cozmo and Dash/Dot are charged with USB cords and a much better option for toys like these.
Overall, when comparing this Boost set with Cozmo and Dash/Dot, I would not recommend this set because of the battery issue and limited programming and games once built. She can get her Lego fix building with other lego sets, and then work with Cozmo or Dash/Dot to do programming and games with the robot.