LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Unveiled to CES Attendees at Las Vegas, NV.

Earlier today, Engadget was first to confirm what LEGO has teased since last week on an awesome ‘new play experience’. Since then, LEGO has released tons of information about this highly anticipated play set. Check out TLG’s official press release, official photos and product description, and cool demo videos that went live via Facebook just a few hours ago at the high profile, tech event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Somewhat like a smaller cousin of the LEGO Mindstorms, the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101) is expected to hit store shelves during the second half of this year and will retail at $159.99.

 

PRESS RELEASE

LEGO® BOOST BUILDING AND CODING SET UNVEILED AT CES EMPOWERS CHILDREN TO BRING THEIR LEGO CREATIONS TO LIFE

Building on the company’s history of merging digital programming and physical building, LEGO® BOOST will inspire a younger generation to build and code their way to limitless play.

Today the LEGO Group announced LEGO® BOOST, a supercharged building and coding set that lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LEGO BOOST will be previewed to members of the global media at Digital Experience on January 4 and will be demonstrated to CES attendees as part of the Kids@Play Kids & Technology Marketplace from January 5-8, 2017 at the Sands Expo. With a suggested retail price of $159.99 (USD), LEGO BOOST will be available in the second half of 2017.

Build the creation you want

LEGO® BOOST combines the endless play opportunities of a traditional LEGO set with an endless variety of movement and sound capabilities made possible through an easy-to-use, app-based coding environment. LEGO BOOST has been developed for children ages 7 and older by an international team of LEGO designers. Using familiar LEGO elements and simple coding language, LEGO BOOST delivers an intuitive approach and opportunities for quick success.

Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick with built-in tilt sensor upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation. The set includes building instructions for five diverse models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic building and coding skills needed to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.

We know that children dream of bringing their LEGO creations to life, and our chief ambition for LEGO BOOST is to fulfill that wish. Once children build a LEGO creation, we give them simple coding tools to ‘boost’ their models by adding personality,” said Simon Kent, design lead for the LEGO Group. “We want children to first and foremost have a fun and limitless play experience, adding the coding opportunity is the means to get there.”

 

Coding brings your creation to life
LEGO® BOOST introduces children to coding through a free downloadable app that contains the guidance, building instructions and simple coding commands to bring to life five LEGO creations, one at a time. Much like building with LEGO bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. To further personify the experience, LEGO BOOST lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding and play.

LEGO® BOOST includes:

Hardware

3 BOOST bricks:

  • Move Hub with built-in tilt sensors
  • Combination color & distance sensor
  • Interactive motor

843 LEGO® elements
Playmat, calibrated to the app, designed to facilitate mini challenges to practice simple coding trials.

LEGO BOOST App

Free, downloadable app is iOS and Android tablet compatible.

 

LEGO BOOST uses 6 AAA batteries. Alkaline batteries are recommended, but rechargeable batteries can be used, though may result in weaker power output.

LEGO BOOST will be available at most stores and online shopping sites where toys are sold, through select consumer electronics retailers, and at LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com in the second half of 2017 and will have a suggested retail price of $159.99 USD $159.99 (EUR) and $199.99 (CAD). For more information, visit www.LEGO.com/BOOST.

 

OFFICIAL PRODUCT INFORMATION

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox (17101)

Combine the versatile LEGO® building system with advanced technology to boost your creativity with the awesome LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Download the free tablet app to your device and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and code any of the 5 multifunctional models. Experience Vernie the Robot—a moving and talking 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; or the AutoBuilder—an automated production line that really builds miniature LEGO models! Bring your creations to life with the app’s intuitive, icon-based coding interface and complete an array of exciting activities designed for each model. This set also includes a playmat for use with specific activities, and a LEGO BOOST wall poster!

Quick View

Take your LEGO® play to the next level with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and code interactive, motorized robots, models and creations with distance, color and tilt sensor technologies.

  • Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
  • Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
  • Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
  • Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
  • Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
  • Rotate Vernie’s head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
  • Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
  • Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
  • Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
  • Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO® models.
  • Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO® BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
  • Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
  • Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
  • This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
  • Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
  • M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
  • Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
  • Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
  • The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.

 

VIDEO DEMO OF THE LEGO BOOST CREATIVE TOOLBOX (17101) AT CES, NEVADA.

LEGO BOOST Facebook LIVE – Part 1

And we're here! We are so happy to introduce our brand new play experience, LEGO BOOST – Part 1.For Part 2: http://lego.build/2iQ5HiQ

Posted by LEGO on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

LEGO BOOST Facebook LIVE – Part 2

And we're here! We are so happy to introduce our brand new play experience, LEGO BOOST – Part 2.For Part 1: http://lego.build/2j5h2uo

Posted by LEGO on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

Instructions for Building Your Own LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (30611) Polybag Now Available Online.

Since its appearance a few days ago, the highly popular LEGO polybag version of every body’s favorite droid has been all over eBay, with some selling more than a hundred dollars. As we mentioned, there is no word yet on when and where will this handsome version of R2 will be made available to the general public. While waiting, why not test your building skills once more by making your own mini RD-D2 using following the instructions below.

Now, you may not have all the needed parts from your LEGO brick bucket to make this mini R2 in all of its beautiful details. Its parts are fairly common, with the exception of the decorative 1×1 tiles in front. There is also no inventory checklist on the building guide so you may want to closely check its various parts and elements. The said building guide may also be printed in PDF format which you may find right here.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Set Names Revealed.

All eyes are set on LEGO and Warner Bros’ next big, brick-built film with The LEGO Batman Movie. Slated to hit theaters on February 10, the highly-anticipated film managed to inspire 18 sets, several polybags, and a handful of accessories and memorabilia. However, most fans may be unaware that there is another LEGO-themed film that is also scheduled to be released in cinemas this year. Voiced by Olivia Munn, Dave Franco and the legendary Jackie Chan, The LEGO Ninjago Movie is expected to arrive in theaters on September 22, 2017. Directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher, and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group (WAG), the film “tells the story of six young ninja tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens, struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.”

Last August, it came to our attention that LEGO has come up with several sets based on the LEGO Ninjago Movie – 14 to be exact – but we don’t have an idea yet on what their name or descriptions are. Thanks to LEGO portal Pricevortex, and Brickset’s exhaustive database, we now know the various sets that are related to the film. Here’s the most updated list of sets rumored to be released under The LEGO Ninjago Movie theme.

  • Jay’s Electro Waver (70606)
  • Titanium Turbo (70607)
  • Samurai Stealth Takedown (70608)
  • Master’s Dojo (70609)
  • Nya’s Water Brigade (70610)
  • Dragon’s Cove (70611)
  • Spinjitzu Sanctuary (70612)
  • Ninja Wake Run (70613)
  • Kai’s Blazing Breaker (70614)
  • Rai Mech (70615)
  • Krypt of the Cave (70616)
  • Backstreet Break-in (70617)
  • Shadow Legion Ambush (70618)
  • Ninjago City Invasion (70620)

Of course, these are just titles and we will certainly keep an eye on these sets’ official images. So, what do you think about these sets? Are you looking forward to them?

The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack May Come as an In-Store Activity Gift.

If you recall, one of the more recent The LEGO Batman Movie polybags include the TLBM Accessory Pack that features a redesigned Bat Signal and a Batman minifigure with the new yellow utility belt as seen in the film. When we featured this polybag last New Year’s eve, we are quite clueless on how to obtain this. Thanks to an anonymous tip shared to The Brick Fan, we now have an idea on how to possibly get our hands on this piece of TLBM history.

Last month, you may remember that we posted the LEGO January 2017 Store Calendar which underscores a predominantly super hero theme. One of the promos mentioned in the said LEGO Store Calendar is having your own The Mini Batwing (30524) polybag for FREE for any LEGO purchase of $35 and above. Stephen did a review on this polybag set which you can find right here in case you want to take a look. Now another black and yellow polybag may eventually be yours with – as you may have guessed – The LEGO Batman Movie Accessory Pack. Now there has been no specific mention about this polybag being another promotional in LEGO’s January 2017 Store Calendar, but it may eventually come out as such in all LEGO Brand Stores starting today and until February 26. As you can see from the a portion of the Store Calendar below, there is a mention of an in-store activity where visitors get to hunt for a ‘bunch of different Batsuits hiding all over the LEGO Store’.

Now as it turns out, these Batsuits are made of foamcore cutouts of the Caped Crusader himself and are hidden throughout the store as reported by The Brick Fan. Locating all of the Batsuit cutouts entitles you to a free TLBM Accessory Pack as a reward.

Though this in-store activity is said to target younger LEGO fans and kids, the rules are not that strict to exclude AFOLs. However since the promo period is expected to stretch out until February 26, which is for more than two months, then expect stores to somehow regulate the release of this polybag set and to enact additional guidelines on how it should be distributed (i.e. no repeats for 2nd time participants or customers).

If you live close to a LEGO Brand Store, then you may do a quick trip and inquire the store staff about this promo. Please do drop us a note through the comments section below or through our Facebook page if you can somehow verify this. That’ll be a big help to the rest of our brick-building community. Thanks again to The Brick Fan for giving this tip.

LEGO Star Wars Buildable Mini R2-D2 (30611) Polybag Set Surfaces Online!

This piece of news comes as a very nice surprise. Toys N Bricks pointed out an eBay listing where we find a polybag (promotional?) offering of a LEGO Star Wars Mini R2-D2 Buildable Minifigure. It has a set number of 30611 and features a nicely detailed version of the iconic Star Wars droid. The eBay listing has ended already, with the polybag selling for an insane price of $99.99 USD. Check out these images from eBay.

However, it seems that there are more sightings of this newest polybag craze with Minifigure Price Guide pointing out to another eBay listing of the said polybag set. It is unclear when and where this polybag came out since the eBay listing has been quite shy about its origins. It is understandable why this polybag is such a big hit since this is the only buildable set of R2 that comes in a smaller size – the other one being the massive 2,100-piece LEGO Star Wars UCS R2-D2 (10225). If ever it is a promotional set as Brickset has listed it, then it is interesting to see how it will fit in the overall scheme of things, or even if it is attached to any major LEGO Star Wars promotion at all. Last year we had the LEGO Star Wars Escape the Space Slug (6176782) promotional set which were given exclusively and by invitation only to several VIP members during the May the 4th LEGO Store event. So it will not be a long shot to consider the same arrangement for this latest Star Wars polybag offering. Well, we can only speculate at this point.

 

We will certainly keep a close eye on this one, so be sure to check back with us for more updates here at the Brick Show.