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LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)

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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LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Fun Robot Building Set and Educational Coding Kit for Kids, Award-Winning STEM Learning Toy (847 Pieces)
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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Features

  • 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!
  • 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.

Description

Style:Frustration-Free Packaging 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!


Product Dimensions: 21.26 x 11.1 x 3.58 inches


Item Weight: 4.04 pounds


Item model number: 17101


Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 12 years


Batteries: 6 AAA batteries required.


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No


Release date: August 1, 2017


Mfg Recommended age: 7 - 12 years


Department: Unisex-child


Manufacturer: LEGO


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Style: Frustration-Free Packaging


Features

  • 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!
  • 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.

Description

Style:Frustration-Free Packaging 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!


Product Dimensions: 21.26 x 11.1 x 3.58 inches


Item Weight: 4.04 pounds


Item model number: 17101


Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 12 years


Batteries: 6 AAA batteries required.


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No


Release date: August 1, 2017


Mfg Recommended age: 7 - 12 years


Department: Unisex-child


Manufacturer: LEGO


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


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Returns

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Features

  • 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!
  • 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.

Description

Style:Frustration-Free Packaging 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!


Product Dimensions: 21.26 x 11.1 x 3.58 inches


Item Weight: 4.04 pounds


Item model number: 17101


Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 12 years


Batteries: 6 AAA batteries required.


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No


Release date: August 1, 2017


Mfg Recommended age: 7 - 12 years


Department: Unisex-child


Manufacturer: LEGO


Shipping

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Delivery

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Top Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Steve M. - Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2017
This *is* the robot you've been looking for
OVERALL CONCLUSION ================== 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.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Cosmo - Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
Fun and educational, but with some kinks.
I'm giving it 3 stars (upgraded to 4) for the concept (and positive feedback from Lego). My kid (7) loves it and it is a great introduction to robotics and programming. The app is well presented given the vast set of capabilities. They did a good job forcing you to take a gradual approach to learning by "unlocking" capabilities as you learn them. That said, there are two issues that others have reported as well. The product is so new that there is no help available with a google search. The problems: 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.

3.0 out of 5 stars
By Sarahbf4 - Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019
A Great Idea with Major Challenges
The idea behind the LEGO Boost Creative Fun Robot is genius, and when my eight-year-old son first received it, he was beyond thrilled. The box contains the pieces for the motor and assembly, and it is simple enough to understand that my son needed very little help. The App, on the other hand, was a nightmare. The robot does not come with any printed assembly instructions - everything is on the App. First I tried to download it on my Kindle Fire, which both Lego and Kindle claim is possible. It is not. Then I tried to download the App on my iPad, but apparently, because I do not have the latest iPad on the market, it will not work with my slightly outdated OS system. I resorted to downloading the App on my Samsung 8 phone, just so my son could figure out how to put together the robot, but that meant that I did not have use of my phone for hours while he was working on his robot. The App once downloaded, took long enough to load to frustrate my son. Once loaded, it glitched and crashed fairly regularly, even with all updates loaded. He did manage to build the robot and operate it, but he lost interest in the other forms possible when he couldn't get the App to work consistently. 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.

Top Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Steve M. - Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2017
This *is* the robot you've been looking for
OVERALL CONCLUSION ================== 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.

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Cosmo - Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017
Fun and educational, but with some kinks.
I'm giving it 3 stars (upgraded to 4) for the concept (and positive feedback from Lego). My kid (7) loves it and it is a great introduction to robotics and programming. The app is well presented given the vast set of capabilities. They did a good job forcing you to take a gradual approach to learning by "unlocking" capabilities as you learn them. That said, there are two issues that others have reported as well. The product is so new that there is no help available with a google search. The problems: 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.

3.0 out of 5 stars
By Sarahbf4 - Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019
A Great Idea with Major Challenges
The idea behind the LEGO Boost Creative Fun Robot is genius, and when my eight-year-old son first received it, he was beyond thrilled. The box contains the pieces for the motor and assembly, and it is simple enough to understand that my son needed very little help. The App, on the other hand, was a nightmare. The robot does not come with any printed assembly instructions - everything is on the App. First I tried to download it on my Kindle Fire, which both Lego and Kindle claim is possible. It is not. Then I tried to download the App on my iPad, but apparently, because I do not have the latest iPad on the market, it will not work with my slightly outdated OS system. I resorted to downloading the App on my Samsung 8 phone, just so my son could figure out how to put together the robot, but that meant that I did not have use of my phone for hours while he was working on his robot. The App once downloaded, took long enough to load to frustrate my son. Once loaded, it glitched and crashed fairly regularly, even with all updates loaded. He did manage to build the robot and operate it, but he lost interest in the other forms possible when he couldn't get the App to work consistently. 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.