If your kid has ever dreamed of her Lego creations coming to life, today’s her lucky day. Lego just announced their latest toy—Lego BOOST—which will allow your kid to do just that!
Lego BOOST is a supercharged building and coding set that lets your kid add personality, movement and sound. Created by an international team of Lego designers, Lego BOOST functions in an app-based environment, making it super-easy and fun for your kid to learn how to code. And of course, the best part is that kids actually get to see how each change in the free-to-download app makes their creation react differently.
The set includes instructions on how to build five different models: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder. Each model is designed to give kids basic building and coding skills needed to personalize their creation however they’d like, such as adding voice recordings—no spelling or typing required! Take Vernie the Robot, for example: your little genius can make him react differently when you give him a maraca, sunglasses, or program him to rap or tell jokes. Create Frankie and watch him act just like a real cat!
But the imagination doesn’t have to stop at Vernie and his four other friends. The Lego BOOST app includes a “create canvas” option with easy-to-follow instructions so your kiddo can bring custom Lego creations to life using regular Lego on top of three base models. With the walking base, your kid can put together animals like a dragon or a pony, a driving base will allow him to create vehicles like a dune buggy or rover, and an entrance base will work perfectly for a castle or fort.
Lego BOOST comes with three BOOST Bricks (a move hub with a built-in tilt sensor, a combination colour and distance sensor and an interactive motor), 843 Lego pieces, and a playmat that calibrates to the app so your little programmer can play mini coding challenges. Lego BOOST is intended for kids aged seven and up and will retail for $200 on shop.lego.com and at most toy retailers.
Don’t get too excited, though, because this awesome toy doesn’t hit shelves until the later half of 2017.