Happy Star Wars Day! This morning, LEGO made a very interesting announcement about combining LEGO Star Wars and LEGO BOOST to make Star Wars-themed LEGO robots and take the Force to the next level. The new #75253 LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set lets fans build, code, and play with three iconic Star Wars droids – whether they’re a young Padawan or Jedi Master. The press-release below includes all the details. Also check out all the specials and promotions happening today to celebrate Star Wars Day. May the Force be with you!
Today, the LEGO Group unveils the latest addition to its much-loved Star Wars range – and it’s something even Yoda’s Force sense didn’t see coming. The new LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set offers all the creativity and coding fun of LEGO BOOST alongside the chance to build three of the film franchise’s most iconic droids: R2-D2, the Gonk Droid, and the Mouse Droid.
It’s the first time the LEGO BOOST coding technology has been used in a LEGO licensing product, and this time the intuitive drag-and-drop coding environment will see a complete overhaul to match the LEGO Star Wars universe. The result is a whole new play experience in which kids and parents can team up to build, code and play with the droids, then create their own Star Wars stories and battlegrounds with inspiration from 40+ interactive missions. What’s more, every time they play with this LEGO brick galaxy of lovable droids, they will also be honing their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills. Skills that are ever more important for children in today’s digital world.
Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, LEGO Group, said: “We’ve been fuelling the imagination of young Padawans and Jedi Masters for twenty years and wanted to take the Force to a new level. By introducing LEGO BOOST and creative coding into the LEGO Star Wars galaxy, kids now have the chance to develop essential 21st century skills while immersing themselves in the amazing world of Droid Commanders. Our children are the problem solvers of tomorrow and STEAM skills will be essential to help them conquer the challenges of the future.”
The LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set is the latest example of how the LEGO Group is using product innovation to help boys and girls gain vital STEAM skills like creativity, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication – all while enjoying the thrill of playing with their favorite LEGO Star Wars characters.
Launching globally September 1st, 2019 just in time to mark the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode IX, all three droids (R2-D2, Gonk Droid, and Mouse Droid) are great fun to build, code and play with, and completely customizable for every child. These are the droids you’re looking for! Below are some product facts:
- The set includes a color & distance sensor, interactive motor, Bluetooth (Move Hub) and 1,177 pieces – enough to build all three lovable R2-D2 robot, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid, each coming with their own personalities, skills, and authentic Star Wars sounds and music.
- R2-D2 robot measures over 7” (20cm) high and 5” (14cm) wide. LEGO Gonk Droid measures over 7” (18cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 6” (16cm) long. LEGO Mouse Droid measures over 5” (14cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 6” (17cm) long.
- Free LEGO BOOST Star Wars app is available for selected iOS, Android, and Fire smart devices. Using the app, young commanders can build the droids, insert the Bluetooth-controlled Move Hub into the droid they want to see solve each of the 40+ missions, and bring it to life using the intuitive drag-and-drop coding environment.
- Mission examples for R2-D2 include: plot a course, receive and decode an incoming message, party infiltration, and assisting flying an X-wing. Mission examples for the GONK Droid include: arena training, work as a load lifter, ready for the fighting pit, and power droids. Mission examples for the Mouse Droid include: thrash sweep, thrash dump, message delivery, and locating rebels. For more information, visit LEGO.com/StarWars-DroidCommander.
Very interesting news, isn’t it? This could turn out to be a great way for LEGO fans to try out the LEGO BOOST robotics and programming system. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the fall to check it out. In the meantime, remember that LEGO is currently celebrating Star Wars Day with several specials, including the release of the #75244 LEGO Star Wars Tantive IV, the free #40333 LEGO Star Wars 20th Anniversary Edition Battle of Hoth set with LEGO Star Wars purchases of $75 or more, a free LEGO Star Wars poster with purchases of $35 or more, Double VIP Points on all LEGO Star Wars sets, and select LEGO Star Wars sets are on sale. All these specials are promotions are valid May 3-6 at official LEGO stores and at the LEGO Star Wars section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the idea of combining LEGO BOOST and LEGO Star Wars? Is this a set you are interested in? And do you celebrate Star Wars Day? What are you getting or building? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!
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