Parents – What you need to know about the new Lego Boost Creative Toolbox Robot
- Lego Boost or Lego 17101 is tipped to be one of the hot toys for Christmas 2017
- Stock availability will become an issue the nearer to Christmas we get – so buy early to avoid disappointment or having to pay inflated prices.
- Age suitability: Lego Boost is ideal for ages 7 and up.
- Includes over 840 LEGO® pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
- App Needed: 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.
The Lego Boost set is the perfect level for beginners, simple to use the app and connect and go through the very basic and simple to use instructions.
- Building possibilities are endless
- The perfect precursor to Lego Mindstorm
- Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub
Part of the Hot toys for Christmas 2017 and New for 2017 the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox set 17101 allows a younger audience to enjoy building advance programming robots that can be app controlled.
If you’ve arrived at this page then you are interested in buying the Lego Boost set 17101.
Hopefully this page will give you all the information you will need to complete your purchase including:
- Where you can find the cheapest deals and stock availability thanks to our price comparison table
- A breakdown of what you get with the playset
- Our review and any other customer reviews that may help you.
Just take a look at our Lego Boost deals above where we do all the work for you by comparing prices and stock availability with all the biggest online brands and select independent toy stores.
We compare prices with all the leading stockists of Lego including amazon.co.uk, ebay.co.uk, The Entertainer (thetoyshop.com), Argos, Toys R Us, Lego.com and many more.
If any of the online toy retailers feature any voucher or discount codes then these will be shown below – this could be anything from 10% OFF to Free delivery!
Where to buy the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox set 17101?
The Lego Boost set 17101 is available to buy from a number of online retailers including:
- ebay.co.uk (numerous sellers and re-sellers including independent toy stores)
- Toys R Us
- The Entertainer (thetoyshop.com_
- John Lewis
- Smyths Toy Store
They are also available to buy from a number of independent online toy stores.
Lego Boost Customer Reviews
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About Lego Boost Creative Toolbox set
LEGO’s newest creation, the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox sets, brings children’s LEGO creations to life unlike ever before. Their newly released LEGO Creator 17101 Boost set combines the traditional, hands-on building opportunity with the latest mobile app and robotics technologies.
If you have a LEGO fanatic in your home or a little aspiring roboticist, you should consider this LEGO set as an option.
The Lego Creator 17101 Boost set includes:
- Over 840 LEGO pieces to create 5 multi-functional robotic models:
- Vernie the Robot
- Frankie the Cat
- Guitar 4000
- M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tool Rover 4)
- LEGO Move Hub with built-in tilt sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity
- Encoded Interactive Motor
- Color & Distance Sensor
- Play mat designed to pair with the app and facilitate challenges allowing children to practice coding
- Free downloadable app for both iOS and Android tablets
- Instructions for building and coding the 5 models included in the app
The 17101 Boos set requires, but does not include:
- An iOS or Android tablet
- 6 AAA batteries
What Does Lego Boost Do?
The free downloadable app included with the LEGO Creator 17101 Boost set contains instructions for making each of the 5, multi-functioning models.
The LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor, and Color/Distance Sensors bring movement to these, and potentially any other, LEGO creations. Through the Bluetooth connectivity, children can use the interactive interface on the tablet app to code their creations and bring them to life.
Each of the 5 models performs very different functions, truly allowing children to explore their creativity.
Vernie the Robot is a rolling and talking robot with attitude. He can tilt his head, hold and move objects, and even has a shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter that can be used for target practice.
Frankie the Cat is a robotic pet with picky eating habits. He purrs, plays, and expresses his mood.
The Guitar 4000 is a playable instrument with pitch bend and realistic sound effects.
The M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) is a rover with 4 tool attachments, including another spring-loaded shooter.
The AutoBuilder runs an automated production line that creates mini LEGO models.
The app interface uses intuitive icons for coding, allowing children to create and add movements as well as personality to their creations. They can even add their own voice recordings.
The app and coding options mean the sky’s the limit for children’s innovation. If they think of something for their creation to do, they can actually code it and make it happen.
Once children get the hang of programing their creations, the app includes over 60 challenge activities for children to perform with their models. The play mat is specifically designed for these robotic trial challenges, providing more opportunities for children to learn through additional building, coding and play.
Finally, the app also comes with what LEGO has dubbed the “creative canvas” which teaches children how to build three other basic models that they can robotize.
These models (a walking base for animal creations, a driving base for vehicle creations, and an entrance base for complex structures) act as bare templates that the children can build on to and customize, turning them into their own unique creations.
Basically, this means that the 17101 Boost kit not only allows children to create and code the 5 models that come in the box, but also allows them to build virtually any of their own creations and then code them. They can use the app and LEGO Move Hub, motors and sensors with any LEGO creation and set.
What Makes the LEGO Creator 17101 Boost Great
It seems rather obvious why this new LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox set is so fantastic, but here are 4 really good reasons why we think so:
- Efficiency: here you have in this one LEGO kit the makings of 5 separate robotic models each with drastically different functions and coding options.
Not only that, but the app then provides over 60 coding activities to keep kids challenged and to help them learn the vast abilities of this application.
On top of all of that, LEGO created the app and the Move Hub, interactive motor, combination color and distance sensors to be compatible with other LEGO sets and the child’s own creations.
How often do you see one toy go that far to deliver literally limitless possibilities for creation and play?
- Opportunity: this toy manages to provide good old fashioned, cognitively healthy, hands on fun and creativity through use of real building blocks and parts. Yet, at the same time, it introduces the use of new technology through the free tablet app that will also actually teach kids the basic premise of coding/programming and robotics!
The great thing is that when the technology aspect is introduced, it does not, as is usually the case, stifle creativity but actually enhances it by providing an avenue for children to turn their imagination into reality through programing their creation.
It also keeps the use of technology to a real-life application (their model) instead of promoting virtual-only play.
So, LEGO has designed a toy that still encourages healthy, hands-on-play and real creativity, while introducing and teaching the latest technology as well as basic coding/programming and robotics.
- Creativity: similar to the above point, this Boost set spurs creativity to an almost infinite level. All that is included within the kit by itself provides amazing possibilities.
But, because LEGO generously designed the Boost kit to also work with any LEGO creation, they’ve built this toy in such a way that it truly puts no restraints on a child’s creativity but encourages it 100%.
When a child realizes that they can take the Boost elements and apply them to their own creations, it will only challenge them to use their creativity more.
- Cost: LEGO recommended that the LEGO Creator 17101 Boost set start at $159.99 USD or £149.99 GBP.
Considering the amazing technology it applies, the free downloadable app and all that includes, the 5 separate robotic models it comes with, and its ability for application to any other set and creation, you are getting a whole lot.
This is perhaps the most brilliant creation from LEGO yet and is a must have for any true LEGO fans and anyone wanting to encourage healthy play while teaching technology.
- 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, 2 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.
- Go to LEGO.com/DeviceCheck for a list of compatible devices. Ask your parents’ permission.
- Vernie the robot standsover 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.