I you've ever wanted a proper Droid, like they have in Star Wars, there have been a lot of options for you to choose from. Little Bits' R2-D2, Sphero's range of droids, and soon. None of them actually build the droid yourself, though, and that's why Lego Star Wars' Boost Droid Commander is going to be something on your kid's Christmas list.
As the name suggests it's a merging of Lego's existing Boost range with Star Wars, and the first time Lego fans have been able to code a properly licensed product. The idea is to promote STEAM skills in kids and parents, letting them, build, code, and play and get started with the skills that they're probably going to need once they hit working age.
Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander (which is a mouthful, honestly) will launch on 1st September, and comes with three famous rolling droids from the very first Star Wars film. That's R2-D2, obviously, the Gonk Droid from the sandcrawler, and the Mouse Droid. The kit includes 1,177 pieces, a colour and distance sensor, an interactive motor, Bluetooth, and various sound effects from the Star Wars universe.
The Boost functions will come via the free Star Wars Boost app, which will be available on Android, iOS, and Fire OS. The app connects to the droids via Bluetooth, letting you partake in over 40 ready-made missions plus coding all new things.
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.”
September is a long way away, unfortunately, so in the meantime you can still take advantage of Lego's ongoing May 4th sale. or you can buy some of the fancy new 20th anniversary sets, or the brand new Tantive IV.