Lego announces new Star Wars collection to help ‘Boost’ STEM skills
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The forthcoming Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set will enable fans of all ages - whether young Padawan or Jedi Master - to build, code and play with three iconic Star Wars droids.
On May 4th - international Star Wars Day (“May the ‘fourth’ be with you”) - the Lego Group unveiled the latest additions to its Star Wars range. It follows hot on the heels of the recent first-reveal of footage from the next Star Wars film, ‘Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker’, which is due out in December 2019.
The Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set continues the creativity and coding fun of the Lego Boost range, combined with the first opportunity to build three of the Star Wars film franchise’s most iconic droids: R2-D2, the Gonk Droid and the Mouse Droid.
The set marks the first time the intuitive drag-and-drop Lego Boost coding technology has been used in a licensing product. The technology has been “overhauled”, according to the company, to better match the Lego Star Wars galaxy. The result, says Lego, is a whole new play experience in which children 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 over 40 interactive missions.
The thinking behind the Boost range is that every time a child plays with a set such as this new brick galaxy of lovable droids, they will also be honing their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) skills - increasingly important in the digital world in which they are growing up - as well as learning more about creativity, critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication.
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.”
All three droids - R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid - are included in the set and are “fun to build, code and play with, and completely customisable for every child”. Each droid will apparently have “their own personalities, skills, and authentic Star Wars sounds and music”.
The set will include a colour and distance sensor, interactive motor, Bluetooth (Move Hub) and 1,177 Lego pieces. When completed, the R2-D2 droid measures over 7” (20cm) high and 5” (14cm) wide; the Gonk Droid over 7” (18cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 6” (16cm) long, and the Mouse Droid over 5” (14cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 6” (17cm) long.
A free Lego Boost Star Wars app will be available for selected iOS, Android and Fire smart devices, enabling creators to build the droids, insert the Bluetooth-controlled Move Hub and set the droid to solve any of the 40-plus missions, bringing the droid to life using an intuitive drag-and-drop coding environment.
Mission examples include: plot a course; receive and decode an incoming message; party infiltration; assisting flying an X-wing; work as a load lifter; message delivery; locate rebels and more.
The Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set will be launched worldwide on 1 September 2019. The set will carry an age/skill rating of 8+, with a recommended retail price of$199,99/€199,99.