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    LEGO Announces Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander
    Hot Bionicle NewsSaturday, May 4th, 2019 at 5:46am by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    May the Fourth be with you! It's Star Wars Day, and to celebrate LEGO is announcing an awesome new set - 75253 BOOST Droid Commander - that combines LEGO Star Wars with programmable bricks, motors, and sensors. It's not the first time they've done this, but this time around the models look a lot cooler in my opinion. For a video teaser, images, and the press release, read on!

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    LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set takes the Force to a new level, introducing the droids you have been looking for...

    New 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

    BILLUND, DENMARK (May 4, 2019): 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 intuitive drag-and-drop LEGO BOOST coding technology has been used in a LEGO licensing product. With the technology overhauled to match the LEGO Star Wars galaxy, 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 Star Wars brick galaxy of lovable droids, they will also be honing their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) skills, which 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 favourite LEGO Star Wars characters.

    Launching globally September 1, 2019 just in time to mark the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , all three droids (R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid) included in the set are great fun to build, code and play with, and completely customisable for every child.

    "These are the droids you're looking for."

    LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander 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 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 include:
      • R2-D2:
        • Plot a course
        • Receive and decode an incoming message
        • Party infiltration
        • Assisting flying an X-wing
      • GONK Droid:
        • Arena Training
        • Work as a load lifter
        • Ready for the fighting pit
        • Power droids
      • Mouse Droid:
        • Thrash sweep
        • Thrash dump
        • Message delivery
        • Locate Rebels And many more...

    For more information, visit: www.lego.com/starwars-droidcommander

    This looks like a cool project that will be a lot of fun for both kids and adults - I'm definitely considering picking one up once we learn the price. How about you? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback!

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