Dedicated coding fans have been waiting for months, and now the big day is here. LEGO MINDSTORMS 51515 Robot Inventor 5-in-1 brings a new platform to the theme, offering an accessible way to start building sophisticated LEGO robots. The 949 piece set is priced at £329.99 in the UK and $359.99 in the US at LEGO.com.
While many fans will be getting their orders in immediately, there is also a chance to win one of three copies of the set in the Brick Fanatics competition.
Senior Vice President Lena Dixen and Senior Design Manager Dan Meehan introduced the set during LEGO Fan Media Days.
Five robot models can be built with the set. Here is the official description of each one:
- Blast – this master robot is a stoic action hero. It can fire or hammer its way through obstacles and grab items. Builders can be the ultimate commanders, programming it to scan its environment and fire darts if it senses danger. Perfect for guarding your room!
- Charlie – this quirky sidekick helper can give out high fives, dance, play the drums, deliver small gifts, and charm friends with its smile.
- Tricky – the sporty bot is the ultimate athlete. Code it to complete the perfect slam dunk or master a plethora of robot sports: basketball, bowling or soccer – the list goes on and on.
- Gelo – a real life four-legged robot. Its unique mechanism means it can walk, avoid obstacles, and even perform tricks.
- M.V.P. – The Modular Vehicle Platform gets the job done. Create and code your own remote control and build the M.V.P. into a buggy, a crane, a shooter turret or even a brick-eating truck to pick up LEGO bricks left by the other robots.
“We’re designing this set to be accessible to more kids and adults than ever before, we want to bring more kids into the MINDSTORMS universe, but knowing that existing MINDSTORMS fans, existing AFOLs, also view the kit as something they can really use as a robot toolkit is a huge success for us,” said Senior Design Manager Dan Meehan when unveiling the new set.