Marvel! Disney! DC! Batman! Star Wars! Elves! Minecraft!
Yeah…. it’s a great time to be a Lego fan!
I was fortunate to tour Lego’s showroom during Toy Fair, and every turn, every display had something that was cool and exciting and had me plotzing!
First, there’s this:
The official text:
Ms. Marvel is on a mission to help retrieve Captain America’s shield from Super-Adaptoid, who is shooting back with his Power Blasts. Use her super-extending arms to attach her to the jet, which features movable wings for flying and attack modes, a minifigure cockpit with space for a shield, and dual disc shooters. Includes three minifigures.
[…] This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 6-12.
Yes, that’s She-Hulk! And Mrs. Hulk! And the Hulk’s father-in-law! Thanksgiving will never be the same! (Especially if She-Hulk’s in-laws show up!)
There’s also lots of new sets, both for The Last Jedi and everything else! My fave? 75532 Scout Trooper & Speeder Bike buildable figure! Lots of stuff from all the various movies and shows, including
Audrey II the Sarlacc! (And there will be a deluxe Star Wars set, but that hasn’t been announced yet.)
What about DC? Batman? DC Superhero Girls? Well, some of it is still under wraps, so I can only give you a glimpse…
And best of show… Lego Boost!
This is the younger version of Lego Mindstorms!
LEGO BOOST combines the endless play opportunities of a traditional LEGO set with an endless variety of movement and sound capabilities made possible through an easy-to-use, app-based coding environment. LEGO BOOST was developed for children ages 7 and older by an international team of LEGO designers. Using familiar LEGO elements and simple coding language, LEGO BOOST delivers an intuitive approach and opportunities for quick success.
Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick with built-in tilt sensor upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation. The set includes building instructions for five diverse models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic building and coding skills needed to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.
Here’s an introductory video from Lego:
At Toy Fair, they demonstrated the cat, which has a light sensor (so it could play a color-coded harmonica), but which also purrs, or howls if you pick it up by its tail!
As seen in the video, it’s all object-oriented programming, snapping puzzle pieces together to program the robot.
It’s scheduled for release in August 2017 with a suggested retail price of US$160, and you can visit the official website here!
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