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Lego Boost Creative Toolbox (Age 7-12)

When you hear the name “Lego,” what do you think of? Many people instantly jump to building blocks. Of course, over the past couple of years, Lego has expanded into robotics, and video games, but the heart of Lego has always been about playing and building. Lately, Lego has been focused on meeting the growing demands and trying to find ways to get children more tech connected, while remaining true to their building roots. During the 2017 CES, which was held in Las Vegas, we saw the answer to this – it’s nesting behind the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend the CES this year, you definitely missed out on a lot of amazing toys. However, don’t let that bother you too much, because we have all the information you need in regards to the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox.

What is the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox?
The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox is a robotics kit that was designed for children ages 7-12. They have put a heavy emphasis on building and playing.

Coding
This teaches the basics of coding, but there is a strong emphasis on playing and building. When someone mentions a new Lego robotics kit, what do you think of? Many think of Lego Mindstorms and start to compare the new kit to Mindstorms. We’re going to tell you right now, Lego Boost isn’t as intimidating as Mindstorms and it is much more accessible.
The Lego Boost really plays up on the play and build aspect of creating robots. Children can definitely learn the basics of programing and coding. However, despite it all, it’s important to remember that Lego Boost isn’t going to replace Mindstorms.

Features
Take a look at the key features of the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox:
Pieces – This kit includes a little over 840 Lego pieces. It also includes a color and distance sensor, Lego move hub and an Interactive motor.
Move Hub – This features Bluetooth Lower Energy connectivity, activation button, two encoded motors, a light and an internal tilt sensor.
Color and Distance Sensor – The color and distance sensor is there in order to detect motion, distance, color and function as a light.
Interactive Motor – The interactive motor is an encoded motor.
Vernie’s Head – You can rotate Vernie’s head in order to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter. This technique, alone, can be quite fun.
Guitar4000 – With the Guitar4000, you can learn how to play a song.
Frankie the Cat – Frankie the Cat is really cool. Once you get him put together, the kids will learn how to look after their own pet. They need to feed them the right food, or Frankie might get upset and that won’t be a good show.
Multi-Tooled Rover 4 – With this kit, you can build the Multi-Tooled Rover 4 or for shorts, the M.T.R.4. Once you build it, you can try out different customization attachments and prepare the vehicle for different exciting activities to take part in.
AutoBuilder – You can construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder. By doing this, you can produce real miniature Lego models.
Easy-to-Use- It has easy-to-use intuitive software.
Building and Coding – You can build and code robots and models with the playmat and Lego Boost app. The app is available for Android and iOS tablets.
Building Instructions – For all five modes, you have building instruction. The building instructions are included with the free Lego Boos app.

Conclusion
Lego Boost Creative Toolbox is the next best thing offered by Lego. If your little ones are into everything Lego, then this will be a big hit for them.

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and 2 75828 Building Kit

This 556 Lego set ties in with the Ghostbusters 2016 movie. It includes the Ecto-1 Cadillac style vehicle, Ecto-2 Motorcycle, 5 Ghostbuster mini-figures and a scary demon.
It also comes with plenty of other ghostbusting accessories to make this a must buy for Lego and Ghostbusters fans alike.

How Much?
Currently we are seeing it priced at around $60 but it’s always best to do your homework and check prices online.

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Who Would Buy It?
This Ghostbusters set is recommended by Lego for 8 to 14 year olds but we think Lego fans of all ages will like this set.

Things We Like About It
Lego really got it right with the movie character representation of the mini-figures as they do very much resemble the 3 ladies and 1 guy from the movie. The mayhem demon/ghost figure is pretty good as well we really liked the translucent gargoyle wings and color scheme of this mini-figure.
The whole set has a lot of detail and if you have the existing Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set this will look really nice beside it.
Even though the collectors are likely to grab this set it also has a lot of creative play potential for younger Lego enthusiasts who enjoyed the film.
You can also seat four ghostbusters in this Ecto-1 which wasn’t possible in the previous Lego Version. Another added feature is that with this set you can open the doors as well.

Things We Did Not Like About It
This is a nice set and our issue isn’t really with the Lego set it is with the new movie which we think was nowhere near as good as the original. I suppose we are a bit old school and prefer the original movie and the original Ecto-1. If you are a fan of the new movie then you are going to love this Lego version of the vehicles and the characters from the movie.
Some of the decals can be a bit fiddly to add to the bricks so take it slowly and have some tweezers to hand.

Is It Worth The Money?
Many online reviews seem to be comparing this with the previous Lego Ecto-1 vehicle from the original movie and this one comes out on top for value as it has 2 vehicles and 1 more mini-figure. For a 500+ set we would say this is value for money.

Where Can I Buy It?
This set is available from the Lego store and from other online stores such as Amazon.

Final Thoughts
This is likely to appeal to fans of the new Ghostbuster movie but even if you are not enamored with the 2016 movie reboot it still is a set that has a lot going for it. It’s a fun build and makes a good display piece especially alongside the original Ecto-1. It will also appeal to Lego hobbyists who like to customize their own sets as there are plenty of interesting pieces and decals provided with this one.

LEGO Architecture New York City

This 598-piece set features five of New York’s most famous and iconic buildings; The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building and the One World Trade Center. This is one of three Skyline style architecture sets from Lego in 2016 the other two include a Berlin and Venice Skyline.

How Much?
This Lego Architecture set retails at around $60 online currently but the price does seem to be fluctuating.

Who Would Buy The Lego Architecture New York City?
Lego recommend this set for ages 12+ and this would match our thoughts. Unless the child has a special interest in New York,, another more child-friendly set would be more appropriate. We’d say this would make a great gift for a teenager who was interested in Architecture or wanted a more grown-up style building set. Adults will also enjoy making this and it makes a beautiful display item as well. It would make a nice family friendly project as well.

Things We Like About The Lego Architecture New York City Set
We like the new skyline concept that they have added to the architecture series and though this is a fairly small and easy build, the finished result really does capture the style of these buildings.
There is a nice enclosed booklet that gives you facts regarding the history and architecture of New York and these buildings. You also get a spare mini-figure just in case you lose the top of the Statue of Liberty!

Things We Didn’t Like About It.
It is not the most exciting of Lego models to build and some of it can be a bit tedious and repetitive especially the Empire State and Chrysler buildings.

You can already buy some of these buildings as individual Lego architecture sets that are larger and more detailed so if you already have any of them you might feel this set is just repeating buildings you already have and a waste of money. This set is for those who want a diorama of New York.

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Is It Worth The Money?
As you get 5 different buildings and a nice display stand we would say the price for this set is justified. This isn’t a given but some of these Lego Architecture sets have become collector’s items and have risen in price, so if you are feeling speculative then this set might make a good investment.

Where Can I Buy The Lego Architecture New York City Set
You can buy this set from the Lego store online and other large online stores such as Amazon. We have checked the reviews on Amazon and it seems very popular. You can read all the current user reviews here.

Final Thoughts
Some people might prefer the individual buildings but we think these new skyline Lego sets look good with plenty of detail. This would be a great gift for a teenager or adult interested in architecture and New York. There are likely to be other follow-up sets to this with other skylines so why not start a collection.

LEGO Dimensions

LEGO just keeps on producing toys that kids love and the LEGO Dimensions is one of the sets that you can bet will be on every kid’s wish list. The Dimensions set of these toys was created not long after the release of The LEGO Movie.
The movie was such a hit that toys were needed to allow kids to be more interactive in a virtual world as well as still have the feel of the original LEGO play. This one is part real play and part computer game.
The fun begins thanks to the portal or vortex that swept away some of the well known characters. These heroes were drawn into another dimension where they had to fight for what was right and defeat evil villains who wanted to run the show.
The set is an endless time of adventure and imagination as kids travel through the different worlds to assist the heroes in making sure that order is once again restored. With each of the different sets that are available, kids will be given different minifigures.
These minifigures are exclusive to one set but they can all be used in combination with other minifigures. And what one minifigure has another one can use in a different world. For example, if one minifigure hero has a vehicle that he uses, in the Dimensions world, another hero can also use that vehicle.
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The Dimensions sets are the most interactive LEGO creation so far and there are limitless ways that a child can create different missions and adventures. Whatever his imagination likes is how he can link the different heroes on teams or as individuals.
There are several different sets that are suitable for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and PlayStation 4. Each of these sets have different minifigures and different tools and vehicles.
If your child doesn’t have any of the LEGO Dimensions yet, you’ll want to start with the starter pack. This is the portal that allows the physical minifigures your child has to enter the game.
While this is a computer game, it’s much more than that. It’s also a great learning tool because kids will have to use their thinking skills to solve the way around obstacles to achieve the character’s goal.
LEGO offers a ton of different characters, so your child can start out with his or her favorite. You can get ones like DC ComicsBatman or Lord of the Rings characters. Each of these sets is compatible with the other, so you’ll be able to expand both the characters and the fun that your child can have.
Happy Gaming!
Suzanne

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

The creation of the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack came about because there was a vortex in the LEGO worlds. This vortex caused some of the characters to disappear and in order to help the characters, Wyldstyle, Batman and Gandalf chose to be the heroes who jumped into action, traveling through space and braving time to save them.
When they did that, they found themselves on a mission to try and save LEGO worlds as you know them. The Lord Vortech is evil through and through and it’s going to take a host of heroes to defeat him.
Kids can use their imagination to lead them through the adventure to restore everything back to right in the LEGO world. They’ll have an array of minifigures they can use combined in one video game.
They’ll be able to fight against evil by swapping out with different hero’s tools and vehicles in ways that’s never been done before. There are no limits to the fun and the creativity that you can unleash in the game.
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You can team up the characters in never before partnerships as they battle to restore order. You’ll get everything that you need to start. You’ll get the much sought after video game along with the LEGO Toy Pad.
There are plenty of bricks in the box so that you can create the LEGO gateway. The three heroes who jumped into the vortex, Wyldstyle, Batman and Gandalf are included in the minifigures you’ll get, plus the LEGO Batmobile also comes with the set.
Once they set up the minifigures and begin the game, all kids have to do is pay attention to the instructions so that they can build the Gateway and situate the creation on the toy pad.
The adventure can get bigger and more complex the more minifigures that they add to their collection. You can buy expansion packs that contain additional minifigures, tools and vehicles and you can combine them any way that you like.
You’ll want to get these packs because the more heroes you have fighting against Lord Vortech, the more superhero power you’ll have to help stop him. With this set, you can set out on adventures, run the race against evil and time and collect studs and bricks to build the world.
You get 14 Adventure Worlds (such as the Jurassic World pack)  that you have the possibility of exploring once they’re unlocked, which gives you extended games to challenge your skill level. The worlds can open up to gamers with the use of the minifigures that go with that particular brand. So with this set, you get the DC Comics to unlock, the Lord of the Rings and The LEGO Movie. The characters can be switched into any of the worlds.
I hope you found this review helpful.
Suzanne

LEGO AppBrick – one of Forbe’s Top 10 Toys for 2015!

The world of LEGO is one that kids love to be part of. They get to use their imagination and creative skills to experience amazing adventures. Each time LEGO introduces something new, it’s always packed with innovative thinking coupled with technology – and that’s what happened with the new LEGO AppBrick.
These are LEGO bricks that you use with your fingers on a tablet. What the AppBricks do is combine the physical appeal of the LEGO worlds with the digital world to extend features and playtime for kids.
There are all sorts of things that kids can do with these virtual bricks. For starters, they can build gadgets and explore new worlds. They come in different sets that have the AppBricks to make the gadgets with.
Kids use the bricks on their tablets and as a result, they gain access to more worlds to explore. The bricks give kids the ability to have access to different features involving the game as well as access to clues for that world.
When kids use the AppBricks, they’ll have the inside knowledge that they need to use to be able to triumph over the supervillains. They’ll be able to be the heroes that can save the LEGO worlds.
What the toy does is to combine the real LEGO bricks with virtual worlds. Kids can build with LEGO bricks and then use them in the online games simply with the touch of their tablet.
So kids get the best of both of the LEGO worlds for double the fun and problem solving. Each of the different sets will have different things for the kids to do. You’ll get minifigures that are exclusive to one particular set.
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These minifigures will have their own different gadgets. The apps that give the kids access to the bricks is the same app in all the sets but the mission for each of the ultra agents will be different.
The AppBricks count will vary, too – depending on the type of set that you purchase. Kids can gain access to the Ultra Agents game online. These are very hands on games that require coordination to complete the worlds.
What kids have to do with the bricks is put them on the face of the tablet and that works to make the world unfold digitally as kids begin to explore. LEGO does offer different APPBricks in their sets, and the since the sets are both real life as well as virtual, kids can use them apart from a tablet. The bricks are fairly small at 1×1 and there are multiple sets that kids can collect.
One such product meant for ages 9-14 is the LEGO Ultra Agents Ultracopter vs. Antimatter Toy.
Here is one meant for ages 8-14 called LEGO Ultra Agents Invisible Gold Getaway Toy.
Hope this post was helpful!
Suzanne

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LEGO derives its name from the Danish words that mean “play well.” The company was created in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and is still one of the bestselling makers of toys. One of their fastest selling products is the LEGO bricks.
With the various building sets the company offers, kids can have hours of imaginative, creative fun. The great thing about LEGO toys is that the company’s creations fit such a wide age range.
Each of the toys is geared toward a certain age group. You might see ages 5-12 on one toy and 6-12 on another. If you’re looking for LEGO toys for babies, you would want to look for the blocks that are baby safe such as the Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag.
This is an 80 piece set that’s suitable for kids 12 months up to 5 years old. This set is one of their oldest selling sets yet, is still immensely popular. You can also buy LEGO sets according to the number of blocks the set contains.
If the sets are for smaller children, they may contain less blocks like the LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Building Set 10558 which has ten of the numbered bricks along with an assortment of unnumbered bricks.
You’ll see some sets with 25 or less blocks, while other more advanced sets can contain more than 1,000 pieces. LEGO continues to produce quality sets that are popular with both boys and girls.
There are plenty of newer sets to choose from. The LEGO Minecraft The Cave 21113 playset is one of the company’s latest offerings. It has a total of 249 pieces and includes a zombie, a treasure chest, lava, TNT and more. This set does fit with other LEGO sets.
With 292 pieces, the LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle is a lot of fun for any child who loved the movie. The set includes the sparkling castle along with the glittering wall pieces, Queen Elsa and her sister Anna. Olaf the snowman is also included. The set contains a bed, a sleigh with an ice hill, capes, a tiara and an ice cream bar.
The LEGO Minecraft 21117 The Ender Dragon is new and features 634 pieces. It comes with the Steve minifigure. Accessories included in the set are weapons and defensive gear such as the helmet and armor, a sand island with an Ender Dragon and egg, three Endermen, crystals and pillar pieces.
The LEGO Movie Batman and Super Angry Kitty Attack Block is for kids from 6-12. The 115 piece set includes flick missiles, a batarang, a grapnel gun and minifigures (these are a Skeletron, Batman and Super Angry Kitty).