Announced back in May LEGO set 75253: Droid Commander offered up something special: the ability to own three different, functioning droids from Star Wars that could be build from bricks and programmed as you please. Now the set will soon launch in our country if you can muster up R3 499.99.
This set is based on LEGO’s relatively new BOOST platform which got its launch in 2017 with the 17101: Boost Creative Toolbox, which is still available for purchase today if you search around.
The core of this system is what’s known as the Move Hub, a small computer with a motor inside that can connect to a phone or tablet over Bluetooth. The hub can then connect to various other motors and sensors to create robots, vehicles and other such machines which can be programmed using an app available on Android and iOS.
75253: Droid Commander takes this concept and applies it to three droids: R2-D2, a GONK droid and a Mouse droid. Aside from the pieces to make representations of all three of these, there’s also one of those Move Hubs, a colour and distance sensor and a motor.
At this point it’s worth noting that, while the pieces in the box allow you to build all three droids at once, the powered, robotic aspects of the toy can only be installed into one droid at a time.
This was a point of contention when announced and it’s worth mentioning here: at any one time two of the droids will be static LEGO builds with no electronics inside of them, and it’s important to keep that in mind if you’re thinking of picking this set up.
In South Africa, at the time of writing, only the official LEGO Store is offering the set up as a pre-order for its 1st September release date. It usually offer pre-orders on sets that they expect will sell fast or have limited stock of.
While we haven’t had a chance to play around with this set yet, we did buy the aforementioned 17101: Boost Creative Toolbox when it went on sale.
While the entire Boost platform is intended as a STEAM teaching tool for kids, it can be a lot of fun to mess around with as an adult.
The Boost sets also have multiple builds inside of them and that, together with the fact that you need to spend time setting up the software for the set in the app, means that you get extra play time out of them when compared to regular LEGO sets.