Program your own astromech with the new LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set

Program your own astromech with the new LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set

Yes, it’s May the Fourth already, a day to celebrate Star Wars and all of our favorite memories of that galaxy from long ago and far away. You know the one.

The good folks at LEGO are celebrating a banner year in their relationship with the Star Wars brand, as it’s been 20 years since they released their very first licensed sets. There have been some great Star Wars LEGO sets over the years, and based on today’s announcement, it looks like they’ve only just begun.

This fall, LEGO will release the Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander set, which combines classic LEGO construction with the next generation in programmable tech. With the set you can build R2-D2, that adorable little Mouse droid (the one that Chewie scared on the Death Star), and everyone’s favorite onomatopoeaic droid, GONK. That by itself makes the set worth it, but by downloading the LEGO BOOST app you can program each droid to perform a variety of functions. Do you need Artoo to shut down all the garbage mashers on the Detention level? Have use for a Mouse droid to sniff out some Rebel scum? Want GONK to just be his baller self? The power is in your hands, so check out the details below.

Per LEGO:

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 muchloved 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 fueling 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 favorite 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 customizable 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…

    In additional May the Fourth news, there are a few retail deals to celebrate:

    MAY 3-6

    • Free exclusive Battle of Hoth micro build with Star Wars purchases over $75

    • Exclusive to VIPs: Free collectible LEGO Star Wars 20th anniversary poster with Star Wars purchases over $35

    • VIP double points on all Star Wars purchases  

    • Sale on select Star Wars items, while supplies last

     Plus, the new Exclusive Tantive IV™ will be available for sale starting May 4th. 

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

The set will be available September 1 and retail for $199.99.

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