75253 BOOST Droid Commander revealed!

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LEGO has officially unveiled 75253 BOOST Droid Commander:

Today, the LEGO Group unveils the latest addition to its much-loved 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 LEGO BOOST coding technology has been used in a LEGO licensing product, and this time the intuitive drag-and-drop coding environment will see a complete overhaul to match the LEGO Star Wars universe. 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 brick galaxy of lovable droids, they will also be honing their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) skills. Skills that are ever more important for children in today’s digital world.

Julia Goldin, Chief Marketing Officer, LEGO Group, said: “We’ve been fuelling 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 favourite LEGO Star Wars characters.

Launching globally September 1, 2019 just in time to mark the upcoming release of Star Wars Episode IX, all three droids (R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid) are great fun to build, code and play with, and completely customisable 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 robot 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


Are you impressed with this set? Let us know in the comments.

59 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Wow those are actually really cool. The R2 model is amazing!

Not for me though and $200 would be better dedicated to 75810 The Upside Down

Cool cooool.

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By in United Kingdom,

I keep thinking about getting boost and this makes me think I may have to cave it when it comes out looks great.

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By in United States,

Instant buy. I don't even need it. I have 3 BOOST sets in the house already, on top of the individual Move Hub's I've picked up. But I want this regardless.

It's just such a cool concept.

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool new set

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By in Latvia,

I have only one word to say...

GONK!

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By in United Kingdom,

Cool sets. I believe that the mouse droid will need some modifications due to its questionable asthetics.

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By in United States,

Okay, now this is epic.

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By in Netherlands,

This looks absolutely amazing! I also like that they went with a more vibrant color for the Gonk Droid.

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By in United Kingdom,

That's really cool. I won't be buying one though. Too pricey, and besides, there's cooler stuff out there.

Edit: Remind me where the Gonk Droid is from? Solo maybe?

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By in Belgium,

Very nice! Not REALLY into Star Wars but might have to pick this up anyway...

That A in STEM is killing me though :/

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By in United Kingdom,

Things I did not expect to see from Lego: murder bots from Solo.

I might have to make that R2 as a model. Sphero has filled my moving R2 niche but he is too cute.

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By in United Kingdom,

Buying the Boost components every time is a tad expensive. LEGO need to release add-on sets for those who’ve already bought the original Boost set. I’ll probably still buy this but I think LEGO have missed an opportunity

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By in United Kingdom,

I looked at getting something like this, and didn’t as there was a rumour that this would be coming this year.. will make a great Christmas present for the young minds of the future.
Day 1 purchase for me, and a present down for December 25th.

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By in Singapore,

@Legolijntje: Indeed, it almost looks like even LEGO has forgotten they've done this before with the way they're making this whole concept seem new and groundbreaking.

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By in Hungary,

These would look good even as standalone models without the functionality, really cool.

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By in Germany,

Is it possible to build all three Droids at once? Without the boost components of course or do have to take each model apart if you want to build another one?

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By in Netherlands,

They look alright. But I can't help but notice that the front wheels of R2 look really awkward. Would have been better if they'd integrated just one wheel on the front.

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By in Sweden,

Finally a good reason to buy boost.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant sets, hope to see BB8 in this format one day..

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By in Australia,

Very cool. Any word on pricing?

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By in Poland,

This would be great if they were single models. As a 3pack - Too expensive.

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By in United States,

If only the mouse would ACTUALLY take out the trash for me... it would be a day one buy.

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By in United States,

That Gonk droid should NOT be teal. It should just be gray. But otherwise a really nice set.

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By in United States,

@sid3windr I scrolled through the comments on this article specifically because I was wondering if someone would kvetch about the A in STEAM. Sure enough, the internet didn't disappoint.

As a music teacher, I can't begin to explain just how off-base you are on this one. Art is the practical application of the STEM concepts - you want to tell me that the Concorde isn't art? The Burj Khalifa isn't art? The McLaren F1? If you look at objects or concepts that are the pinnacle of their design, not only are they physical works of art, but the execution of the concepts that led to their design is equally artistic - otherwise, all planes would look identical, all buildings would be the same, and sports cars would be carbon copies of one another.

Nature has a way of form following function, which man has tried to emulate, but it also has a way of executing that concept often in the most streamlined and efficient way possible. I shudder to think that people have become so self-absorbed in their earbuds and tablets and phones that they are unable to look up and appreciate the intrinsic beauty around us - "If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it".

Any engineer (I know several, including structural, mechanical, and aerospace) will tell you that what they do is as much art as it is science - and that working within tolerances and building parameters and budgets forces them to be more creative, not less. My wife is a math teacher, and being up front of a classroom of high school students getting them excited by using bungeed Lego figures to demonstrate graphed rate of change is very much art being the means with which the math and science is delivered.

So, feel free to tout the benefits of the other 4 letters in STEAM, because there certainly needs to be an influx of young, enthusiastic, motivated visionaries who want to move the world forward, but it's the creative process - which is very much art - that will bring their visions to life.

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By in United States,

@TheLegoGeek the GONK Droid is first seen in A New Hope.

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By in United States,

This is the first SW set I've been excited about in years!!! I only wish it was releasing during today's festivities!

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By in Germany,

For me the GONK droid is the single most interesting thing that has come out of the 20th anniversary of Lego Star Wars so far. Cool stuff!

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By in United Kingdom,

For those of you wondering why this GMK droid is that colour, or what it is based on/ inspired by:

This Gonk droid appears to be based on a Gonk droid called WG-22. He was a teal droid who was transformed into a Gladiator Droid, and made to fight in droid fighting pits on Vandor, where his fight was interrupted by L3, as seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

For more info: https://www.starwars.com/databank/wg-22

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By in United States,

Is there any advantage to already owning the Boost set or is this completely self contained?

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By in United States,

@MrJackson Although I agree that art is just as important as STEM fields, I think that the whole point of STEM was to designate careers and activities that were logic-based, even if they required some creative problem solving. The other branch of careers, including art, usually rely primarily on creativity, supported by logical reasoning. It goes back to the whole logos-pathos relationship. For example, architects working on a particular building might have the broad goal of producing a structure that looks a certain aesthetically-pleasing way, but the majority of their time is spent taking measurements and using design software, which is STEM.

In my opinion, STEM did a better job of designating logic-based careers, and when art is included under the umbrella of STEAM it basically extends to include all career fields, which seems to defeat the purpose in having the acronym at all.

Besides that, these droids look great, especially R2.

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By in United States,

Day one purchase for me. Finally a new model R2 and a BOOST version of the droid developer kit. I only wonder what the price will be. Hopefully less than $200.

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By in Norway,

Oh my! May the Fourth indeed.

Was considering a bat mobile to get some extra motor and hubris go along with Boost, but this is so much better - and means R2 or Gonk can face off against Stormbringer

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By in United States,

Meh. Not for me.

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By in United States,

Now imagine if they made an AT-AT/AT-ATC.

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By in United States,

AgentR2, The Brothers Brick is saying it will be $199.99.

Also, what is Thrash sweep and thrash dump?

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By in United States,

So we’re not going to talk about all those beautiful teal parts. More teal parts in one set than in an entire average theme.

It’s cool, really, just keep debating the value of art-based careers, (never mind that Lego is kind of an art form itself,) while i keep drooling over all these nifty new parts that i will probably never own as i have neither the time nor the money to invest in yet another Lego-based robotics ecosystem.

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By in United States,

Okay, these look cool; a mix of visual and mobility designs, and it looks good on the droids. Personally I'm more interested in this than the Boost Ninjago dragon or the RC Batmobile, although it probably won't fit my budget. Did they officially announce the price anywhere?

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By in Netherlands,

Didn't know about LEGO Boost... Can anyone say, can these also be used as RC bots?

Liking the mouse droid, but how it looks in the group shot is much different from that solo picture with the big white block underneath...

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By in United States,

@BillyHorrible, I think the power hub isn’t shown in the group picture because it’s in the R2 and the picture is only showing what you can do with one set. Also, the sensor that should be in the GONK’s eye isn’t shown in the group picture because it is in R2.

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By in Canada,

I was happy until I saw it's not an add-on. Unless they'll release an add-on version for Boost owners, I'll skip it. The R2-D2 looks nice, but not $200 nice.

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By in Germany,

@MrJackson

"Art is the practical application of the STEM concepts - you want to tell me that the Concorde isn't art? The Burj Khalifa isn't art? The McLaren F1?"

I'm sorry, but no. The application of STEM concepts is efficiency, reliability and performance. The looks of a product is only an added bonus, put on the complete product as a last step. Your examples illustrate this point clearly: they have been designed with their intended purposes in mind, and their looks follow the constraints set by their function.

"otherwise, all planes would look identical"

This is exactly what happens when the companies are able to leave the visual aspect of the design out of the development process because there is no need or room for superfluous parts that only serve to differentiate the products. See these two planes, one is an Airbus A330 and the other is a Boeing 777. https://imgur.com/6Zv3Vze and https://imgur.com/YsXJCjq Can you tell which is which? No, and that is okay, there is no need to be able to.

"it also has a way of executing that concept often in the most streamlined and efficient way possible"

In this we fully agree, but the conclusion is that THE most streamlined and efficient way is a single possibility which leaves no room for aesthetic issues. Or in the words of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the Porsche 911: "A formally harmonious product needs no decoration, it should be elevated through pure form."

"Any engineer (I know several, including structural, mechanical, and aerospace) will tell you that what they do is as much art as it is science - and that working within tolerances and building parameters and budgets forces them to be more creative, not less."

I'm an engineer myself and I would never call what I do art. Creativity is indeed required, but more in a way akin to "Hey, what if we did it this way? Does it work? Is it better than the other way? If so, then in what metrics and exactly how much?" - which is the textbook definition of science.

"there certainly needs to be an influx of young, enthusiastic, motivated visionaries who want to move the world forward"

That is a very naive way of looking at things. For every visionary who gets paid to dream up a product, there are hundreds of engineers tasked with developing, building and testing it. Then dozens of accountants who have to calculate how and where will it be profitable to build, market and sell. And thousands of technicians who will then build, package, ship and repair those products. Any kid in school today has a lot better chances to be one of the thousands who do it than to be the one who gets to dream it. And if school has to do anything with reality, we have to prepare them for that instead of enticing them with the other possiblity.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm an Engineer and art and creativity play a huge part in my working life and are often the most rewarding aspects of my career. Sets like these are great and should help to encourage kids to keep their imaginations and future aspirations as wide as possible. If you can have fun with Star Wars droids at the same time - double win!

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By in United States,

This is VERY cool!

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By in France,

This is going to drive the dog absolutely nuts!

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By in United States,

GOnk DRoid

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks great. As someone who uses Lego in an education context, I should be excited about the new opportunities this presents for increasing the engagement and involvement of students.
But really I just want to build two gonk droids and get them to fight to the death

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By in Spain,

@H5N1 According to the official Lego press release, you "can build the droids, insert the Bluetooth-controlled Move Hub into the droid you want to see solve each of the 40+ missions". So it seems you can keep all three models assembled, but use only one at a a time. Unless you buy more Move Hubs, of course...

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By in United States,

So, looking at that R2-D2, it looks like there are some new 4x4 quarter dome elements in his head.

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By in United States,

I agree with @mr_skinny & @elangab . . . I wish this was an expansion/add on pack. My son has Boost and loves it, and he is a huge Star Wars fan . . . so unfortunately that means in order to get these droids I need to buy the whole Boost system over again?? That will be very expensive.

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By in United States,

@H5N1:
The three droids are completely different colors, so the bulk of the parts are obviously intended for use in one specific droid. I've also seen a shot of the Mouse Droid where the Boost module fills the empty space between the wheels, so I'm going with "maybe". The Mouse Droid in this picture clearly has pieces that aren't present in the Boosted version of the model, as the wheels connect directly to the hub, while there are Technic beams serving that purpose in the empty shell. Presumedly, if you get two more hubs, you can build all three models, but some cheats may be necessary when swapping the hub to one of the other droids.

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By in United States,

I don't need the BOOST but the R2-D2 model looks worth it - seems to have new parts for the dome. I never liked the UCS R2-D2.

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By in Germany,

No, I am not impressed. At all. The models themselves do not look great to begin with. The Boost software still has a very limited list of compatible devices. The whole system is not future proof at all. It is made to be used a few years, then thrown away and replaced.

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By in United States,

At that price, the determining factor is going to be exactly what they are going to be able to do with the controller. They look nice, but I think I am going to have to watch some reviews and demonstrations before deciding whether or not to pursue this set.

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By in United States,

Re: steAm:

The push for STEM is driven by the capitalist markets putting importance on the tech sector, specifically all those things relating to computers, coding, information systems, and the various form factors they inhabit. And, sure, for @SirZed, mechanical and electrical engineering is behind most of that stuff.

And because it is a capitalist venture, all these things eventually need to be sold. To say art is the "on complete product as a last step" is rather ignorant.

But before we get into this, maybe we need to broaden what STEAM means by "A." In this case, "A" is not just "art" but aesthetics, design.

Design thinking, at its core, is creative/artistic thinking.

There are several examples where art influences the engineering . . . for example, take cell phones. Hell, Steve Jobs was influenced by the datapads in Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey, two artistic, creative ventures that influenced the engineering of a product.

Heck, the term "form factor" is about consumer experience, is it not (at least, it should be). Engineers can build the crap out of something, but design and customer experience is early in the process, not last.

Art and design can inspire the creation of new products, influence the direction new products go, and can help consumers differentiate between products. Art goes into marketing the products, too.

Heck, it is very ironic that this "debate" is playing out on a Lego blog of all places . . . where the intersection of art, design, engineering, and maths come together in ways that make for beautiful creations. Without the A in STEM, we'd all have bley 2 by 4 blocks to build our creations, no need for color, printed pieces, or cheese wedges.

Separately, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is a small portion of the overall capitalist venture, and there is no reason why Art isn't included. To say that "well, then that would describe almost all careers if Art was included," well, duh. STEM almost describes all careers, too. The importance of art, creativity, and design thinking cannot and should not be under represented.

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By in United States,

Where does janitor fit into this?

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By in United States,

Uh STEAM... they clearly mean STEM.

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By in United States,

@cephalopoid:
The issue was that it was found that US students were rarely going into STEM fields, so they came up with STEM to start promoting them. By expanding it to STEAM, it kind of invalidates the original intent both by expanding the focus outside of the logic-based fields, and by substantially moving the goalposts (there's not really a need to push people into art-based majors, many of which are commonly referred to as "unemployment majors" because there's usually far more people going into those fields than are needed). So, while they may indeed be paired up fairly often in the real world, the same can be said about Business majors. But nobody is trying to cram a "B" into STEM or STEAM.

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