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LEGO 8527 Mindstorms NXT Robot

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  • All-new NXT Intelligent Brick with 32-bit microprocessor, more memory and FLASH
  • 3 Interactive Servo motors feature built-in rotation sensors to align speed for precise control
  • New sound sensor reacts to sound commands, patterns and tones
  • New ultrasonic visual sensor responds to movement
  • Improved touch sensor reacts to touch and release
  • Improved light sensor detects different colours and light intensities
  • 519 Specially selected LEGO TECHNIC elements for sturdy and durable building and improved functionality and movement
  • 4 Input ports, 3 output ports and 7 6-wire cords
  • Matrix display
  • Piezo speaker
  • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth support
  • Easy-to-use PC and Mac compatible interface
  • Intuitive, icon-based drag-and-drop program "building" environment
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Technical Details
Item Weight2.1 Kg
Product Dimensions38.6 x 38.4 x 11.2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:10 years and up
Item model number8527
Material Type(s)Plastic
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 104,843 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.1 Kg
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Date First Available1 July 2006

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Create the smartest, strongest and most advanced LEGO robot ever, in as little as 30 minutes! The new NXT Intelligent Brick, your robot's brain, features a powerful 32-bit microprocessor and more memory, plus support for USB 2.0, Bluetooth and more!

A streamlined, highly versatile palette of LEGO TECHNIC elements combines with state-of-the-art ultrasonic, sound, light and touch sensors in the next generation of intuitive robotics. With the included Quick-Start guide, easy-to-use software and step-by-step building instructions, beginners and experts alike can create humanoid, vehicle and animal robots that obey every command!

Improved light sensors can detect different colours and intensities, while the new sound sensor enables robots to respond to sound patterns and tones. Robots can really feel with improved touch sensors, while ultrasonic eyes measure distance and movement.

The drag-and-drop programming software is now available for both PC and Macintosh platforms. With Bluetooth support, you can even command your robot from your mobile phone!


  • The all-new NXT Intelligent Brick
  • The brain of the robot, featuring a powerful 32-bit microprocessor, more memory for programming and FLASH
  • 4 input ports / 3 output ports and 7 6-wire cords
  • Matrix display, Piezo sound speaker
  • USB 2.0 and Bluetooth support

    3 Interactive Servo Motors

  • Bring robotics creations to life
  • Built-in rotation sensor measures one degree steps for precise movement


  • New Ultrasonic Sensor: the eyes of the robot measure distance, movements and detects objects
  • New Sound Sensor: the ears of the robot, allowing creations to react to sound commands
  • Classic Touch Sensor: the fingers of the robots, reacting to touch or release
  • Classic Light Sensor: detects different colors and light intensity

    Programming Software

  • Easy-to-use PC and Mac compatible software interface, powered by National Instruments' LabView
  • Intuitive, icon-based drag and drop environment for building programs
  • 18 robot challenges with step-by-step building instructions

    LEGO Elements:

  • 519 streamlined, highly versatile LEGO TECHNIC elements for easy, more stable building with improved functionality and movement capabilities

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    140 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just What You Always Wanted From A Robot 28 Jun 2007
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    I bought this for my son for his 10th birthday, having looked at other robotics kits and been concerned that they were a "one model only" purchase. I thought the Lego package would give good variation and the ability to easily make lots of different designs. We have not been disappointed. For example, in the last week he has made 3 different robots, programmed them, and modified them to do different tasks.

    The set itself was the usual Lego technic style bricks, which he was familiar with to easily build the starter models. The "intelligent brick" software loaded with no problems, and provided you do the early exercises to learn how to program it, is pretty straightforward. But try to curb your enthusiasm to leap ahead - in the early days you have to learn the different graphics, otherwise it is easy to get the wrong program element. After a few programmes, you understand them much more readily.

    We had our first robot going within an hour, and then did a couple of days doing the next sequences. I had a couple of days away and when I came back he was crazy to show me how he had done the next model - and got it to do what it should.

    Do you need programming knowledge to use it - No. Do you need some time to help get it organised - yes, but pretty soon they'll be off and flying. I would say around 10 is the minimum age. Maximum age.....well more than me!

    Compared to when I did (very basic) computer programming at school, this has the major attraction that you can do something with a real robot.

    It's great education, and I was surprised that it has caused my son to spend less time on the computer. He now has a pencil and paper out drawing mechanisms and designing his next robot, assault course, or whatever. The one drawback is when it gets to bed-time, and there's just one more thing that needs to be done.....

    In his words "It's the best robot kit, ever".
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    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
    Mindstorms began with RCX pairing the creativity and simplicity of Lego with with programmable interactive robotics - NXT takes this great idea forward to near perfection.

    Fun and educational for (older) children and adults alike. It comes with a decent amount of Lego to get you started including three servo motors and four sensors with a pretty robust and easy visual programming environment.

    It has good support in the wider community such as additional sensors (e.g. compass, colour, gyro etc) and programming languages (C, Java amongst others). Also as it is standard Lego, any spare Technic sets can be put to good use supplementing the NXT kit.

    The only thing I would have liked is an included storage box to keep all the tiny Lego bits etc, it comes in a single big cardboard box without any dividers.

    Overall very much recommended.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Product description does not do it justice! 26 Dec 2007
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    We're delighted with the NXT kit; the product description on Amazon doesn't really do justice to how much potential it has. For example, there is functionality such as being able to communicate with other NXT robots, store data files in flash memory, etc.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent educational robot for any age 18 Aug 2008
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    This is an excellent educational robot. You can make many autonomous or remote robotic devices. Spares and more parts and sensors are easily available and include third party support, or make your own. There are many programming environments for the nxt, all easily available. Much web support too. Great for experienced and new programmers. All in all superb value.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Exellent Adventure in Building and Robots 21 April 2008
    Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    An excellent product for those looking for an introduction to robots and who want that extra level of complexity. Thoroughly good fun for old and young and great value for money. The possibilities are boundless.

    I would not recommend it for the very young but 11+ definately
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Cheaper" and with a divided box 2 Nov 2008
    By G. Cee
    Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
    I haven't bought this product through amazon but would like to help those who want a box etc for the kit. You can buy it through Rapid Electronics and get an "education set". It can be more expensive at times but it is frequently on offer and comes with a couple of extra sensors....and a storage box. I bought the set with rechargeable batteries, charger and the software (which is bought separately in this case) for £155 inc VAT no delivery as I live in the town where the depot is! OK, so overall I paid more than the prices quoted here - but I got a lot more too! I had so much fun with the kit that I then went and bought 30 for the schools that I work with. It is, without doubt, the best Lego kit for children aged over 6 - the models are simple to start but the programming makes them far superior when it comes to creating your own. My children (6 and 9) own a lot of the "power sets" technics etc but once built tend to lose interest - not so with the mindstorms. Save up and buy one.
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