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Expensive - but probably worth it,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
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This review is from: LEGO 8547: Mindstorms NXT 2.0: Robot (Toy)My 10 year old son spotted this in the Lego catalogue a while back. We told him it was too expensive but he saved every penny he got and asked for money for Christmas and birthdays and eventually accumulated enough to buy it.
He is not disappointed.
The brilliant thing about the Lego Robot is how it is designed to grow with you. The programming language is very visual and straightforward meaning that a ten-year old can do it himself. It's great at teaching logic and it reminds me of programming my old ZX81!
Delve a little deeper and there is some really complex robotic functionality here, which is currently beyond him, but he will learn it over time.
The motors, sensors and construction all appear to be at the usual high lego standard.
Overall this is a great toy that is both highly educational and huge fun.
It would have got five stars except for:
1. It has a small memory which cannot be expanded using SD cards. This means that the number of images or sounds you can include in your programs is limited. With memory being so cheap this is pretty poor on a product costing this amount.
2. It eats AA batteries. Again, at this price I would have expected a durable Li-on rechargeable battery.
3. The Alpha Rex model, the humanoid robot you see in the pictures above, has a fault in it's design meaning that once you've built it the arms won't move. There are lots of fixes on the internet, but again, at this price band, this sort of error is unforgivable.