LEGO BOOST - Creative Toolbox - 17101

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Product Information

Height 28.2 cm
Width 9.1 cm
Depth 54 cm
Number of Pieces 847
Material Plastic
Minimum Age 7 years
Model Number 17101
Product Type Building Blocks
Type Building Blocks
Weight 1.38 kg
Brand LEGO

Why we love this

Boost your LEGO building experience with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and customize Vernie, your own personal talking robot friend, code its behavior and complete fun activities with the included playmat. Speak to Vernie and it will respond with facial expressions that reflect its mood. Vernie can move in all directions at variable speed on its large tracks, see objects and colors, sense distance, grip and carry accessories, make hand gestures and launch darts from its shoulder mounted shooter! Vernie also senses and reacts to impacts and knows when you pick it up. Rebuild Vernie to create the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), Guitar4000, Frankie the Cat or the AutoBuilder, all controlled via your tablet with the free downloadable app that also includes digital LEGO Building Instructions for all 5 models, plus cool activities and ideas to spark your imagination.

A tablet running iOS 10.3 and newer/Android 5.0 or above is required to build and play with LEGO Boost. Please visit to check if your tablet is compatible.
Product Features:

• Includes over 840 LEGO pieces, plus a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor.
• Move Hub features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, 2 encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
• Interactive Motor is an encoded motor.
• Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light.
• Check out the cool white, orange and blue color scheme.
• Rotate Vernie's head to activate its shoulder-mounted spring-loaded shooter.
• Build the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) and try out the different tool and customization attachments to prepare the vehicle for an array of exciting activities.
• Learn how to play a song and rock out with the Guitar4000.
• Look after your own pet with Frankie the Cat. Be sure to feed it the right food—or it might get upset!
• Construct, code and operate the AutoBuilder to produce real miniature LEGO models.
• Build and code robots and models, and complete exciting activities with the playmat and intuitive LEGO BOOST app, available for iOS and Android tablet devices.
• Easy-to-use intuitive software with icon-based drag-and-drop coding interface.
• Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO® BOOST app.
• This product requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
• Go to for a list of compatible devices. Ask your parents' permission.
• Vernie the robot stands over 10” (27cm) tall.
• M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4) measures over 4” (12cm) high, 9” (23cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.
• Guitar4000 measures over 1” (5cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
• Frankie the Cat stands over 6” (17cm) tall.
• The AutoBuilder measures over 10” (27cm) high, 7” (19cm) long and 6” (16cm) wide.

Number of Pieces: 847

Our customers say

LEGO BOOST - Creative Toolbox - 17101 is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one missing piece in bag #5 so far we placed a request for a missing part, hope it will arrive soon...
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from From the start a huge disappointment Purchased for my Grandkids and I, the first frustration is there was NO toolbox, my younger grandkids get FAR cheaper sets in purpose designed "Toolboxes" with compartments for each of the different component types. At present I would not recommend, nor buy the 2 extra sets I had planned. The App was quite innovative, though resetting choice is apparently restricted to everything rather than a particular toy, which means ALWAYS going back to the very start rather than allowing 2 or more children to journey at their own pace through the different models. Reset should be available for each model. The ability to produce their own designs is weirdly restricted to a set of cartoon graphic to represent it, rather than allowing the child to use a photo of their creation? The app information is limited to graphics, and does not include child friendly technical descriptions that would encourage reading and learning new terms : rotate, angle etc... Not all the coding icons are that self explanatory, I often wanted to know more... I looked in vain for a child friendly manual or icon descriptions, they were neither in the app or the box. Some great play opportunities, but with far too many deficiencies. In short no, toolbox, and Lego saving on translation by staying graphica only, results in less learning opportunities for the child.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The kids love it I will make this one short, but I brought this set out this week and the kids (ages 5 & 6.75) love it. They are very into Lego, with many large sets / theme collections, and they have played with this one more in the past few days than any of the others. The app that you download is set up with interactive instructions that walk you thought the build(s) with unlocking activities that introduce you to the various commands available in the application. The programming techniques are primarily accessed though simple drag and drop commands that can be sequenced, and/or run in parallel. There are several execute types, with looping commands, movements, audio prompts, voice recording, pre-recorded audio clips, optical prompts, and movement sensors. Almost all commands have user variables that can be easily set through numeric entry or graphic selection. But still the overall programming structure remains simple. In addition, the user has ability to develop scripts and save them to different tool boxes. Really impressed with the app, and the multiple configurations available through the integration of the Lego System platform. Again my children love it, and it has kept them entertained and engrossed more (so far) than any other Lego set they have. (It mixes best of both worlds for them, tablet and Lego).
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good entertainment, not great education The big failing with the EV3 robotics system is that after building a model it just gives you the program to run it. It does not really teach you how to code the program to run the model, or what different coading options are available or appropriate. Lego Boost does not have this failing. There is a large number of coading exercises and options that are given at various points throughout the build of each of the 5 models provided. However, it does have some significant disadvantages compared with EV3. Despite what it says on the box, it is not going to help your child to learn to code. There are no variables, conditional looping, and only very limited switching in the scratch-like code. As a result, programming is limited to executing strings of commands. There are some built in functions that allow the robot to react to its environment, but these cannot be coaded using the standard instructions. Your child will learn how to put together stings of instructions, but will not learn any real coading. The builds are rather complex. As they mostly use the standard lego stud bricks, rather than the lego technic bricks there are a lot of complex, specialized pieces in the set. The build instructions are very systematic and clear, so there should not be problems with the standard builds, but the complexity of the peices will make it difficult for your child to build their own designs. One other shortcoming is that the software is quite buggy. At many points, I had to shut down the software, and restart it, and restart the robot to get the example programs to work. Lego’s software QA has never been great, but I hope that things will improve as there are newer releases of the software. Also, be aware that the software will only run on specific iOS and android tablets. There is no PC based software, which is very frustrating. I have to steal my wife’s iPad to run the software. Make sure that you have the right hardware before you purchase. The educational We-Do set suffers from similar building and coading issues. If your child has been using a we-do set in class, this Boost set compliments We-Do well, so is a good option if they want to continue their learning at home. The set is well thought out and very entertaining, but it will not teach them anything significant about coading or robotics. For this you will have to step up to an EV3 set. The Boost Crative Toolbox set is a very entertaining set, but is not great for education.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing. This is the only LEGO product I have had cause to give a poor rating. When I pre-ordered there was no list of compatible devices and now I find that if I want to use the set I need to buy an expensive tablet that I don't need for any other reason than to run the LEGO Boost App. It's a building block set with remote control features. Surely LEGO programmers could have done a better job than program for a VERY LIMITED number of tablets, including expanding into Kindle apps. I'm sure LEGO will get a lot of complaints and requests for refunds. I certainly find myself as one of the disappointed owners of a set of blocks that can't be used as designed because even the instructions to build the set are only available in the app I cannot run. Sorry LEGO but this is a fail
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Son and I are loving this set The set is absolutely brilliant, my 8 year old son and I have spent all morning building things and proramming, so much so we are now resting as we have the run the batteriry out on the tablet.... The set is perfect level for beginners, simple to use the app and connetct and go through the very basic and simple to use instructions. however, do not be fooled, although a simple product and app, the possibilitiesare endless, we are both looking at how we can set up traps and gadgets for my sons bedroom I do hope they make available more motors, brains and other key functions soon as this toy will be well played with... I would say lego have a winner here and we will keep buying add ons going forward
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Love this! My eight year old son has been playing with this practically non stop since it arrived! We have all sorts of coding toys and this is the first one that has truly held his attention. Better still, he can manage it all on his own. I never mind helping him, but I love it when he is able to completely master something on his own. He has wanted Mindstorm for years but I wanted to wait until he was older. This is the perfect precursor to Mindstorm. I highly recommend Boost.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instant engagement. My daughter, now 8, is lucky. She was born LEGO rich. Her dad (me) is an AFOL. That said, she has not, until today, really shown an intense interest in building. At most, she would spend maybe 20 minutes on a set, then push the unfinished project in her parts bin. Not today. I installed the batteries, and over the course of four hours only had to assist with a few stiff technic pins and tires. She loved the ability to get things moving nearly out of the box. This purchase is worth every penny, and then some.
Date published: 2017-07-26
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