LEGO BOOST Building & Coding sets available for pre-order

LEGO has opened pre-orders for its LEGO BOOST building and coding sets that allow children to develop their skills in a fun and egaging way.

First revealed at CES in January, the first LEGO sets will ship in July for a suggested retail price of $159.99 in the US.

"We are incredibly honored by the excitement LEGO BOOST has generated since its introduction and are thrilled to be one step closer to putting it in the hands of the builders of tomorrow," said Simon Kent, design lead for LEGO Group. "By combining physical play with a fun and easy coding experience, we are giving children even more ways to bring creativity to their playtime. We look forward to seeing the many ways this new offering will ‘boost’ their LEGO collections."

LEGO BOOST introduces children to coding through a free downloadable app that contains the guidance, building instructions and simple coding commands to bring to life five LEGO creations, one at a time. Much like building with LEGO bricks, children build behaviors and actions by linking digital coding blocks in an easy-to-understand horizontal layout. To further personify the experience, LEGO BOOST lets children add voice recordings to their creations, adding personality without requiring spelling and typing. The app also includes more than 60 activities designed to inspire additional building, coding and play.

LEGO BOOST sets will be available to buy online and in stores as of August 1st.

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