Many high-tech toys start with a fun and fascinating idea only to make it frustratingly complicated in the execution. Leave it to LEGO to make a technologically advanced toy fun to play with. The enormous 718-piece LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System lets you construct a variety of moving robot vehicles and then program them from your Windows 98- or Windows Me-compatible computer. The robots are all based around a bright yellow basic unit, which serves as the functional heart of whatever is being built. The brick receives commands from the computer via an infrared tower unit. The computer interface is incredibly user-friendly and intuitive. What's most impressive about the system, however, is the variety of robots that can be built. There are detailed instructions for each one, and since these are LEGOs, builders are free to come up with an endless variety. --John Moe
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
rocks, Mar 12, 2023
This toy rocks!!!!!!!!! you get to build a robot, program it, and add sensors!!!!!!!!!!!!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
Invention, Robotics, Computer Programming, Mar 2, 2023
If you want your child to take the steps necessary to prosper in the future, this is the kit to purchase.
The kids of my generation had telescopes, microscopes and chemistry sets. We only could dream of building and programming a functioning robot!
It truly will create a positive mindstorm in your child !!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Windows XP fix, Feb 24, 2023
With regard to users having problems using this kit with windows XP. The dreaded freeze problem will only occur on computers using hyper thread processers. (...)
Save this zip file to your harddrive. You should have previously installed the mindstorms software and the USB tower. Unplug your USB tower, restart your machine and follow the installation instructions. The freeze issue should now be a thing of the past.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
lego's best toy ever made , Feb 21, 2023
if you buy toy it cost $200 but it is funest toy ever made. i would highly recomend it to eneyone and everyone. if you have an windows xp dont worry about about if it's not working thairs a patch on lego.com for what ever does not work, i have an windows xp and for me the infer-red tower was not working so they had a patch for it. thair is traning misions chalenges and pro chalenges, i've done all of the chalenges and pro chalenges so now im looking for the Ultimate Builders Set it is very rare and i cant find it eneywhere ecept on ebay it's on sale for over $200 and in 2001 it was onely $60 so it has raised tremendesly. so if you like robotics and programing and building in yore spare time buy it off the internet it's probly not in eany store.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Yes its does work w/ Windows XP, Feb 13, 2023
Love this set. More high quality product from Lego. Please note if you are using Windows XP. Bypass the included software install protocol when setting up the infrared transmitter tower and use the "Found new hardware" installation resident in your Windows XP. It will pop up after you plug the device into your USB port. Be sure to have the Mindstorms CD ready when the install shield prompt calls for it. After successful installation, the CD will guide you through the rest of the download, including the transmission of the "firmware" to the RCX unit (this must be done before you can do anything else.) Then go to the Lego Mindstorms website and download the Windows XP patch. It works fine. Be patient and persist, you will get past the XP freeze up.