Lego abandons its Mindstorms building robot kits

A sad and tearful Lego Mindstorms robot.

The lineup has been on the wall for a while, but yesterday, as reported by fan sites like Brick Fanatics and brick gameLego has announced that it will discontinue its Mindstorms range of robots at the end of the year and will only guarantee support for associated mobile apps, where robots can be controlled and programmed, for another two years.

Lego Mindstorms debuted in September 1998, over 24 years ago, taking advantage of the company’s more complicated Technics building parts, including gears and other mechanical components, to build controlled semi-autonomous robots by sensors and a programmable brick. It was one of the first toys to actively promote STEM learning before it became a buzzword in the toy industry, and over the years Mindstorms sets and components have been used to build surprisingly capable creations.

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The last major update to Mindstorms core product line was the EV3 set released in 2013. It was used to create the record (at the time) Cubestormer 3 robot that could solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzles in the blink of an eye. At $350, it was the most expensive Lego set released in 2013, although compared to Lego sets coming out these days, like a $550 Iron Man Hulkbuster Armor Reenactmentit’s less of a budget killer.

the less able, Robot inventor The set, released in 2020, was the latest official addition to the Mindstorms lineup, although it shares components with the Lego Spike Prime sets recently released as part of the company’s Lego Education division, which will continue to be supported as a classroom learning tool. Ars-Technica succeeded in obtaining a copy of the complete declaration which Lego shared with its fan siteswhich we have also included below:

Since its launch in September 1998, LEGO MINDSTORMS has been one of the leading ‘Build & Code’ experiences in the company’s portfolio, bringing with it significant brand equity and becoming a standout experience for the early days of mainstream robotics. public and leading to current Build and Code experiences such as SPIKE Prime, from LEGO Education’s LEGO Learning System.

However, now having a number of priorities in LEGO Education and other Build & Code experiences, we have decided to focus our resources and future plans by redirecting our MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor team and their expertise to different areas of the business.

This means that the physical MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor product (51515) and its associated items (88016 and 88018) are due to leave our portfolio at the end of 2022, while digital platforms, such as the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor app, will remain live. until at least the end of 2024.

We still strongly believe in the Build & Code proposition and will continue to support it through platforms such as SPIKE Prime, and we continue to retain the MINDSTORMS brand trademark and evaluate our future plans with LEGO Education.

IIt is unfortunate but understandable that Lego does not maintain and update the Mindstorms apps for over two years, but many alternative tools have been developed over the years to program Lego robots that far exceed what Lego itself has provided to users. Jthose lucky enough to have these sets should be able to continue enjoying them for years to come. As for those who don’t have their own Mindstorm botyou’ll want to hit eBay and garage sales ASAP because demand for these sets is about to skyrocket.

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