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17101-1 Boost Creative Toolbox


Boost Creative Toolbox

Boost Creative Toolbox is LEGO set 17101-1. It has a score of 81. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 1 reviews, based on 8 scored reviews and 11 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 43.82% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2017, and it is categorised in Boost.

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Average rating



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Indifference 63%




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Price Per Part (PPP)

Average PPP for Robotics & Electronics in 2017 is 0.2. PPP for this set is 0.2, which is average.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as Robotics & Electronics. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPP is a guide, not a rule, and affected by the type of parts included. A set containing small generic parts generally have better PPP than one containing larger specialized parts.

Price Per Minifig (PPM)

We do not currently know how the average price per minifig for this set compares to other sets.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as Robotics & Electronics. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPM only takes the number of minifigs into account and discards everything else. It's a guide, not a rule.

Review breakdown

Scored reviews

ttpm Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100 Recommendation: meh 4.3 / 5 → 86 / 100

Blocks Magazine Recommendation: meh 82 / 100 → 82 / 100

Brickset Recommendation: meh 4 / 5 → 80 / 100

The Rambling Brick Recommendation: meh 4 / 5 → 80 / 100

Eurobricks Recommendation: no 7.5 / 10 → 75 / 100

Brick Fanatics Recommendation: meh 3.7 / 5 → 74 / 100

LEGO Recommendation: no 3.55 / 5 → 71 / 100

Unscored reviews

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Set information

Set ID: 17101-1
Name: Boost Creative Toolbox
Parts: 843

Retail price (USD):
Original: 159.99
Inflation adjusted: 166.87

Price Per Part (USD):
Original: 0.19
Inflation adjusted: 0.2

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5

For kids who love robotics, coding and LEGO, it doesn't get much better than this, particularly for younger kids. The level of sophistication is an ideal balance of technology and fun so kids will be excited to see what their creations can do. The LEGO folks clearly have a sense of humor, too, because there's a lot of intriguing stuff they can do that will be primarily entertaining to a 7-10 -year old. Some of it is legitimately funny, and conveys a real understanding of what kids will find amusing.

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Recommendation: meh 4.3 / 5 from 304 reviews

How to: Run on Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition I bought a brand new 7th generation - 2017 release, just to run the Lego Boost. (All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Kid-Proof Case) Lego Boost, How to set it up & Works great! Step 1. Register and update all Kindle Patches to latest (takes a few reboots) Step 2. Sideload Google Play Store (search how on google, no hacking required) Step 3. Download official Lego Boost App from Google Play Step 4. (Optional) Lock down the tablet with password protection, so the kids can't accidentally purchase from GP Store. Step 5. enable bluetooth to work with Lego finished!

This score from is an aggregate of 304 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Recommendation: meh 82 / 100

17101 BOOST Creative Toolbox was reviewed in issue 39 of Blocks Magazine.

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Recommendation: meh 4 / 5 from 1 review

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Recommendation: meh 4 / 5 by Richard

I really like the final build, created with the combination of the Boost Creative Toolkit and the Arctic Scout Truck. The themes share similar colour palettes, and mixing them together seems to work well, from a design perspective. The vehicle is quite functional, and the app offers several different ways to interact with it. The sound effects added to the movement command blocks add a degree of realism to the model, and gave me a good chuckle the first time I made the truck drive backwards. The programming challenges encountered while building the model break up the build, but do delay completion significantly. I quite like some of the ‘equipment builds': especially the new (stickered up) computer. The orca and squid were a little peculiar however. [Editor's note: This review is for the official combined 60194 / 17101 model.]

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Recommendation: no 7.5 / 10 by MegaRoi

I'm somehow undecided. On one hand, the set is really big fun. There are a lot of parts for a reasonable price, nice and different models to build, and on top discovering the behavior of a model at certain command codes. But on the other hand, there are so many small parts, that it's hard to keep them together and have them ready to build if necessary. And the need of an up-to-date tablet - to run not up-to-date building instructions. Besides that, i really enjoyed playing around with this set. Building was simple but effective and the code sometimes surprising. Good package.

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Recommendation: meh 3.7 / 5 by Daniel

It is somewhat difficult for me to assess BOOST objectively – my children have been playing with LEGO bricks since before they could walk. We have hundreds of thousands of extra bricks lying around so they are both pre-disposed to sitting down for hours on end to play with these bricks. They also have the backup supply to both replace missing parts and stretch the platform with their own creations. Those two unique aspects give BOOST a much higher chance of success in my home than in one where it may be part of a smaller collection. That said, the quality of the electronic components, the intuitive play mat and lean-as-you-build approach all serve to make LEGO BOOST a product that I can recommend.

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Recommendation: no 3.55 / 5 from 93 reviews

Great product. I like how you can rebuild a variety of different things with one set and it is time consuming. I think the design is very convenient for younger children and the app is also easy to use. I would make sure you have a device that is compatible with the app. I did have a bit of trouble however connecting the set to Bluetooth because it kept turnng off after a while which I found was frustrating. Other then that I really enjoyed this set.

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The Brothers Brick

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by Bre Burns

In terms of individual sets, I would say LEGO BOOST 10171 Creative Toolbox is a terrific one to have in any collection. That's especially true for those who are interested in programming but nervous about getting started with something like EV3. It may have its quirks as far as the block icons not being clear descriptors, but the parts alone give it a great range of possibilities. LEGO Ninjago 70652 Stormbringer is also a really fun set. I would suggest it especially as something to pair with BOOST.

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by Eric

I believe that the incompatibility between the BOOST and EV3 MINDSTORMS motors and sensors is a major shortcoming for this set. I can foresee children learning how to code using BOOST and graduating up to MINDSTORMS EV3 (or future versions) as they got older and more experienced. Ideally, as children make that transition they could use their BOOST components with the MINDSTORMS EV3 Complete Brick. As the BOOST components stand now, though, that's simply not likely. All that aside, the BOOST Creative Toolbox offers an excellent opportunity to introduce children to engineering and computer programming. LEGO's multiple distinct models for this kit provides many hours of learning and entertainment for children. (My daughter has made it clear that she wants to build Guitar 4000 next.)

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by Huw

So, what's it good for? Well, as a robotic kit for kids it looks to be excellent. It successfully combines activities in the app, organised like a game, with physical building and interaction. It should therefore appeal to kids who are glued to their digital devices and, perhaps more importantly, to parents who want get them to do something else other than play on a screen.

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