Best Educational Toys – LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 and Mindstorm NXT 8547

LEGO Instructions Mindstorm NXT 8547 and Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 

When somebody mentions educational toys, one of the first things that come to mind is LEGO. Although the toys are just some simple plastic bricks in various shapes, the modular nature of the whole concept encourages kids (and even adults) to come up with ideas and develop creativities in a fun way. Of course there are other educational toys from other brands, but LEGO seems to always be the first choice for many good reasons: simplicity, complexity, playability, and durability all at the same time. LEGO has made probably thousands of play-sets now; some are simple shapes designed for young kids, while others are complex and challenging enough even for seasoned hobbyists. Among all the sets, there are at least two models from the days-gone-by which still appeal to today’s newcomers, the LEGO Mindstorm NXT 8547 and the ever popular LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965.

LEGO Mindstorm NXT 8547 Box
LEGO Mindstorm NXT 8547 Box

LEGO Mindstorm NXT 8547

Released more than 8 years ago in late August 2009, the Mindstorm NXT 8547 takes the LEGO experience to a whole new level. While it is not a new toy by any means, the features and programmable capabilities are still quite impressive even by today’s standards. Instead of simply building structures or fictional characters brick by brick, this toy actually allows you to put programming language into it – or give commands from computer– and make it do a lot of things. In other words, you can make a robot out of it.

Most (if not all) people think of LEGO as a conventional toy – despite the complexity levels it offers in advanced models – with which children learn or develop motor skills and try to follow instructions as best as they can. While such opinion is far from being incorrect, the exact same thing cannot be said to the Mindstorm series either. The typical bricks-construction activity is still present, but it is no longer the dominant selling point of the toy; programmability and sophistications are.

LEGO Mindstorm NXT 8547 Robot
LEGO Mindstorm NXT 8547 Robot

You can build several different robots from a single set including a human-like robot, a car, a dog, and multi-sensors robot. The package includes an ultrasonic sensor, 2 touch sensors, and a color sensor. Mindstorm NXT comes with 32-bit microprocessor, 3 servo motors, matrix display, USB communication link, Bluetooth, as well as 4 input and 3 output ports. In total, it has 612 pieces to challenge your creativity. The building instructions for the 4 robots are included on the software CD. Once the robot is assembled, you can connect it to your computer via either USB or Bluetooth and download the commands from the software.

Feature highlights:

  • Robotic LEGO with programmable behaviors
  • 612 brick pieces
  • Robots emit sounds and lights
  • Battery-powered (requires 6 AA batteries)
  • Free project instructions from LEGO

The Interactive Servo Motors make sure that your robot’s movements are accurate to the commands that you give, while the Robotic Sensors help to measure distance, detect object movements, and avoid bumping into other things in the playroom. It is certainly one of the best educational toys ever. LEGO Mindstorms have

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LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965

Han Solo admitted over and over again that Millennium Falcon was a piece of junk, but no one denied that it was and is still the fastest piece of junk in the galaxy. LEGO Star Wars series has several Millennium Falcon play sets, and the 7965 came as the successor of 75030. Both of them are now retired products in LEGO official store; the current Millennium Falcon is the model number 75105; this is the most recent model depicting the details of the space ship in The Force Awakens.

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 Box
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 Box

Compared to the latest models, LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 is quite old indeed, but it does not change the fact that the play set has its own collectability appeal. One thing is certain, the 7965 is the same-old Millennium Falcon – one that has not been remodeled – so you get the original familiar space ship from Star Wars series.

Feature highlights:

  • Millennium Falcon in its unmodified shape
  • Mini figures come with their assorted weapons
  • Movable parts such as cockpit cover, laser cannons, flick missiles, and more
  • More than a thousand pieces to hone your LEGO skills
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965
LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965

It brings a whole bunch of bricks – 1254 pieces in total – including 6 mini figures: Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Princess Leia. Completely assembled, the play set measures at more than 15-inch wide and 4-inch tall.

LEGO are always popular gifts during Christmas, and there is nothing wrong with purchasing the toys way ahead of time especially when we are talking about LEGO Star Wars. Chances are they are more readily available and you probably bet better deals as well.

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