Lego Mindstorms EV3 (31313) Robotics Kit £249.99 (possibly 244.99) Delivered @ Toys R Us
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Lego Mindstorms EV3 (31313) Robotics Kit £249.99 (possibly 244.99) Delivered @ Toys R Us

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Found 29th Sep 2013
Possibly £5 cheaper using code: hotukdeals.com/vou…251

This won't be for everyone and isn't a pocket money purchase but the Mindstorms EV3 kit is an amazing bit of tech with fantastic educational opportunities and it's about £300 elsewhere that has it in stock.

This is a large lego kit with some awesome tech all centered around a linux powered smart brick with WiFi (with add on £12 dongle*) and Bluetooth connectivity plus 16MB of storage for programs created. Free apps have been released for iOS and Android and a simple to use block based programming environment piece of software comes with it.

I have the NXT and love it and I know I'm going to have hours of educational fun building and programming this with my daughter.

* dongle required for WiFi currently £11.90 @ Amazon: amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1 based on info from: http://www.technicbricks.com/2013/09/wifi-dongle-for-ev3.html)

More info here:
techcrunch.com/201…v3/

and here:

pocket-lint.com/new…ive

Blurb from Lego (http://shop.lego.com/en-GB/LEGO-MINDSTORMS-EV3-31313):

Create and command robots that do what you want with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3!

Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we’ve ever developed, unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the step-by-step 3D building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface. Grab the enclosed remote control and take on challenging ready-made missions or download the free app and command your robot using your smart device. Want to share your own creations and be inspired by others? Logon to LEGO.com/min…rms to access loads of cool content and interact with a huge online community of other LEGO MINDSTORMS fans. The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot revolution has begun!

• At the heart of the product is the Intelligent EV3 Brick with powerful ARM9 processor, USB port for WiFi and Internet connectivity, Micro SD card reader, back-lit buttons and 4 motor ports
• Includes 3 interactive servo motors, remote control, improved and redesigned color sensor, redesigned touch sensor, infrared sensor and 550+ LEGO® Technic elements
• Control your robot via the infrared sensor system
• Intuitive software (PC and Mac) with icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface
• Control and command your robot with the enclosed remote control or download the free app for your smart device
• Includes 550+ LEGO® Technic elements – everything you need to create amazing robots!
• Building instructions for 5 robots included. Download bonus building instructions developed by real fans and endorsed by LEGO at LEGO.com/min…rms
• Take on challenging ready-made missions
• Share your creations with a huge online community at LEGO.com/min…rms
• Check out the cool black, red and white design
• Batteries not included
• If you can think it, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 lets you create it
• SPIK3R (incl. legs) measures over 16″ (41cm) high, 14″ (38cm) long and 15″ (40cm) wide
• EV3RSTORM measures over 16″ (41cm) high, 7″ (19cm) long and 8″ (21cm) wide
• R3PTAR measures over 13″ (35cm) high, 31″ (81cm) long and 3″ (8cm) wide
• GRIPP3R measures over 11″ (30cm) high, 9″ (24cm) long and 7″ (18cm) wide
• TRACK3R measures over 3″ (9cm) high, 10″ (27cm) long and 8″ (21cm) wide

14 Comments

Original Poster

Cold votes I assume because it's not £2.50 and people don't understand that this isn't just a Lego model, but a powerful computer, programming environment and amazing educational resource? Well I looked on HuKD before I bought this and no-one had posted anything for an EV3 so I shared the results of my own research to help others looking for this. I guess this is why no-one else bothered wasting their time posting a deal for one ... oh well

I think it looks great...my sons a bit too young at the moment and it's perhaps a bit out of our price range...some normal Lego sets are this price... heat added.

I am with you on the tech, I have the NXT 2 which I picked up for about £120 before Christmas 2012. But.. This is £100 more than I would pay for the kit, I will have to wait for the price to drop, Which it will as schools cannot afford this much for the 1 kit. I expect sales to be slow for a while.

It's already discounted to around £250 in a couple of places, so assume that £250 is going to become the default selling price. Therefore a deal on this is going to be closer to the £200 mark, which is why this is being voted cold. Want this set, but am waiting for that £200 price tag!

Btw - rrp is £300.

Original Poster

Terry001

I am with you on the tech, I have the NXT 2 which I picked up for about … I am with you on the tech, I have the NXT 2 which I picked up for about £120 before Christmas 2012. But.. This is £100 more than I would pay for the kit, I will have to wait for the price to drop, Which it will as schools cannot afford this much for the 1 kit. I expect sales to be slow for a while.



Yes but the NXT had been out for 6 years (2.0 for 3 years) at that point ... Tech drops in price over time, we know this. The EV3 has just come out. If this was a discussion about a PS4 or Xbox One, £50 would be seen as a great discount!

Original Poster

caterham7

It's already discounted to around £250 in a couple of places, so assume … It's already discounted to around £250 in a couple of places, so assume that £250 is going to become the default selling price. Therefore a deal on this is going to be closer to the £200 mark, which is why this is being voted cold. Want this set, but am waiting for that £200 price tag!



Amazon had it at £250 for a short time and then upped it back to £300, Asda have it at £250 but not in stock ... I can't find it anywhere else at this price??

Original Poster

Just for fun ... love this video ... 15 years of Mindstorms: lego.com/en-…ms/

Voted hot as it is the cheapest price, gets an excellent review here pcmag.com/art…asp , yes it's expensive but so is a ps4 or Xbone. I'd rather spend £250 on something that has an educational value.
Edited by: "mtc1" 29th Sep 2013

Original Poster

mtc1

Voted hot as it is the cheapest price, gets an excellent review here … Voted hot as it is the cheapest price, gets an excellent review here http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423200,00.asp , yes it's expensive but so is a ps4 or Xbone. I'd rather spend £250 on something that has an educational value.



Thanks for the review link ... there's LOADS of info, pictures, models, reviews, videos and downloads for this kit ... will keep me going until I'm allowed it at Christmas! I've already downloaded and installed the IDE software and all the official robot building instructions & programs plus 12 fan models ... I think 2014 will be a busy Lego robotics year for me and my daughter

I haven't voted, because on the one hand it's less than RRP, but on the other, I believe we'll see a £199 before Christmas.
Too expensive for me at the moment (as are the Xbone and PS4).

If Toy's R Us are doing this at this price you would be better keeping your money a little longer because it will go below this price pretty soon. It's a rare thing to get a genuine deal at this toy store (although not impossible). i'm not voting because I don't want it but just saying it definitely will be cheaper elsewhere soon.

I'm waiting for this to be cheaper too. It is on the Tesco Direct site so possibly will be available on the Clubcard Double Up deal closer to Xmas.

If only Argos stocked it, you could get 3 for 2, and sell the others off at £200+, bringing the price below £200 for the one you keep!



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