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  • January 11, 2020
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  • March 8, 2021
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Open up the world of music video making for kids who love to dance and perform. This LEGO® VIDIYO™ HipHop Robot BeatBox (43107) makes every playtime exciting. Download the free app to scan the music minifigure and reveal the robot’s cool stage persona. Then scan the BeatBits to unlock special effects, challenges and more as kids produce their own unique hip-hop music video, to share with other creators in the kid-safe social feed. Portable for fun on the move Kids will love styling the BeatBox using the LEGO pieces. They can choose from a boom box, spray can or wrench design – or make up their own. The BeatBox folds up with space to store the BeatBits and minifigure so it’s ideal for play on the go. Create music experiences LEGO VIDIYO sets offer a safe social play experience, helping kids become directors, producers and stars of their own music videos. See their creativity grow as they produce videos packed with musical mash-ups, fun characters, songs, dance moves and amazingeffects.
 
Posted:March 8, 2021
Overall: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great Set; Not So Great App, But Has Potential
" We ordered the HipHop Robot BeatBox for my 8-year-old son, who was really excited to get it. In the box you get the Lego bricks needed to build and use the set (including 12 starter beatbits and 2 special move beatbits that make the set come to life, virtually, the beatbox container, a brick separator, and instructions. You can build three different “layouts/setups/stages” in one set. My kiddo went with the retro beatbox. Instructions are easy to follow. As always, Lego does a fantastic job of bagging the pieces to make the build a snap. If you have a Lego enthusiast in the house, you can really appreciate the following… everything folds up and is stored self-contained in the beatbox (no loose legos/mini-figures all over the floor), which is great for an on-the-go production.
After building the set, your kiddo downloads the VIDIYO app from the Google Play store or the iOS App Store. Unfortunately, our VIDIYO experience was less than ideal. My son downloaded the app to his iPAD 5th generation. It’s an older device, but not ancient. Downloading took a little (there’s a lot to the app, so that’s understandable). Connecting and on-demand downloading took a while (again, there’s a lot to the app, so this is also understandable). Please note, we have a strong WiFi connection and a decent hi-speed Internet backbone. So, bandwidth wasn’t the issue.
To start, your kiddo sets the robot mini-figure on the stage (the more elevated it is, the better for initial scanning). They add whichever beatbits they want on the stage walls and startup the app, which is divided into three parts (For You, Discover, and Activities). For You and Discover lets your kiddo watch videos that they and others create. Activities offers tasks/challenges. As they complete tasks, other tasks appear. You earn points to use in the ‘shop’ to buy more music, stages, and backdrops. The app has five main parts -- Social, Gallery, Play (button), Bands, and Scan. Scan is the main event. Your kiddo scans the robot/stage and, after selecting a backtrack, can interact with beats and actions throughout the video. There are tons of free, current, songs to set the video to. As the video runs, the app records in the background. The further away your kiddo gets from the stage and the initial scan, the larger the mini-figure becomes. So, we can’t wait to get outside, use the app, and have a “60-ft” 3D robot dancing in our backyard. Your kiddo can save the video locally and/or share it up to a secure server so that others can watch the creation. The “share” feature, IMHO, is both a good thing and a potentially bad thing. Other kiddos (and maybe parents too) have some great videos posted. And, your kiddo can see some amazing places that they might not otherwise see and see some of the cool creations that others make. But, caveat: parental supervision and/or educating your youngster on Internet safety will prove very important here as their video (and those that others record) can literally be shared with the world. Lego says the site is a kid-safe location. I believe them, but... always be on the safe side. In Gallery, your youngster can view saved action pics. In Bands, your kiddo gets one free, customizable band member (in addition to the mini figure) to start. They can buy more band members for about $20… welcome to the wonderful world of app microtransactions… or unlock them over time… and start a jam session. With all this in mind, unfortunately, I know we only scratched the app’s surface, as it kept crashing. My son loved the app at first and was really excited, but the continual crashes (the app, which is in preview release status, feels rushed-to-production at this point) resulted in a less-than-meh experience. Our hope is that Lego/VIDIYO irons out the app bugs in time for us to get outside and use the set… because that’s where this app will really shine -- videos recorded outdoors, with awesome backdrops and decent tunes. Just make sure you have a battery backup and a great data plan/a strong WiFi signal. ;)
So, worth purchasing? I’m really on the fence. The mini-figure and stage set? Yes. It’s cool. On its own (and we have a lot of Lego sets to compare it to), I’d say it’s worth about $15 and is a nice presentation/play set. Your kiddo will definitely have fun building and playing with it, especially if they have a great imagination. The app, which, despite the “free” download, you’re basically paying for in the cost of the set? Not right now, but it’s close. The app needs work in a lot of ways, but has so much potential. Overall? I’d say, yes… but hesitantly. I’m going to give the combined set 4 stars, only because there’s no 3.5 stars, the set is cool, and the app has a lot of potential to support going outdoors (safely and socially-distanced of course ;) ) and having a really fun, creative experience (with parental supervision, of course). "
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From: Millersville
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Posted:January 11, 2020
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A Fun Toy for Old and Young (8+) Alike
" My 7- (almost 8) year-old son, loves Legos, is great at assembling them, and has sets all over the house. When I told him that I got him the Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter set (recommended for kiddos and others 8+), he was so excited. The set is somewhat challenging. But, in typical Lego fashion, the full-color guide and clearly-labeled bags make the experience 'a snap,' (yes, I hear the groans now... pun intended). I let him run with the project, watching as he went and helping him learn from his mistakes. He faltered a few times, but we course corrected together and had a blast assembling the set. Three characters with weapons, two droids, spring-loaded firing missiles, three bombs that fall from a manually-rotated cylinder in the rear middle of the fighter, brightly-colored stickers, and just a really cool all-round build make this 578-piece fighter a fun set to assemble... and of course play with. My son spent hours playing with this set after building it and refused to let us disassemble it and put it away for a week (despite Christmas being two weeks away and knowing he'd have more Lego sets to build. So, is the set worth buying? Definitely. I recommend the Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter as a co-build project for you and your young builder and is definitely a solid set for older builders (and Star Wars fans, of course).. Happy building, all. :) "
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I would recommend this to a friend!
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