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10 Cool LEGO Mindstorms: Dark Side Robots, Transports, and Creatures: Amazing Projects You Can Build in Under an Hour [Paperback]

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Item description for 10 Cool LEGO Mindstorms: Dark Side Robots, Transports, and Creatures: Amazing Projects You Can Build in Under an Hour by Kevin Clague...

LEGO MINDSTORMS let you design and program robots that can do just about anything!
The Dark Side Developer's Kit is targeted towards the young or novice LEGO MINDSTORMS designer, age 9 and up, although experienced MINDSTORMS fans will appreciate the unique possibilities offered by this kit as well. The Dark Side Developer's Kit includes special MINDSTORMS pieces that allow the user to create a host of Star Wars themed robots, creatures, and vehicles. It also comes with the Micro Scout, a mini-computer with 7 built-in programs, a motor, and a light sensor that brings the MINDSTORMS creations to life with a minimum of effort.

10 Cool LEGO MINDSTORMS Dark Side Robots, Transports, and Creatures: Amazing Projects You Can Build in Under an Hour provides step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations for users of all skill levels and proficiencies.

A blend of the hugely popular LEGO and STAR WARS lines. Appealing to fans of both, this book will allow readers to build unique creations using the special parts found in the "LEGO MINDSTORMS: Dark Side Developer's Kit" that mimic the robots, vehicles and creatures found in the STAR WARS movies.
From out of the box to up and running in less than an hour. This book teaches users how to create 10 amazing projects, each in under an hour.
8-page color insert. An eight-page color insert illustrates the complete projects in full-detail.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.7" Width: 8" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 10, 2002
Publisher   Syngress
ISBN  1931836590  
ISBN13  9781931836593  

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Obsolescence: the Dark Side's greatest weapon  Mar 10, 2006
I run a LEGO League Robotics team and we were thrilled with the idea of "Dark Side" robots. Unfortunately, since a key part is no longer available, we are trolling e-Bay for parts. This title is a great concept, but it's very unpleasant that it's still being marketed when mission-critical components are not reliably available.
NOT FOR RIS 2.0!!!  Jan 4, 2006
The description should state this! My 8 year old son, who is a Mindstorms genius, has wanted this for so long! How disappointed he was Christmas morning. "This doesn't use my pieces, or even my RCX" he said--very disapppointing, and I think it should clearly say this is not for the CURRENT version of mindstorms. This book is completely useless to us, he cannot build ANYTHING in the book with his Mindstorms RIS 2.0 set.
We have another book from this line, and it is for RIS 2.0, and my son loves it.
Update: We learned this book is for the Lego Mindstorms "Dark Side Developer" kit (Star Wars). It is no longer made, but we found a set on ebay. Son loves it--and now this book, too!
Assemble your own Star Wars action robots  Apr 29, 2004
The robots described in detail in this book are really cool, and once you look at them, your patience will be tried until you get to the assembly stage. Constructing the robots is easy, each one is split into a series of small steps where the parts to be added are listed in a caption and the placement of the parts on the robot are highlighted on a second figure. We have all faced situations where we had to follow directions to put something together and struggled to make sense of the diagrams. In this case, that should not be a problem, these are some of the most understandable diagrams that I have ever seen.
The robots are all from the Star Wars series of movies and associated novels, which makes them even better. Most people with an interest in robots have seen the Star Wars movies, so it is wondrous to watch the robot gradually grow into something you have seen in action.
Lego Mindstorms is a robot kit that can be effectively used in class work from elementary school up though graduate school. In this book you will learn how to build some of the best robots, which will appeal to students throughout this spectrum.
Leisurely stimulating  Mar 2, 2004
Again, why doesn't Lego publish these books, Syngress though has definitely filled the gap in the industry, and I can't put these books down. Awesome Star Wars themed dudes, great graphics
Fairly Good  Jan 3, 2003
This is a wonderful inspirational book! There are lots of mechanisms here that are good to play around with and modify. Every robot has some interesting functions - since it's using the Microscout only, everything (often two functions) is done with only one motor! It's also inspiring seeing what can be done with limited pieces. Every model in the book is built ONLY using DSDK parts!

The pictures (or rather, CAD renderings) are crystal-clear, thanks to Kevin's LPub. The downside is that they're black-and-white, but it's fairly easy to tell the difference between a white part and a red part.

There's not much commentary in this book - it's mostly instructions. That makes it easier to follow, but it doesn't help much if you have a question about modifying the robot.

Overall I rate it three and a half stars for good robots and good instructions but bad commentary. Still a good book, though!


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