These LEGO gadgets merge tech with building blocks

Do you like to challenge yourself with a LEGO building set every now and then? Yea, they're not just for kids. Well, believe it or not, LEGO is stepping up its game this year. Think gadgets inspired by old-school video games as well as designs that you can actually frame as art. We love the tech that's involved in these sets, which is why we couldn't resist rounding up our favorite LEGO gadgets of 2020 for you.

These LEGO gadgets merge tech with building blocks
LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Retro Mario Game on Display

When the LEGO Millennium Falcon set became the most sold LEGO set of all time, it became clear that the brand would have a lot more to offer. We love LEGOs, and we are totally into all the cool tech-inspired blocks that LEGO has released recently. In fact, if you see these LEGO creations by master builders, you’ll realize that LEGO is not just a children’s toy anymore. 

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So, here we are, with our daily roundup that highlights some of the best LEGO gadgets that merge tech with building blocks like never before. From old-school NES to digital art with music, LEGO is simply going to blow your mind with these designs.

LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Retro Mario Game

Revisit the 80s and early 90s with the LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System Retro Mario Game. This LEGO set is a replica of the original Mario game. It comes with a console and a vintage TV that you can build. Once you place the Game Pak cartridge into the console, you can move the 8-bit Mario along the screen. If you loved the first Mario games, this LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System is an excellent choice for you.

LEGO ART Marvel Studios Iron Man 31199 Wall Art

Decorate your home with the LEGO ART Marvel Studios Iron Man 31199 Wall Art and listen to a great soundtrack. Just connect your phone to the app to hear music from your favorite Marvel movie. Best of all, you can choose from three art options to get a design that aligns with your taste. The set also includes a brick separator and a hook for hanging. And with 3,100 bricks, this is one of our LEGO gadgets that will keep you busy for some time.


LEGO Super Mario Interactive Building Sets

Another Mario-themed LEGO set, the LEGO Super Mario Interactive Building Sets will let you enjoy all your favorite characters. This kit comprises of ten new expansion sets for the Adventures with Mario Starter Course, which comes with 231 pieces. The expansions include Whopmp’s Lava Trouble, Piranha Plant Power Slide, Mario’s House & Yoshi, Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle, the Haunted Yard, and more. You’ll have hours of fun with these LEGO gadgets, no matter which set you choose.


LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Coding Kit

Learn coding with the help of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Coding Kit. The set includes five robots, 949 pieces, and an app that works with Android iOS, FireOS, and Windows 10. The drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch and Python helps anyone learn the technology. Finally, people ten years and older will strengthen coding skills with the help of more than 50 original challenges and activities.


LEGO Boost Robot Building Kit

Another of our LEGO gadgets that use aspects of tech is the LEGO Boost Robot Building Kit. This robot coding kit comes with 543 pieces and teaches kids the basics of coding with the help of the Boost bricks. Also, the iPad app teaches kids to program with simple puzzles. Finally, you can use the building kit to make a guitar, a cat, and a tractor. With this LEGO set, your kids will be comfortable coders in no time.


LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger Iconic Building Set

Fast and Furious fans will love the LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger Iconic Building Set. You’ll have to be at least ten years old or older to enjoy this set since it includes an impressive 1,077 pieces. So it’s a project that’s definitely a time commitment. When complete, your Dodge Charger will have a hood that opens to show a V8 engine, a steering system, and moving pistons. This is one of our LEGO gadgets that you’ll be proud to display anywhere.


Okay, so these last two don’t really use tech, but we couldn’t leave them out! These Star Wars LEGO sets are super cool and sci-fi, which counts, right?

LEGO Star Wars Building Set TIE Fighter Pilot Helmet

Show your allegiance with the LEGO Star Wars Building Set TIE Fighter Pilot Helmet. This set includes a stand and plaque that’ll let you display your hard work. When complete, this helmet stands seven inches tall by five inches wide and five inches deep, so it will make a statement wherever you place it. Best for people 18 years and older, this LEGO gadget will keep you busy since it includes 724 individual pieces.


LEGO D-O Droid Building Set

The LEGO D-O Droid Building Set will give you hours of fun and a collector’s item you’ll want to display. And you’ll be able to show it off easily and stylishly with the included nameplate that you can stand next to it. This will let everyone who visits your home know that you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And with a bendable head and antennas, this droid can be happy, curious, confused, and more. This set is best suited for people ten years and older.

LEGO D-O Droid Building Set

Which of these LEGOs would you bring home next? Share with us in the comments below.

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