It brings me no pleasure in announcing this but the LEGO Mindstorms Robot inventor line will retired by the year’s end.
While I’m not a fan of the theme, I do know that there is a huge fanbase who are thoroughly invested in it and a lot of our local schools have built classes around this product.
The namesake will end but I’m confident that LEGO will continue their Build and Code experiences through SPIKE Prime and other future rollouts under the LEGO Education umbrella.
It is a pity that they have decided to discontinue the line as it has been around for almost a quarter of a century.
Since its launch in September 1998, LEGO MINDSTORMS has been one of the core ‘Build & Code’ experiences in the company’s portfolio, carrying with it significant brand equity and becoming a stand-out experience for the early days of consumer robotics and leading to current wBuild & Code experiences such as SPIKE Prime, from LEGO Education’s LEGO Learning System.
However, now having a number of priorities in LEGO Education and other Build & Code experiences, we have decided to focus our resources and future plans by redirecting our MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor team and their expertise into different areas of the business.
This means the physical MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor product (51515) and its related elements (88016 and 88018) are to exit our portfolio from the end of 2022, whilst digital platforms – such as the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor App – will remain live until at least the end of 2024.
We still have strong belief in the Build & Code proposition and will continue to support it through platforms such as SPIKE Prime, and we are continuing to hold on to the trademark for the MINDSTORMS brand and assessing our future plans together with LEGO Education.