When the LEGO Group commenced the MINDSTORMS series in 1998 with the release of the Robotics Invention System (RIS), it might have wondered what the outcome of LEGO-based robotics sets would be. Any ambiguity about the success of the MINDSTORMS series soon vanished, however, as the RIS sparked incredible sales, publicity, and enthusiasm around the world. Over the next eight years, MINDSTORMS inspired a multitude of fan websites, numerous robotic competitions, and more than 40 unofficial books based on the series.

During this time, the LEGO Group continued to expand the MINDSTORMS series with a variety of innovative products. The Robotics Discovery Set, Droid Developer Kit, Dark Side Developer set, Vision Command set, two updated versions ...

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