EGG HEADS: Many Silicon Valley engineers say they were drawn to the tech sector by Lego's flagship Mindstorms kits released in 1998, which introduced computerized movement to the traditional toy blocks and allowed the young innovators to build their first robots.
BUILDING BLOCKS: A new version is soon to hit stores that is both simpler for the younger crowd and more versatile for sophisticated users.
ROBOT FUN: The sets, designed for kids over 10, make it easy to build basic, remote-controlled robots, including a cobra-like snake that snaps Lego brick fangs. Some shoot balls, others drive along color-coded lines. Priced at $349, it's far more expensive than typical building toys, but customers get a much more complex and powerful system.