As one of the LEGO Duplo blogger families for 2012 we have had the opportunity to review all sorts of lovely LEGO, and we were really blown away with our most recent delivery – the LEGO Duplo Photo Safari set. It is by far and away the biggest Duplo set I’ve ever seen, boasting 3 Duplo figures (2 men, 1 woman), no less than EIGHT Duplo animals, two vehicles (a jeep and a plane) and a selection of blocks with which you can build a campsite, a tree and a waterfall. The geek-kids couldn’t wait to open it up and see what it was like…
After we’d opened up all the little bags, the kids dived in. At ages 5 and 2 my kids are at both ends of the recommend age range for this set, and it was great to watch them both picking up the pieces and playing with it in their own ways. The geekson liked the animals and vehicles the best, whereas the geekdaughter immediately wanted to follow the instructions in the booklet to build the waterfall, and she managed it with almost no assistance from me. How many other toys do you know of which will engage both a 2 year old and a 5 year old? I make no secret of how much I love Duplo, for that simple reason alone.
The LEGO Duplo Photo Safari set has a Recommended Retail Price of £49.99, which is a lot of money. However, you get a LOT of Duplo for that money, and this set has so much play potential that I do think it represents good value for money, especially if you’re buying for a younger child. Most of the animals have moving parts so the you can pose them, and the jeep and plane are large and chunky. We particularly like the way the wheels on the jeep move so that it can travel over all sorts of terrain. I can see the geekson getting entertainment from this set for years to come. For now he’s happy playing with the animals individually – he particularly enjoys showing me how crocodiles go “snap!”:
As he grows older I will love watching him develop more storytelling skills with the set, until he plays with it more like his sister does – setting up scenes, and telling me what each figure is doing.
If you need a little bit more of an incentive to buy LEGO Duplo for your kids this Christmas, I can tell you that ToysRUs are running a special promotion at the moment – spend £25 or more on LEGO Duplo and get a free cuddly LEGO Duplo bunny. We were sent one of these too, and when she saw it was her favourite colour, the geekdaughter claimed him for herself. He’s obviously very cuddly – she’s taken him to bed with her every night since, and in fact when she was poorly a couple of weeks ago he was the one toy she wanted with her whilst she was resting on the sofa:
Thankfully the geekson wasn’t bothered about the geekdaughter getting the bunny, as he was far more interested in the jeep and plane from the safari set. He won’t be parted from them at the moment!
If you’re still hunting around for last-minute Christmas gifts for young children, I recommend LEGO Duplo. Sturdy, chunky, will grow with them – what’s not to love?
Disclosure: We were sent the LEGO Duplo safari set and the LEGO Duplo bunny for the purpose of this review.