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10907 World Animals is a world of fun (and animals)

Today I am taking some time to embrace my inner toddler as I check out the big new Duplo set 10907 World Animals.

As the name suggest World Animals is a trip around the world exploring the animals found in each region. It’s a concept that LEGO has done in the past and in theory it’s a great way to teach kids about the world and animals.

For each part of the set I’ll be looking at two factors that are very important when it comes to a Duplo set and impressing a toddler: Cuteness and Coolness.

Australia

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Let’s kick things off with something close to home – the Australian section. The set description refers to this area as “a tropical beach” but I’m claiming it as North Queensland. It comes with Nemo – it’s got to be here.

This section of the set features a really nice sandcastle build with a flag. I have a son who practically lives in his sandpit so this part was a hit with him. There is also a palm tree and a really great van.

The animals included are a clownfish (that blows bubbles underwater) and a toucan. Toucans are from South and Central American rainforests but I think this is just the most interesting bird mold they had available. It’s still cute.

There are two figures associated with this area – a father and daughter wearing nice blue and yellow wetsuits.

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The set comes with Nemo – that is both cool and cute. The sandcastle is really cool. The van is really cool too. The dad and little girl are wearing matching wetsuits and that is cute.

Happy 50th Birthday Duplo

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Today marks the 50th birthday of Duplo. These big blocks don’t get a lot of coverage here on Bricking Around, but for so many kids they are their first introduction to the world of LEGO.

The team from LEGO sent through a huge treasure trove of images, videos and infographics to celebrate this special occasion and I’ve included a bunch of that below. But firstly I want to talk about what Duplo means to me personally.

I have a young son and being the massive LEGO fan that I am I have slowly been introducing him to Duplo. The Duplo Steam Train was probably one of my favourite sets from last year because it offered something that no other set did – it made my son happy. Seeing his eyes light up when the train first went around that track was one of those awesome dad moments.

I actually spent my day off yesterday playing with that set as well as a whole bunch of other bits and pieces. We had Spider-Man driving the train, while the carriage was full of bricks and the roof was covered in a mix of people and animals. Where else but Duplo can you have Hulk, a little girl, two cats and a dog all going on a train ride together.

Here’s the only MOC I have built this year – I call it “House”. It’s where Spider-Man lives when he’s not driving his train (sorry for the low quality photo. I didn’t realise at the time that I’d be using it in a post).

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To me, that build and those moments playing trains with my son speak more about the value of Duplo than anything else. Duplo is a toy that brings creative play to a younger group of kids. It’s genuinely awesome.

Before we get into the stuff that LEGO sent through, I’d love to hear your Duplo experiences.

Play Test: 10874 Steam Train

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Duplo doesn’t get a lot of coverage here on Bricking Around but I recently got my son a Duplo set I have had my eye on for a little while and I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

For this review I am just using the official set photos – mainly because I didn’t want to steal my sons set so I can take my own photos of it.

The Duplo Steam Train is a remarkably simple design. The part that does all the work is a single element that combines a LED light, speaker, colour sensor, train motor and batteries into a single and very robust unit. The battery compartment is nicely secured with screws so you don’t have to worry about things getting swallowed if your child is into that sort of thing. There’s also no wires or loose components to get broken off.

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A large single moulded element goes on top to form the body of the train. It is topped off with an opening roof so that the driver – or in my son’s case maybe a Duplo cat – can be placed inside. The second carriage follows a similar design with a solid base, large single piece body and opening roof.

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There are also three sub-builds. The first is a fairly simple tree comprised of 6 elements. I like the use of sloped bricks to give the tree some shape.

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The second of the sub-builds is a tipping bucket loaded up with some coal for the steam train.

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The third of the builds is a small train station. The clock face on the roof is a nice decorative element and I think the station looks good with the window and seat. The station gives kids a place for the train to stop and pick up passengers, adding an extra element of make-believe.

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To help add some personality to the set you get a female Duplo child and an adult Duplo train driver. There is also a grey squirrel that can be placed in the tree.

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The included 16 pieces of track form a fairly decently sized oval.

Getting It Going

There are two main ways to control the train. The first is the most simple – a gentle push and the train will start going. This works in either forward or backwards directions. It’s simple but effective.

On Sale: Various Offers From Myer

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Myer have a new catalogue out that features an okay offer and discounts on two large sets that a lot of people may be interested in.

Firstly the two large sets:

10256 Taj Mahal for $449.95 a saving of $50 or 10% off the RRP of $499.99
70922 The Joker Manor for $349.95, a saving of $50 or 12.5% off the RRP of $399.99

The discounts may not be the greatest on these but I know they are sets with a lot of interest.

The second offer is $15 off for every $75 spent on City, Duplo and Friends. This is one of those annoying sales where you you don’t get a good percentage discount unless you spend an exact multiple of $75. It’s also only on selected themes.

Both offers kick off tomorrow (March 20th) and run until April 15th.

You can view the catalogue for yourself here.

Thanks to Chris for letting me know about the catalogue.

More Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Set Details

As part of the New York Toy Fair event details of several more Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets have been released.

There are once again a mix between regular sets, juniors sets and Duplo.

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Two minifigures, including Owen (Chris Pratt). A single Pteranodon is included as well as an egg. The small jeep features a new style net launcher.

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See the rest below.

LEGO Reveal Jurassic World Sets For All Ages

Thanks to the LEGO catalogue we already knew that LEGO was bringing out a pretty extensive range of sets related to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but we didn’t have any idea what those sets would look like.

The full line-up hasn’t been revealed yet but we do now have pictures of one set in each category (Duplo, Juniors and regular sets).

75928 Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit

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This is our first regular LEGO set from the movie. It features a minifigure version of Owen (played by Chris Pratt) as well as two other minifigures. The star of Jurassic World sets is always the dinosaurs and this set features the velociraptor named Blue. The helicopter is quite nice and features a large single element windscreen.

See the other sets below.

On Sale: 20% Off Selected Sets At Myer

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Myer are having a mid-season sale and being school holiday time they have very wisely included a few LEGO offers in the mix.

First up there is still 20% off Friends, Duplo and City. This sale started last week and I honestly have no idea when it ends.

If those themes aren’t of interest to you then Myer also have a range of other sets on sale for 20% off. There are some of the big exclusives in this list so it’s worth checking out. You can see a list below or go check out the range on the Myer website. There is also no clear end date for this offer.

Don’t forget to add one of the anniversary codes for further discounts. The codes are ANNIVERSARY10 for $10 off when you spend $60 or more, ANNIVERSARY15 for $15 off when you spend $80 or more and ANNIVERSARY20 for $20 off when you spend $100 or more.

 
Set #
Name
Theme
Price
RRP
Discount
Discount %
10255Assembly SquareAdvanced Models$319.95$399.99$80.0420%
10214Tower BridgeCreator Expert$319.99$379.99$6016%
10251Brick BankAdvanced Models$199.95$249.99$50.0420%
70751Temple of AirjitzuNinjago$239.95$299.9$59.9520%
41323Snow Resort ChaletFriends$47.95$59.99$12.0420%
41324Snow Resort Ski LiftFriends$63.95$79.99$16.0420%
601654 x 4 Response UnitCity$35.95$44.99$9.0420%
60166Heavy-Duty Rescue HelicopterCity$55.95$69.99$14.0420%
70612Green Ninja Mech DragonThe LEGO Ninjago Movie$71.95$89.99$18.0420%
70614Lightning JetThe LEGO Ninjago Movie$79.95$99.99$20.0420%
70618Destiny's BountyThe LEGO Ninjago Movie$207.95$259.99$52.0420%

On Sale: 20% Off City, Friends & Duplo At Myer

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Myer are getting in to the School Holiday spirit with a new Toy Sale offer. Despite having sales all year that cover everything this offer is limited to just three themes. They are popular themes but there is a lot of LEGO not included.

The 20% off City, Friends & Duplo is an online only offer. At this stage there doesn’t seem to be any obvious end date. The wording on the website makes it seem that there will be more offers later.

You can view the ranges here: City, Friends & Duplo.

Thanks to my wife who spotted this sale last night.

LEGO Online Offers For March Now Available

The Easter Minifigure was showing up in people’s carts earlier today, but the LEGO site has now updated with official details of the March offers. There is the Duplo offer we’d heard about, the Easter Minifigure offer and the unexpected return of Olaf’s Summertime Fun.

Here are all the details…

FREE EASTER MINIFIGURE

March 2016 Easter Minifigure
Your free Easter Minifigure set will be automatically added to your shopping bag with order of $40 or more.
LEGO Iconic Easter Minifigure (5004468) is valid for orders online at LEGO.com/shop and telephone orders from 01st March, 2016, until 31st March, 2016, or while stocks last. Qualifying purchase must be equal to or greater than $40 in merchandise only. One LEGO Iconic Easter Minifigure (5004468) per household.

30% Off Duplo, 25% Off City At Shopforme

The latest Shopforme Daily Blitz has some great offers but there are two that stand out as being beyond the 20% off we regularly see.

30% Off Duplo

The littler LEGO fans often miss out on some of the better deals. Not this time though – 30% off is a great offer.

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25% Off City

It’s always good to see an offer above the common 20% off. At 25% off the prices on this City sets may be hard to beat.

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You can check out the other offers here.

Thanks to Mark for emailing about this