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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

On Sale: 20% Off Dimensions At Big W

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The latest Big W catalogue has a heavy focus on baby stuff but just like Target’s recent baby catalogue there is a little something in there for LEGO fans.

Unfortunately there aren’t any LEGO sets on sale in the catalogue but Big W are offering 20% off LEGO Dimensions Fun Packs, Team Packs and Level Packs. Unfortunately the Starter Packs are not included in the offer.

This could be a good chance to add some new packs to your Dimensions collection.

The sale runs from tomorrow (February 4th 2016) until Wednesday February 17th. You can check out the catalogue here.

There are also a few Duplo sets featured in the catalogue. The details of those are below.

On Sale: Selected Sets, Ninjago And Duplo On Sale At Target

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It looks like we were wrong earlier about Target not having a sale for the School Holidays. Thanks to Susan on Facebook we have learned that the Target catalogue is now up on the website.

We’ve quickly gone through the deals and compiled a list of the sets below.

This sale runs from Thursday September 17th through until Sunday October 4th.

The catalogue features the Ultra Agents and LEGO Movie sets which were already on sale online, plus some Friends and Elves sets. There is also 20% off Ninjago and Duplo.

You can check out the Target catalogue here and see our listing of the included sets below.