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I am a mummy of two toddlers who absolutely adore Lego Duplo. My son is three and my daughter is one and although their skill levels differ, they each find their own ways of enjoying it. The collection they have built up is a good mix of new and old with some dating back to 1970 and other collections brand new. I bought the Lego Duplo Fire Chief set (5603) for my son as a small stocking filler for Christmas last year. This item is available from Amazon at just £5.99 with free delivery. At such a low price it makes an ideal pocket money treat. The recommended age is from 18 months to 5 years. The set consists of the Fire Chief's car (this comes in two parts with the wheel base detached), a blue siren, a fire fighter figure, an axe for him to carry, a 4x4 brick and a soft plastic flame. It is not a large set by any means, but then Lego Duplo sets tend not to be. This one however has a price that reflects what is inside the small box it is packaged in. The Lego Duplo Fire Chief would not make a great toy in itself, however it is a good addition to an existing collection. Lego Duplo is an enjoyable thing to collect and little affordable pieces like this soon make your tub of bricks build up to something significant. As aforementioned this set is packaged in a small box. Inside there are a couple of small polythene bags to separate the pieces. It is very easy to simply empty out and a breath of fresh air when it is not held in place by numerous plastic wires, which most toys seem to be nowadays. In terms of setting it up it is very straightforward with no instructions needed, simply take a look at the picture if you need a reference. The body of the car is bright red with painted detail, not stickers that would eventually peel away. The axels between the wheels are very loose fitting giving the impression of a bumpy ride when it is pushed along. All of the pieces fit together effortlessly and hold together perfectly, a quality which is always true of Lego. My son and daughter both play with this item regularly. My son in particular wants to be a fire fighter when he grows up and so anything related to that holds is attention easily. This product is sturdy, strong and very durable. The durability is evident in other collections we have from the 70's which are still in excellent condition. It is easily cleaned with warm soapy water or where possible a simple baby wipe. I would recommend this item, not as a main present but as a small addition to a child's collection, or maybe even a good starting point!
--Introduction-- As my daughter has celebrated her 2nd birthday recently, our place has been flooded with new toys and especially with new Duplo toys. This fire chief and his car were one of the presents she got from one of my friends. She has already played a lot with this Duplo toy, so about time I wrote a review about it! --About DUPLO-- DUPLO is a brand name and part of the famous LEGO company. As LEGO products contain many small parts that can easily make your child sufficate, it was decided in 1969 that a new product was needed to also give younger children the oppertunity to built with the colorfull blocks. So DUPLO was introduced. DUPLO blocks are bigger than LEGO but do have the same colors which are blue, red, green, yellow and black. The bricks can be eaily clicked onto each other, and children can build whatever they want and use their imagination to the fullest. Duplo has a wide range of products besides these boxes with basic blocks. There even are Hello Kitty Duplo product for sale, as well as complete Duplo Zoo's and Duplo trainstations. --Some general information-- -Brand; Duplo (by Lego) -Type; 5603 Fire chief and car -Age; 2-5 years Building plate -Price; 5,99 Pounds --The box-- This Duplo toy is in a small cardboard box and on the front of the box it is clearly shown what is inside the box. When you buy this box with Duplo, you'll get a fireman, a little axe, a red car (which you do have to put together, but doing that is easy), and a Duplo brick with a drawing on it. Besides that there is also a little orange flame inside of the box. On the front of this Duplo box you can read for what ages this toy is made (1,5-5 years) althought I personally think the little axe is a bit too small for kids under two. With the risk of chewing or eating the little axe, you might want to consider to not give the axe to your child to play with untill its older. All the Duplo parts are sealed in plastic and the plastic can be torn open easily. The serie-number of the toy can also be found on the box. --The toy-- My daughter loves little cars an she loves Duplo, so the red Duplo car is a magical toy in her eyes. The wheels of the car can be clicked onto the car-frame easily but this does need to be done by a parent. The little fireman can be clicked into the drivers seat of the car and you can also click any other Duplo character into the drivers seat. The little flame that Duplo has added to this box can be clicked on any Duplo piece. The axe itself cannot be clicked on a regular Duplo piece but it can be clicked into the firemans' hand. The toys are all made of firm material as are all Duplo pieces/toys I have bought for my daughter in the past. This box is a small part of the entire fire-station series that Duplo has produced. --My opinion--Although I think Duplo toys are pretty expensive, my daughter loves to get it as a present (and so does her mum, it saves me money). I like Duplo because it is made of firm material and my daughter can make all sorts of buildings or create fun situations with it. I guess this little fire chief is the start-signal for saving up for more fire-fighter toys from Duplo!