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I bought my son a few sets of duplo last year for Christmas as he was really showing an interest in building things. He was just over 18 months which meant that he was at the minimum age limit for some duplo sets (1 ½ years) and approaching that of the next lot up too (2 years). I hadn't intended on purchasing this set in particular but when scouring the deal websites before Christmas I saw that this set was reduced to £4.99 with free delivery in Argos so I couldn't resist. Anyone that has looked at or bought duplo will know that it is usually quite pricey so this was a great price to pay. The set usually retails at around £20 plus so this is a fantastic reduction.
This duplo set is for children from 18 months to 5 years of age. It features two characters from the Winnie The Pooh books - Tigger and Piglet. These are in the form of small plastic models that bend at the waist and have movable arms. I would say they stand at about 5cm tall, to give a rough idea of size here. They are very good representations of the characters and are instantly recognisable. Both characters have pincer grips for hands so that they can hold other items from the set - which include a boat and a fishing line. The boat is a red plastic canoe style boat that both characters are able to fit in. The fishing line is blue plastic with a flat handle to slot in the character's hand and a red wire as the line.
Also included in the set is a brown fence, two flower type pieced (orange and yellow) and various other coloured duplo bricks - the set contains 26 pieces overall. The pieces all come inside a cardboard box which has pictures of the toy on both sides - showing the different ways that it can be build, for example a bridge or a fishing platform.
My son had this set from about 18 months of age. He had no real knowledge or interest in the Winnie the Pooh books or characters and I think had he had, he probably would have been more excited to receive this! He enjoyed building with the bricks right away and they are a nice size for toddlers hands. The pieces are all chunky so I had no safety worries (especially as he was still prone to putting things in his mouth from time to time at this age). They also fit together nicely so this was a good step up from his Mega Bloks and a nice introduction to the concept of Lego. He really loved the characters, despite not really knowing who they were, and loved to move their arms and bend their bodies. Their friendly faces really appealed to him and he soon learnt their names.
As his co-ordination and manipulation skills improved, he could build more easily and utilise the other aspects of the set - i.e. place the fishing rod in the character's hands. He enjoyed helping me to build the designs suggested on the box and positioning the character's correctly. As he has aged and developed, he has played more independently with this set and it has also been used more or imaginative play. This is usually in conjunction with other duplo sets he has which have other characters and pieces though - for example dogs, windows, cars etc.
There is only so much my son could do with this set as a standalone set as there are so few pieces. Therefore there is only a limited amount of building he could do. It wouldn't hold his attention for a significant amount of time, which is why we ended up storing it in a box with his other duplo so he could just use it all as one set and get more from it.
There is no doubt that this is a nice little set, especially if your child has an interest in the Winnie the Pooh characters and there are other Winnie The Pooh sets available (such as Winnie's picnic) that this may go well with. However, I really do think that the price that this sells at (£20 plus) is highly extortionate. I know that duplo is not the cheapest of toys but, this is far too extreme - there are far too few pieces and too little to this set to warrant such a price tag. There is not much to do and, without the addition of other duplo sets, I don't think that this would engage any child for any length of time - even if they are the biggest Winnie the Pooh fan. The age range of this toy is 18 months to 5 years but I really can't see a five year old being engaged by this at all.
The pieces that are in the set are varied in colour and size so were good for talking about colours with with my son. They do build nicely and, like I find all duplo to be, are of good quality too. I think the addition of more characters and more different brick types would enhance the set and certainly wouldn't be unreasonable to expect given the high RRP. I am glad that I paid £4.99 for this set, which included home delivery because I would suggest that this is more like the true value of the set and, had I paid any more, I would be very disappointed. At this price, it makes a nice little gift for a toddler. My son in 2 and a half now and, whilst he still plays with his duplo, this is not a set that he plays much with (maybe some of the bricks as we now store them all together but not the characters/boat/fishing rod) therefore it hasn't had much longevity either.
I really would not recommend this set at full price. Even at a vastly discounted price, I would say don't expect your child to get too much from it. Probably one just for the real Winnie the Pooh fans!
My daughter was given this by her uncle for her 2nd Birthday. I had already purchased her Winnie the Pooh's house and a smaller set so this was the only one she didn't have.
This set cost him £25 in the Lego shop I have also seen it on Amazon.
The set comes in a medium sized cardboard box which annoyingly has to be thrown away once it has been open so we purchased a big storage box from Ikea separately to keep all the bricks together.
Inside this set are a variety of bricks they are green, yellow, dark green, clear blue and brown in colour. You also get a flat base plate which is red in colour. The set also includes a little red boat, a fence, a fishing pole, two flowers, a Piglet figure and the main reason my little girl wanted this a Tigger figure. Both of the figures are movable and their arms and legs can be repositioned. Piglet is only a small figure as in the programme but he is still the right size for little hands.
Inside the box is a booklet which shows you the various constructions you can make with the bricks included. The main construction is a bridge which Tigger can fish off while Piglet sails his boat underneath the bridge.
As with all Duplo blocks the bricks are solidly made and perfect for toddlers. This set is for ages 1 1/2 to 5 years in age.
The first thing I built with my daughter when we opened this was the bridge construction shown on the box. My daughter enjoyed fishing off the bridge and attaching flowers to the end of the fishing pole. It has an attachment that bricks and other bits of Duplo can be attached to also. We have had hours of fun playing with this set together and as my daughter has developed this year she is also starting to build her own things. The leaflet in the box also shows a fishing platform and a small house type construction that can be built using the bricks included in the box.
The only negative thing really about the contents of this box is the Tigger figure which is lovely and a true representation on the character has his tail in an awkward place, it is a springy tail that goes down his back so when he is sat down it sticks out meaning he cannot be sat in the boat because his tail is in the way. My daughter finds this a little frustrating and has commented on it a few times now.