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Down on the farm
Lego 6759 Duplo Busy Farm
Member Name: littleme96
Lego 6759 Duplo Busy Farm
Advantages: A nice self-contained set, a good present for younger children
Disadvantages: Expensive for what it is, does not encourage creativity
My Son received this set for a 2nd birthday present and although we own lots of Lego Duplo, this set was something a bit different from their "Read and Build" range. Instead of a generic brick box like we already own, this product comes in a little plastic case which includes a small collection of 15 shaped bricks and short board book entitled "Busy Farm". These all fit in perfectly and so the product can be packed away neatly between uses. The book tells a simple story of a day at the farm and follows the farmer as he goes about his daily jobs, such as cleaning out the pigpen and counting the sheep. The idea of the set is that as you read the book, you can make the animals that you come across in the story - namely a rooster, a pig, a sheep and a cow. Each lego animal is made up of between 3 and 5 duplo pieces and the book clearly shows which pieces are needed for each animal and shows how the animals should be constructed. The duplo pieces which represent the animal faces have eyes printed on them which is a nice touch and makes the animals less abstract than they would be otherwise!
The box states that this product is suitable for children between the ages of 1.5 and 4 years, however I would say that this product is better suited to the younger age range as my 4 year old shows no interest in it whatsoever and it is far too basic for her for her to complete. My son enjoys playing with it and can construct the animals with a bit of help. He likes the story and has fun making the lego animals interact with each other. As part of the story, children are encouraged to make the animal noises of the lego animals and he also likes doing this as it makes it even more engaging. The book is simple and the illustrations are bright and visually appealing in a pleasant and colourful cartoon style.
I do like this item, although I probably wouldn't buy one of the other versions available - Grow Caterpillar Grow! or Let's Go! Vroom! Although the product is fun and something a bit different from Lego, it has limited appeal due to the very specific pieces included - you can't really be creative with it at all aside from building the animals. As mentioned earlier, it is more appealing to younger children and I would be quite happy to buy this as a little present for a friend's child as it is a nice little set and a standalone item which doesn't require them to already own other Lego duplo products. However I do feel that the price is a bit on the high side - £9.99 for such a small amount of lego, which can only really be used to construct the animals in the book is a bit too expensive really. A lower price point would be more appealing to me, but as this was a present, I do not know how much our set was purchased for.
Summary: A shame it's not a little bit cheaper
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