I have to admit, I have been a LEGO snob. I have never paid any attention to DUPLO. Where I would hunt down LEGO at any yard sale, store, etc – I never spent more than a split second looking at a DUPLO set.
As I mentioned in my last post, my 1.5 year old son is now old enough to begin with LEGO, and of course, we are starting him off with DUPLO. I recently bought him his second set, the DUPLO Fire Chief set 6169:
I bought it exclusively for the jeep – something my son is obsessed with. Not a bad set for about $10. You get much fewer pieces than a comparably priced LEGO set, but the pieces are clearly much larger:
The little guy is good enough, and he comes with an ax. Anytime I see anything that can be construed as a weapon in a set for a young kid, I always take notice. Wouldn’t a fire extinguisher be more appropriate for this set, not an ax? What is this fire fighter going to chop down? The set only comes with a flame and a jeep?
Regardless, a good set – being well enjoyed by my son.
I have a son who is about 1.5 years old, and a couple months back, bought him is first LEGO set. It has been fun watching him play with it, learning how to use the pieces more nimbly. It’s funny, I have hundreds of LEGO sets, but this tiny little set gets dramatically more usage than anything I have. It makes me appreciate the true nature of LEGO – it’s a TOY meant to be played with!
The set is, of course, a DUPLO set. Just a starter pack consisting of 30 pieces, mostly basic shapes, and one figure:
This small group of pieces constituted his entire collection, and it’s plenty for him. Oddly, that isn’t the case for my collection!
There is something to be said for not keeping LEGO mint in box.
My local Stop & Shop food store has a toy aisle, and a small shelf of LEGO. Always the same stock for months and months. Well, I suppose they finally realized that the toys weren’t moving quickly enough to justify the space, because about two weeks back, they put everything on sale for 50% off. Here is the LEGO selection:
They had some Star Wars sets, but even at 50% off, nothing I was very interested in. I would buy them just to buy them, and then watch them collect dust on my shelves at home. I LOVE battle packs, but have no use for the Mandalorian Battle Pack. Still shocked that LEGO put four of the same minifig in a battle pack:
The other sets were good deals at 50% off, but nothing that excited me:
Received a nice package in the mail this week – another 12 Star Wars Battle Packs to add to my ever growing collection:
These are some of the Battle Packs I have purchased recently:
Yes, I am paying very good prices for these, and have army building in mind. That, if I can only find the time!