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Lego Star Wars Minifigs – Not Just Toys

For those of you who do not know what Lego Star Wars Minifigs are, and I had never heard of them until my 6 year old showed me some, then quite simply they are superb little renditions of the Star Wars characters made from Lego.

Lego Star Wars minifigs come in a huge range of designs and feature all of the main characters from both the Dark Side and the Rebel Alliance. They also cover all 6 of the Star Wars films and several other parts of the Star Wars universe. There are some designs available from the manufacturers, but for me the most remarkable thing about Lego Star Wars minifigs is the huge community that has sprung up dedicated to creating new and unique designs.

Many of these hand built minifigs are lovingly crafted from spare parts and include hand painted faces, metallic bodies and even light up eyes, light sabers and weapons. Some have hats, headpieces and even additional clothing – really amazing! There have also been licensed Lego Star Wars minifigs which have featured unique head sculpts that differ from the traditional cylindrical shape. The first was Jar Jar Binks and Yoda and C-3PO have also made guest appearances.

Other variations of the standard Lego Star Wars minifigs included the light-up lightsaber (LULS) mini-figures. These were released as a part of the more expensive Star Wars Episode III sets in 2005, and look like standard minifigs but contain internal electronics. When the head is pressed down, an LED illuminates the lightsaber blade – how cool is that!

So as you can see Lego Star Wars Minifigs are not just toys, they are true collectors items. This is even truer of the latest addition to the line – a solid gold C3-PO – now that's a toy I would not mind playing with.

Source by Dave Simpson

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Lego Duplo – Are Legos Toys Only For Older Kids?

Do you have a son that is too young to start building things but at the same time you want him to get acquainted so when he is older he will start building things with Mechano or Lego? Are you scared that he will reach the age that he can play with such things but he will not show any interest by then?

This article will look at ways you can get your child interested at a young age to build stuff and will introduce you to something called Lego Duplo.

As my son has started growing older I have always wanted him to get into the habit of building things. I guess I want to be like all fathers and make sure he becomes the macho type that can fix anything and in actuality build nothing 🙂

I guess there is a part of me that wants to develop him. Get his imaginative juices flowing; I hope you know what I mean.

As times has progressed, it seems that children have started developing at a much faster rate than when we were kids. Having said this I never wanted him to reach an older age and if I saved him a Mechano or Lego set he turn around and tell me that he was not interested.

So I visited the good old net and to my surprise I found that Lego actually made Lego sets for youngger children starting from the age of 1.

The blocks are as colorful as the original Lego except for the fact that they are much bigger in size. But the best part is that your child will be using these blocks through his life as long as he / she is still into Lego. The best part is that these blocks can be used with normal Lego pieces as well, so he is never going to outgrow this toy 🙂

I think it is a great idea that Lego has catered to this age group as youngger children will also get acquainted with Lego at a much younger age.

Source by Harold Biggs

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Best Duplo Lego Sets for Young Kids

As you know, Duplo Lego blocks are a big hit with smaller children. Not only are they fun to build with, they're designed to be safe for smaller children. If you are wondering about the best Duplo Lego sets for 2010, you're not alone. The good news is that there are a lot of great building sets to be found.

Best Duplo Lego Sets for Young Kids

Lego Duplo blocks are great fun, especially these sets.

  • Lego Thomas Train Set – This is not new for 2010, but it's still a big hit with smaller children who like Thomas the Train and Duplo blocks.
  • LEGO Toy Story Pizza Planet Truck – Based on the popular Toy Story 3, this building set is a big hit with boys and girls alike. Who's ready for some pizza?
  • LEGO Duplo 5691 Disney Toy Story 3 Limited Edition Space Crane – If you are looking for something extra special, you need to take a look at this limited edition building set. If you see it, get it before it's gone.
  • LEGO Duplo Building Set – 71 Pieces – If you want to introduce your child to Duplo bricks, this is a great way to get them started. It comes in a tub that they can store all 71 pieces in. This makes clean-up a snap.
  • LEGO Large Green Building Plate (15 "X 15") – For small children who are really into Duplo blocks, this is a great way to let their imagination run wild. It gives them plenty of room for their own Duplo creations.
  • LEGO Duplo Learning (5497) – Numbers, letters, learning and fun all rolled into one with this inexpensive Lego Duplo set. This is great for kids learning their numbers or letters.
  • LEGO World People Duplo Set – For some kids, it's all about the little Lego people. This is a great way to get a lot of extra little Duplo people to populate their creations.

There are many other great Lego Duplo building sets out there. It's a good idea to start small until you know for sure that your child is going to like playing with Duplo Lego bricks. Most children do enjoy it, but you never know. Once you find out they do like them, there are many great sets you can get them, no matter what they are into. Even if you do not want to get them something based on a movie, there are many choices available. Lego Duplo bricks are the gift that keeps on giving as the child's collection of bricks grows over the years.

Source by K. Paul Mallasch