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    Toy Fair 2014: Juniors & Duplo
    Hot Bionicle NewsSunday, February 23rd, 2014 at 12:52pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    As per usual, we're saving the best sets for last. For a long time, LEGO has been making 'Bricks & More' sets, targeted at kids who have moved on from Duplo but aren't yet ready for the more advanced System builds. This year, they've rebranded that line as 'LEGO Juniors' and have introduced licensed sets into the mix. And of course there's also many new Duplo sets, including quite a few based on licensed themes. Read on to check them out!


    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 01 Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 04

    10659 Vehicle Suitcase

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 08

    146 pieces. Age 4+.
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    The idea behind the suitcases is easy - give some instructions for a couple basic things, but also include a whole bunch of other bricks to help inspire creativity. Then you stick the whole thing in an easy-to-carry case and you're done!

    10660 House Suitcase

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 09

    151 pieces. Age 4+.
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    Same idea as the vehicle suitcase, but instead of wheels and fenders, the set focuses on doors and windows. I'm not sure that we've ever seen that tree in lime green before either!

    10665 Spider-Man: Spider-Car Pursuit

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 03

    55 pieces. Age 4+.
    $12.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    The first of several licensed Juniors sets, this one gives you Spider-Man, Venom, and a cool Spider-Car. Let's ignore the obvious question of why he needs a car and just agree that it actually looks pretty cool and I'm sure kids will love it.

    10666 Digger

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 02

    75 pieces. Age 4+.
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    Many kids go through a phase where they love construction vehicles and LEGO is clearly capitalizing on this. In addition to the backhoe, you get some water pipes and a selection of earth-tone bricks to dig and move.

    10667 LEGO Juniors Construction

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 07

    160 pieces. Age 4+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    Another take on the construction theme, here we have a dump truck and a wrecking ball. The use of tiles in the wall allow you to build it up and then easily break it down!

    10668 The Princess Play Castle

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 05 Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 06

    150 pieces. Age 4+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    Not every kid wants to excavate and build, some prefer fairy tales and magic. This castle uses a lot of colors from the Friends line, and looks to offer some great roleplaying opportunities.

    10669 Turtles Lair

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 13

    107 pieces. Age 4+.
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Another licensed set, this time we get Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a Foot Soldier. Leo has a pretty slick car, and we also get part of the turtles' lair, complete with a blocked off subway tunnel.

    10671 Fire Emergency

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 14

    123 pieces. Age 4+.
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Someone set a trashcan on fire and only you can put it out! Slide down the fire-slide and get into the fire engine so you can race to the scene and save the day!

    10672 Batman: Defend the Batcave

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 15

    150 pieces. Age 4+.
    $29.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    DC hopped on the licensed Juniors bandwagon as well, giving us a pretty decent Batcave including Batman, Robin, and, of course, the Joker. Will the dynamic duo save the day?

    10673 Race Car Rally

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 12

    350 pieces. Age 4+.
    $29.99 (USD) $34.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    In addition to the parts for a couple of race cars and a finish line, this set comes with a whole bunch of assorted bricks to help you build an awesome race course or whatever else you might want to make!

    10674 Pony Farm

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 10

    306 pieces. Age 4+.
    $29.99 (USD) $34.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    The pony farm gives you the instructions for a nice little playset, but plenty of extra bricks in a wide variety of colors. What will you build?

    10675 Police - The Big Escape

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 11

    146 pieces. Age 4+.
    $29.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    This set gives you the front of a police station, a prison cell, a police car, and a police cycle. Of course, there's also a criminal to escape and re-capture over and over again.

    10676 Knights' Castle

    Toy Fair 2014 Juniors 16

    480 pieces. Age 4+.
    $49.99 (USD) $59.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    For a so-called 'junior' set, the castle is actually pretty detailed, with some nice ramparts and catapults. A trio of minifigs, including the king, is sure to keep this set fun and interesting.


    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 01

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 02 Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 03 Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 04 Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 05 Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 06 Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 07

    I'm not going to go into each and every Duplo set. There's a lot of them, and they vary from animals to cars to farms to food and more. As always, they seem like a great way to start a tot on their way to becoming a FOL.

    Duplo - Disney

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 10

    10539 Beach Racing

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 09

    37 pieces. Age 2+.
    $24.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    I can't say I watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates, but I did love Disney's Peter Pan when I was younger. That Captain Hook Duplo fig looks pretty awesome.

    10526 Peter Pan's Visit

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 09

    39 pieces. Age 2+.
    $29.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Here we get a sweet Peter Pan fig as well as the infamous crocodile. The sets looks to offer a lot of play opportunities for young builders.

    10538 Fire & Rescue Team

    30 pieces. Age 2+.
    $29.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    We weren't allowed to take pictures of this set, but it was pretty basic and included a helicopter, bulldozer, plane, and some burning trees for you to put out. I keep seeing the trailer for this movie when I go to see The LEGO Movie, and while the music tries elicit an emotional response, I really don't see the draw.

    10542 Sleeping Beauty's Fairy Tale

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 08

    55 pieces. Age 2+.
    $34.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    There was only one Disney Princess Duplo set this year, featuring Sleeping Beauty and Merryweather (I almost said her fairy godmother, but then realized that was the wrong movie). I am slightly disappointed by the lack of a spinning wheel to put her to sleep.

    Duplo - Superheroes

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 11

    10543 Superman Rescue

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 12

    19 pieces. Age 2+.
    $19.99 (USD) $19.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    DC wants your kids to love their characters from an early age. I'm not sure who Superman is supposed to be rescuing here, but at least the Daily Planet is nearby to get the scoop on the story.

    10544 The Joker Challenge

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 13

    40 pieces. Age 2+.
    $29.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    And of course you can't have DC Comics without Batman and the Joker. I love the batarang and Batmobile pieces in this set.

    10545 Batcave Adventure

    Toy Fair 2014 Duplo 14

    59 pieces. Age 2+.
    $49.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Our last set features Batman in his Batplane, trying to stop Catwoman from stealing something from the Batcave. (I guess? It's not that clear.) The Batplane has a launcher to help save the day, and of course flames come shooting out the back.

    That concludes our coverage on the lines for the youngest LEGO enthusiasts. If that's not you or someone you know, we have plenty of other Toy Fair 2014 coverage for you to check out! There's still a little more in the pipe, so keep checking back, right here on BZPower!

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