LEGO DUPLO Backhoe Loader review

The LEGO DUPLO Backhoe Loader is the perfect toy for any digger loving child – which let’s face it is pretty much every child.

Kids love diggers. It’s basically a fact. What’s also a fact is that this love is not the preserve of boys, as girls loves them too. Our daughter is always fascinated by them and what they are being used for when we see them while out and about.

There’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario with digger toys – do kids find them fascinating because they love the toy which leads to them loving the real life ones? Or are they interested in seeing real ones in action, which then leads to them loving the toys?

Truth likely includes either, or both – but there seem to be a few ways children connect with a construction toy such as this. There is the fascination with the mechanics of the completed model; There’s the interest in how it is put together & customised; And there is also imaginative play – acting out scenarios of what the digger, and the operator, are doing.

This LEGO DUPLO Backhoe Loader set offers the chance for children to engage with the toy in these multiple ways. The finished set has a digger with two shovels, plus and operator and various extra bricks for the building site.

LEGO DUPLO Backhoe Loader 10811
The LEGO DUPLO Backhoe Loader (10811)

I love how there are bricks printed with things that may be found in the ground of a digging site such as earthworms and even an animal skull! Most children will likely assume this to be a dinosaur. LEGO stop short of including an ancient human burial ground, but that would have been an authentic touch 😉

The set range is 2-5. For a child of the upper age range (like our 4-year-old daughter), this will offer less interest as a construction toy compared with LEGO Juniors or the next level.  But it’s still a dependable way for them to build and play.

LEGO has improved greatly in including a mix of male and female characters in what used to be far more gender divided toys, but this set includes one male figure only. So my only real criticism is that I would have loved to have seen a female figure included too.

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The LEGO DUPLO Backhoe Loader has an RRP of £12.99. We were sent a set free of charge for the purposes of this review.

 

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LEGO Duplo Batman Adventure, featuring Wonder Woman and Superman

One of the best things about Wonder Woman featuring in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – as well as finally the character finally making it to the big screen and having her own movie on the way – is the influx of Wonder Woman merchandise on the shelves.

The latest example arrived on our doorstep the other day. Superhero Duplo is relatively new to the brand, the LEGO line designed specifically for young children – typically 1½ to 5 years.

For some reason this set is called Batman Adventure, despite the fact that as well as the aforementioned Wonder Woman, and the caped crusader, it also features Superman – the third part of the Justice League trinity brought together in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

What instantly drew me to this set was the inclusion of Wonder Woman, and she is probably the best served character of the set. While Batman has a basic Batboat, and Superman no vehicle at all, Wonder Woman comes with a pretty cool bike. The dudes have individual cloth capes though.

The scenario of the set is a wonderfully whimsical one – a cat’s in distress on the Gotham City river, and our trio of heroes have to save it from its makeshift raft around a working bascule bridge.

While my daughter at age 4 is getting towards the tail end of Duplo’s suggested age, she loves the study large sized bricks. Having access to these characters in Duplo form is another great way for her to indulge in imaginative play with these heroes. While I have always encouraged her to engage with Wonder Woman, my daughter is also a big fan of Batman and Superman too.

The character design is in keeping with the existing Duplo style, and thankfully at odds with the seriousness displayed in Batman V Superman. In this set, the trinity of heroes that form the Justice League really look like Super Friends.

Lego Duplo Justice League trio compared to Movie Justice League, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Why so serious? The happy Duplo Super Friends are at odds with the deathly earnest look of the movie Justice League trio.

The beauty of Duplo set is that my daughter can follow the simple printed instructions herself without my help, an important aspect of development. There is of course the free play and imaginative aspects that follow.

This is a fun set, and perfect for young superhero fans or any little kids you want to introduce these iconic characters to.

Lego Duplo Wonder Woman on bike


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Disclosure: We were provided with this set for the purposes of this review

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