UPDATE: LEGO has changed a few things, including the name of this toy. It used to be “Combine and Create”. The new version is really great as well. They have added some fun pieces with more graphics. The piece that could morph from dump truck to tanker trunk is gone, and the dump truck piece is not as easy to use in another way. I still like this set much more than their specific sets. Children grow mentally and socially when they can be creative. When I get my new set I will post a photo of the box and give you a more complete review!
Imagine; your toddler makes a new car and cannot wait to show you the “gas station-fire truck” just invented in your playroom! LEGOs are my favorite toddler toy, always creative and very hard to destroy. If I was asked to jump on a plane and teach therapists in a far-away country, these LEGOs would be in my bag. This set is so much fun for toddlers that I just had to post it. It is more creative than similar DUPLO sets that just build one type of vehicle. Nothing will stop your child from making any vehicle they can imagine. You can use the set to build a small structure as well. The enclosed poster demonstrates specific vehicles that older children can copy, but the real fun is making your own designs.
I will tell you that the youngest toddlers may have to be restricted from the smallest squares and rectangles; they are a choking hazard if your child tries to mouth them. But the wheel bases, the tow truck hook, and most of the other pieces are chunky enough and so much fun for fingers that you might try this set out with those just under 2. With good adult supervision, those smaller pieces can be teaching tools.
This set has a pretend gas hose that is like catnip to little boys. Can’t explain it, but then I still don’t know why guys love the 3 Stooges. You can connect all 3 wheel bases to form one huge vehicle, and older kids will revel in how outrageous a vehicle they can construct using every piece.
Children will enjoy this set for years, and it is at a price point that makes it the perfect birthday gift. Confession: I bought 2 sets to double the fun. Totally worth it!