Introduce your child to basic cause and effect principles by using chunky LEGO® DUPLO® bricks to make a turning carousel. Watch them learn to turn the top of the carousel top and see the seats on the special gearwheels spin round below. With three child DUPLO figures and decorated bricks for matching, there are so many ways to play and learn with this exciting model.
Includes three child LEGO® DUPLO® figures, plus a bird figure.
Features a turning carousel with turning gearwheels, two seats and a buildable tree.
Includes bricks decorated as a ball, doll and a toy digger as story starters—match the bricks to the decorations on top of the carousel.
Learn to turn the top of the carousel and see how the seats spin around.
The simple build and chunky gearwheels encourage early construction skills.
LEGO® DUPLO® products are specially designed to be safe and suitable for small hands.
This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 1½-3 years.
Carousel measures over 7” (19cm) high, 9” (23cm) wide and 9” (23cm) deep.
Rated 1 out of
Sadly, unstable.We got this for our youngest (2 year-old) daughter and the quality of the pieces is top-notch, as usual; the gears are easy to place and they all interlock gracefully. Unfortunately -- and this is the reason I am writing the review -- the gears are not "Legoed" to the base but rather have a large, Primo-like circle underside covering a 2x2 section of plate and rely solely on gravity to keep them there. The connection is not friction fit because the gears have to rotate on the rim of the circle, so 95% of attempts my dear child makes to directly turn a gear herself (and not use the tower) results in them jumping out of their gravity-held positions. Did you field-test this product, Lego, or did all your subjects not think that they'd like a crack at turning all the gears to see if it works in reverse, too? Now, if these pieces would have been designed to be affixed with a rotator base in the same way that say, Lego's regular-sized fire and police station swivel office chairs are, they wouldn't literally fall off and frustrate toddlers (or their parents). As it is, I think it could only be used by an older child on a tabletop which, really, defeats the purpose of having it for this intended age. Of the tens of thousands of pieces (we have every generation including Quatro, Primo, Duplo and Lego) and dozens of sets we have up to now, this is the only set we've had sit idle after the first day. It is also the only set I wish I could return, but it was a Christmas gift. For this reason, I would not recommend this first carousel to anyone without a fix (pun intended).
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 1 out of
Poor conceptI completely ditto Miesterdad!! This carousel set is a HUGE disappointment. My 2 1/2 yr granddaughter who will play with Duplos for 30+ mins was done with this set in 5 mins, very frustrated and knocking the pieces on the ground. She could not operate the gears without them falling off.
The company says they left the gears like this on purpose?? To introduce a concept? Um what concept? Failure and frustration? That gears don't work? 5 mins of a non working concept doesn't teach much.
Is it possible to get friction gears? If so, where? And regardless of whether this was an intentional feature or not, the concept was clearly not field tested on the age range indicated on the box because it's a huge fail.
Sorry for the snarkiness, I'm just so disappointed.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 1 out of
Big Mistake, LEGO. Big Disappointment.This set looks like an excellent introduction to gears and I was eager to get one for demonstrating at our LEGO exhibitions. The concept itself is brilliant. Unfortunately the real thing is a complete disaster that never should have made it to sale.
You might assume the gears have some sort of fixed base that grips onto the studs below (like a regular LEGO system turntable), then the gear is a freely rotating upper part that won't come away. You would be wrong.
The gears just sit loosely over the studs below, so they're free to rotate, but also free to jump off and tip over at the slightest touch; completely unsuitable for a toddler to operate without destroying everything they've just built.
This seems a huge missed opportunity to me as a demonstrator and educator; to a child with some emotional involvement in this as a gift I can only imagine the frustration and disappointment.
All it would have taken would be to make the gears from two parts clipped together like EVERY OTHER TURNTABLE LEGO HAS EVER MADE and it would have been a truly delightful and educational experience. But they didn't, and it isn't.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of
Brilliant idea, needs some extensionsI really love the idea of these Duplo gears. Other reviewers are right that they are not that stable and thus somewhat challenging for small kids. However, this is still a great extension of the Duplo system and needs only a few little improvements. I designed some addon pieces and printed them myself using a 3D printer.
One thing you can try to improve your experience is to put the gears onto to round colums. Unfortunately, only one colum is included in this set but the same colums are included in many other Duplo sets at the moment so you might have some more. It would be great to have colums of a Duplo height of 1 available, though.
Another thing you can try is locking a gear in place with another gear on top that is fixed from the top with a bridge. This way, your kid can drive the gear by hand without it popping out of the Duplo grid. This is only necessary for the gear driving the mechanism. It would be great if Lego would introduce an official part to do this. If you have got a 3D printer, you can print something like this pretty easily.