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Age: Early Elementary School Years
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2005 Award
Prehistoric Creatures and Titan XP
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:) The large red T-Rex that you can build with this set is "amazing looking." Our experienced builders warned: "It's very delicate and could break easily." Set comes with instructions for 10 creatures. Marked 7 & up, we’d say more like 9 & up. About Titan XP ($49.99/782 pieces ) from the same series, our tester wrote "wow, there are a lot of pieces!" Builds a 14"-tall creature that swivels at the waist—but he too is very fragile. (800) 223-8756.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2007 Award
Airport Action
(Lego Systems, Inc. $49.99 Score:) One of the most satisfying Duplo sets of the year (no matter how old you are). Your preschooler will need a lot of help putting this set together but he will love playing with it! Comes with a plane, airport with tower, and ground crew! Still top rated, last year’s PLATINUM AWARD-winning Fire Station ($29.99 5), which can be built as a tower or horizontally. Past winners include: The Big Farm Set, Bob the Builder, and Dora the Explorer sets. We also highly recommend a big bucket ($19.95) for open-ended creations. 3 & up. (800) 233-8756.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2008 Award
Mars Mission
(Lego Systems, Inc. $89.99 Score:) "This is so different" was the consensus of our builders. The command base includes three different tubes for the figures (both mining specialists and glow-in-the-dark aliens) to travel through (an air pump propels the characters). While we usually don't recommend toys with projectiles, these are very soft rockets for shooting at the alien craft. Set also comes with its own space shuttle that would get high marks on its own. This is the type of set that has lots of play possibilities once the building is done. For underwater adventure our testers enjoyed building Aqua Raiders Aquabase Invasion ($69.99/840 pieces) complete with giant squid!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2008.

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