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Age: Late Elementary School Years
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2014 Award
LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Roaring Power
(Lego Systems, Inc. $29.99 Score:)

Newest in the clever 3-in-1 builds the 374-piece set gives kids instructions for a roaring race-car, a T-Rex, and a sea plane. A mid-size kit that shows kids they can use the same pieces for new constructions.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO STAR WARS Droid Gunship
(Lego Systems, Inc. $49.99 Score:)

The grey and blue Droid Gunship is an intermediate build with 439 pieces. If your Star Wars fan is building his fleet from the cartoon show (as opposed to the movies), this is a fine addition. Comes with a spring-loaded shooter, Chewbacca, Super Battle Droid, Battle Droid and 41st Elite Corps Trooper. We find that the included minifigs are a big part of the collectability appeal of the line for fans of the line. 8-14.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO STAR WARS V-Wing Starfighter
(Lego Systems, Inc. $24.99 Score:)

STAR WARS fans will love building this small red and grey spaceship. With 201 pieces this is a good place to start if you have a beginning LEGO/STAR WARS fan. Set comes with a V-Wing Pilot and an Astromech Droid. Also new this year and in the same level of building experiences: the yellow and grey Jedi Interceptor ($24.99 with 223 pieces and comes with Anakin Skywalker and R2-D2) and the blue/grey Vulture Droid ($24.99 with 205 pieces and comes with Buzz Droid, Pilot Battle Droid and Neimoidian Warrior). All marked 7-12. All come with new spring-loaded shooters which need some supervision.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO CREATOR Turbo Quad
(Lego Systems, Inc. $24.99 Score:)

The 3-in-1 series is always a hit with our testers who love the ability to take their models apart and try their hand at another two builds. This one has instructions for the Turbo Quad, a Monster Truck or a Buggy. With 186 pieces, this is a beginning/ intermediate build for kids 7-12. Also new in this line this year, the Twinblade Adventure (models also include making a biplane or helicopter). For even smaller builds, look at Red Thunder (66 pieces) and Power Digger (64 pieces) - ideal for stocking stuffers.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO CITY Monster Truck and Race Car
(Lego Systems, Inc. $9.99 Score:)

Both of these small builds are a great place to start with LEGO builds. The truck comes with 78 pieces, the race car with 100 pieces. Quite affordable for birthday party presents—especially when the parties come in rapid succession! 5-12

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO THE LEGO MOVIE Benny's Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP
(Lego Systems, Inc. $99.99 Score:)

Benny has been begging to build a spaceship throughout the movie--and finally he's given permission. This is that super spaceship with lots of moving parts including the cockpit cover and some missiles to launch. It also comes with three other smaller space vehicles for the other characters to fly. This is a big build with 940 pieces that also includes Astro Kitty, Benny, Space Wyldstyle, Robo Emmet, and Robo Pilot. Younger builders can enjoy playing with it, but adults will have to do a good part of the building. Somehow a 7-year old tester received this (in error) and his dad reports that he loved it so much he slept with the box the first night it arrived. His dad plans to have his son help with a rebuild so that he can have a sense of accomplishment in the construction as well as in having a toy for dramatic play. Marked 9-12

Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO THE LEGO MOVIE Emmet's Construct-o-Mech
(Lego Systems, Inc. $59.99 Score:)

A super fun build of the main character, Emmet. What our builders loved about this set is that there are so many moving pieces including his legs, his cranes, his excavator like arm. And fans will be delighted that they also get the angry UniKitty.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO THE LEGO MOVIE MetalBeard's Duel
(Lego Systems, Inc. $34.99 Score:)

Straight from the hit movie, MetalBeard's Duel set allows kids to build a key character. In addition there is a Micro Manager (hence the duel aspect of the set). There are also three mini-figs. With 412 pieces this is a beginning build. Unlike a lot of "movie merchandise" there is some constructive building going on. Sorry we couldn't resist.

Age: Later School Years, Tweens, Teens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO CITY Arctic Outpost
(Lego Systems, Inc. $49.99 Score:)


Build the Arctic Outpost that is part truck/part lab on skis that can drive into rugged conditions. It comes with plenty of tools that cut through ice and investigate findings in the mobile lab. It comes with three mini-figures, and all the accessories needed for outdoors and inside the lab. This is one of the LEGO modular sets that breaks the big sections into sub-sections for easier building. It is also smaller than the giant Arctic Base, but a satisfying add-on or place to start in this Arctic series.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
LEGO CITY Arctic Helicrane
(Lego Systems, Inc. $39.99 Score:)

Smaller than the Arctic Base Camp, this 262-piece build has many of the fun pieces in the bigger set. The helicopter is equipped with a mighty crane for heavy lifting ans a husky sled with four dogs, a camera, radar screen, and ice block with crystal element. Comes with minifigures and assorted accessories for Arctic exploration. This is one of the modular builds that divides the models into sub-models for easy starts. A good choice for 6-12.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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