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We bought an enormous box of train/car/boat stuff at Once Upon a Child a while back. We didn’t have a train set and this one said Melissa & Doug on the bottom, so it seemed like a good deal.
When I got home, I did some research and found out that the sets were no longer being made. It seemed that a company called “Lights, Camera, Interaction!” was possibly bought by or merged with Melissa and Doug. I guess maybe the LCI thing could have always been a subset of of M&D, I’m not sure. The series is called Puzzle World. At first I thought we had all of the sets, but now I know there is something with a barn and something with a helicopter that we don’t have. I think we have 4 sets, but there may be some extra track and I couldn’t because there are so many pieces.
There is the train set, called “Ramblin’ Railway.” Here is a picture of the box that I got from the Sea of Toys Angelfire website. The big feature of this one is the arch (which is the same arch from the Arched Bridge Set).:
Another one from that same website is the Big City Adventure. The big features in this one are the really tall city hall and the drawbridge with the working crank.
The last set is is Dock’n Discover set that features boats, water and harbor pieces. I found a picture of it from Little Kids Stuff.
This is neat because you can use the crank to magnetically pick up and move the cargo and the fish. A pic from our set:
Another shot of the sea wall.
We have a roundabout and some buildings with tops like these, so we must also have this set that someone (catlovergail) at Ebay calls Skyscraper Roundabout. Here is the picture that I lifted from their ad.
The main reason that I wanted to put this post together is because I had such a hard time figuring out what went together and how. A lot of the buildings were not glued anymore and so it was confusing. Maybe they weren’t supposed to be glued and the previous owners tried unsuccessfully to glue it together. I used the above pictures as guides and tried to assemble some of the pieces back together. I’m hoping that this will help some other parents out there who are trying to figure out what goes where.
First of all, the boat. This one was easy because there was an exploded shot up at Little Kids Stuff. Note the three flat pieces. The yellow, black and red one is a vertical door to keep the cargo in. The plain one with the red (helipad?) mark fits between the two crew areas on the top. The last one which is not painted at all, but has grooves and 2 pegs is the roof on the boat.
Here is a top view from our boat:
I cropped this out of someone’s (dudlbg06) Ebay post. The train can go over or you can wind the drawbridge up and the boat can go under.
Here are some pics from our set of the drawbridge:
The train can go over. You can put water or road underneath. This pic is also cropped from that Ebay post:
Here is our arch assembled:
Here are the Town Hall pieces according to the package, but I guess you could assemble any of the buildings however you want.
I hope that these pics help you. If you have any more tips, clear pictures or instructions, I’d appreciate them.
Lego has been doing a lot of market research and is going to be coming out with a new line for girls. Phrasing it this way kinda wants to make me puke, but the actual stuff I have seen is pretty cool.
Here is the the complete article from business week, but this quote was the most interesting part to me:
“Then there are the lady figures. Twenty-nine mini-doll figures will be introduced in 2012, all 5 millimeters taller and curvier than the standard dwarf minifig. There are five main characters. Like American Girl Dolls, which are sold with their own book-length biographies, these five come with names and backstories. Their adventures have a backdrop: Heartlake City, which has a salon, a horse academy, a veterinary clinic, and a café. “We had nine nationalities on the team to make certain the underlying experience would work in many cultures,” says Nanna Ulrich Gudum, senior creative director.
The key difference between girls and the ladyfig and boys and the minifig was that many more girls projected themselves onto the ladyfig—she became an avatar. Boys tend to play with minifigs in the third person. “The girls needed a figure they could identify with, that looks like them,” says Rosario Costa, a Lego design director. The Lego team knew they were on to something when girls told them, “I want to shrink down and be there.””
Here is a hacker’s workshop that they are coming out with. The colors are a little pink for my taste, but I’d still totally buy this for either of my kids. You’ll notice that the minifigs are a little bigger than mr/ms yellowhead.
I can’t wait to see what other kids they have set up. You know what else would be awesome? If they could wear Polly Pocket Clothes.
We were eating dinner at baja fresh tonight and Q was getting bored so M dragged out a couple of toys from the “diaper” bag.
My cousin got this for Quinn for Christmas. As yesterday was frickin’ BEAUTIFUL, Megan put the little auto together while I was a work yesterday so it would be all ready for a toodle throught he neighborhood when I got home from work yesterday.
We were afraid that she wouldn’t stay in it (it does have a seat belt, but still…), but she loved it. She kept bouncing and wiggling in a way that could only mean faster! fasTER! FASTER! The wheels were a bit loud and I’m sure that everyone was looking outside to see what was causing all the racket. Oh, well. They were just treated with much cuteness.
Here are some pics.
Steering down the driveway:
Just about to flip-off another driver??
Ok, so she hasn’t gotten the forward propulsion thing down too well, but she is *this* close to making us baby-proof the house.
This is just one of her new tricks learned last week.
– She now can amuse herself for a while by blowing raspberries. We find it very cute, but it isn’t great in mixed company.
– She has become a big fan of zerberts on her belly. The mom’s have found that this can sometimes snap her out of screaming fits. Yay for new mom tricks!
– Her toes now touch the ground in her “around we go” entertainer (http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-11/qid=1158002982/ref=sr_1_11/602-3192920-1875807?%5Fencoding=UTF8&asin=B000BLGVHY ) This means that she can (sort of) navigate around to the station that she wants, rather than having us push her.