The 10 Best Lego Duplo Sets

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This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in November of 2017. Kids love to imagine and create, but standard Lego pieces are too challenging for very small hands to manipulate. With one of these Duplo sets, toddlers can explore the exciting world of building and role-play in a fun and safe manner, with limitless possibilities. From Disney characters and superheroes to trains and animals, your child's favorite theme is bound to be on our list. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. World Animals

2. Disney Frozen Ice Castle

3. Batman Batcave

Editor's Notes

December 11, 2020:

Here's the deal with Duplo: Every year, Lego releases multiple new sets with various themes, sizes, and prices. As each set becomes sold out and more difficult to find, its price increases. This can happen slowly over several years, or very quickly - in a matter of hours - for highly coveted Lego releases. So unlike most toys, for Duplo, newer releases are often less expensive and a better value than older sets. Unless you just have your heart set on the princess castle released in 2015, for example, you'll get a better deal with the princess castle released last year. While its theme and pieces will be different, it's doubtful that your toddler will ever notice.

With that in mind, we've made numerous updates this time around to give parents the best toys at the best value that are available right now. None of the older sets we removed are faulty; their prices have just increased too much in comparison to newer releases that are just as cool (if not more so). We've removed the Princess Cinderella's Carriage for this reason, but pint-sized royalty will find something even better with the Disney Frozen Ice Castle - it's a quarter of the price and has three times as many pieces. For superhero fans, the Batman Batcave is a much better value than the now-removed DC Comics Super Heroes. We've also replaced the Big Construction Site with the Construction Tower, a similar option with almost twice as many pieces for about the same price.

More newcomers include the top-ranked World Animals and the Modular Dollhouse, two larger collections with more than 100 pieces each. If you're looking for something much smaller, the Mini Bulldozer Truck is an entertaining set that's affordable to most. There's also a new listing in the Special Honors section, and finally, we've edited the information for several items, including the Cafe 10587, the Mickey & Minnie Birthday Parade, and the My First Number Train.

November 13, 2019:

When your toddler isn’t yet ready for classic Lego sets, you can still introduce him or her to the fun of brick building with a fun, colorful set of Duplo blocks. These are such great toys because they touch on many developmental and learning concepts, such as role-play, counting, problem-solving, sharing, and following directions.

Joining our list of best Duplo sets today is the Big Construction Site, which is perfect for little ones who get excited every time they pass by a real-life construction site. Now, they can act out scenarios once they’ve built the bulldozer, dump truck (with a tipping bucket), and crane (with a rotating cabin, movable arm, and working claw). The three worker figurines are equipped with safety helmets and tools like a shovel, wheelbarrow, jackhammer, and construction cones. This 67-piece set comes with enough blocks (including some see-through, bright blue ones) to make a realistic-looking construction site. Blocks from another set can be added in if your tot wants to make the new buildings larger scale.

Making its departure from our selection is the Backyard Clinic, which has relatively few pieces, so you may find yourself having to buy more sets just to keep your child interested in it.

For safety’s sake, always abide by a manufacturer’s age guidelines, and be sure to keep an eye on little ones when they’re playing with their toys.

Special Honors

Duplo Steam Park You'll often find exclusive new releases on Lego's website that are only available directly from the company - at least for a while. The Steam Park is one such collection, and it aims to thrill with its carnival rides and games. It has a whopping 295 bricks, including pulleys, boats, animal figures, flowers, and gears.

4. Construction Tower

5. Modular Dollhouse

6. All-in-One-Box-of-Fun

7. Cafe 10587

8. My First Number Train

9. Mini Bulldozer Truck

10. Mickey & Minnie Birthday Parade

Shilo Urban
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Shilo lives for adventures in far-away lands and reads books like it’s going out of style (which it is). Dogs are her co-pilots. She’s traveled to 60 countries and has lived in Austin (where she received a BA from the University of Texas), Maine, Paris, Seattle, New Zealand, Los Angeles, and now—Fort Worth. Before becoming a freelance writer over a decade ago, she had more than three dozen jobs, including high school teacher, record label manager, tour guide, and farmhand for endangered livestock breeds. She speaks fluent French and horribly mangled Spanish, which she is working every day to improve. Shilo geeks out over history and culture, and her areas of expertise include travel, art and design, music, pets, food, crafts, toys, and home furnishings. Current obsessions: Gobekli Tepe, tassels, and fresh lemonade.

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