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Wild Hunters

Wild Hunters

Fall 2005 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: The LEGO Group
Price: $29.99
With instructions to build "realistic" wild animals including an elephant, a lion, and a hyena, kids will have no trouble finding ideas for myriad other creations. Our test kitchen quickly became a jungle, complete with the sounds and behaviors of animals both real and imagined.

The instructions provide a difficulty rating scale for the projects: one-block for "quick build"; two for "experienced build"; and three for "advanced." helping children make better choices about what to create. Because there are typically several LEGOS added in each illustrated step, it teaches children the importance of attention to detail. Additionally, the instructions specify which creatures can be assembled at the same time.

Our testers found the lion to be the most impressive model in this set positioning the large, articulated body to sit regally on guard or ready to pounce if anyone dared invade the stack of oatmeal cookies.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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