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Desert of Destruction

Desert of Destruction

Fall 2010 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: The LEGO Group
Price: $89.99

LEGO certainly knows its audience, and they have proved that with Desert of Destruction. This kit, from the aggressive World Racers series, builds a fold-out semi-like team truck and two weapons-equipped racecars, complete with mini figures, race flags, and winner's trophy. Construction is a positive challenge for the 8-year-old set, and the play time afterwards is extensive, justifying the $90 price tag. This set, its mini figures printed with angry or distressed faces, did not appeal to everyone, but our other testers more than made up for their lack of enthusiasm, showing the constructed vehicles' features off to anyone who would listen. World Racers would be too rough for the real world, but it's a harmless way for kids to play out competitive scenarios with some chaos and roughness included.

Emily Crawford   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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