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I love the greenhouse-sets too. I even created a normal LEGO-Moc by using that one:
Edit: Here you can see the front side of the building.
I love the DUPLO Castle sets and have all of them. This is my more permanent shelf setup, but I would love to build a whole medieval town one day. You can see all the sets here: https://brickset.com/sets/theme-Duplo/subtheme-Castle
My favourite Duplo set is by far “4785 Black Castle”. I have two, one boxed.
And what a box, it’s bigger by volume than the box for the original 10179 Falcon.
Duplo started out as baby stuff and grew more and more advanced.
Technically the epitome was with the “Intelligent Train” system (e.g. 3325) from 2002 and theme-wise the epitome was with Castle from 2004-05 and 2008: a realistic design similar to System with angry warriors and lots of weapons.
The top-of-the-line was the 380 piece almost all-black Black Castle of gigantic size. With the bricks you could also build a tower almost 2 meters high.
Oh, those were the days!
Since then both Train and Duplo in general have returned to near-baby stuff.
This is even better the second or third time I look at it! I have never owned or played with the DUPLO castle sets, but if my second grandchild happens to be male, you are going to get some phone calls from me! And I am certain that my granddaughter would LOVE to play with this castle even if she remains a single child. Who wouldn't?
Yeah, I never get tired of DUPLO Castle either. There are just so many great details. It is super easy to build big and impressive castles with the included pieces. Like, no matter which way you put them together the castle will look awesome. And of course, you can also expand on them by adding more people, animals, houses, etc. Boy or girl, they will enjoy it.
Interestingly, I read that the line was discontinued because parents felt the colors were too dark and the DUPLO figures too scary for little kids. I actually do think that they weren't really appropriate for 3-year-olds, but for older kids who preferred to build big and impressive Castles fast, it was a great system.
LEGO wants to transition children from DUPLO to regular LEGO as early as possible, but there is no reason why DUPLO can't continue to grow with kids. DUPLO is awesome, and some kids prefer big pieces. PlayMobil is a testimony to this.
My granddaughter can continue to build with DUPLO forever if she wants because I still will be playing with it in ten years because it is fun. I am giving her DUPLO, not LEGO, for the holidays this month because I prefer building with DUPLO and she still enjoys it very much.
Folks who have not built with DUPLO do not understand how easy and quick it is to build a decent sized structure and how this makes the pleasure that comes with it even better. It can take days or weeks to build with System, and still not be pleased with the outcome. With DUPLO, builders can end up happy in a short period of time if that is what they want. Or they can spend parts of several weeks and end up with a huge masterpiece. Either way it can be overwhelmingly FUN!