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DUPLO Projects

SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 765
I have occasionally picked up a DUPLO set with the intention of seeing how well it mixes with normal LEGO. However, until The LEGO Movie 2 arrived, I hadn't actually opened one of the DUPLO sets I had purchased. Then came the DUPLO planet aliens, specifically the large tentacled alien with one eye and a large mouth full of teeth!
Of course, I bought #10895 Emmet and Lucy's Visitors from the DUPLO Planet which includes a small version of that alien along with DUPLO figures for Emmet and Lucy which are fantasic! However, the tentacled alien in the set wasn't satisfying, it was just too small.
Along comes the movie guide to The LEGO Movie 2 and it includes a scaled up version of the tentacled alien. This one is virtually the same as the one at the beginning of the movie except for some colour changes. The main colour change being the mouth which is Yellow in #10895 and in the movie guide and in the large display at The LEGO House, while it appears to be Bright Purple in the movie itself.
So I decided to try and build the large tentacled alien as shown in the movie guide with additional insights from the movie since the tentacles are the same in the movie and the fact that they are seen to move allows aspects not otherwise visible to be determined.

Annoyingly, even the movie guide version of the large alien uses recoloured parts which don't exist! The crown (Wall 1X4X2 W. Arrow Slits) in Medium Azur being the most obvious example (I used a Yellow replacement). Another very annoying example is Brick 2X3X2 Outside Bow in Medium Azur. I used Brick 2X2X1.5 Outside Bow instead but that leaves a small gap so I will probably end up using a Dark Azur replacement. Note that movie version of the alien is even worse for recoloured parts since Bright Purple has no 2X4, 4X4, 4X6 or 4X8 plates.
When I finished capturing the design, the final part count was exactly 120! Sourcing the parts was the next problem since PAB doesn't sell any DUPLO and most BrickLink stores have tiny quantities of the required parts. The only viable source was LEGO's replacement bricks service which is not cheap! In fact, apart from one printed part only available in #10895, the parts cost is £96.55. However, after factoring in #10895 along with #10848 My First Building Blocks which I ordered from Amazon along with #40167 My First Set which I picked up on eBay for the brown rabbit (my partner loves rabbits), the final replacement parts order was reduced to 78 parts costing £66.50.

After opening the sets and extracting the required parts from each, I sorted them into a large IKEA storage box.

For anyone with sharp eyesight and a quick mind, the White 2X6 Plate seen above was only a sorting mistake! The required White 2X4 Plate was also in #10848.
The finished alien with Emmet clearly shows how outmatched everyone was when DUPLO planet aliens invaded!

However, the surprise appearance of big Emmet spooked the alien who decided to make a run for it!

But the two of the them quickly realised they could be friends! :-)

The build was great fun and it now takes pride of place on my work desk - at home of course! :-)

Has anyone else been building DUPLO planet aliens?
Or working on other interesting DUPLO projects?


  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,453
    Nice work. I'd thought about trying this exact one, except I had a feeling that as it appears in the movie was even bigger so was waiting for the film to come out on dvd before I officially added it to my massive list of projects that I'll most likely never get round to. 

    Another interesting comparison is the LEGO Movie 2 Game which remakes all of the Duplo creatures with system bricks (like the small ones that feature in the sets) worth looking at if you want to make an even more varied display of "Duplo" invaders. 
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 765
    edited March 2019
    @Shib The movie version is actually the same size:

    except the alien sometimes widens it's mouth showing more teeth:

  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,453
    Must just be perspective that had me thinking otherwise. The animation does give a bit of freedom for interpretation as well which is useful ;-) 
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 765
    The LEGO House version is bigger but it appears to use a printed card for a larger eye which is totally cheating!

  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,453
    That's where I'd seem a bigger one! 

    I wouldn't say it's heating as those as development models - a lot of them also include painted parts too.

    I really wanted to make some of the ones with the digger scoops like to one bottom left too, that's one of my favs of the Duplo Invader designs. 
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,453
    I have used Duplo in one build before... 

    That was for New Elementary's Kill Teal contest -

    Larger Duplo animals are often good for system builds but it's more of a heat than an actual use. 
  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,246
    OMG! Dude, I love this! 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,481
    I remember those A frames. They had a family where there is a dog as tall as a human ... just like duplo!

  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,894
    The house and the Duplo look like they were made for each other! 

    It's so nice to see people's Duplo projects; I only had a handful of Duplo parts as a kid so it's always a novelty when I encounter it. It's a very cheerful theme, especially with all the big chunky animals...
  • M1J0EM1J0E Calgary, ABMember Posts: 644
    Yep, I remember the family well.  And yes, us too, we had only a handful of duplo pieces as well, so it’s neat to buy it now for the grandkids.  But they’re almost to the point where they’re aging out of it.  Granddaughter can now fit the age range for 4+ sets, Grandson #1 is only a year away (though I found him a bunch of used Batman 6-12 sets to play with today from our community buy & sell).  Hopefully we’ll have a few more years out of it with Grandson #2 being less than a year old yet.  

    But what do people do with duplo if not buy it for the kids (minus the awesome projects seen above)?  So once they age out of it, do I keep what we have or pass it on down to the next kids?  It is real LEGO after all, and therefore worth hanging on to.
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 765
    edited October 2019
    I have a number of Duplo projects in the works but one of my favorite is my brick colour palette. I'm not ready to show that yet but I have recently bought sealed sets #3029 and #3030. I opened #3030 so I could get my hands on the included Duplo Chrome Silver 2x4 Brick:

    I have around a 100 Duplo sets now, many I have acquired for specific parts. Many I've opened and parted out with the boxes binned! My favorite theme by far is of course the Castle theme.
    As a collector with limited time to build, I'm finding collecting within this theme very enjoyable and satisfying! Of course I don't want anyone else to start since that would increase my costs when bidding on stuff! :-)
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,481
    Duplo castles are great. When my son was about 2-3, I bought a load of the castle walls and trapdoor plates. He could build about two section high, whereas I could get them all the way to the ceiling. Great fun, especially when it all comes crashing down.

    Same with trains, I used to build him hotwheels style tracks from bridge sections, so he could run Thomas from above his head height down the track. There are still marks on the skirting boards from doing that.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,894
    M1J0E said:
    But what do people do with duplo if not buy it for the kids (minus the awesome projects seen above)?  So once they age out of it, do I keep what we have or pass it on down to the next kids?  It is real LEGO after all, and therefore worth hanging on to.
    A family friend had - and I'm sure still has - a TreeTots Family Treehouse which was played with by decades' worth of small visitors (I still kind of want a go with it myself...), and my mum used to dig out my old Sylvanian Families Windmill any time friends of hers would come with their grandchildren/small kids they were looking after for the day in tow. I have a feeling that if you hang onto a decent Duplo stash, its time will come!

    I also wonder whether Duplo could be useful for incorporating into really big System MOCs - like, if you're doing a huge castle or mountain or something like that, then there's bound to be supporting sections of it which are out of view and which would otherwise require a huge number of System 2x4 bricks...
  • bookmumbookmum londonMember Posts: 1,442
    Oh I love that Fisher Price house. I love to mix brands when it comes to pre-school toys. Duplo people, Playmobil guys, Sylvanians and that pebble with a face drawn on have spent many a happy afternoon together. 
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