Our son’ now 15 months old and we felt it was high time we introduced him to building blocks.
After careful deliberation, I came to the conclusion that as it would be his first building block set, we should buy BIG blocks – easy to hold, cannot be swallowed and cannot be lost. Hence my choice of MEGABLOKS – First Builders. We bought this 80 piece set from Amazon.
I was so excited waiting for the package to arrive, fondly remembering the building blocks of my childhood, the small bucket it came in and all those towers I built with my sister.. Little one was inquisitive when it first arrived. He checked the bag all around and when I ‘poured’ out all the blocks, he ‘investigated’ them and then put them all one by one back into the bag – repeating the emptying and refilling of the bag!! It was so surprisingly cute, I even got a video of it on my phone!!
But within the first couple of days, I realized that these blocks were an utter waste! I mean.. it Really did not live up to the glowing reviews that some of the Amazon users have given this product. Firstly, these blocks just would not stay – they fell apart at the slightest adjustment/ touch!! And now, this as all of you know can be very hampering to the process of ‘building’!!! So, we returned this product (By the way, the Amazon customer service is just fab! :))
However, before returning the Megabloks, we went to the Lego store nearby wanting to check out if it was really worth spending so much money to buy a LEGO set as a first blocks set… Frankly, I was not very impressed. The blocks were small – compared to the Megabloks. Plus, there wasn’t much options in the LEGO store and it was SO filled with kids aged I think between 5 and 10!!! We got out of there as fast as we could.
But, LEGOs are LEGOs… and we thought we would give it a try. I know some of you may think it is too expensive and others might Yahoo our choice, but we placed an order on the Lego website via eBates and awaited the arrival of our brand new Lego set!! All the while, little one was playing with his Megabloks (I build, he breaks it down ;-)) and other toys in complete oblivion to my research and wait…
But when it came and I opened it for our baby…
Ooh boy!!! Was he excited, or what?!! I’m sure any thought of Megabloks must have flown from his mind because there he was, huddling around with the new LEGO blocks..with all its fascinating shapes and extra colors and two human figurines!! It was WONDERFUL!!! I LOVEd the box the LEGO blocks came in (though once all the packaging was removed, the 102 pieces barely filled up half the box!!!)
The Duplo set is made for little kids. This deluxe brick box is for ages 1.5 to 5 years old – the blocks are not too small for little hands and neither are they too big for a 5 year old. It’s the perfect size and there are so many different shapes..and colors.. Ooh! The colors.. even transparent colors 😀 (Megabloks only had yellow, blue, green and red. But LEGO has yellow, red, orange, white, black, 3 types of blue, and 2 types of green!!!) There are windows and flowers and picket fences too!!! The boy figurine is however, much more friendly looking than the girl figurine who looks like she has an ‘agenda’!
Seeing me bent over the LEGO building manual ‘constructing’ their various ideas, my husband thought out loud that maybe I bought the building blocks for myself 😉
Oh!! But all three of us LOVE this set!! Little one was holding the boy figurine in his hands all the time while breaking down what his dad built 😉
I sure would recommend this set to anyone who is interested in buying a toy set for a pretty long period of time.. I mean 50 USD for something you can use till you are five and even afterwards as an addition to more blocks (if interested) is a good deal. However, if Shoprunner was activated on the Lego site, I would have been much happier!!! Just the S&H and tax made the total upto around 63 USD!!! Man!! That was a bummer!! But otherwise, its a good set.
Even though the building blocks of my childhood were not of any particular brand, they were the normal shapes, colorful, sturdy and I loved them. But, I’ve never owned an original LEGO set before… so in a way, this is MY first LEGO set too 😀
Which is your favorite LEGO set?? 🙂