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Lego or Mega blocks?

My grandson is five.  He's outgrown his Dublo blocks and is asking for Lego for Christmas.  In the stores I find shelves of Lego sets, but on the opposite side of the aisle are shelves of Mega blocks that look similar, in equally attractive sets.

 

I understand that they are not interchangeable.

 

I think my grandson is the type of boy that will want to add to his collection over the years, so it seems important that he start with the right set. 

 

Any experience out there?

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Hi Seeler,  I believe the two sets are actually interchangeable now.  I'm not positive, but seem to recall Lego took Mega to court a few years ago to stop Mega from making blocks the same as Lego, but Lego lost because their patents have expired.

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Mega Bloks, mini size,  are interchangeable with Lego Duplo and Mega Micro are interchangeable with Lego.

 

The accessories and kits then can be used interchangably. Mega's kits, figures and stuff used to be way worse quality, but are getting better. I prefer Mega Bloks, bought in volume, because of price and being Canadian made. I prefer Lego's figures and stuff, because they are just simply superior quality.

 

Of course, I am talking about for gifts and children, because I would not be playing with blocks  LMAO

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My caution would be to not get him things over his age.

 

It is common to buy kids kits to make weird and wonderful things but they can't do it.

 

Get a basic starter kit of either.  My son used Lego and Duplo.  You used to be able to buy a large plastic bin of it rather than the boxes.  Teh bin then becomes the storage area for all of it eventually.

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lastpointe - that would be my choice - a large plastic tub with blocks that could be used for various things.  This is how we bought his Dublo blocks - then he could build a house or a circus (with animals from his Noah's ark) or a school (with Fisher Price Little People).  

 

I remember 30 years ago visiting my sister and seeing my nephews building a whole airport, complete with airplanes, with assorted Logo blocks.  I don't think they had kits for any specific thing back then - just coloured blocks, and maybe some windows, or doors, or wheels that could be added.

 

I'd rather see him use his imagination to build a pirate ship or a construction site than to have to follow instructions from a kit.

 

 

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Lego... Megabloks... forget them both. Get the grandson a nice box of toothpicks and some Elmer's white glue.

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I would vote for Lego, simply because of the quality issue that Stevie raises.  If you are looking for "generic" lego (as in, not a set, but just different sizes of blocks), don't buy new -- check out craigslist, usedvictoria (insert your equivalent), ebay, etc and buy up someone's old stuff...  There are way more deals to be done, and you can package it in a nice rubbermaid-type tub with a lid!

 

shalom!

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oh, and my claim to experience is that I have two sons (11 and 7) who have owned and loved Lego for many many years and although I curse them (the lego, not the kids) when I step on a piece, I have to admit it is an extremely high quality toy that never gets old.  My boys usually make "the set" once or twice, and then their imaginations take over and they build the most incredible stuff.  We have a household rule about no weapons, so we try to build underwater or space adventure stuff.  If there are obvious weapons, the boys sniff and hand them over!  :)

 

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Lego hands down.  My brother and I had a rubbermaid full of it.  Similar to LJ we used to build the thing it was supposed to be with our dad when we first got it then holepunch the instructions and put them in a binder in case we ever wanted to build that specific one again.  Mostly my brother just free ranged and built whatever he wanted and I played with the little Lego people - an architecht I am not.

We also had megablocks but much prefered Legos.

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When my son was 7 or so i had a lego birthday party.

 

I had huge tubs of the stuff, and we set it all up on a short table he used for building. The little boys just built stuff for an hour or so, played a few games outside and had lunch.

 

It was fun , cheap , easy.  While they all built a lot of lego stuff,  they seldom built together as a group with large quantities of stuff.

 

Little tip for storage, have big bins and inside the big bins ,put a small bin with the wheels, people and stuff so that those pieces are easier to find.

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at his age lego, hands down, as well.

 

my son is 5 and LOVES lego.  he's into lego batman and lego indiana jones.  they also make a lego city, which he loves.  toys r us has an awesome lego section.

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Megablocks don't fit together properly.  Ask any child who has played with them.

 

Lego has infallible quality standards.

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Our family is a committed lego household, though some of the Mega block systems have been fascinating.  I think we have an army of 112 lego people downstairs, plus all the piles of regular foot-gouging bricks.

I believe that Mega Blocks are much improved from 10 years ago, and give Lego a run for its (more expensive) money.  But we still love lego - its one of our only brand-loyalties.

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and for those who also build with Konnex-another constuction type toy-but not as linnear-

I have orderd "sploids" off the net.

Sploids have the power to connect lego and Konnex and build anything you can dream.

reasonable price too!

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Lego is a long term toy - my 13 year old still plays with it. Lego is definitely better quality than mega blocks. And it terms of age, don't underestimate the kids. My older son was putting together sets rated much older than him when he was only five. We have a HUGE amount of lego and bionicle (another brand of lego where you make creatures in a mythological world). It's been our best investment for the kids.

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Lego is a long term toy - my 13 year old still plays with it. Lego is definitely better quality than mega blocks. And it terms of age, don't underestimate the kids. My older son was putting together sets rated much older than him when he was only five. We have a HUGE amount of lego and bionicle (another brand of lego where you make creatures in a mythological world). It's been our best investment for the kids.

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Lego can be picked up at garage sales, as well, or duplo.

 

Note:  I once sold a bunch of duplo to someone who was taking it to a senior's centre.  Once we knew  what it was for, we threw in a whole bunch for very little.   (he wanted to pay).    I guess it is quite good for dexterity, etc.

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 My two boys enjoy both Lego and Mega blocks.  There is a difference between them, though, as Lego is a higher quality product and Mega blocks is lower quality and tends to have some difficulty snapping together and holding a complicated shape.  But my kids both really like Mega blocks for its detailed sets and frequently combine both products to customize the toys.  I think for younger kids (my boys are a lot older than your grandson) I would stick with basic Lego and then see how his tastes change over the years.  I don't think you should automatically dismiss Mega blocks just because it is not as sturdy as Lego; MB has its merits as well. 

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Since my grandson had been asking for Lego for some time, wrote a letter to Santa about it, and is always playing with it at the after-school day care when she goes to pick him up, my daughter bought him a fairly large set of Lego marked for 5 and up.

 

Then she took him to see Santa and, out of the blue, he asked for something else - I think it was a bumble bee blaster and helmet.  And that's all he talked about - this blaster and helmet that Santa would bring.

 

So she took the large Lego kit back to the store, picked up the much cheaper blaster and helmet, and on her way out of the store spotted a tub of basic lego for about $15.  So he got both.  He raced around with the blaster and helmet on Christmas day, and now is perfectly happy with the basic lego that he can build whatever he wants from.    If his interest continues, we will look into getting him some more on ebay or kiiji or whatever.

 

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