I was at Toys “R” Us a few weeks ago looking at stuff for my kids for Christmas. I was walking down the usual Lego isle one I found some off brand Legos that were far cheaper and that had cooler parts. These it turned out were produced by none other then Mega Brand (the makers of Mega Bloks for pre school kids).
It turned out that you could buy big sets of these connecting plastic ProBuilder building blocks for like 1/5 of the price of the real Lego brand ones. And if you haven’t looked at Legos lately they’re pretty darn expensive. some of these kits can be over $100 easily. With the Mega Brand ProBuilder blocks I could get huge sets for around $30!
Now, Toys “R” Us only had a few of these Mega Blok kits with small connecting blocks like the legos (a police office, fire department and some army ones). So I decided to look it up on the Internet and see if this was all that they had or if they had other ones. so I went to the Mega Brand website (Megabrand.com) and was simply amazed at what I found.
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Just go and click on the $40-$60 range products and you will find kits that equivalent Lego brand ones would cost hundreds of dollars. They have race car sets with race cars and haulers, all kinds of boats, battleships, movie and action game themed kits, etc… Blok Squad (the police department and fire department sets were the ones that I saw at Toys “R” Us).
They also have speedboats, tanks, and street racing cars like the ones from the movie The Fast and The Furious. They have tons of different kits in all price ranges from below $10 to a maximum of about $50 or $60. All of these kids are comparable to Lego brand sets and can be bought at a fraction of the price of the Legos.
what I also like about these ProBuilder plastic blocks from mega brand (they refer to the smaller blocks for older kids as micro blocks – the actual small or Mega Bloks are for younger kids but they are all made by the same company Mega Brands). They even have a Harley Davidson motorcycle kit and a f-1 McLaren racing car set.
What’s most important here for the children is that as you all know and as I knew when I grew up we never followed the directions and we built our own things. That was the fun of it. You would see something you liked and then try and re-create it with the Legos that you had. but back when we were growing up Legos were cheap.
Nowadays they’re very expensive and to have enough to for a child or two to be able to build whatever they want could literally cost $500 or more. I really like the idea that you can now get the same amount of plastic blocks for $100 or less through the Mega Blok brand toys. And that’s what I did this past Christmas.
I bought around $150 worth of these ProBuilder Mega Blok building kits and we had enough of these plastic blocks to literally fill up a 20 gallon plastic tote from Home Depot and the kids love them. Besides another bonus is that the plastic figurines that come with the Mega Brand plastic blocks are far more detailed and of better quality. These plastic blocks in my opinion are far superior to the Lego bricks I grew up with and that sell for 5 times the price.