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(Thankfully, I've only seen Duplo where my daughter goes....Although quite a bit less than there is at home :-D )
I have had a word with his nursery regarding my love of Danish building blocks, tomorrow I get to rummage through their stock and trade for bits I need :).
Time to email her nursery this link as a hint...
it also makes me think when you go to the doctor and they have that crate of toys in the waiting room which must have been there for 50 years.
Besides, at 8 months old, there is no building going on, it's either banging the bricks together or trying to stuff them into his mouth. Aside from avoiding the potential choking hazard from the relatively smaller Duplo bricks, I'd much rather have him chew up all the MB instead of the quality Duplo bricks! And rest assured, as soon as he is ready to build and play rather than try to eat everything in sight, the MB are in the give-away pile, never to be seen in the house again...
It's all quite well used, just adds to the charm really. Swapped it for the load of Duplo track I had in the marketplace.
I have personally been the perpetrator in both @monkeyhanger and @MAGNINOMINISUMBRA stories.
Someone gave me a bike once, I was expecting something better. Needless to say that due to my reaction, I was given a jolly good talking to that day.
And, for my 11th or 12th Birthday I had been asking for a Megadrive (Genesis) quite badly and was fully expecting it. Ripped off the wrapping..... Master System :/
My brother always gives my six year old Kre-o instead of Lego, imagining that he doesn't notice the difference, and you get more pieces for your money. It is a small matter of pride that he never mentions this to my brother, and after they've gone says to me "Dad, I know it isn't real Lego, but maybe your brother doesn't know the difference. I don't want him to get sad. Can we build it now?!"
We have two boxes where we put away construction toys. One has Lego in it, the other has stuff my brother bought.
They are in different rooms. Always. :-)
PS: The vibration function on some of the Kre-o sets is actually really cool, and works. Just FYI.
My kids played with those from about 6 months through to about 3 years old. They had duplo from 2 years old, but found it much easier to build with the megabloks than duplo. The bricks just fall into each other without needing to be clicked together. At that age, it is better that they can build easily and enjoy it, rather than get frustrated by not being able to put duplo or lego together.
I suppose it's just regional or something, I have a large LEGO Collection and I enjoy it quite immensely. If I had any kids I'd let them play with whatever they wanted, and would inform them that there is a difference in the bricks, but it isn't just about quality.
I have a small growing Mega Bloks collection of items that they make which LEGO does not, because I enjoy those franchises, since LEGO lost the TMNT license I only have Mega to go to, and I freely admit that Monster High is a huge draw because of how purely hilariously fun it is.
I am of course Canadian and support Canadian made products, which Mega Corporation is. All of that being said and tongue-in-cheek firmly understood. Isn't 1 years old a bit young to be worrying about LEGO purity? Especially as, while there are really shitty clone brands out there, Mega is quite a different kettle of fish and their products are pretty decent quality, almost on-par with LEGO these days.
Ah well, maybe I'll understand better if I ever get a significant other and have children.
My daughter, who is now 20 months, has spent the last several months playing with these blocks as well. My parents just received a massive box of Duplo blocks too that she can't stop playing with.
Looks like some Friends sets will be in order for her birthday!
I was going to post a screenshot of the "Shame! Shame! Shame!" walk from Game of Thrones but I think a nudey picture is a bit much on a forum for a children's toy.
I respectfully disagree with your statement and substitute my own.
LEGO is not the only building block/construction toy in the world that has value. They are the forerunner I'll grant you, but to only buy LEGO is doing a disservice to folks who prefer alternatives to their plastic brick buying, or simply ignoring the fact that LEGO still has flaws in their price-per-piece ratios and the like.
Mega Bloks have evolved from the old days of Clone Brand status (if they ever were to begin with) and as such they have improved greatly, finding their own personal niche. Halo alone is something LEGO would never allow, the same with Call of Duty, Assassins Creed and other such Adult oriented war based franchises.
The sheer number of LEGO in my house is over 15 thousands bricks, probably over 100 thousand by this point. The fact that I have maybe 3 hundred Mega Bloks bricks and plan on getting more because I like how they look and the like is nothing against LEGO, it just shows that I'm open minded enough to see that not everything has to be one way or the other.
I personally wont be buying Mega products in the foreseeable future due to the fact that I don't like mixing brands (color miss match will set off my OCD) and I can't logically spend money on a product I can't fully use like I would be able to with Lego products. this is likely where many people stand on this debate, too.
lastly we should probably deviate from this discussion as it will inevitably spiral out of control like every other thread once off topic.
There's a lot of stuff in out toy collection that has gotten weeded out of the Lego collection - but it's all still part of the toy collection, where even slime and Lego mix (not as messy as I feared)