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My 3 year old son received this Mega Bloks Garage set as a present last Christmas. As he loves anything to do with cars and building blocks this was sure to be a big hit. As this was a gift I do not know where this was bought from nor for how much but a quick search tells me that it can be purchased from Amazon for £7.99 plus shipping. Not bad!!
The box is a decent size with the mega bloks logo in the corner a picture of the set it contains which is a recovery truck, petrol pump station and "garage" which is the station where the car gets fixed, these 3 separate parts come in 3 separate plastic bags within the box, good for knowing which pieces are for which part. There is also a mechanic man figure who is around the same size and style as Happyland figures. There is another plastic bag contains the instructions and a sheet of stickers which need to be used in certain blocks. The box also tells me this is suitable for children between 3-6 years and there are small parts. There are 43 pieces altogether.
The instructions are purely pictures and in that they are bright, colourful and easy to follow. My 3 year old needed help but I think a 5/6 year old could follow them quite well. The blocks also fit together nicely, easy for a child to put together and pull apart again, they are also quite chunky so easy for little hands to grab. This set has also come in useful for teaching my son colours. Blue truck Mummy and Red car Mummy are his favourites! My son mainly loved to push the truck and car along and has only recently started using the garage as a set so 3 is definitely the lower age for this.
We now have a few other Mega Bloks sets but I must say this is the one that comes out time and time again. Definitely worth the price for under a tenner!
Definitely recommended for any child who loves to play cars!
Slowly but surely over the last few years my sons building brick collection has got a little bigger and bigger. Not too sure why it took me so long to introduce this type of construction toy at home for him, possibly because I never really played with toys like this when I was younger and also being a first time mum and not having any experience of children and different types of toys, what they are supposed to do etc, its one of those things that got missed off the list! I bought this set from Amazon over 1 year ago. Exact price I cannot recall but was sub £10.00.
Why did I buy this?
I bought this because the previous Christmas my son was bought a basic set from the same brand from a friend and he really enjoyed it. He also enjoyed playing with this type of construction toy while attending playgroups. I wanted to get him a set that was a little more advanced in regards to the types of pieces and what could be constructed with the pieces compared to his first set which was aimed more for children from 1 years old. This set seemed to deliver this, and at the time the price seemed very reasonable.
What is this set and what was included?
The pieces when put together would build a garage forecourt. 43 pieces which are a mix of different shapes and components. This includes a car, pull truck, person and different shaped pieces that would help to build a raised ramp for the car and 2 petrol pump stations. Very compact scene but thorough with good additional detailing with some added stickers.
Suitable for 3 years and up.
How was it packaged?
I always like the packaging of sets like this because on the box it always tells you what pieces you get exactly and how many, how they can be put together. One thing I wasn't too keen on, and this is a personal preference thing looking back now, is it came in a box. The construction/building brick style toys I have been buying since have comes in tubs which for me is a much better storage solution.
How did we find it?
I have mixed feelings about this set and quite different to the first review on this site about this product. My son did enjoy it but he found some of the pieces a little on the fiddly side, and needed some help putting the pieces together. Some of the pieces were slightly on the chunky side, but some were flat and thin, and the holes that connect them together are smaller than what my son was used to. Comparable to the classic small Lego bricks ( my son has mastered using smaller pieces now but not when he got this ). This set is very specific in regards to what you can build, so although you can stick some of the pieces together to build what you want, you are limited because this set builds a certain scene rather than you can build anything and there are only so many pieces. I think the pieces that my son enjoyed more than anything else were the car and the truck, as you don't have to think about what your doing with them, just push and go!
Something I am learning slowly but surely is although some toys are fine to buy for my son, they may not be so suitable for his younger sister. When I bought this I didn't have her in mind, and there are some bits in this that aren't great for someone of her age e.g the cars don't come with their wheels attached, you have to put them on so they can come on or off and are very small ( choking hazard ). I also found because afew of the pieces were quite small, it was very easy to lose some of them so you couldn't fully build this set.
In hindsight I think the quality of this set is fantastic and is cute and a great idea, but when buying this despite the age being suitable for 3 years up this was something that would probably suit my son more now as I don't think he was ready for it at the time of purchase. When I bought it this was pre nursery, and now he goes to nursery and is far more advanced with so many things and has had the opportunity to play with a variety of different toys, I don't think he would struggle with this one now especially being a little older. What I can see though is him maybe getting a little bored because of how limiting this set is, so don't think his attention would hold very well.
Would I buy this again? Not sure. I think I would prefer to buy a set that would be less restrictive in regards to using your imagination and slightly bigger pieces. Also something more sensible and safer for his sister to use if she wanted. It's a nice set though but maybe more suited for slightly older children?
Still available to buy-currently on Amazon from £7.99 ( not including p and p ).
My son received this Mega Blocks set for his third birthday and we have only just passed it on to a friends little boy as my son now loves that blasted lego that is small and is so easy to stand on and so deceptive looking even though your foot throbs for days after standing on one. Anyway as this was a gift I'm not sure exactly of the price but it seems to be around the £10 mark and postage and packing on top, I think overall it is a little expensive for what it is but really here you are paying for the brand which is very largely recognised so it's not too bad a price really and it does make a lovely gift.
The box is nice and bright and definitely enticing to young children, the front of the box displays the toy set up ready for play and makes it very easy to piece together the various parts into something that is similar to the image on the box. There are also instructions within the box for an adult to piece together perfectly for young children however by the time my son received this he was of an age that he was able to build the garage and shop front pretty easily by himself, I have seen his younger friends also make a pretty good attempt at making the garage and they seem to do ok as well which I think in part is down to the fact that the pieces are large and it is easy to work out which pieces go where.
There are 43 pieces within the box of blocks however included within this is 2 large base pieces, a tower type thing, columns, a shop front, a truck, a stack of tyres and a man, there are other regular looking square and rectangular blocks some of which you have to apply stickers that come provided within the box, once these are on they are fairly durable, my son had had this set a year and none of the stickers were ripped or tatty looking despite regular play which I think is really good. There is the suggested way but of course there are plenty of other ways this set can be connected and my son has set this up multiple ways when he played with it which I think is really good for letting children use their imagination.
The bricks are a good chunky size but not so huge they make huge structures yet neither so tiny that young children may choke on the small pieces, my friends 1 year old regularly played with this set when he was over and although he couldn't put the pieces together he enjoyed the bright colours and the size was perfect for him to hold in his little hands. The colours have never faded on the bricks and neither have any of them become misshapen even though they have been subject to some rough and tough play on many occasions which is one of the reasons I really like Megablocks as they are very durable for all ages.
My son enjoyed creatively playing with this engaging the little man in all sorts of scenarios from taking the car to the garage to going for a drive to going to the shops to do some shopping. He has various other lego sets and so the smaller cars made an appearance at the garage to be fixed and sent on there way. Although my son could have got more play out of this set I think he was at the point he was loosing interest and it only seemed to be brung out when friends were over however this is no fault of the toy and rather my sons interests moving elsewhere, he was no longer challenged by building this set and I do think the 3 year old recommended age is a little old, I passed this on to a friend who has a one year old and although he isn't able to effectively use the set for the purpose yet it won't be long before he is able to build and play with the set and I would therefore say I would be more than happy to let children from around 18 months plus play with this as there are no sharp edges or any problems with the set itself. I do like that this does have a large age range and therefore is a long lasting toy that can be played with lots over the time period.
Overall I do think this set is excellent, it is up to the high standards that all megablocks toys are, there are no leaking or fading colours, no sharp edges, easy click together pieces, easy to set up together, lots of ways to play, it ignites imaginative play either individually or within a group and for that I think I can give it no less than 4 stars, I do think it is a little expensive for what it is but it's not ridiculous.