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Blind packs of single toys are now common at the till area of most toy shops, and come in many varieties including Lego and Playmobil. My sons love watching Power Rangers Samurai on TV, and often beg me for one of these packs. So, for their most recent birthday, I got them one pack each to add to their present, since they clearly wanted them so badly.
They cost £1.99 and come in simple foil bags which have pictures on the front of all the different characters you could possibly get when you open the bag. Of course, you won't know who you're getting until you pay for it and open it. With some ranges of these types of blind packs, Lego in particular, you can usually give the bags a little feel and get a general sense of who you might be getting. Not so with Power Rangers Megabloks, mainly because all Power Rangers look (and feel) much the same. Inside the pack you'll find one character, a base block and a few acessories, which can be swords, helmets or shoulder pads depending on the character. They are very similar to Lego, as you can see from the picture above, the base block looks like a generic Lego block and the figures fit together in much the same way. To be honest, I can't really tell the difference between Megabloks and Lego. My sons are 4 and just getting into Lego, though for younger children these wouldn't be suitable, as there are too many small parts. The quality of the figures is very good though, and we haven't had any problems with them breaking, or the paint detail getting scratched.
As is always the case with these blinds packs, the more popular characters are usually the most rare and in this case, the Red, Gold and Pink Rangers are very rare, while the training mode form of the rangers (in that they aren't wearing their distinctive costumes) are pretty common and not as sought after. We were lucky and my sons got a blue ranger and a red ranger, though one of them had wanted a pink ranger and got a little bit upset. At 4, they are still a bit young to fully understand the concept of luck of the draw, so while they may be old enough to play safely with the toys, I don't think they're mature enough to deal with the randomness of it. This may vary from child to child, but bear in mind that a child might get very upset if they get a generic figure rather than their favourite character.
For the price, it was a bit of fun and didn't feel overly expensive for what we got. My sons enjoy playing with them, and have added them into their box of Lego figures - the fact that Megabloks figures are compatible with Lego is a major bonus in my opinion. The figures themselves are great for Power Ranger fans, but the element of surprise might be too much for some.
Prepare to foil evil masterminds with the Mega Bloks Power Rangers Foil Pack . Which figure will you find in your pack? Will it be a common one like the Yellow or Green Ranger, a rare one like the Clear Red Ranger, or the ultra rare Metallic Gold Ranger? Each foil pack includes one figure to add to your collection.