Taking a look at the less common plastic building block systems. The views expressed on this blog are those of the author and not of any companies whose products are reviewed. All mentioned brands and trademarks are those of their respective holders.
April may be over, but “Easter eggs” of sorts can still be found at Target stores in the form of these iiFun “Build A Buds” (as they’re called on the website, but not anywhere on the ovoid packaging) from Grin Studios. They won’t be found in Target’s bargain area or their seasonal area. I found them tucked away in the Outdoor Toys aisle with some other budget-conscious trinkets. This particular Build A Bud is named Scorpio. Continue reading →
Summer Movie season is off to a roaring start with the eighth(!) installment of The Fast and the Furious film series (otherwise known as “Superheroes with Cars”) reportedly doing quite well globally in theaters, so I thought we would take a look at one of the final sets Block Tech put out before losing the license to the F&F property. While I’m sure that the terms of the license were limited from the beginning, I would like to think somebody at Universal Studios realized that they had mistakenly handed Block Tech a merchandising license to one of their most lucrative properties then quickly terminated the partnership when they saw what Block Tech was churning out. Anyway, here’s the face of the packaging. Study it carefully: we’ll be coming back to it later in this review. Continue reading →
If the box office success of The Lego Batman Movie has proven anything, it’s that audiences really, really, really, really love clowns. Why else would they go to see a film called The Lego Batman Movie? Out of love for Lego? For Batman? No, people clearly flocked to theaters to see the Joker (who sometimes goes by the alias, “The Clown Prince of Crime”). He’s just such a happy guy, always smiling and laughing! Sure, there’s the whole criminal thing, but my point remains the same: everybody loves a clown.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a good time to have a look at a small set from a new Chinese building block brand called Winner. The company that produces Winner also produces Bela blocks, a brand most commonly associated with bootleg Lego Friends and Ninjago sets. With Winner, they appear to be making a grab for a global audience (and some legitimacy) with original themes and set designs. Even the name Winner projects a universal familiarity (not to mention self-confidence mixed with maybe a touch of arrogance). Unfortunately, I don’t have a photograph of the packaging. The vendor I sourced this set from did not offer that option, which is why this review opened with a picture of “America’s Sweetheart.” What Joker has to do with Winner will become abundantly clear in a moment. Continue reading →
This is something that I’ve been meaning to put together for some time now. Although I’ve written a number of reviews over the years, none receive more regular views than the ones I’ve written for Hasbro’s Kre-O Transformers Brick Boxes. As a consequent, those reviews are also the reviews that have received the most number of comments. I hope that with the creation of a F.A.Q. page, some visitors’ questions will be answered.
More reviews and other fun things are coming soon! Thanks for visiting!
Happy New Year! 2017 is well underway, but I thought we could take a look at a product that probably found its way under many Christmas trees last month. These Kre-O Brick Boxes can be found at discount retailers like Dollar General, but a reader of this blog (and other sources around the Internet) recently reported finding variants with different contents at Walgreens drug stores. If you haven’t yet read my reviews of other Kre-O Brick Boxes, you can read them here. Unsurprisingly, there’s not much different to report with this one. Continue reading →
Have we attained “Peak Brick” yet? The thought occurred to me as I passed by the coin-operated capsule machines at my local supermarket and noticed these toys priced at a paltry USD$.50. With interest in the hobby skyrocketing, we live at a time when new brands (foreign and domestic) enter the global building block market each year to meet the seemingly inexhaustible demand for new product. Sets from other regions that once would have been considered rare or exotic are virtually at one’s fingertips as long as one has Internet access. There’s practically a theme or product line that caters to nearly every demographic of the toy buying public. Now that a building block fan can get a quick construction fix from a vending machine for only two quarters, is the hobby doomed to enter into a state of decline? Out of curiosity both journalistic and morbid, I broke a twenty to purchase two plastic capsules and learn the answer. Continue reading →