An entire subculture of interesting creations designed from their plastic building blocks has influenced Lego and Mega Bloks. While Lego bricks are more costly, they are generally regarded as higher quality.
From a young age, kids love to create or to take things apart. For this, building blocks are great. But what block is better, and why? Have a look:
Mega Bloks and Legos
|Type of toy||Construction set||Construction set|
|Manufacturer||Mega Brands, Inc.||The Lego Company|
|Cost||Less expensive||More expensive|
|Inventor||Marc Bertrand, CEO Vic Bertrand, COO||Ole Kirk Christiansen, Hilary ‘Harry’ Fisher|
|Color||Various (including metallic and camo)||Various (nonmetallic)|
|Themes||Star Trek, Hello Kitty, Call of Duty, Sponge bob SquarePants, Hot Wheels
|Angry Birds, Star Wars, Jurassic World, Lord of the Rings, The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Nexo knights, etc.|
Mega Bloks is a Canadian company that is essentially known by LEGO fans as a LEGO rip-off and copycat, with poorer quality items and lower costs. They use the same pattern of studs and tubes as LEGO, bundle their sets similarly, and their main purpose seems to be to trick parents and children into purchasing a set of Mega Blocks rather than a LEGO one.
By owning some exclusive licenses, Mega Bloks also have a niche for themselves, Mega Bloks has the rights to render Thomas the Tank Engine, Hello Kitty, Need for Speed, Halo, World of Warcraft, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Skylanders Giants, and Call of Duty sets.
The figures for Mega Bloks are somewhat different. For a much broader variety of poses, they have articulated joints. This is their greatest benefit. Most of them have special molds, which suggests that they are not as customizable and interchangeable. Trying to pop the mini ball-joints together, in truth, proves to be quite a challenge and sometimes impossible.
The figures come entirely assembled in Mega Bloks sets, while they come in pieces in their collectible packages and you need to assemble them.
The accessories for Mega Bloks are much more detailed and serve only one reason. To make them as realistic as possible, they also come with printed highlights. The accessories of Mega Bloks are compatible with LEGO mini-figures, and while the figures of LEGO and Mega Bloks are very different, their size is about the same and both have claw like hands.
Quality and Value
While based on the studs-and-tubes system, Mega Bloks does not focus so much on compatibility and connectivity, but more on life-like information. Their sets are more like templates or maquettes that fit together like a jig-saw puzzle, not based on the reusability of the components and fitting into a comprehensive structure.
They make a lot of big, specialized pieces that are available in one set only. It would be seriously difficult to make your own custom models and landscapes. You can also end up with loads of pieces that can only be used in one way and usually have no long-term value or play value.
Mega Bloks is also known for its lower quality and accuracy, as reflected in the lower prices. But they make stuff like camo-bricks fused together with various colors, which is very cool.
Lego, a privately owned company headquartered in Billund, Denmark, is a popular brand of building toys made by The Lego Group. The signature product of the company, Lego, consists of colorful plastic interlocking bricks with a corresponding assortment of gears, mini-figures, and various other elements.
To create such objects as vehicles, houses, and even working robots, Lego bricks can be assembled and attached in several ways. Then something built can be taken apart again, and the parts used to create other things. In 1949, Lego introduced the development of interlocking toy bricks. Since then, a worldwide Lego subculture has grown, promoting films, toys, tournaments, and six themed amusement parks.
Lego owns the rights to many common themes, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, the Marvel, and DC Super Hero ranges, and the Caribbean Pirates. The Duplo set for younger children is also offered by Lego. New Minifigures on a theme from Batman and Spiderman are included in upcoming Lego products.
Kiddicraft, created by Hilary ‘Harry’ Fisher Page (1904-1957) in 1932, was a toy company. The firm is notable for the introduction of the Self-locking Bricks, the predecessor of the Lego bricks. After reviewing a prototype given to them by the British supplier of the first injection molding machine they had purchased, LEGO reprised the concept of the Kiddicraft brick.
Page was never aware of this, and his daughter said that ” I was relieved that before dying my father never knew about Lego.” Before launching litigation against Tyco, Lego finally purchased the rights to Kiddicraft in 1981.
Designed around Lego, there are several different competitions, especially using Lego robotic sets. These include Botball for students aged 9-14, a national U.S. middle and high-school game, and the FIRST Lego League. Many areas still hold fewer formal competitions for Lego-building.
LEGO Minifigures with yellow skin are adorable and chubby (except for the licenses minifigs). Both LEGO Minifigures are composed of the same body parts and are totally interchangeable, so you can mix and match them any way you want. They also work with several connection points inside the LEGO scheme. Owing to the demand from LEGO fans and enthusiasts, there has been a lot more attention on Minifigures in recent years, resulting in a larger range of facial expressions, higher quality and more accurate printing, and even a series of collectible mini-figures.
A wide variety of accessories for mini-figures have been released by LEGO; instruments, weapons, body armor, backpacks, and more. The specifics on the accessories appear to be general in nature, so several different themes will suit the same style, and even serve various purposes. A Minifigure-size dinner-plate, for example, may act as a building decoration or a Minifigure instrument may become part of an engine.
Quality & Value
LEGO is an expensive toy. Their mid-priced sets are in the $30-$50 range. However, the bonus is that LEGO pieces are completely interchangeable and can be re-used in an infinite number of ways. In LEGO, there are no junk-pieces that can be used for one item only.
For many years, possibly decades, all the pieces have been used over and again in many different collections. In a range of forms, they will both interconnect and be part of the complete structure. You can reuse the pieces again and again without having to order more and more sets if you already have a moderate LEGO range.
This variability and the extremely high consistency of LEGO components give them enormous long-term value. The downside to this is that the life-like details of LEGO are more difficult to obtain. If you want to be as practical as possible, you’d need to design on a reasonably large scale and use several small components.
Owing to the company’s use of a “studs and tubes” interlocking brick scheme that violates Lego’s patents, Lego has filed multiple law cases against Mega Bloks. In 2005, Mega Bloks was allowed to continue selling the product in Canada by the Supreme Court of Canada, and in 2008, the EU made a similar ruling. The Lego patent has now expired on its bricks.