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LEGO vs. Mega Bloks
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ejxsd
Feb 03, 2007
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LEGOs are better.


atomicphoosh
Feb 03, 2007
4 convinced
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Hey, LEGO was the original here, and has the biggest selection of toys. Besides, you cant beat LEGO Studios, that thing was awesome.
Mega blocks are geared a bit more to the younger age group covering things like dragons or knights while LEGO gets up to the ranks of collectibles. Just LEGO Star Wars alone says it all.

 
migilvary
Jul 12, 2011
3 convinced
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mega bloks figures break too easily. most sets are rough and difficult to assemble. (some of the new: Dragons universe sets give off a horrible odor that stinks up your whole house)

 
alarobric
Feb 03, 2007
2 convinced
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Although Mega Bloks is Canadian, I have to say Lego is by far my preferred product. They had the original idea, and popularized it. Lego blocks are made with higher quality as well, even the Lego company when it made wooden trains was known for it's high quality.

Lego = "play well"

 
sandra1314sundae
Mar 01, 2011
2 convinced
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it get kids creative and it's more realistic and teens can use it to build printers and they're part of ICT lessons and they cost less space.

 
brickmack
Jul 10, 2011
2 convinced
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Rebuttal to: garsh Show

Yes, the LEGO rocks don't look PERFECTLY like stone, but it's a toy. It's not SUPPOSED to be perfect. And if a rock looks exactly like a rock, you can't use it in innovative ways. Some time ago I saw a number of interesting models that used parts of the round rock parts as engines in spaceships and steampunk airships. Thus, I am of the opinion that any type of part which can only be used in one way should not be made at all (And yes, LEGO has produced such parts in some sets, but for the most part they don't have this problem).

LEGO has also made some printed baseplates and raised baseplates and such (http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=2359px1 , http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3947bpx1 , etc). And LEGO also (In most cases) puts studs in most areas except printed areas (such as on roadplates), meaning that there is no restriction at all on where you can put stuff. If you want an area with no studs on it, there is a simple, novel solution: Put tiles on them. Covers up all the studs, but doesn't permanently remove them. And I would consider the lack of studs to be bad in terms of trying to connect figures. Minifigs don't tend to balance well with no studs underneath them.

In terms of minifigures, I do agree that MB does have SLIGHTLY (less than 1%) better minfigures because of the ball joint design allowing for more positions. However, MB minifigures have a major disadvantage that their figures are so detailed that it looks funny if you try to make your own figures because the printing and such doesn't match well (Which LEGO has had some minor problems with recently now that they are printing the legs, but not to nearly the extent that MB does). As I said before, anything which imposes any limitations (On purpose or not by the company) is inherently bad for creating new things.

Yes, you are completely correct on this point: Megabloks is much better at making large structures easily than LEGO. For example: http://www.my-family-fun.com/pictures/mega-bloks-pirates-of-the-caribbean-port-royal-275.jpg. Notice that the entire bottom section is made of one part (I think). This means that kids don't have to (Or as I see it, don't have the option to) brickbuild it. Another example of an overjuniorized part that could be made out of several smaller parts except that they care more about the money they get for their low quality sets than improving the quality. And yes, they do kill on looks (By kill I mean the buyers might die from the shock of buying such a crappy looking set rather than someone paying THEM to take it, more on this in the next point). I would not call LEGO's advantage in quality and clutch control "Slight". A few months ago a friend of mine got a Megabloks set (An old Pyrates set I think) and I borrowed a few parts to check the quality compared to that of LEGO. I noticed that 3 of the 8 parts I grabbed were supposed to be the same color (According to this friend at least), and yet the colors were very different. The parts were supposed to be orange, one was slightly yellowish, one was brown, and the other one was mostly orange, but had streaks of a greenish brown color running through it (No pictures, didn't have a camera with me, sorry). I then decided to try and put the parts together to check the clutch power. Most of them wouldn't even go together, or would go together and got stuck. I also noticed while trying to put some of them together that they bent quite a lot when I squeezed them. This shows that the color consistency and clutch power are both FAR below that of LEGO.

I'm not sure what you mean by "outdated standards". The only "outdated standard" (from Megablok's point of view at least) is an adherence to high quality control. LEGO made products free of lead and mercury and all the other dangerous chemicals years before they were required to, they purposely make sure there is little to no risk of being cut or anything by LEGO (which I have heard from some people of having happened from Megabloks and other competing brands), they continually make sure that there is high color consistency and clutch power. They also often fix problems they find with parts (Such as fixing a problem earlier this year with their ball-joints cracking apart). LEGO has also experimented before (Both with making new types of themes, such as StarWars and other licensed themes, and in making new parts, or in moving into other types of toys (such as electronics with their motorized parts and robotics sets)).

 
migilvary
Jul 12, 2011
2 convinced
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once Mega bloks stopped making products like their: dragons series. the quality went down fast

 
legoboy
Dec 12, 2011
2 convinced
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As I have not yet seen mentioned, all Lego pieces are tested against cling wrap, which is as fragile as the human eye, and if the piece tears the cling wrap, its back to the drawing board. This is also tested on all projectile based Lego devices. Furthermore, Mega blocks were created to be compatible with Lego bricks with the same basic specifications for piece size, making the argument of a choking hazard moot. Especially since there is always a warning label on every Lego package that children under three years of age should not be allowed near them.

 
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Mega Bloks are better.


garsh
Sep 28, 2010
1 convinced
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LEGO parts are seldom dedicated to a purpose. A part from a castle or house could also be part of a robot or space ship. That's the strength of LEGO, but possibly also the biggest drawback. A big LEGO "rock" just looks like a bunch of rigid, artificial geometry. It doesn't really look like stone, but at the same time, it can't be used for much else. A Mega Bloks rock can look fairly realistic, and even out of context, there's no mistaking it. That limits how you can use it, but it looks REALLY nice! And what else were you going to use it for, anyway?

Mega Bloks makes the very best base plates. They're very sturdy, stand as high as a basic brick, and offer a great variety of terrain types from grassy earth, to sandy shores lapped by ocean waves and so much more. They're textured in a naturalistic way with beautifully painted accents. They also don't place the clutch studs over every single available space, instead opting to sparsely cluster them almost as a landscape enhancement. That could be criticized for somewhat limiting where you can connect parts, but it also offers the chance to very easily place figures in much more natural looking non-cardinal directions. LEGO makes that all but impossible.

Speaking of figures, Mega Bloks really innovates. With their Pyrates series, they introduced figures with bending elbows and knees, plus ball-in-socket shoulder, hip and neck joints for a full range of dynamic poses. Since then they improved again with figures belonging to series like Iron Man 2 or Halo which not only offer even more believable poses, they even look very heroic, with convincing human physiques, still squeezed into a mini-figure scale only barely taller than a basic LEGO mini-figure, though they tower over them in every respect other than stature.

LEGO will probably always have certain advantages, like almost limitless building potential and figures with a much wider range of personalization options based on a much more consistent variety of compatible accessories, but Mega Bloks completely kills in looks and quick, easy, large and impressive structures. LEGO still has a slight edge in general quality control and clutch strength, but Mega Bloks is closing in on that, and there's barely any difference now. In my experience, I find that my Mega Bloks models are sometimes actually more solid and durable than LEGO alternatives.

LEGO is a classic institution with an iconic appeal that can't be denied. On the other hand, their tenacious adherence to outdated standards demonstrates an unwillingness to address the lingering flaws of their core elements. Mega Bloks isn't afraid to experiment, providing superior details and enviable aesthetics with minimal compromise; compensating for exactly the shortcomings that hinder LEGO.

 
garsh
Sep 28, 2010
0 convinced
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Rebuttal to: atomicphoosh Show

Originality is fine, but you don't see everyone still driving Fords. Variety is the spice of life, and competition drives innovation and benefits the consumer with better products at lower prices.

Star Wars, I concede that point. :)

 
pgandal
Mar 01, 2011
0 convinced
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Rebuttal to: sandra1314sundae Show

Yeah, I hate when things cost a lot of space.

 
migilvary
Jul 12, 2011
0 convinced
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2002-2006 mega bloks had a heavy advantage with with the quality and size of products from the mega bloks: Dragons sets. these were far more visually interesting on the shelf than the leading Lego sets. also added variety of dragons and armies(every soldier and dragon was unique)(every army had their own style for soldiers and dragons). each very unique. the amount of figures that most sets included were enough to build life like armies while Lego sets had a sad shortage of figures. most important to buyers even today mega bloks sets are FAR better priced than Lego. mega bloks dragons sets also had really anything you could want in a fantasy collection. all mega bloks products also had very detailed and skilled paint jobs for each part and figure.

 
migilvary
Jul 12, 2011
0 convinced
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Lego products are commonly made cheaply and sold for outragus prices

 


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