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Intricate dragon toys create two fun monsters; not much versatility, though
on October 23, 2012
I was very excited to let my kids dive into the Bloco Aqua and Pyro dragon construction set. My older kids are 9 and 6 and have enjoyed Legos for years (no surprise there). We also have a two-year old who insists on getting his hands dirty whenever the Legos come out, so we thought that this Bloco set could be a nice change of pace - bigger, softer pieces, cool monsters, etc.
For the most part, we've been pleased with the results. Aqua and Pyro are both intricate dragons - collectively they have over 230 pieces, so this is more than a five-minute construction activity. Several of the pieces are very similar in size and shape, so you're going to have a lot of "close but does not quite fit" moments - which can be excellent teaching moments for, say, an impatient 6 year old who just wants the dragon to come together so she can get to stomping and breathing fire.
Once assembled, the dragons are suitable for reasonably active play - you can't toss them around like a football, but you can also play with them without having them fall apart like some other similar products. The dragons' faces are expressive and lend themselves well to play and imagination, and I love the strong distinctions between the two dragons. Our kids are always looking to see if their sibling got the "cooler" toy, but they are each pretty happy with either Aqua and Pyro.
Full disclosure - owning this set by itself is not going to lend to a lot of wide-ranging construction projects - the toys are just too limited. We've had some fun creating other dragon sets, but I think you're going to have to look at Aqua and Pyro as Gateway Dragons - you're going to need to buy a lot more Bloco products if you want your kids to just go into their room and play with their Blocos. It would be very similar if you bought a two-dragon Lego set, of course, but the individual Lego building blocks appear to be more universal/versatile than the Bloco dragon pieces - although I'm looking forward to mixing and matching our Bloco dragons with other Bloco monsters, bugs, etc.
A high-quality product - this toy is sufficiently durable that it will survive anything short of a border collie making it a chew toy.
Recommended, but you may need to help your younger kids with assembly.