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great concept, poor execution,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: CitiBlocs 200-Piece Wooden Building Blocks (Toy)
I knew about Kapla blocks from the children's museum and wanted some for home, got seduced by the price of the citiblocs along with all the great reviews. I had high hopes for the blocks, but I have to say that I am very disappointed with the quality. First the accuracy is off, the length of the blocks does not match an integer number of widths which makes many of the designs unstable. In addition to this universal problem with the citiblocs, many of the blocks are warped, or twisted, or non-uniform thickness. To make large complex structures stable, you really need to sort the blocks which is not really a workable solution unless you toss the faulty blocks which kind of negates the price advantage. Made from a light pine, hard to imagine how these could not warp especially with humidity changes. I guess the Kapla "Marine pine" is more stable. I have not tried the Keva Maple blocks, but I would certainly expect the maple to be more stable than then light pine.
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Initial post: Jun 9, 2011 12:28:51 PM PDT
I wonder if you got a bad set... I see a lot of people ranting about the precision of these blocks and how that makes intricate balanced structures possible. You should contact the company, as they shouldn't be uneven or warped. I read a lot of amazon reviews, and usually if there is one review complaining about uneven quality, there are many, and yours is the only one. Best of luck, it sounds frustrating that yours aren't precise.
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