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Uneven lengths hinder play
on May 15, 2015
In many respects, these are nice blocks. The blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, are made of nice quality wood, and are well-finished. They are very smooth, so there is little chance of splinters.
Initially, I planned to order more, however, as I played with the blocks with my son, I noticed a significant problem. While sold as "standard unit blocks," the shape and length of these blocks is not consistent. The length of some blocks, which are meant to be the same size, can vary by as much as 1/8 inch. While this may seem like a small difference, it makes structures unstable and makes it almost impossible to build taller buildings using those pieces.
On other blocks, the angles are weird. Many of the triangles differ in length, but also in shape. The larger, flat triangle pieces are supposed to be 90* angles, but they're probably closer to 86*. This severely limits their usefulness in building.
Overall, these are nice quality blocks. Just understand that roughly 20% of the blocks may be far less useful because they've been improperly cut to the wrong length or finished at bad angles.