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Best Toys: Legos

I am under no illusion that I have to introduce anyone to Legos. But it’s impossible to write a “best toys” series without including them. So here is my obligatory “Legos are awesome” post.

Best Toys Legos

We started almost 22 years ago with our first set of giant, age-appropriate Duplo blocks. But because we had a toddler in the house for the next 19 years, I was paranoid about moving to the tiny choking-hazard version. But over the years we accumulated a nice-sized container of the big guys.

Finally, just a few months ago, our two boys (then eight and five) earned the money for two identical lego sets—and thereby opened a whole new world of wonder. Our 11-year-old daughter (and even the teenagers) were not lost on the new-found joy, either. And she got  a big box of girlie pink Legos for her 12th birthday.

Now that we’ve finally joined the serious Lego culture we can easily see why Legos are classics. Durable, expandable, creative—endless fun. Get some!

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  • Matt Rasmussen August 11, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Seriously!  How many toys do kids outgrow?  98% of them but Legos are in the 2% that they don’t.  Sets I bought for my three-year-old still get played with by him and he’s turning 12 this month.  Can that be said of all the other brands/themes?  No.  All three of our boys love them but getting a 14 or 12-yr-old to even consider Resue Heroes, Thomas the Tank, whatever would be a miracle.

    I hear a lot of people complain that Lego sets are expensive.  I agree but I rarely pay full price since every store has sales and clearance sales.  If you could determine the return on investment given the number of hours over the years they get played with, Lego would beat everything.

  • Alison Moore Smith August 12, 2009, 12:31 am

    Matt, you hit the nail on the head. It isn’t so much the cost, but the cost per play hour that should be considered. Any toy that will be played with for hours and hours (and years and years) is worth a heck of a lot more than most toys.

    Thanks for commenting!
  • DSP August 19, 2009, 1:49 am

    We love Legos, too. The more complex the creation, the better.

  • Anne-Marie July 8, 2011, 11:11 am

    I’ve spent quite a bit buying Lego on Ebay. This is the one toy that my 8 year-old plays with year in and year out. He’s always busy building a new creation. It really provides hours and hours of stimulating entertainment. Great investment. He now wants a new Ninjago set…he’ll have to save for it.
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  • Alison Moore Smith July 9, 2011, 9:50 pm

    Anne-Marie, I’ve been buying and selling on eBay for about a decade, but hadn’t every looked for Legos there. (I usually buy my Legos from Amazon.) After reading your comment, I checked for Legos on eBay. Huge results! Thanks for the tip.

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