Trying to decide what sort of plastic building blocks to buy for a kid? Trying to choose between Legos and Mega Bloks? This diagnostic tool will help you choose.
1. What's your preference for manufacturing calibration?
a. I like everything just so, perfect and reliable.
b. Pshaw! I'm not anal like that—I enjoy the surprise inherent in not knowing if a given piece will be too loose, difficult to snap together, or just right.
2. What themes in play do you prefer?
a. I like socially positive toys, such as creative blank slates, rescue equipment, Harry Potter, and hospitals.
b. The more militaristic, the better; tiny men with tiny fake automatic weapons are charming; actual firing of miniature missiles ("You'll shoot your eye out"), a huge plus.
3. Have you got issues with packaging?
a. I appreciate efficiency and organization. When you've got hundreds of pieces, order is essential. Numbered bags of parts keyed to the instructions are a big help.
b. I'm so adept that I don't mind at all if those hundreds of pieces have been placed almost at random in unnumbered bags. I enjoy the challenge of plucking little pieces out of five different piles.
For each a answer, give yourself 1 point. For each b answer, give yourself 1.23794 points. If your total score is greater than 3 points, consider Mega Bloks. If your score is precisely 3 points, you will appreciate the Scandinavian orderliness of Legos. Whatever your choice, good luck and happy building!