MEGA Bloks Blok Squad

Who needs superheroes from Krypton and Mars when you have everyday heroes helping people right here on earth? I love the idea of building sets themed to people that young kids can look up to as role models -- and MEGA Bloks does a great job of letting kids build and imagine their own missions with their Blok Squad line of building sets.

The Basics
The Blok Squad is MEGA Bloks' line of everyday hero building sets for boys ages 5 or 6 and up. It's set in the town of Bloktopolis, where there are three Blok Squads: the Fire Patrol, the Police Force and the Construction Unit. Each squad has 5 heroes and a number of vehicles that boys can build and send the heroes on missions with. We received the 190-piece Fire Patrol Rescue set, which includes 2 Blok Squad Firefighters and all the pieces you need to build a Fire Rescue Pumper Truck and Fire Patrol ATV.

Here's more information about the Fire Patrol Rescue Set:
All missions are possible when you team up with the two Rescue vehicles of the Blok Squad Fire Patrol Rescue! Build the Fire Rescue Pumper Truck and roar through the streets of Bloktropolis with sirens blaring, carrying hundreds of gallons of water to help put out a fire. Have your Blok Squad Firefighters hook up their hoses and put out fires in even the most remote areas of Bloktropolis! Construct the Fire Patrol ATV and have your Blok Squad Firefighter ride through the toughest terrains to reach any country or city fire! Scout ahead to remote regions of Bloktropolis and help save trapped civilians in an emergency!

Team up both Fire Patrol vehicles and race at top speed to save civilians fenced in from a blazing wildfire!

Ideal for children ages 5 and up!

Collect them all and combine Blok Squad vehicles to create super rescue trucks to complete any mission and save the day!

The Bongga
The Fire Patrol Rescue set is so cute! Here's what I love about it:

* It's fairly easy to put together, and it kept 3Po and Jammy nicely occupied for a number of hours.

* The price is right! Playsets range from just $4.99 to $39.99, so you can afford to give your kids a whole world of heroes to build.

* You can play with this set on its own, or collect more Blok Squad sets and assemble your own Bloktopolis. 3Po and Jammy have their sights set on the Fire Patrol Station so they have a place to park their new Blok Patrol fire rescue vehicles.

* I love how the sides of the fire truck swing open, so the boys can store all the little tanks and pickaxes inside.

* The fire ATV is small enough for one of the boys to take it with him and play in the car, or at a restaurant while waiting for the food to arrive.

* The blocks click together and stay interlocked well enough for the boys to be able to play with the assembled vehicles and pretend their rescue figures are going on firefighting missions. Okay, the top of the fire truck has come off a couple of times, but it's nothing they can't fix in a jiffy.

The Blah
What? Not a single female in the entire Bloktopolis? All of the Blok Squad characters are male -- since when are females not heroes and role models for little boys? We're going to have to borrow female minifigures from our other sets to go on rescue missions with them!

The Bottom Line
Boys have a new set of heroes collect, play with, and look up to, with MEGA Bloks Blok Squad line of buildable playsets and vehicles.

Disclosure: I received a product sample from MegaBloks and Childs Play Communications to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by MegaBloks and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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