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Education Buying Duplo blocks

Discussion in 'General' started by ElThomsono, 30 Aug 2020.

  1. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    I've got a baby boy who is fast approaching the age where he will play properly with Duplo. As it stands we have a mishmash of bricks but what I really want is close to 100 of the standard 2x4 pattern, the real generic "house brick" type block.

    I had a look on eBay which was passable but not great, and I tried brick owl and either they didn't have them or I was using it wrong.

    Is there an easy way to get a load of these blocks? Are they a popular thing for sale in AFOL forums?
     
  2. Pete J

    Pete J Unemployed dole scum

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    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link, it seems a passable option but it works out even money to buy the eBay stuff and just accept a million blocks I don't really want.

    It's so hard to do a decent Flemish bond with only 15 bricks.
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Aliexpress Chinese knockoffs?
     
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    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    Aha!

    £24 for 100 2x4 blocks, brand new in my choice of colour, on 20 - 40 days delivery.

    Thank you very much for the suggestion!
     
  6. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    I was going to suggest gumtree, but that's a good deal.
     
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    true_gamer Well-Known Member

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    Flemish bond hey, what about English bond instead? :naughty: as we are talking bricky terms and it is the stronger bond afterall. (One of the many trades I learnt growing up.)
     
  8. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    And more scalable to boot, but I'm afraid it's a decision governed by aesthetics!

    I had tried Gumtree which is good for grabbing a few cheap bits but I'd need to visit everyone in Dorset to get that many 2x4 blocks. I dunno why they're not the most common one, I had loads of Lego ones growing up?
     
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    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    No sense of adventure! A socially distanced road rip round Darzet sound fun...
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    -But radioactive with 2% lead content. Seriously, wash them.
     
  11. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Cat Lies Down on Broadway

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    The sprog will just glow after playing with them, like the kids in the Ready Brek ads.
     
  12. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    I went to Chernobyl for my stag do, he's one of three babies to be born to our group since then. I'm sure he'll thrive on a bit of the old glow in the dark.
     
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    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    You 'youngsters' have upped the ante on things to do since I got married...

    Beers at the Tap & Hobbit in the square (I think it's now that town centre Tesco) and a curry at the Eye of the tiger on Old Christchurch Road was it
     
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    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    Haha, I was in Eye of the Tiger on a stag do in 2014, we were all dressed as WWE wrestlers (Rowdy Roddy Piper, before you ask).

    Chernobyl was my best man's idea, I didn't think anyone would go for it but they all jumped at it. That and the beer was so cheap in Ukraine that it was probably cheaper than Bournemouth, overall.
     
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    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    Great, a bit of sport then! You were there a bit after me. I was married in 1998...my son will be 20 at Christmas /oldbudgerigar
    Chernobyl looks amazing on so many levels.
     
  16. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Well-Known Member

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    I hear it got a bit busy after the HBO series dropped, but still well worth the effort.

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    *That* fairground.

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    And they let you get exceptionally close to reactor number four.

    Also just staying in Kiev was worth it, fantastic city.
     
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    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    I've played games and watched videos of it. But just how eerie is it being in that abandoned city? Is it more or less than you'd imagined?
     
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    I would say a little odd, but not too eerie.

    But when I toured Auschwitz I didn't get any of those feelings either so perhaps I'm just overly pragmatic?
     
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    These bricks arrived today, pretty much as expected in terms of quality, the plastic feels a little softer and gets a firmer grip as a result, more difficult to work with but they get a better bite.

    In any case, it's exactly what I was after so thanks for the suggestions.
     
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