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Mega Bloks - The Untold Story

by Radar Toys

When it comes to construction and building toys, one name says it all, and that name is Lego. It is almost universally accepted that Lego owns and dominates the arena of building sets for kids and enthusiasts. The reason for this is easy - Lego makes outstanding products. We love them, you love them, and most importantly, the kids love them. But what do you do if you are a competitor of the Lego juggernaut franchise? You'd better have some good ideas under your belt, because we have a feeling that Lego is not going to make it easy for you...laugh.

Thankfully, MegaBloks has some smart ideas and the last few years they have been seeing them come to fruition. MegaBloks is not a new company, they've been around for years, and they have a solid brand name that is instantly recognizable. Traditionally, they have been satisfied occupying the role of building toys for the early childhood market. The bigger, giant building blocks for children under three. That's great and they've done very well there for years. For the most part Lego has seemed content to let MegaBloks have that arena and stay there. However....

The last few years MegaBloks has been brewing up some new ideas, to the benefit of their company and the customers that are shopping the shelves. So what has MegaBloks been doing that is so smart? The first and most beneficial has been their improved licensing. We guess it's true what they say, you've got to spend money to make money. The last four years has seen MegaBloks putting some great franchises on the shelves, like Spiderman, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Halo. These licenses have the draw and power to pull MegaBloks out of the early childhood market, and into more direct competition with Lego. Take a look: 

BAYKO 2 - CASTRA NEMANTA

by Bilfred

   

BAYKO 2

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BAYKO 9 - L'ABBAYE Ste LAVINE

by Bilfred

BAYKO 9

 L'Abbaye Ste Lavine

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The Further Fencing Fables of Alice D'Artagnan

Part 2 - 'The rescue of Constance'

BAYKO 21 - NEMANDIBLE HALT

by Bilfred

BAYKO 21

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NEMANDIBLE HALT

 Nemandible Halt - rush hour, both commuters race for the platform


BAYKO 8 - MAISON SAISIR

by Bilfred


BAYKO  8

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MAISON SAISIR

'The Further Fencing Fables of Alice D'Artagnan'

 Part 1 - 'The Fork Finder'


BAYKO 22 - CHATEAU SANSMENTON

by Bilfred

BAYKO 22

(You may be interested to know there is now a 'Bayko Builders' Facebook Group, anyone can contribute, show or comment, anyone can join)

CHATEAU SANSMENTON 

The ancestral home of the Barons Sansmenton. The present edifice was built by Baron Etienne, St Exupery, Gaston, Pierre, Fifi, Marcel Sansmenton the 19th C. mustard-spoon magnate .

The Sansmenton are of course kin to the Chinless clan of England, able to trace their origins back to a 13th C. knight who paused there on his way back from the 4th Crusade, giving his name as Ni...Ni.... Norman - though this turned out to be only his nationality. The careless chevalier was eventually identified as Sir Nigel of Nemandible Parva - he'd left his metal boots under the bed to be polished, with his name engraved inside! Unable to marry the wench, he was forced to hand over his lands in France.

 The present chateau is built on the site of the old donjon. Legend has it that an early Sansmenton also gave his name to the lake. Espying (no one could just 'see' back then) a beautiful maiden across the water a young knight dived from the battlements to reach her. Unfortunately the chill cooled his ardour and he died for love, though the 80 lbs. of plate armour may have helped. In his memory it is still known as .....

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