I debated for months as to whether or not I should include a section of
Lego clones offered by the Dollar Tree chain of stores. After much
agonizing over the idea, I decided, what the heck.... Let's go for it.
I was looking for a cheap source of spare parts, and not being a "Lego snob",
bought a few of these, and they work well with genuine Lego elements. So
we've bought a bunch of them. If you like green, the Harvester is a
great deal with 81 pieces - It even includes two packages of parts!
Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING they offer so far only costs you a $1.25.
In the whole scheme of things, that is "nothing". If you are not
particular in what you use to build things with, buying these kits and basic
brick elements can be a cheap way to grow your empire. It would be
interesting to see what they could offer if they followed suit with their
recent offerings of things priced up to five bucks!
You can buy these kits and parts from the Dollar Tree website, but they have
a minimum purchase of 24 or 36 of them, depending on how they come packaged
from the manufacturer. There is no discount on the price for buying
them this way. You can have them sent to your home or to your nearest
All boxes are yellow except for one (so far - as of 1/1/24) and have the name "Make-It Blocks" on them.
The exception is the Harvester, which has the "Best Lock", and the box is green instead of yellow.
All of the bricks are well made, they assemble with no problem, and things
like wheels (so far) spin freely. Tolerances are good enough that the
parts mate with each other without coming apart.
I have not had any problem with any of "their" parts inter-mixing with those
made by Lego or any of the Chinese clone manufacturers like Mould King.
I have noticed only one problem so far in dimensioning, and that is with
some of the 32x32 base plates - they were ever so slightly large, and needed
to be filed down in order to mate with the better produced stuff from Lego
and Mould King.
BTW, every kit sold includes printed instructions, and ALL of them are
well lithographed, in color, and follow the Lego convention with graying out
the parts already assembled.
Somewhere in each kit and each bag of parts, will be one part stamped with
By the numbers. There are three different numbers associated with the
products Dollar Tree sells. There is a 6 digit SKU, which does not
appear on all products. There is the standard barcode. And there
is a 20 digit number that I'm going to guess is their stock number.
Since there is no one unique identifying number for each product, I've
decided to do away with my normal numbering of the parts and kits.
I have seen only one instance where the bar code is used for three
different kits, and those are the three ZOMBIE kits. Two of
the Zombie kits also have the same stock number - I dunno how the
Dollar Tree's inventory system handles ordering product with
multiple kits having the same number(s), seems like it would be a red flag to me :-)
The Dollar Tree offers a number of assorted items to help a budding brick
builder with a number of cheap options.
As of early 2024, this is what I have seen:
-- 32x32 Base Plates in green, brown, gray, and blue.... $1.25 for a quantity of one.
-- 16x16 Plates in green, brown, and gray.... $1.25 for a quantity of one.
-- A 25 piece bag of bricks and plates in brown, gray, blue, and white.... $1.25
(finding the white bricks is really, really hard)
-- A 16 piece bag of bricks in brown, gray, and blue.... $1.25
-- A 25 piece bag of bricks in assorted colors.... $1.25
On their website, I did not see three things: 1) Any white bricks, 2)
the smaller 16x16 plates, and 3) the mixed bags of elements other than
the one shown below that contains only bricks - In the past, I have purchased bags that
contain plates in them, but have not seen them for a while..
They also offer boxes to keep your parts in, they come in two different
Obviously, for a buck and a quarter, you're not going to be getting a lot.
However, in an effort to comb my area to see what the various stores were
offering, I came across a store after New Year's 2024 that had a few
additional kits. One was a "huge" kit at 81 pieces to build a
"Harvester" (a type of farm machinery), and three kits
that include a battery/light module!!!
Military: Fighter jet / 30 pieces (can be assembled in two configurations)
Military: Helicopter / 26 pieces (can be assembled in two configurations)
Military: Battle tank / 25 pieces (can be assembled in two configurations)
The Zombie collection is not shown on the Dollar Tree website as of early