BrickPiggy LEGO Rental: Yes, It’s a Good Idea

Boys with LEGO set

They’re not even mad that I sent it back.

With all of the services out there that were designed to make your life easier, of course there’s one that lets you rent LEGO kits and send them back when your kids are done with them. Or when you’re done with them – LEGOs are just for kids, right?

Yes, BrickPiggy is exactly that service. You sign up for an account on their LEGO kit rental site, choose a kit pricing level, then order your kits to be sent. For a fee as low as $24.95, you get 2 kits to play with for 30 days. Then you disassemble the kits, put all the pieces and instructions bag in the mesh bag they came in, then mail it back in the free mailer. And then you can continue to get more kits, just like that!

I know what you are thinking. “What if my kids loses some pieces?” Because that’s exactly what I thought when I first read about BrickPiggy. But there’s no penalty for missing pieces! Plus, BrickPiggy includes some extra pieces just in case.

The other question I wondered about was “What if my kid doesn’t want to return the kit?” Well, you can simply pay BrickPiggy the retail price of the kit and keep it! Same if you forget to return your kit within 30 days.

Sounds too good to be true, but my kids and I put it to the test. Since they are both into the Minecraft LEGO sets, I ordered a Minecraft kit from basic level of 350-700 pieces. It came packaged in a lovely box with gift wrap, a special bright orange foldable building mat that you get to keep, and the mesh bag for returning the kit.

The set was big enough for my boys to split and assemble together. Then they put it on a shelf in the family room so they could play with it while it stayed at our house.

It may be small, but the boys will tell you it took a long time because it was “complex.”

The biggest surprise for me was that when it came time to disassemble the kit, the boys enjoyed that just as much if not more than when they built it!

It was easy to shove everything in the bag, stick the return mailing label on the outside, and then place in our mailbox. The boys weren’t even sad to see it go, because they had had their fun. Our experience was fantastic, and I am not surprised that BrickPiggy was created by two moms who love to foster their children’s love of building and creating, but aren’t fond of the clutter!

A BrickPiggy subscription would make a wonderful gift, especially for those kids you love who live far away. Or for families who don’t have the room to store every LEGO creation the kids every get. Or its millions of pieces!

Toydozer Makes Cleanup Time More Fun

 

I don’t know about you, but in my house, there are about 1,254,215 tiny pieces of plastic.

My two little boys have amassed quite a LEGO collection over their few years and they all manage to make their way to the floor of our dining-room-turned-toy-room.  All at once.

After a few days of this I get so fed up with asking them to clean up, having them say “But we’re still playing with them!” and NOT cleaning them up that I will just clean them up myself.  That is ending.  I do not have enough time in the day to shoehorn in cleaning up their toys when they are perfectly capable of doing it themselves.

Enter the Toydozer.

It’s not the imaginary LEGO vacuum cleaner that sucks up LEGOs and automatically sorts them into little bins by color, size, and type that I want someone to invent, but it’s a step in the right direction.

There is a scoop and a gatherer, which works like the blade of a bulldozer.  You just scrape the tiny toys into the scoop, dump into your bin, (over and over and OVER in our case) and then cleanup is done!  The boys even have fun with it:

 

 

A very thoughtful and convenient feature of the Toy Dozer is that the scoop and the gatherer are reunited by Velcro attachments so that you can store them together and easily detach for use.  We stuck ours in the corner for the next cleanup time.

My husband the engineer noticed a small design problem that makes the tiniest of the tiny toys sneak by the Toy Dozer’s process:

 

The flat edge of the scoop is curve just the slightest bit – which creates a gap between the scoop and the surface you are trying to clean:

Here he is pointing out that a plastic “rib” such as the one found on the flat edge of the gatherer would be a helpful part of the scoop so that this problem can be avoided.  You’re welcome, Toydozer makers.

The Toy Dozer sells online for $18.99, which is a bit high considering you can do the same thing with a dustpan and hand brush, but this is colorful and fun for the kids – they actually enjoyed cleaning up.  And I will admit it…so did I.

You can get 20% by using the code BLOGGER20.  We received a box of three to facilitate this review.