Tested: BiOBUDDi building blocks

 

The building blocks from BiOBUDDi are made of remains from sugar cane. So actually trash, that’s being processed to sustainable toys. The production happens in The Netherlands and the blocks are save for the safety of your children and friendly to the environment. This construction toy is comparable to Duplo and you can combine the blocks because they perfectly fit on each other. Lexie, Tom, Leander, Kasper and Elias test a set.

 

Saar, Kasper (4) and Elias (2) “A sustainable expansion from the blocks we already have. Successful!”

 

 

When the package came, it was received with a lot of enthusiasm: The police is always good. The blocks look exactly like Duplo blocks and they are also compatible. That’s a big benefit because we already have a lot of Duplo. Kasper was right away fascinated about the wheels and tried to assemble the vehicles by himself. That wasn’t so easy: the roadmap was printed confusing. Step one and two stood in other books then the other steps. We had to seek a little but got eventually 2 cars and a cell put together. Elias is to little for the role play and the figures (that you can ‘puncture’ out of the box), but he did like to drive with the cars over the mat. All in all successful, definitely for sake of the compatibility with the blocks that we already have.

 

Score material / quality: 4/5

The material is made sustainable so because of that it already deserves five stars. Yet I give it four stars because the blocks don’t ‘click’ easy. The wheels stay for example only on the right place (all the way in the front and all the way in the back) ‘hang’ what leads to frustration.

 

Score gaming pleasure: 4/5

 Everything that is cars and police or fire brigade is, has here with my two boys one point ahead. When everything was put together they were driving around joyfully.

 

Score general: 4/5

The toy appeals and because it is 1 set, I also have it quickly ion my bag when we go somewhere. I can build two cars with it: for every child one. Everyone content!

 

Plus points

  • Compatible with Duplo
  • Sustainable
  • Beautiful material
  • Gaming pleasure

 

Downsides

  • Confusing step-by-step plan

 

Sofie and Lexie (3 years old) “recommended for children that like to build and love fantasygames.”

 

We had the luck as family to test the BIOBUDDI hospital. The cardboard box itself already looked amazing and the fact that you could use parts from the box to play with, guaranteed extra gaming pleasure. Our daughter of three needed some help with pushing out the cardboard figure, that was still a little to hard to do by herself. The cardboard figures that had to be slid into holders and that was a fun challenge. To bad there weren’t enough holders for all the figures. The building of the ambulance and the accessories that are part of the set were very fast because the instruction manual really unclear, also for the little ones. Once everything is build we let our fantasy go and made up horrible disaster scenario’s . A lot of injured that afternoon. I can conclude that’s it a nice and ecologic alternative is for Duplo and it isn’t only fun for children. A recommended for children that like to build and love pretend play.

 

Score material / quality: 4/5

A perfect ecologic and sustainable alternative for Duplo. The cardboard figures are slightly more vulnerable and I fear that one barely survived the game afternoon.

 

Score gaming pleasure: 4/5

 You can indulge in creative and can make up a lot of scenario’s were you need a medical team. So it guarantees a lot of playing pleasure.

 

Score general: 4/5

Plus points

  • Sustainable
  • Ecologic
  • Fun that you can press the figures out of the box

 

Downsides

  • Not enough holders for all the cardboard figures
  • The cardboard figures don’t survive more intense game

 

Tom and Leander “Nice to not worry about the harmful substances with which dear son in comes in contact with”

 

 

We were very excited about this build set because the benefits sounded like music to my ears: environmentally friendly and skin friendly: because of the sugar cane, I didn’t worry about the harmful substances my dear son came in contact with (what I cant say about the classic build blocks). I was wondering in how far these blocks to the quality of the ‘classic brands’ meet. They didn’t disappoint us! In quality they feel the same and look very beautiful, with lively colours. From all the alternatives on the classic blocks, is this brand one of the best we saw;  it doesn’t feel like a cheap imitation. They really offer added value, like for example the ingenious idea to reuse the packaging box as a décor. Immediately 2 activities in one: it doesn’t stop by the blocks transform into a fire engine, but also the hand-eye coordination game from the cardboard set pieces placing in the provided feet is a pleasant activity. The only downside we had is that one position the purple one-on-two block does not hold onto the other blocks for some reason, but maybe this was an construction error and in every case it was corrected when my dear son adjusted his construction. Definitely recommended,  especially because it fits perfectly on the classic toy. You can combine with what you already have so why not help the nature a bit?

 

Score material / quality: 5/5

A very goof quality: they feel just as firm and hard as the classic blocks. They are a little matter than the others (what makes them feel less sticky), and that’s then the only difference in view, otherwise they wouldn’t be distinguishable from each other.

 

Score gaming pleasure: 4/5

For this I would like to use the wording of my dear son: “I made a really strong fire truck. Look, if I take the wheels of then it’s a  submarine fire department. Now I’m going to continue building.

 

Score general: 4/5

We think it’s a fully-fledged alternative if you are looking for building block in sustainable material with equivalent quality to classic brands. Dear son has a lot of fun with it!

 

Plus points

  • Environmentally friendly and skin friendly (so let the baby and toddler teeth nibble!)
  • Endless of combinations possible
  • Creative use of ‘waste’: the box reused as a backdrop, which can count in valuable free material
  • You can combine with classic blocks
  • Equivalent quality as the classis blocks
  • Themes that appeal to my dear son

 

Downsides

  • The one block that didn’t adhere properly (but this may have been a construction error)

 

 

 

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