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Mega Bloks building blocks (above) are compatible with LEGO interlocking building blocks.(below)
Mega Bloks building blocks (above) are compatible with LEGO interlocking building blocks.(below)

Mega Brands, Incorporated TSXMB (Formerly Mega Bloks, Incorporated) is a publicly traded children's toy company based in Montreal, Canada. Mega Bloks is the name of their most popular toy, plastic building blocks and is a clone brand of LEGO. Mega Brands Inc. distributes a range of toys, puzzles, and craft-based products worldwide but enjoys greatest success in North America, where Mega Bloks is one of the top 10 toy brands. Image File history File links Actual items, scanned and uploaded by BuilderQ. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... “TSX” redirects here. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - Total 365. ... For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...

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History

In 1967, Victor Bertrand and his wife Rita founded the company as Ritvik Toys, Inc. (a portmanteau word based on a combination of Rita and Victor). Ritvik was amalgamated with Ritvik Holdings Inc. on June 30 , 1998. [1] On March 19, 2002, the name was changed from Ritvik Holdings Inc. to Mega Bloks Inc. Currently, the founders' sons Vic Bertrand Jr. and Marc Bertrand are COO and CEO, respectively. Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... A portmanteau (IPA: ) is a word or morpheme that fuses two or more words or word parts to give a combined or loaded meaning. ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 78th day of the year (79th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... A Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a corporate officer responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the corporation. ... “Chief executive” redirects here. ...


On June 15, 2006, following the acquisition of several brand names not associated with construction brick toys, the company again changed its name, this time from Mega Bloks Inc. to Mega Brands Inc. is the 166th day of the year (167th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The LEGO Group has filed suit against Mega Bloks Inc. in courts around the world on the grounds that Mega Bloks' use of the "studs and tubes" interlocking brick system is a violation of trademarks held by LEGO. Generally such suits have been unsuccessful, chiefly because the functional design of the basic brick is considered a matter of patent rather than trademark law, and all relevant LEGO patents have expired. In one of the most recent decisions, on November 17, 2005, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld Mega Bloks' right to continue selling the product in Canada [2]. For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Patent (disambiguation). ... “(TM)” redirects here. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... The Supreme Court of Canada (French: Cour suprême du Canada) is the highest court of Canada and is the final court of appeal in the Canadian justice system. ...


Products

The Mega Bloks toy brand should be distinguished from its parent company MEGA Brands Inc., which offers a range of products in addition to toy construction bricks.


The building blocks come in four sizes.

  1. Maxi size, introduced in 1985, intended for very young children. The blocks feature slightly rounded corners and edges and have tall rounded studs.
  2. Mini size, introduced in 1989, designed for toddlers and preschoolers. The bricks likewise have slightly rounded edges and corners. The studs are 5/12 the height of the body of the brick. This size is the same size as Duplo.
  3. Micro size, introduced in 1991, has sharp edges and corners, and the studs are 1/6 the height of the body of the brick. This size is the same size as ordinary LEGO bricks.
  4. Nano size, introduced in 2004, is the smallest.

The first three scales are intercompatible to varying degrees and may be combined in building. Nano is not directly compatible with any of the other scales. This article is about the year. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Most blocks are manufactured in Canada, but some of the more specialized elements are made in China.


The overall quality of Mega Bloks elements has improved markedly since the first sets were released. Certain early elements suffered from inconsistent clutch power and were susceptible to stress fracture. This is due to tighter molding tolerances and improvements in the quality of the ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) of which Mega Bloks elements are composed. Monomers in ABS polymer Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS, (chemical formula (C8H8· C4H6·C3H3N)n is a common thermoplastic used to make light, rigid, molded products such as piping, golf club heads (used for its good shock absorbance), automotive body parts, wheel covers, enclosures, protective head gear, and toys including...


On October 15, 2003 debuted a commercial for Honda in which computer-generated imagery showed a cloud of Mega Bloks bricks raining down to assemble a life-sized version of the Element SUV. is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Japanese motor corporation. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ...


On October 12, 2004, Mega Bloks released an animated movie, Dragons: Fire & Ice, direct to DVD and video and which subsequently aired on the Cartoon Network. Fire & Ice was based on Mega Bloks' successful "Dragons" product line, featuring detailed warriors, castles, and, of course, dragons, in Micro scale. A sequel, entitled Dragons: Metal Ages has also aired on the Cartoon Network and been released on video. is the 285th day of the year (286th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... For Cartoon Network outside of the United States, see Cartoon Network around the world. ...


Mega Bloks has entered numerous license agreements over the years with such properties as NASCAR, Harley-Davidson, Marvel Comics, Gundam, Bandai, Star Trek, TMNT, and The Walt Disney Company. Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Logo on a 2003 Harley Davidson The Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HDI) is a manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... This article is about the anime series. ... This article is about the Japanese toy manufacturer. ... This article is about the entire Star Trek franchise. ... Michaelangelo toy The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, debuted in the world of American comics. ... Disney redirects here. ...


Additionally, Mega Bloks has produced sets based on Pokémon, The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Spider-Man 3 and Dragons, as well as sets in tribute to the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) and the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The official Pok̩mon logo. ... Narnia redirects here. ... Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film written and directed by Sam Raimi, with a screenplay by Ivan Raimi and Alvin Sargent. ... Chinese dragon, color engraving on wood, Chinese school, 19th Century The dragon is a mythical creature typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile with magical or spiritual qualities. ... The Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY) has the responsibility of protecting the New York Citys five boroughs from fires and fire hazards, as well as preventing disasters like The Station nightclub fire in nearby Rhode Island, and the trampling deaths at an overcrowded building in Chicago. ... Space Shuttle Orbiter Endeavour (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-105), is the fifth and final operational NASA space shuttle. ...


Many Micro-scale Mega Bloks sets include small action figures whose design has evolved substantially over time. Early versions had little articulation and compared poorly with figures offered in competing brick-based construction toys. Mega Bloks figures were constructed from a small number of standard, interchangeable components like legs, arms, and torsos, with minimal printing on a basically spherical head to yield a rudimentary face.


More recently, Mega Bloks figures have attained a much greater level of detail and articulation, with high-quality sculpts of head and body elements alike, in many cases with unique designs to represent a particular character. Examples of these can be seen in their Mega Bloks Pyrates line. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


External links

References

  • KIRKBI AG and LEGO CANADA INC. v. RITVIK HOLDINGS INC
  • Mega Bloks Prospectus This PDF file on megabloks.com contains details on the company and its products.
  • Press release. Link to the announcement of the agreement by which MEGA Brands, Inc. began using software developed by Aras Corporation.

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Mega Bloks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (816 words)
Mega Bloks is the name of their most popular toy, plastic building blocks very similar to those produced by the Danish company LEGO.
Mega Brands Inc. distributes a range of toys, puzzles, and craft-based products worldwide but enjoys greatest success in North America, where Mega Bloks is one of the top 10 toy brands.
Mega Bloks figures were constructed from a small number of standard, interchangeable components like legs, arms, and torsos, with minimal printing on a basically spherical head to yield a rudimentary face.
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