|From Michael Hsu's review in Saturday's Wall Street Journal:
"Even the most hard-core LEGO fan has to grow up someday. Fortunately, Earth Blocks give adult enthusiasts a more sophisticated way to get their stack-and-lock fix. Instead of the brash, kid-friendly colors of their Danish counterparts, Earth Blocks draw on more urbane hues — a palette of greens and browns, mottled, like a forest floor. The blocks are made from natural materials — coffee beans, cedar sawdust, or scraps of cedar bark — that have been blended with polypropylene for rigidity. Earth Blocks are softer around the edges than the classic toy. As a result, they don't snap together as tightly as LEGOs do, which makes them less than ideal for making lightsabers. But their uniform shape (the bricks come in just one size — 1-1/4" x 5/8" x 5/8") lets them stack beautifully, and the colors blend harmoniously no matter what combination you put them in. Plus, these toy blocks look more appropriate in a professional setting than miniature figurines with yellow heads."
Coffee Beans, Cedar Sawdust or Cedar Bark.
Made in Japan.
Set of 50 blocks: $30.