BRIO Builder Deluxe Set Review

BRIO Builder Deluxe Set Review: We are big fans of BRIO in the Mudpie Fridays household. In fact we have written about a number of BRIO toys over the last twelve months mainly for Kippers age. So it was nice to be asked to review something aimed well into Monkey’s age group. We were sent the BRIO Builder Deluxe Set, which has a whopping 270 pieces in a handy blue storage box. Like many boys his age Monkey loves anything construction based. Often spending hours building the next big thing, only to promptly take it apart and start all over again. I was surprised to find that BRIO offered these types of toys since we have only ever had their trains and small play items before. I had high expectations for the set so did it live up to them?

What really attracted me to the set initially was the fact that it also came with a number of tools –  a screwdriver, a hammer, a spanner and pliers. Unlike other similar sets on the market I thought this dimension would add considerably to the free play element. Along with the tools there are a number of both wooden and plastic components to build whatever you fancy. Some of the wooden parts also have eyes on them which I think is a nice touch. I was also pleased to see wheels included as anything vehicle based is always a big hit.

Monkey couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Also included is a small leaflet which has a couple of ideas of what you could make. The idea really is to encourage free play and for Monkey not to be constrained by anything other than his imagination. Although it was useful to have some ideas. It does not include instructions though so this is worth bearing in mind. Hubby tried to help Monkey make the crane and it proved a little too difficult for him. We got there in the end by using our own imaginations and not the pictures.

We have had it for a couple of weeks now and I quite often find him hidden away building something. We have had cars, robots and random contraptions which I am not entirely sure what they are.

Things we love about the BRIO Builder Deluxe Set

  • Well known established brand
  • All the pieces are the quality that I would expect from Brio. Even the plastic is good quality and the colours are bright. I also really like the translucent colours. All wood is FSC certified.
  • They all came individually packaged as well to make sure they are protected during transit.
  • Its hard wearing – its been played with a lot and still looks brand new. Even the threads on the screws are still in perfect condition.
  • Ascetically pleasing
  • Helps to develop imaginative play
  • I like how it comes in its own storage box, which is easy to lock and stackable. Theres a also enough room in the box to potentially top up the set with one of the others that BRIO offers in the range.

The BRIO Builder Deluxe Set is aimed at three years plus and priced at £85. I can see Monkey making use of this set for a long time to come. At almost six I still think that we’ve a good couple of years. So well worth the prices, especially if we had it from when Monkey was three.  Its available to buy from most high street toy companies in store and online. It is also available on Amazon. I can see us adding to our set in the coming months, especially as Monkey’s birthday is in June.

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45 Comments

  1. Hayley Colburn

    I prefer these type of things so much more than lego, I get stressed at the site of some of the sets my son has, far too many tiny pieces and instructions to follow, (I’m really not patient enough for older kids’ lego)

  2. Lorna Ledger

    Amazing! I could see my Niece and Nephew having hours of fun with this, and although the initial investment might be a bit pricey for a toy, it’s something that would truly last years and the options would be unlimited, great buy for any family member

  3. Sadia

    Looks like a nice toy, although I don’t have children my nephew loves Lego and this maybe a good birthday or Christmas present for him.thank you for sharing x

  4. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    This looks fantastic! Max is a big fan of Brio with all the trains, and he loves his Lego (in fact he’s building some while I write this), so this combines the two perfectly. It looks pretty complex for 3+ too, so I could see us getting years of play out of this set.

  5. Morgan Prince

    This looks like a fab set, it’s like the Lego Technic stuff but for younger kids and I have no doubt that LP would’ve loved it. At 9 he’s probably too old for BRIO but not quite old enough for Lego Technic.
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  6. Tash

    Oh my son loves Brio! It’s a daddy/ son bonding activity they love to do together. What date is Monkey’s birthday? My son is 24th June. #BloggerClubUK

  7. Sara @ Magical Mama Blog

    These look like a magnificent alternative to legos! This encourages imaginative play, following instructions, and problem solving! You had me at “it comes with its own storage box!” Anything that comes with a home for it, sells me immediately!
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  8. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Oh this looks fantastic. I love how organized it is – into little bags like that. And the instructions look like ones I could actually follow along with. My boys love Lego so Brio would be a big hit!!

  9. Ren Taylor

    I actually prefer lego but I love the quality of the Brio sets and my friends little boy has some and he adores them ….. great review

  10. John Milnes

    This looks mega exciting. I can see how happy your son is to play with BRIO Builder Deluxe Set. There also seems to be a LOT of STEM products about at the moment.

    John M

  11. michelle twin mum

    Brio are always such great toys, they last really well. I lve that you can follow the instructions and make something or otherwise just use whatever pieces you like and let your imagination run wild. Mich x

  12. Shelby

    My little lad loves making things from Brio, he is much better at it than me though, I love it when you find things that are fun to play with and at the same time educational

  13. Laura Dove

    Ohh this looks like fun! We love Brio toys but I haven’t seen them like this before! I think mine are a little young yet but I’m sure they will be well into it by next year!

  14. Emma

    Mr C is a structural engineer so he is always encouraging the girls to create things with their Lego. I think Mr C and the girls would prefer this Brio pack though because it looks more technical so they would all really enjoy it. A great price too!

  15. Susan B

    Brio is a fabulous brand and product so it’s good to see them continuing to develop their product range. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t love their products.

  16. Jeanette Leighton

    I have never tried brio always bought Lego so I would like to maybe try when my daughter’s about older ATM shed lose all the bits ?

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