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How To Train Your Dragon Ionix sets

How To Train You Dragon Building sets are made by  Ionix Bricks. The Ionix Bricks system feature a shape shifting brick. The main brick is a 2×4 but parts of it are moveable. So you can twist the parts that have the studs on them. Here’s some of their product description.

IONIX: the revolutionary line of never before seen construction bricks that change their shape before your eyes! These construction bricks shapeshift and change to become mini figures, action figures, weapons, gear, gadgets and more. What’s more, our bricks snap together with other leading construction systems. IONIX: Shapeshift, build, unleash!

I have seen Ionix Tenkai Knights and even got one of the blind bags to test the premise. Before I could write a post I found The How to train Your Dragon sets. Today I will review one of their small sets, Barf and Belch #20005. Here’s the box you can see a shape shifting brick on the front cover. What the front doesn’t reveal is the number of pieces.

How to train your Dragon building setThe number of pieces is on the back and kind of hidden.


Here are the parts in the set. Eleven bricks, stickers and instructions.

dragon_partsThe basic 2×4 brick. You can see the moveable parts.

Legs out, neck and tail section extended.

dragon_step3Adding a couple  bricks. Next I added the curved back pieces and added sticker.  I didn’t get a good pic of theses steps. Then the wings and tails were added.

dragon-step4The final step is adding the dragon heads. This was the most frustrating part of the build.The neck really did want to support the double neck and heads. The weight was too much and they kept falling.



This is a neat set. The paint on the head and tails is nice. The fact that the heads were hard to support is a disappointment. I hope that’s not a problem on the other sets. I think this was caused by the long dual necks and heads. I will try to get another set and see.

I also didn’t like that it was hard to determine the number of parts in the set. looks in the online description and it says

  • 1 Shapeshifting Mini Figure Brick
  • 10 Additional Pieces

So why not put that is larger print on the box?

Cost was $6.99 at Toys R Us. I’m hoping Target has them cheaper. That is a bit much for 11 pieces. The Meatlug set is only five pieces. It look cool but that’s expensive. I like the shape shifting bricks. It looks like they are different versions for the dragons. The quadraped form could be used on all kinds of animals. I’m not sure how versatile the biped brick is. It works for the Tenkai Knight robot looking armor but doesn’t look right for Hiccup.




Prepare to unlock your imagination, reveal your inner creativity and challenge yourself. IONIX bricks not only shapeshift to reveal awesome figures, weapons and gear, but they’re also meant to be unfolded, refolded, twisted, half opened, half closed…Think outside the block!

Ionix Bricks


UPDATE: I checked the nearest Target today. They did not have any How to Train Your Dragon sets. But They dis have Tenkai Knights sets on sale. The blind bags are $1.99 instead of $2.99 and the carded single figures were on sale as well.

2 responses

  1. Foolish Lego

    Hoe sturdy is it? Looks like it can break pretty fast when kids play with it. Or am i wrong?


    June 28, 2014 at 6:41 am

    • The necks on this are not sturdy, I think that’s just a problem with this character’s long necks. The shapehifting bricks will snap back together.The arms are on a ball and joint hinge. I could pop them in and out. Kinda of like the Transformers contruct-bots.


      June 28, 2014 at 9:16 am