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11/27/2018

The best deals on magnetic tile building sets like Magna Tiles, including MagWorld, COSSY, Magrific, PlayMags, Stick 'N Stack, 4D, Picasso Tiles, and the original Magna Tiles (updated 11/27/18)



This is one of my most popular pieces on Daily Cheapskate (hundreds of thousands of hits), that I first posted over four years ago, and have been updating ever since. This is basically THE most comprehensive roundup of magnetic tile deals that you'll find online. 

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Here's a roundup of the best deals on many of the leading magnetic building sets out there.  I know some of you want only the original Magna-Tiles and some of you want a set that's a little more value-oriented.  So here are THE deals on these building sets: their prices, their ratings, their awards, and their compatibility with other sets.  I couldn't cover every magnetic tile set, as there are so many different kinds now available, but I did hit all the major ones as well as the major vendors.

Please note that there are some newer model sets out there, so even if you've already gotten your child a set, there are lots of ways to renew their interest in playing with it with an "expansion" set. There are also SIX new ValTech Magna-Tile sets for 2018, and two of them are called Magna-Quibix, which use 3D shapes, instead of flat tiles.  I'm very excited about the ways in which the Magna-Tiles concept has managed to expand.

If these numbers and prices are driving you crazy, one easy way to decide which set to purchase, all things being equal and the set having good reviews, is to take the price and divide by the number of pieces in the set. Then you basically have a "price per tile" and a way of comparing apples-to-apples.

The original Magna-Tiles are included near the end of this post, and I've also included a small selection of magnetic tile building idea books at the very end (update: unfortunately, two out of the four are not in print).

No matter which set you end up buying, make sure you download this FREE 15-page Magna Tiles Shape Guide from Valtech (the makers of the original Magna Tiles) to help stimulate your child's creative imagination as he/she plays with these wonderful magnetic tile sets.



Amazon has got the Playmags 118-piece Clear Colors Magnetic Tiles Deluxe Building Set with car and storage bag for $49.99 with free Prime shipping 4.6 out of 5 stars over 1,175 customer reviews and an "Amazon's Choice" item.  Winner of the Dr. Toy 2013 Award and National Parenting CenterSeal of Approval.  From reading the reviews, these appear to be compatible with Magna Tiles.

Amazon also has a 38-piece Playmags set for $19.99 with free Prime shipping.  4.7 out of 5 stars over 135 customer reviews.
  • Blocks easily connect
  • Inspires creativity and brain development
  • Teaches patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills
  • Includes Bonus Magnetic Car
  • Winners of Dr Toy 2013 award and National Parenting Seal of Approval
If you'd like a larger Playmags set, the 168-piece Playmags set is $89.99 with free Prime shipping and includes a free 18-piece Clickins set.  4.5 out of 5 stars over 238 customer reviews.
New from last year is the Playmags 28-piece Dome Set for $20.99 with free Prime shipping on Amazon 3.8 out of 5 stars over 41 customer reviews.


COSSY MAGNETIC TILES, $57.99 for 120-piece set:


Amazon has got the COSSY 120-piece Magnetic Tiles Set for $57.99 with free Prime shipping 4.8 out of 5 stars over 197 customer reviews and an "Amazon's Choice" item.   COSSY is a relative newcomer to the magnetic tiles arena, but seems to be getting consistently great reviews. According to the description, these are compatible with Magna Tiles. Includes 2 car bases and 2 arches.


4D BLOCKS, $32.00 for 72-piece set:



Looking for a larger set?  Amazon has also got this 84-piece set of 4D Blocks Magnetic Building Blocks for $34.46 with free Prime shipping.  4.8 out of 5 stars over 18 customer reviews. 

There is also a smaller set, a 40-piece 4D Blocks set for $12.89 with free Prime shipping4.3 out of 5 stars over 81 customer reviews. This set is not compatible with Magna Tiles, but is compatible with Magformers (according to the reviews).



Amazon has this ShapeMags 124-piece set priced at $49.99 with free Prime shipping.  This set received a 4.8 out of 5 stars over 769 customer reviews.  According to the Amazon listing, these are compatible with Magna Tiles, so if you already own a Magna Tiles set, you can integrate these.  ShapeMags (also known as Magnetic Stick 'N Stack) won a Tillywig award as well as a Parent Tested Parent Approved award.
  • A total of 100 piece set 98 magnetic tiles & 2 wheel bases. Includes windows.
  • Fully compatible with other brands.
  • Clear transparent tiles in red, orange, blue, green and yellow.
  • Made of top quality & safety-tested to all American guide lines.
  • Comes packaged in a beautiful blue box with a bonus storage bag.
  • A total of 154 piece set. Set includes 2 wheel bases, windows and porches
  • Includes windows Porches and much more. Fully compatible with other brands.
  • Clear transparent tiles. Colors:  red, orange, blue, green.
  • Made of top quality & safety-tested to for all American guide lines.

Amazon has this Magnetic Stick N Stack 120 Classic Plus Set priced at $59.99 with free Prime shipping.  This set received a 4.8 out of 5 stars over 691 customer reviews.
  • Total of 120-piece set 12 different shapes.
  • Includes windows, doors, gates, 2 car bases, porch pieces & much more.
  • Fully compatible with other brands.
  • Clear transparent tiles color red blue green purple & yellow.
  • Made of top quality & safety tested up to for all American guidelines.
  • Includes a cloth storage bag for easy cleanup.
    If you'd like an even larger Stick 'N Stack set, the 200-piece Engineer Stick 'N Stack set is $89.99 with free Prime shipping.  4.8 out of 5 stars over 691 customer reviews.



    Stick 'N Stack has also got this 40-piece Rainbow Mags Igloo set for $22.99 with free Prime shipping.  4.6 out of 5 stars over 84 customer reviews.

    MAGWORLD TOYS, $135.55 for 104-piece set:



    Amazon has this 104-piece Magworld Toys set for $136.66 with free Prime shipping.  4.3 out of 5 stars over 49 customer reviews.  These are compatible with Magna Tiles
    • Playing with Magnetized Geometric Tiles Teaches Shape Recognition, Spacial Recognition, Counting, Magnetic Properties and Other Critical STEM Skills.
    • Magnetic 2D and 3D Buiding Encourages Brain Development and Creativity.
    • Stack & Pack design! Quick clean-up; Neat storage; Easy on-the-go play.
    • Patent pending design; Secured with grommets on all sides of the tile.
    • Drop tested and torque tested to ensure the integrity of each sonic weld and rivet.
    MAGRIFIC, $42.95 for 100-piece set:


    Amazon has this Magrific 100-piece 3D Magnetic Tile Building Sets for $42.95 with free Prime shipping.  4.6 out of 5 stars over 85 customer reviews. According to the consumer questions posted on the site, these are not compatible with Magna-Tiles.  (Walmart also has this set for $42.95 with free 2-day shipping or in-store pickup.)





    Amazon has got the 100-piece clear set of Picasso Tiles for $54.99 with free Prime shipping. One of the reasons this set is so popular is because it frequently runs promo codes and coupons (found under "Special offers and product promotions")  These highly-rated magnetic tiles got 4.8 out of 5 stars over 1,740 customer reviews (90% of those reviews were 5 stars). These are compatible with Magna Tiles.

    Amazon has also got the 60-piece clear set of Picasso Tiles for $33.98 with free Prime shipping. (There are also repeated promo codes and coupons associated with this item found under "Special offers and product promotions") These got 4.8 out of 5 stars over 1,801 customer reviews.

    • Suitable for all ages (3+ and up).
    • No limitations, scalable to build as big as desired by adding more pieces. 
    • Children will acquire strong sense of color, geometrical shapes, numbers, magnetic poles.



    Get the Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100-piece set for $109.87 with free Prime shipping on Amazon.  4.8 out of 5 stars over 1,944 customer reviews.
    • Magna-Tiles easily connect for hours of open-ended play
    • Create cubes, pyramids, and other geometric shapes - think in 3-D!
    • Be creative with imaginative, hands-on play to build anything you can imagine!
    • Develop math, science, spatial and tactile skills
    • Parents, teachers, and children of all ages love Magna-Tiles!
    You can also get the clear colors Magna-Tiles sets in different tile quantities:




    Magna -Tiles 32-piece Glow Set for $59.99 with free Prime shipping.  These tiles actually glow in the dark!  4.2 out of 5 stars over 40 customer reviews.  This set is a great addition to any Magna-Tiles sets that your children might already own. 


    Amazon also has this Magna-Tiles 33-piece Geometric Solids set + Connection Guide, $59.99 with free Prime shipping.  4.8 out of 5 stars over 18 customer reviews.

    It also comes as this Magna-Tiles 48-piece Solid Color Deluxe set, $64.50 with free Prime shipping4.4 out of 5 stars over 144 customer reviews.

    You can also get the clear Magna-Tiles Ice 32-piece set for $49.99 with free Prime shipping on Amazon. 4.6 out of 5 stars over 99 customer reviews.

    You can also get the Black Magna-Tiles 32-piece set for $49.99 with free Prime shipping on Amazon. 4.8 out of 5 stars over 30 customer reviews. UPDATE:  The Black set has been discontinued by ValTech.

    Magna-Tiles also had a number of "expansion sets" available on Amazon:
    BRAND NEW (2018) MAGNA-TILE SETS FROM VALTECH






    STORES OTHER THAN AMAZON WHERE YOU CAN BUY MAGNA-TILES (these other vendors often run sales and promo codes on Magna-Tiles.  Shipping charges vary by site):

    Jet:

    Free shipping over $35, so all of these sets do ship free.  At Jet, the more you buy, the less it costs, so you might want to get together with a bunch of friends to save money:

    Discount School Supply: 
    Creative KidStuff:
    Magic Beans:
    BOOKS ON MAGNETIC TILE BUILDING IDEAS:


    There's the Magna-Tect Imagination book for $14.99 with Prime shipping on Amazon3.8 out of 5 stars over 7 customer reviews.


    There's the Picasso Tiles Idea Book for $5.99 with Prime shipping on Amazon4.0 out of 5 stars over 39 customer reviews.  Please note that this book is small:  6.8" x 5".


    There's the Magnetic Tiles Idea Book from Stick 'N Stack over here for $9.99 on Amazon.  4.0 out of 5 stars over 120 customer reviews.

    Then there's the Magnetic Tiles Idea Book 2 from Stick 'N Stack over here for $9.99 on Amazon.  4.1 out of 5 stars over 41 customer reviews.



    3 comments:

    1. Shape Mags are pretty awesome! My 2 year old has been gnawing on them and pretty much putting them through all sorts of abuse, and they're still intact! These are really great learning toys.

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    2. Thank you for gathering and sharing the info. I get so overwhelmed by all the brands out there. I love how you also provide stores/sites that sells them along with typical discounts and sales.

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    3. Thank you! The code worked perfectly for the free stabilizer with the purchase of the Playmags :)

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