This probably falls into the category of "pricey kid toys that are more a projection of mom or dad's design geekery than anything else" but hey, as design geeks we're going to give ourselves a pass. This set of blocks doesn't just have the usual letters, numbers and colorful graphics – it also lets your budding architect build their own version of the Case Study No. 8 house. You know, if they happen to feel like doing that.
At $150 for the set of 36, these blocks are a bit pricier than most, but according to the tongue-in-cheek copy at House Industries, where the blocks are sold:
"It's a bargain when you consider that each set of 36 replenishable Michigan-grown basswood blocks represents 29 separate hand-pulled screen passes. In the true Eames spirit, your kids can create a ligneous yard sale on your living room rug while you're in deep conversation with your guests, then build this living landmark to demonstrate how you are properly introducing them to important bits of culture."