Dominoes are available in all colors, forms and variations. On the one hand, there are the good old black pieces with the white dots which are mainly used for playing the board game. These dominoes do usually not appear in domino chain reactions. In fact, there are certain companies and brands that specialized on toppling dominoes. On this page, I will explain to you the most common types of dominoes for chain reactions, together with their advantages and disadvantages.
Apart from that, it is also possible to order so called color anomalies. These are dominoes which are not perfectly colored with a solid color, but have some color gradients instead. However, they are quite nice to look at in some domino projects.
Advantages: good to work with, many colors, nice toppling behaviour (my favourite brand)
Disadvantages: expensive shipping, some dominoes stick together, are tilted (see photo above) or completely mutilated
Domino Express / Domino Run
This kind of domineos can be found in every toy shop or larger department store and has quite a low weight in comparison to the dominoes introduced above. The dominoes are sold in both solo packages with the dominoes only and in combo packages together with some domino effects which can be included in the project. The difference between Domino Express and Domino Run is size: Domino Run dominoes are a bit smaller, but wider than Domino Express dominoes (see picture on the right hand side). Apart from that, Domino Run can be recognized by the embossed letter D.
Advantages: in some packages, effects are already included, good for beginners
Disadvantages: Special effects damage quite easily or do not work properly according to my experiences, the dominoes themselves topple more to the side than in a straigt line which is due to the low weight
Mr. Domino is a domino brand by Weijers Domino Productions, the planning and producing company of the TV show "Domino Day". As they got many inquiries regarding dominoes, they introduced the Mr. Domino dominoes in September 2009. These pieces have similar sizes (4,8 cm x 2,4 cm x 0,7 cm) compared to Maria Lamping dominoes and in addition, every domino has an embossed Mr. Domino logo. However, sales did not go that well, so most of the dominoes were removed again from the webshop www.mrdomino.com. Today, there can be found the remaining amount of "originals" (see below) mainly.
Advantages: child friendly seal of quality, no rough or clotted points
Disadvantages: very high price, the edges are slippery, so it is difficult to set up three dimensional structures because the dominoes slide away easily
These dominoes have a similar size compared to Maria Lamping and Mr. Domino with the difference that every domino has a tiny dint in the middle. The pieces have been used at larger TV events and advertising projects by Weijers Domino Producitions and are not that easy to get, especially if your pocket lacks of money. Some remainders are sold at the Mr. Domino Webshop by the company, some of my domino colleagues, however, did also get them from other sources, but this is in most cases a game of luck.
Advantages: excellent dominoes for lines, fields and three dimensional structures
This kind of miniature dominoes is also available in every toy shop. The dominoes are not as small as the ones used in the mini domino world record, but they are still a good training for your fingers. This brand is sold in red, green, blue and yellow and has certain dentings.
Nachteile: difficult to handle with, tilted because of plastic frazzles
Translucent dominoes are known for being light-transmissive without being completely picture-transmissive (like transparent dominoes), so a certain amount of the inherent color can still be seen. They have the word "Domino" on them and were once available on Ebay (cs_motorcycleparts). However, this man stopped selling them and I unfortunatley do not know if they can currently be found anywhere. I published a test video about the dominoes here.
Advantages: the translucent property is responsible for nice light effects in domino projects
Disadvantages: very slippery surface, difficult for building three dimensional structures
PESTAS is a domino brand coming from Austria which was developed to improve the free building of children between 3 and 18 years of age (i.e. I am already too old for them :-)). The dominoes are made of wood and are wider than Maria Lamping dominoes, Mr Dominoes, and the Originals. In order to obtain colorful impressions, the front and back side of the dominoes have been colored, the sides, however, keep the wood's color. During production and commercialisation, it is cared for environmental sustainability and resource conservation. You can get a closer impression of PESTAS on www.pestas.net.
Advantages: surface has a good grip (good to work with), sustainable production and commercialisation, especially suitable for children
Disadvantages: small selection of colors (only red, green, yellow and blue), it is difficult to build fields containing images as the sides are not colored