Move over guys, there’s a new building block in town. Nanoblock® is a mico-sized building block system that is both challenging and fun for the whole family. Nanoblock is the world’s smallest building block system, letting you create detailed animals, machines, places and more with blocks as small as 4mm. Developed in Tokyo, nanoblock let’s you build in greater detail than ever before.
Nanoblock sent me two of their building kits to try out and, even better, offered to award one Remaking June reader with their own two-set prize pack.
Each set includes anywhere from 100 pieces to more than 5800 pieces. My first set was the White Terrier from the Mini collection, containing over 110 pieces. The finished dog and food bowl don’t require all 110 pieces, but they send you a few extras in case one gets lost. Each set comes in either a resealable plastic bag or a box so that you can deconstruct and store them if needed.
Each kit comes with a color diagram showing assembly. You won’t get text directions, but the images show layers, color differences and alternate angles to make sure you get your pieces in the right spots.
I was happy to see that the sizes and some colors were separated in the package so you don’t have to sort them before you start.
Your nanoblock finished design also comes with a stand to keep it steady after it’s completed, which is great if you are going to put them on display. I plan to keep these on my home office desk so I’ll probably take them apart and reconstruct them using superglue to permanently hold the pieces together.
My second kit was Japan’s Kiminarimon, also known as Thunder Gate – part of the Sights To See collection. With over 450 pieces, this one took some time. I didn’t pay attention to the clock, but I can tell you I watched two episodes of Hemlock Grove while I completed it. The finished product was detailed even down to the plants in the slatted windows. Pretty impressive considering it was only 3″ wide.
Overall, these are cool building sets. They aren’t as easy as other brands because they are so much smaller. Seriously. They’re tiny. Don’t expect to just toss one of these together in a few minutes and then go have lunch. I have very small fingertips and I still went crazy a few times trying to put the smallest pieces in even smaller spaces. But, after all is said and done, it was a great challenge; like a puzzle. I’d recommend these for children 7+ who have attention to detail and can follow a diagram.
LOVE NANOBLOCK? PUT YOUR IMAGINATION TO THE TEST
Inviting nano-enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the first-ever national nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition. Show the world your creative side and build your very own unique creations using only nanoblock® bricks. The winner will be crowned TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock® along a FREE vacation for a family of four and other amazing prizes!
How the nanoblock® Build It Your Way Competition works:
- Entry Phase: From February 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014, parents/applicants can upload a photo of their original nanoblock® creation in one of two categories, under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces. There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant. Submissions are accepted at www.YourNanoblockCreations.com.
- Judging Phase: All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of a mixture of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives. The top five finalists will be selected and notified on or around September 15, 2014.
- Winner Phase: One grand prize-winner will receive a $4,000 travel voucher. A first and second prize winner will be selected in each category (under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces). Two first prize winners will receive an iPod nano and nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year. Two second prize winners will receive nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year. Winners will be announced, on or around, September 21, 2014 and featured on The Ohio Art website and the official nanoblock® Facebook and Twitter pages.
A Second Way To Win:
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN
One (1) RJ reader will win their choice of one (1) nanoblock Mini (view choices) AND one (1) nanoblock Sights To See (view choices). Giveaway ends 11:59 pm EST on July 30th, 2014 and is open to US Residents 18 years of age or older at time of entry. Winner must respond within 48 hours of notification or a new winner will be selected. Prizing courtesy of Ohio Art. Full RJ giveaway guidelines and terms HERE