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Our Japanese friends have always been masters of miniaturisation, from hotel rooms to high tech gadgetry. But who knew they were so good at shrinking plastic building bricks? Not us, until we clapped eyes (albeit with a bit of squinting) at Nanoblocks.
Nanoblocks are cool micro versions of Diablocks, the Japanese equivalent of everyone’s favourite studded building blocks (you know, the Danish ones beginning with L). But why so small? Well, smaller blocks mean smaller projects, greater detail and more realism. Plus you can fit finished models in the palm of your hand.
Despite their diminutive dimensions, Nanoblocks are just as precise as regular sized building blocks. This is down to a clever double-ridged backing system that makes clicking them together a cinch. And because each brick is flat, models are built up in successive layers. You even get a base plate on which to plonk your tiny creation. Satisfying? You’ll be addicted to Nanoblocks in seconds.
Cool and alternative, Nanoblocks are conclusive evidence that it’s not all about size, especially in the world of make-believe construction. But what can you make with these titchy bricks? Pretty much anything judging by the kits currently available. Choose from a Duck, Meerkat, Space Centre or even a Space Station. They’re building blocks but not as we know them!
Ages 12 years to adult
The Square Nanoblocks are a teeny tiny 8mm x 8mm x 5mm, and the smallest size is a mere 4mm!
Ye, but that's the good thing about Lego, its simple and its big enough so its not hard to play with. Bob, - 11th April 2011
Do LEGO minifigs fit on there? Lloyd Evan Davies, Wales,Port Talbot,UK,Earth;) - 8th January 2011
Firebox says: The nano blocks are much smaller then standard Lego blocks, so the mini figs would not fit.
Nano-blocks are amazing they are so detailed and so much better than those other one's beginning with "L"if I could this whole world would be made out of them lol. Christian Gill, UK - 1st January 2011
My children love anything tiny or huge so this lego was a great hit. More styles please! Rebecca Glass, Kent - 22nd December 2010
Will there ever be a big box full of blocks so you can create whatever you want. Jonathan, Isle Of Man - 20th December 2010
Firebox says: Yes indeed! We love these little blocks too and are looking into getting boxes some time soon. Watch this space!
Erm... lego do mini blocks too... so I understand there is the greater detail but there are safety issues, and they must be really fiddly.... Lucienne Newell, GBR - 20th December 2010