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.
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.