I saw over at The Living Brick that Ohio Art is distributing nanoblock in the USA. Ohio Art is the company that makes Etch-A-Sketch. That's a toy I grew bored with fast. Bet there are a lot of them sitting unused. nanoblock is a Japanese brick that I am sort of interested in. I've been hearing about them for a while but I haven't bought any yet. It seemed expensive buying them from importers. Amazon has partners listing the sets and they are pretty pricey. They have 30 sets at Amazon and TOYSRUS has 18. The sets are much better priced at TOYSRUS, like the one above being 15 bucks at TOYSRUS and 30 bucks on Amazon. That set above is a model of the Sagrada Familia. It's a famous unfinished building in Barcelona by an architect called Antonio Gaudi. He's one of a kind and his work is varied as it is wonderous. Me like.
There's a Himeji Castle over at Amazon. It's got 2253 pieces and costs nearly $200. Not going to get that. I did like some of the animals, especially that pig. Those animals sets were only $7.99 on TRU's website and double that on Amazon. That Easter Island set is $15 for 550 pieces. It's kind of silly but fun. The models are pretty blocky and some of the buildings lack a lot of detail but they are tiny. That pig is supposed to be 1.5x3x1.5 inches. Looks like to me that Ohio Art is testing the waters with the cheaper sets before hitting town with the big big sets. Makes sense. I should try one and when I do I'll report back.