Going troppo with my nanoblock friends

Nanoblock fun!

There’s not a lot of tropical action going on down here where I live in the Land of Oz at the moment.

Tropical just happens to be the theme for Sunday Stills this week and, as you know, we are settling into Autumn/winter with nary a tropical pina colada or coloured paper umbrella in sight.

While staying with my sister last week I couldn’t help but notice all the mini nanoblock creations dotted around and two in particular caught my eye. Why?

These were tropical looking birds – one was a toucan which I promptly named Sam the Toucan for some reason, maybe a flashback to my childhood years?? And the other a colourful parrot – which I named Peggy the Parrot.

What even is a nanoblock?

You learn something new everyday, so let me share my new found knowledge with you! Apparently nanoblocks are different to Lego and were first introduced into the Japanese market in 2008 by Kawada, a toy company.

Tropical birds made from nanoblocks
Tropical birds made from nanoblocks

Nanoblocks are micro sized building blocks with the smallest blocks being 4mm x 4mm x 5mm. Their site claim the smaller the blocks the better the detail. So these little birds are in fact made up of very small blocks and each one would only stand at about 5cm tall! There are lots of sets you can buy to make, ranging in difficulty. Some reviews claim them to be an affordable alternative to Lego but note that it’s easier to lose pieces due to their small size! They are aimed at ages 8+ but big kids love them too!!

Nanoblocks are similar in design to a Lego brick but smaller, with the smallest brick being 4 mm × 4 mm × 5 mm. The bricks are ​18 the size of Kawada’s Diablock line of bricks. The underside of the bricks are different from Lego bricks because they use a dividing flange, known as the double-ridged backing system, instead of the tube system that Lego employs.

Nanobock – Wikipedia

Meet my tropical friends

With some artistic input from sister (again) – see slinky post from last week – I humbly present my tropical photos or the best I could do as the rain tumbles down outside and the temperature sits in single figures.

The process

After carefully moving the tiny creatures down from their shelf, and trying not to break them apart, we shot inside on the kitchen bench using blue coloured cardboard, curved over, as a backdrop, or cyclorama, with my sister artistically holding a lamp in position for extra light. The other photos are shot on a shiny black tile with black cardboard as the background so that there are no edges to the photo. I tried to get low so as to have the birds on eye level, thankfully I didn’t need to get onto my stomach to shoot like I had to last week!

My sister adjusted some settings on my camera and I shot quite a few photos. I used a macro lens to shoot these and we edited them in Lightroom.

I really liked the reflection in the black tiles and tried to capture that in particular.

I do hope you like my descriptions 🙂 I’m such an amateur, but by the end of the week with my sister I was getting into the swing of it all. Massive thanks again to my sister for her helpful expertise and overall photography guru-ness. My Friday Feature post also explains some of our photography fun during the week.

For the young at heart

As with my slinky last week, it just goes to show some toys are not just for the young ones, but for the young at heart too.

You’ll be pleased to know that my sister and I didn’t exactly go ‘troppo’ during the week, but we did enjoy our time together – especially given the circumstances.

Do you have a favourite photo in my collection or are you a fan of nanoblocks? I’m afraid with my little granddaughter on the verge of crawling and everything going straight into her mouth, these would not be a good idea at all in my place, unless kept up high! I sound like a right proper grandma now, don’t I??

Let me know your thoughts in a comment below, I always enjoy hearing from you.

Have a great week ahead.

Debbie 🙂

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14 Replies to “Going troppo with my nanoblock friends”

    1. That’s great Donna! I thought they were LEGO until I went searching so I’m glad my info has been of use. They are really tiny and intricate but appeal to a range of ages and come in all sorts of sets. It should be noted these were owned by a 40year old male – enough said!!


    1. Thanks Albert! I’m glad you know about nanoblocks as they were a bit of an unknown element to me. I’m also happy you appreciate the effort I went to in order to photograph them 😊 it’s been a learning curve lately but I’ve enjoyed experimenting. It’s true – we’re never too old to learn new tricks are we??

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  1. Hi Deb, I’ve never heard of Nanoblocks but my 35 year old son and my grandson Ethan just love building Lego together. You did well and the photos are gorgeous. there is a new TV show starting soon and it is about teams of two challenging to create the biggest and the best in Lego. Maybe an opening for your and your sister????? Have a great week xx

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  2. Great pics of your troppo creations, Debbie! You had fun shooting these cuties all while promoting healthy leisure activities! I like the reflection one as well! I need to learn my new Light Room program soon! As kids we had lego and Tinker Toys. Whatever happened to those lazy days of play (off the electronics)?

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