What are Nanoblock?

Nanoblocks are a construction product which allows the most intricate of model making with unique tiny-sized blocks. Highly collectable, these miniature building block sets appeal to a wide range of tastes and ages.

At just 1/8th the size of standard building bricks the detail of projects has to be seen to be believed.

Nanoblock History

Nanoblock first went on sale in Japan, October 2008 by Kawada, rapidly gaining success and a huge following through the toy and gift markets. Nanoblock now enjoys large dedicated display sections in the largest chains of Japan, such as Loft and Tokyo Hands, giving them excellent market presence. The manufacturer also creates licensed products, special edition and trend response sets, while constantly adding further new items to the Nanoblock catalogue. Alongside this, competitions are regularly run for user-submitted creations under different categories.


Nanoblocks are manufactured from high quality ABS plastic, which provides a consistent and perfect connection with every block, no matter how tiny the piece.

Double Ridged Backing System

The double ridged backing system is the key to keeping Nanoblock models as small as possible by allowing pieces to be offset from each other

Environmentally Friendlier

Nanoblocks are coloured using soy ink rather than petroleum-based products, which not only gives them their amazingly vibrant colours, but is also better for the environment.

Additionally, Nanoblocks come in environmentally friendly sized packets, using the smallest size possible to contain the product. This means that when you do find a larger box of Nanos, you can be sure it's literally stuffed with tiny construction bricks!

Difficulty Levels

Each Nanoblock set has a marked difficulty rating which determines the intricacy of the build. Higher levels can include complicated design features and take more thought to complete, which creates the 3D puzzle element to Nanoblocks.

Bricks Galore

With just 11 brick types, Nanoblock remains true to its function as a construction product, which provides a satisfaction to building detailed models from such raw components.

Additionally, alternative rebuilds of sets are limited only by your imagination – not by the bricks at your disposal.

Single Brick Tricks

Along with the double ridged backing system, this particular brick type allows for two different design exploits:
1) by allowing bricks to centralise and rotate, as seen here on the Tokyo Tower and;
2) by allowing bricks to connect to a single channel, or an end – as seen on the French Bulldog