I would have to say it is official. Nanoblocks have become a force to be reckoned with. Why do I say that? Surprisingly, it is not because there is a big push on them for the Christmas rush–though I did see them available at a store that had never had them before. Instead, I give them credit because they have inspired some competition.
Micro Blocks, produce by a company called Loz, are now available. They don’t seem to be available here in Canadayet. This might have something to do with a bit of a conflict with the people who brought you Mega Blocks. This company (based in Canada I believe) uses the name Micro Blocks for the blocks that share the same size with Lego. Sounds complicated doesn’t it?
They seem to be competing in the same space as Nanoblocks. They offer lots of architectural themed kits of world famous buildings. This should appeal to adult builders as well as kids. It also seems to have a broad international scope, so it should be easy to spread.
I am all for competition. More tiny blocks equals more fun. The other thing is that more block producers mean more designs and creative ideas. It might also mean more interesting pieces. I wonder if the two sets are compatible.
I don’t know if either Nanoblock, or this new Micro Blocks company will every dominate the space that Lego has, but I am interested nonetheless. I know as a Canadian I will have to wait a long time before I see them, at least I can think good things about 2014.