I finally finished the Nanoblock version of the Tokyo SkyTree. In doing so, I thought a comparison between the Microblock version and the Nanoblock version would make a good post. My only question was how should I organize it. I also decided to put together a rough video so you could see them both side by side.
What took me so long…..
Well, the basic truth is that it was hard. There were some fiddly pieces that proved rather frustrating. The creators (Kawada) indicated that the difficulty level on this build was a 5. I thought that they were joking….but they weren’t. A couple of times, I just had to get up and walk away. I even considered crazy gluing the thing together.
Size and Shape
The Microblock version is much bigger than the Nanoblock version. The Microblock Skytree is much mroe symmetrical and relies on more standard pieces. The Nanoblock Skytree is not linearly symmetrical and relies on incorporating a couple of really tough pieces. These include a round, slightly angled piece that must have originally been used in their Leaning Tower of Pisa model and another piece whose shape I am unable to describe–luckily I am including a photograph.
Both had their difficulty when constructing the lower portion of the tower. The Nanoblock version was a bit more fragile and required more than one sitting to get it done. At one point, I finally got the base together and decided to leave it for a month, hoping that the pieces would somehow meld together strongly in my absence. Somehow it worked…or else I might have gone for the crazy glue.
I can’t really comment on this because the Nanoblock version was bought in Japan for about $30 and brought to me whereas the Microblock version was a birthday present. I suspect that on those terms the Microblock version costs more. However, considering their availability in Canada, Nanoblocks cost more. I am not even sure you can get this one in Canada. I will have to check.
The Microblock version has the nice interior blue effect–achieved by stacking a large number of clear blue square tiles together. The Nanoblock version seems to be somewhat closer to the original–but you can be the judge of that. I base that on its use of round tube like structures to replicate the original.
Both look good and are interesting builds. In Japan, you can buy a base that lights up and will produce a different effect. Additionally, there is a deluxe version (read expensive) available which seems really cool.
I would love to hear your comments or questions.