Review: Nanoblocks Bulbasaur and How They Compare to Loz Diamond Blocks

Bulbasaur Nanoblocks title image. Behind the text is a photo of the Bulbasaur model built with the spare pieces left over

I recently bought two of the three starter Pokémon from Loz Diamond Blocks and when I saw the original Nanoblocks version of Bulbasaur on the Plaza Japan site I had to add him to my order. I’ve wondered what the difference would be between the two brands and it seemed like the perfect chance to compare the two. As far as I know Nanoblocks are the originals and a lot of their designs have been made in the Loz range.

The main difference between the two, in the past anyway, was the price and how hard it is to get a lot of the Nanoblocks sets here in the UK from a trusted seller. The Plaza Japan prices aren’t all that different to the Loz blocks here in the UK but then you will probably get hit by customs so that’s something to consider if you wanted to order any of their Nanoblocks range, they do have a lot of them to choose from though.

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Review: Nanoblock Torre di Pisa Set

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I’ve always loved Lego and then a few years ago I found out about Nanoblocks and wanted to give them a go. I really like miniature things so combining this with the Lego idea just really appealed to me. I did find that a lot of the ones that I liked are quite expensive to get in the UK so I have spent some time searching on eBay and losing a lot of auctions before I got the Pisa set. I may also have a few that are probably unofficial ones of Pokemon and other game characters that I want to get, probably there will be a big haul of just them at some point.

This Nanoblocks set is number NBH_030, I think anyway, and is the Torre di Pisa which I think is part of a world monuments style series as there are a few others in the same series that are of famous tourist destinations. I don’t know the number of pieces but it’s within the 200-550 pieces range which are meant to take 20-60 minutes.

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Review: Doctor Who Lego Ideas Set (No 21304)

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Adding this after posting: I just realised the spare clear one by one stud I found on the floor after finishing the set when I’d put the spares away is still attached to the top of the console, that isn’t meant to be there.

I have a few Lego sets, I just find them so relaxing and fun to build and take apart, but I think this is the only one I have that’s actually a current one and I wanted to do a post on it. I guess it’s kind of a review but it may not be as in depth as other Lego reviewers as I’m mainly going on how fun it was to build and the final look of it rather than a more specification based one as I do not have a huge amount of Lego or follow the news from it. I have included some measurements at the bottom of the review though.

This is a Lego set that I was hoping would be made at some point, it’s the TARDIS along with three of the main characters; Eleventh Doctor, Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald along with a Weeping Angel and two Daleks which had to be built from standard Lego pieces and I really like. The TARDIS front itself is detachable so it can be kept as a smaller display if you want, how I’m planning on doing it, but it also attaches to the rest of the set that makes up the inside of the TARDIS. The internal part is based on the Twelfth Doctor’s TARDIS and is all greys.

The set number is 21304, has a total of 623 pieces and costs £49.99 in the UK. It was released in December 2015 and is still available on the Lego store here but I have seen it in other places too. I know my parents bought it on the Tesco website though it shows as out of stock at the moment and it’s probably in a lot of physical stores too.

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