The first time we went to Toy Fair, in February of 2004, we were pretty new to the industry. The ink had barely dried on our lease, and our store wasn’t slated to open for another 4 months. We were walking around the Javitz center in a daze, completely overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds. So many toys, so little time. One product did manage to catch our attention, and the samples we brought home to my parents were a huge hit. You could say that Pixelblocks were our first great toy discovery.
These translucent little blocks are reminiscent of Lego, but they’re more sophisticated. A clever system of knobs, grooves and tracks allows the builder to work vertically or horizontally to create vibrant and kinetic projects. We had them in stock for a little while last year, but the supply was very limited. The company restructured, reconsidered and repackaged. Which basically means we haven’t had them in the store for almost a year.
So, welcome back, Pixelblocks. We’re glad to see you again. If the company can keep us stocked, I think these will take off. Their website even offers a cool Digital Stained Glass tool, which will easily convert any digital image into a Pixelblock mosaic, complete with diagrams and color-coded charts. Pretty cool.