Build your own Taipei 101 with Nanoblock
Taipei 101 is one of the most famous attractions in Taiwan, and was the tallest building in the world from 2004-2010. There are countless souvenirs that have the building slapped on it: from hats to shirts to cups to steel or crystal models. However, the most interesting one I’ve found is a Nanoblock version of Taipei 101. I build it from the ground up after the jump.
Nanoblock is construction hobby series from the Japanese company Kawada Co. It focuses on realistic projects such as famous historical sites or animals, and the pieces are much smaller than Lego blocks. Nanoblock has a set called “sights to see” that include historic landmarks, though most of them are in Japan. I found these to be quite interesting as you don’t often see construction sets for places like the Itsukushima Shrine or Himeji Castle. I often saw Nanoblock sets in stores, but was disappointed that there weren’t any that were Taiwan-themed.
Finally, I stumbled upon a Nanoblock set of Taipei 101 in the most obvious of places: Taipei 101. I have never seen this in any other store in Taipei, so it must be exclusive only to Taipei 101 (and a special Nanoblock store in Taipei I will mention soon).
[UPDATE] Turns out, it’s NOT exclusive to Taipei 101, though it may have been at one time. I have seen it at the official Nanoblock store in Taipei and other places like Hands Tailung. Also check out my story about the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Nanoblock set.
Priced at 1000NT, it may cause many shoppers to put it back immediately. Fortunately I received it as a gift, and started on my first Nanoblock project.
From here, you just have to build the sections of the tower. There are eight sections and they are all built the exact same way. It is quite repetitive and if you make a mistake, you have to be very careful in correcting it.
I recently learned that there is a Nanoblock store in Taipei and they have this set as well. You could try there to find a cheaper price. I hope that Kawada Co. releases more Taiwanese Nanoblock sets in the future, though I did read there is an Open-chan one. Anyone looking for a rarer or more hands-on souvenir should give this one a try.