Build your own Taipei 101 with Nanoblock

Taipei 101 - Now desk-sized!

Taipei 101 – Now desk-sized!

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.

The box.  On the top right it has a special holographic sticker of Taipei 101.

The box. On the top right it has a special holographic sticker of Taipei 101.

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.

The lengthy instructions.  It's quite easy to get confused or make a mistake.

The lengthy instructions. It’s quite easy to get confused or make a mistake.

The base.  You can see how small the blocks are.

The base. You can see how small the blocks are.

The mall section of Taipei 101 is complete, now for the tower.

The mall section of Taipei 101 is complete, now for the tower.

The base of the tower.  The thing on top of the mall would not stay on!

The base of the tower. The thing on top of the mall would not stay on!

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.

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Posted on February 6, 2014, in Art, Taipei and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. hello, i lost my taipei 101 nano blocks map,do you have ,if you have can you send it to me?

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