Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Build a Skyscraper

I recently reclaimed another toy I had as a child. The Build a Skyscraper set is a building toy that was made sometime in the early 1960's. There's no manufacturer information at all on the packaging, instructions, or the blocks themselves. Just a note (in a bad translation) that ti was made in "Western Germany."

As you can see, the set's pretty small -- and entirely self-contained. In addition to providing a variety of blocks to make one very elaborate or several simple city structures, you also get pieces to make a bridge, and three autos.

The set assembled -- just like the box art!

The original price on the bottom is marked 50 cents. I've seen them on eBay for about $30.00, which seems about right. The blocks aren't precisely cut, and the windows aren't printed exactly center -- so this isn't the highest level of German toy manufacturing.

Or I could build one of these other designs.

Still, there's a certain charm about the set, especially when I put the pieces together. I just need to be sure to assemble them on a perfectly flat surface, though. Because, as you can see from the photo below, those blocks weren't cut exactly square!

Or just create something on my own. Beep, beep!


  1. Oh my goodness! I had this toy too when I was a small child! My German grandparents had gotten it for me. I loved it because it was soo tiny! :) I didn't care that the lines weren't straight..but I did notice! Thanks for the memory!

    1. You're welcome! I ran across this at my dad's house a while ago and he was happy to let me have it back again. I think I got it when I was about 6 or 7 -- when my fingers were MUCH smaller. 8-)