“ Brand: Stickle Bricks „
A lot of people of my generation and beyond remember StickleBricks and I know when we were younger we certainly had some in the house, although I think they were actually belonged to my younger brother! Well recently my in laws were at a massive car boot sale and took time at the end to browse some of the stands that were selling childrens toys. As always there is general rubbish for sale, but one thing they picked up for my daughter was this box of Stickle Bricks Junior Super Builder, which as can be seen from the picture above comes in a great size tube to keep bricks together and tidy. It even has its own handle so it is easy to carry from room to room, or sometimes my daughter likes to take it to grandparents houses when we go to visit and she can carry it to the car etc. I'm not quite sure how much you would expect to pay for this box at full price, or even if it widely available to buy brand new - I know I have seen it on ebay, but my in laws bought the box, which still contained all 75 pieces that it states it does, for a very reasonable £4, bargained down from £5!
On the box that we were given it states that these StickleBricks are suitable for 2+, and I would say that is a good age recommendation as there are still some slightly smaller parts. The StickleBrick toy is produced by Hasbro who promote 'big imaginations' through playing with this toy and on the box there are some ideas for what to do with the bricks. On the reverse of the box are details about the amount and style of bricks that are contained within the box, including a set of wheels, two little people heads, circular bricks, triangular bricks, long rectangular bricks, and one big rectangle base as well as some long bricks and square bricks. As I said, unbelievably all the bricks were there. THe tub has seen better days but it still does what it needs to.
Initially my daughter didn't seem that fussed on these bricks, despite loving her Duplo and Mega Bloks, but when she practiced putting the bricks together and found they were quite flexible she started to enjoy them more. I also spent time showing her how to use the bricks to make things and then she was able to start to create her own constructions, most of which revolve round something to do with Peppa or Thomas the Tank Engine. She likes to use the wheels to make Daddy's Pig's car or trains from Thomas the Tank Engine and having the wheels etc allows her to do so. Sometimes she simply likes putting them all together and breaking them all apart, but it keeps her amused, especially when I am doing something like making the dinner.
All in all, for the price that my in laws paid, these bricks are as good as those that we played with when we were younger. They are simply another construction toy, but I feel it is continuing therefore to promote her motor skills and ability to manipulate small objects, as well as encouraging imagination. Most parents would want to foster such things. My daughter enjoys them and can spend a good length of time playing and building and to me it is therefore a good toy!
I may be in the minority but I have never really got the whole point to Stickle Bricks. I know that they are intended as a child-friendly alternative to Lego and Duplo but I never really got what you could actually do with these? Any construction you make is basic at best and comes apart again at the merest touch of a bit of heavy handness....
What is more, priced at around the £30 mark for a bucket of these, they do seem in-ordinarily over expensive or is that just me?
The bricks come in a variety of colours that range from blue to red to yellow to green and are reversible meaning that they have stickles on both sides. These stickles are essentially thin plastic spiky bits that slot together when placed with other pieces. This Junior Super Builder bucket is basically a starter set with something or everything thrown in- from triangular shaped pieces through to rectangular shaped pieces with long thin pieces and wheel shaped pieces also included so that you can make whatever your imagination desires. Provided, that is, that you don't mind what you construct looking anything like what you had imagined! There are even a couple of stickel brick heads though the kind of people you can create look decidedly scary!
This is a '70's creation and I definitely think, in the intervening years, that this product has aged! There is now bigger and better products on the market and these are worthy only as a bit of nostalgia and nothing else. My daughter got given this set a few years ago and hardly plays with it whilst her Duplo is still going strong years later! This says it all really I feel!
Even her Daddy rapidly loses interest when playing with this and that's saying something because I am the worlds biggest kid!
Overall, for the price, I think these bricks really aren't worth it at all and, with families having less money this Christmas, I really think you should look around elsewhere for ideas! I am not sure but I suspect that the price has gone up recently because of their retro novelty (and retro is very in right now, wouldn't you know?) but you really can do MUCH better for your money than these...
I used to have stickle brick myself when I was a young child which I remember playing with a lot with my siblings, so when I had kids myself, I was keen my kids got to experience it too.
My eldest son was bought this official bucket of stickle brick round about his 2nd birthday and this was around the minimum age that this is recommended for.
This Junior Super Builder set is really quite a good set for providing everything a child needs to make some little models to play with. You get a base plate you can build a house on, short and long flat rectangular pieces, squares with a hole in the middle to be windows, solid squares, circles and triangles, and to make people there is one cube shaped piece, and two people's heads in this set. There are also a couple of sets of wheels on an axle piece which allows you to build cars where the wheels will actually turn.
The set might initially seem quite expensive. I have to say, I am sure this was only £20 a few years ago, but is now on amazon at over £30, so its worth looking around. Our set was from The Entertainer. You can get imitation sets far cheaper, which we have a couple of similar sized buckets to this set. However, when you compare the bricks, they might look quite similar in size and colour, but the imitation ones are really floppy and you can bend them, whereas these ones are very tough and rigid and it leads to a much more satisfying building experience for the kids.
My children really like building, and own many varieties of lego and bricks, however, they still come back to this set. The pieces stick together very easily so from a very young age they have been able to make models that look like what they are trying to make. They have a preference for the more male items like cars and guns, but we have made houses as well. The models mostly stay together well until the kids decide to take them apart again.
The container the sticklebricks come in is also pretty useful for storing all the bricks in when not in use. The lid fits very securely, but at the same time, little ones can take it off independently when they want to play with the toy. I have found this is a great toy to take with us when we are visiting grandparents or friends, and my two will willingly tidy the bricks back into the box. This is good as they can hurt if you stand on them with no shoes on.
The bricks are quite hardwearing. I find they do sometimes get a bit grubby but it is easy to wash them. When the kids were younger, if they did go in their mouths, it didn't seem to do much damage to the bricks. If the dog gets hold of them he makes quite short work of them though.
We have had a lot of fun with this set of bricks. The design may not have changed at all from me being a child, but it is still a lot of fun and something that has a lot of play value. The kids like the freedom they get from this set. It is a bit less prescriptive for them than the lego sets we have bought them. It may cost a lot, but if looked after it could even be around for your grandkids.
I had completely forgot about the existence of Stickle Bricks until my brother in law and wife bought the Junior Super Builder Bucket for my kids last Christmas. These were a great present and my kids love them and they brought back fond memories of my Stickle Brick which I enjoyed playing with as a kid.
~The Box and Contents~
The Stickle Bricks come in a large red storage box with lid. There are 75 bricks inside of various sizes and types, including:
Square Stickle Bricks of 1 x 1 inch in two varieties, hollow and solid
Rectangle Stickle Bricks of 2 x 1 inch
Axels with a wheel each side
Round disk-like Stickles, about an inch in diameter
Triangular shaped bricks, about half the size of the square ones
Long thin Stickles, about 2 inches in length
Boy and girl heads for making people
~How the Bricks Work~
The bricks (except the disk, axel and heads) have Stickles on each side therefore bricks can be placed together from all angles. This is one aspect of Stickles that set them apart from Lego as there is far more flexibility in what they can make. They are also really easy to put together and pull apart and can be placed on each other at all angles.
~What Have We Made?~
Cars, trucks etc are a favourite for my kids, they have made all sorts of weird and wonderful looking modes of transport! Once my kids have made a vehicle they then do imaginary play with it. My daughter is currently very into making little stick people and then making stories up for them and giving them name. My son who is two is more than happy just sticking loads of Stickles together and making a tower is something completely imaginary to him.
Occasionally my husband, who is a big kid when it comes to these type of toys, makes something when then kids have gone to bed for a surprise the next morning. Usually he makes a house or castles which the kids love waking up to find.
In their basic form Stickle Bricks are just a pile different sized shapes and bricks, waiting for some little hands to fix them into an imaginary scenario. All the articles I have read suggest that creative play is extremely good for small children and simple toys which demand their thought to make them into something more are best. Stickle Bricks are constructive and facilitate creative play.
The box states that the bricks are suitable for children 2 and over. We had these bricks when my daughter was 4 and my son was 18 months. So I would say tow and above would be about right, as I had to be careful with my son and son of the smaller parts to start with. I do think that these will be a toy which keep coming out for many years, I can certainly remember playing with these bricks when I was around 8 or 9.
A great toy which was an excellent choice of present the bricks have been very well used. Looking on the web this box of Stickles costs around £30, which I think is good value for the amount of play we've had with these.
Stickle Bricks the ideal toy for little hands with big imaginations Stickle Bricks are the perfect first construction toy for babies and toddlers. They are bright and attractive to look at, and easy to put together and pull apart. With a variety of shapes and sizes, the very young find it great fun to develop their dexterity and creativity. Your child will be able to use their imaginations through creative play whilst trying different combinations of pieces of Stickle Bricks together. The set comes in the handy bucket so can not only be packed away tidy when not being played with but is also ideal as a travel toy. Contains 75 pieces Suitable from 2 years