Build All The Things With Bildopolis

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Recently I’ve been tweeting photos of my kids playing with a new toy my wife bought them that I’mthey are totally enthralled with. It’s called the Bildopolis Big Bilder Kit.

This is a creation of a family friend of ours who used to be an industrial designer at IDEO. He left a while ago to start on his own thing and came up with this. We bought a set immediately in part to to support his efforts, but also because it looked cool. We were not disappointed. This thing is fun.

mia-cody-and-bildopolis

The concept is really simple. It’s a set of cardboard squares, triangles, and rectangles that have “female” velcro semicircles attached. Those are the white parts in the photos. The kit also comes with a bag of colorful “male” velcro “dots”.

Apply the dots to attach the cardboard pieces together to make all sorts of interesting structures for your kids to play in. If your kids are older, they’ll probably want to build their own structures.

rocket-ship

I want to make it clear that I don’t get any kickbacks or anything and we paid full price for our set. I’m just pimping this out because I had so much fun building stuff with it and my kids really love it. Maybe yours will too.

tunnels

In one evening, we built about four different structures. They’re quick and flexible to build.

long-house

There are a few downsides though. The Haackerdome below is probably going to be a permanent fixture in our living room, which takes up a bit of space. Also, these structures are meant for playing inside of, not on top of. They wouldn’t be sturdy enough to support the weight of kids climbing on top of them.

haackerdome

In any case, if you want to learn more, check out the Bildopolis website. They have a video showing off the kit. There’s also a gallery where folks have sent in photos of what they’ve built. That’s where I got the idea for the dome. The kit sells for $80 not including shipping.

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  1. Avatar for Oscar
    Oscar March 2nd, 2012

    Nice toy but seriously u still got a CRT TV?

  2. Avatar for Simon Bartlett
    Simon Bartlett March 2nd, 2012

    There's nothing wrong with still having a CRT - I still have one. However I'm a busy person, and I'd upgrade it if I watched more TV!

  3. Avatar for tobi
    tobi March 2nd, 2012

    Owning any TV at all is wrong by itself.

  4. Avatar for Dan McKenzie
    Dan McKenzie March 2nd, 2012

    Thank you so much for this post! I immediately bought one after reading it and seeing the pics. My 2 yr old and 4 yr old (and I) will absolutely love it! Being a coder from Indianapolis - God only knows how long it would have taken for Bildopolis' marketing campaigns to reach me...

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    Justin March 2nd, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this product. I will be getting one for my son's birthday. He loves to build things. This is amazing.

  6. Avatar for Radenko Zec
    Radenko Zec March 2nd, 2012

    Seams like great product. Thanks for sharing this info with us Phil..

  7. Avatar for Andrew Benz
    Andrew Benz March 2nd, 2012

    This is just awesome! It reminds me of the cardboard bricks I had when I was a kid, except that you can build actual enclosures instead of just walls.

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    haacked March 2nd, 2012

    Glad you guys like it! I've been having a lot of fun with these lately. And yes, my kids genuinely have fun too. It's not just me. When we play hide and seek, they hide in it EVERY SINGLE TIME. It's kind of funny.

  9. Avatar for Darren Kopp
    Darren Kopp March 2nd, 2012

    Seems like it would also work for cats, for those that don't have children.

  10. Avatar for Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith March 2nd, 2012

    We saw what you did there. Trying to be all sly and junk.

  11. Avatar for Steve
    Steve March 2nd, 2012

    How sturdy is the kit given that it's made of cardboard and stick-on velcro?

  12. Avatar for haacked
    haacked March 2nd, 2012

    @Steve it sort of depends on what you build and your skill at building it. :) The structures aren't solid enough for kids to climb on top of them. But they'll stand up pretty well to them playing inside of them and bumping against the walls and such.

  13. Avatar for Josh Carroll
    Josh Carroll March 3rd, 2012

    Is that an Octocat sticker I see?

  14. Avatar for haacked
    haacked March 3rd, 2012

    Yep, my kids love them!

  15. Avatar for Fırat Esmer
    Fırat Esmer March 6th, 2012

    They're so cute. :$

  16. Avatar for Sameer
    Sameer March 6th, 2012

    I might just buy one of these, thanks for sharing

  17. Avatar for stacey
    stacey March 7th, 2012

    ... do we ...do we have to buy these for our kids? they need to make an adult size...

  18. Avatar for haacked
    haacked March 7th, 2012

    Stacey, I'm getting a 2nd set for that purpose. ;)

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    Gene March 11th, 2012

    Bought it. And kids (6 and 4 and 1) all love it. They are bringing in pillows and blankets so I may have solved our need for an extra bedroom.

  20. Avatar for haacked
    haacked March 11th, 2012

    Gene, that's awesome! See, it's paid for itself already. :)

  21. Avatar for Bruce VA
    Bruce VA March 13th, 2012

    Awesome! I wish I had one when I was a kid!
    Though I do say I had fun with a similar concept: Giant Tinker Toys. Just like regular ones, but the sticks were plastic and between 6 inches to 3 foot long. You could build a fort with it. (Or a sword, but let's not go there!)

  22. Avatar for Anne Shisler
    Anne Shisler March 13th, 2012

    Looks really fun and when I visited the website and played the video, you can't help but get yourself one even if you're not a kid anymore.

  23. Avatar for developerjigar
    developerjigar March 14th, 2012

    Nice BIG TOY for small kids

  24. Avatar for Andrew Newey
    Andrew Newey April 18th, 2012

    Looks like a lot of fun. Just checked the Bildopolis and unfortunately they don't ship to Australia :(
    Perhaps I better get a franchise going here if they are that hot!

  25. Avatar for Greg Ellis
    Greg Ellis June 5th, 2012

    This is Great! - I also know John from way back before he went to design school - always knew he would do something awesome with his talent. My 6 year old would live this