I once started making a tower from TIKO for my 2-year-old nephew (he really loves all sorts of towers). Then my oldest and I got carried away, and we built a tower from almost all the Tiko set parts, we had only 5-6 pieces left. At first, the tower stood behind the curtain on the windowsill, waiting for the right moment and mood of the kids. The right moment came, we armed ourselves with a camera and showed the tower to the kids. The nephew’s delight knew no bounds!

Tiko is a vintage building set, just like Tako. But, unlike Tako, Tiko pieces are solid panels of different shapes. They also connect by the edges – each edge has some sockets and some balls at regular intervals. Together, the balls and sockets form joints, so you can connect the pieces at different angles. The pieces themselves have different sizes – some are palm-sized, and others are smaller. But it’s possible to connect the pieces of different sizes, as long as the sockets match. Some big pieces have open centers – and these openings also have sockets, so you can add something there.

Since some Tiko pieces are so big, you can easily make crafts that are as tall as a 10-year-old child, and parts will actually hold together. Or you can make flat mosaics if you want to, and then roll them to make a 3D figure. There are no people figurines or decorations, but the building possibilities are endless. With Tiko, can create abstract shapes, buildings, toy furniture, and even something they can wear themselves. It’s a pity this set isn’t available to buy anymore, but there are some similar toys with the same basic concepts.

Great tower! How many sets and pieces you had to use to build it? We want to build something like that one day!

Thank you, Jane77! For this building we only needed one set. And we built the tower as follows: at its core, as you can see, there are large squares, then each tier consists of a number of parts that is a multiple of 4, i.e. 4, 8, 12 or 16. The first three tiers after the base of large squares (16 pieces) are large triangles of 8 each (24 pieces in total). 4th tier is 4 octagons and 4 small triangles. This tier is turned inside out, otherwise the octagons will not connect in the center with either the triangles or the pentagons.

5th tier – 4 large pentagons, 4 small triangles and 4 hexagons. The pentagons are not connected to each other, but are held together by other parts of the tier.

6th tier – 4 small squares and 4 small triangles.

7th tier – 16 small triangles. The connection between the 6th and 7th tiers turned out to be the weak point in the structure.

8th tier – 4 large pentagons that are already connected to each other, 12 small squares and 4 small triangles – this place turned out to be a little curved.

9th tier – 4 hexagons and 12 small triangles. and 10th tier – 4 large pentagons, 4 rectangles and 4 right triangles. 2 small pentagons included in the set inside the larger ones. The complex tiers can be seen in more detail in the photo “Sports Cups”.

In total, there were 134 parts, but two hexagons and two octagons remained. If you have a larger number of sets, then the structure will undoubtedly be higher, but it is unlikely to be stable; this one at least somehow stood. You can make the tiers in multiples of 6 or 8, rather than 4, then the tower will be wider and more impressive.

By the way, you gave me an idea – to make a building from several sets.

Great tower! Its GIGANTIC!

It looks a bit like a totem pole (the top part looks like a crown).

Thank you! If we had more details, it would be bigger. I wonder what SUPER gigantic things can happen if you use ALL your TIKO?!

Exactly! And if you turn it upside down, you get the TV tower. We live just opposite one. We have a similar set, but we never thought of building it. I really liked it. And last summer, my child and I built a whole town from all the construction kits that were had. It was great!

Do you have any photos of it? It sounds so interesting…

We will try to build something like that…

Yes, we also want to see your great city!

Sadly, no, there are no photos. For some reason I never make photos, except for some crafts. But we will try to repeat this city as soon as we’ll have time, and post pictures.

Sounds great! We will wait!