The ease, with which the building toys embrace creativity, makes them some of the most popular toys and collectables. Children and adults, all endorse the building toys with equal fervor. The freedom of building them into toys of your own choice and liking, adds to their charm. What started from a do-it-yourself toy set is a rage today. The Lego land and Chrysler Building replica at the Times Square location of Toys "R" Us in New York City perfectly explain the place building toys hold in the toy world.
Owing and making structures out of the building toys is not just a passtime but a serious full time hobby with many. Time and again these toys have been used in media (print, movies and advertising) to bring out a point. Special exhibitions where building toys enthusiasts gather, are organized all over the world.
Building toys are very commonly used as educational toys. They stimulate and develop essential skills and imagination in children. Children can easily learn about complex structures around them by building their replicas using various components of building toys. More grown up individuals can understand and resolve complex engineering problems in a creative way.
The building toys are made to exact scale and the interlocks are made in such a manner that they are neither too easy nor too difficult to snap off. This maintains the balance of the structure being made.
You can chose between the brightly colored plastic building blocks and the shining steel components. The plastic building toys are the classic sets. They are better for young kids and prefered by the veteran building toys collectors. On the other hand the steel building toys are great for teenagers.
The building blocks components include scratch blocks, plastic interlocking bricks and steel strips that are attached together using nuts and bolts. Besides these there are wooden building toys that uses wooden components as part of their model kits.