Names of childhood toys shouldn't be this hard to remember...
September 13, 2008 8:03 PM   Subscribe

Help me remember a random arts-and-crafts kit from my childhood... with a German twist?

I've got another one of those "I can't remember what it's called" questions! When I was little (early 90's) I had an arts and crafts kit that came from Germany. It was a plastic mosaic kit quite similar to "Pixel Hobby" that contained a design sheet, plastic pegboard, and all the plastic pieces. The only difference between my kit and Pixel Hobby was the shape of the tiles: instead of only having 1x1 squares, mine had a variety of shapes and sizes (I can remember 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 2x2 and an L shape).

Please help!!! And thank you for saving my sanity!!!
posted by veryhappyheidi to Grab Bag (6 answers total)
Was it Ministeck? I used to play with that a lot as a kid in the eighties.
posted by amf at 4:00 AM on September 14, 2008

Wow that brings back memories. (so yeah, seconding amf)
posted by ClarissaWAM at 6:53 AM on September 14, 2008

Hey, you can even play Ministeck online! Ah, nostalgia...
posted by amf at 9:31 AM on September 14, 2008

These are hugely popular in Sweden and are called "tube-beads", you can iron them once you have made them to melt them together as a permenant display. There are lots of different types of "mats" that you can follow if you don't want to free-style, like here:*SL&LVL3=MIDIBASE

Hama (a danish company) is the main brand sold in Sweden, and they have an english language site available:

It seems you can get them in the states under the name of Perler Beads:
posted by Iteki at 1:17 PM on September 14, 2008

Didn't realise that it was the actual pieces and not the mats that were L-shaped etc. Ministecks look to be the thing, and they look fun too!
posted by Iteki at 1:25 PM on September 14, 2008

Response by poster: You guys were right; it was Ministeck! Thanks so much!
posted by veryhappyheidi at 7:15 PM on September 14, 2008

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