EVERY structure needs a firm base and that’s what gave a man from Romsey in Hampshire the inspiration to develop a new construction toy.
Base Ace, the brainchild of Brian Stickley, provides children with an exciting, expandable 3D structure on which to build and play.
“You can join, stack and expand to create unique environments such as Spaces Stations, Castles or an exciting backdrop for a Superhero mission,” said Brian, 49.
Crucially the system, which was developed with the help of Southampton Solent University, is compatible with brick brands such as LEGO and Mega Bloks.
“Like many other households across the world, we have a large toy box full of LEGO bricks and mini figures,” said Brian. “Both of my sons are big LEGO fans, but they play in different ways. My eldest son likes to build models and put them on his shelf to admire, whilst my youngest son loves to actually play with what he creates. It takes time to build a large kit and I noticed the disappointment as his constructions fell apart as he played.”
“I realised that something stronger was needed with quick and easy assembly. I thought it would also be more interesting to start to build on a more exciting shape, rather than just a large flat Base Plate, but still allow the boys to be creative with their bricks and figures.”
“The Base Ace concept has been evolving since its launch back in 2015. I always like to stimulate and encourage creative play, so I’ve added extra features and developed a new design which allows multiple kits to be joined together. I’ve also adopted new production methods to help reduce the price and designed a new assembly process to make the kits easier to build. All this new innovation has resulted in the launch of my new EVO kit.”
The kits are made of wood with plastic base plates and side panels, which allow them to connect with Lego pieces. There are Transporter Platforms to link at different levels and move mini figures around the construction. Sound Module accessories allow you to record and playback your own sound effects to enhance the scene. Multiple kits can be joined, stacked and expanded to create an unlimited number of unique shapes.
Brian sought help with CAD drawings and prototypes from the Product Design Team at Southampton Solent University. He’d worked with the university before through his firm Talking Products Ltd which makes educational resources and aids for independent living.
Mark Jones, programme group leader on the university’s BA Production Design Course, said he instantly thought the concept had massive potential.
“It’s been an interesting project,” said Mark. “We both have young children and it’s been good to work on a toy which gets young people away from computer gaming to develop their skills and engage in creative play.”
He said the beauty of Base Ace was its unique design and evolving shape that allows children to create their own scenes, and the whole kit packs down into a carton the size of a pizza box.
The new Base Ace EVO kit will launch at the London BRICK Festival being held at Olympia on the 22nd September. (Visit: www.londonbrickfestival.com). Base Ace can also be seen at the BRICK LIVE show which is being held at the NEC in Birmingham from 31st October to 3rd November. (Visit: www.bricklive.co.uk ).
Visit www.BaseAce.co.uk to find out more information about this fantastic new product.
Base Ace Video Clip on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_ZHH18xeLao
Notes to The Editor
1. Contact information:
Brian Stickley – MD/Owner
Talking Products Ltd, Unit C8 The Premier Centre, Abbey Park Industrial Estate,
Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 9DG, ENGLAND
Office Tel: 01794 278327 or direct Mobile: 07801 924485
Web Site: www.TalkingProducts.com
2. Talking Products Ltd was established in 2002. The company designs and supplies Educational Resources, Independent Living Aids, Promotional Merchandise and Gift Products.
3. High Resolution Photos and Video Clips are available on request.
4. Base Ace kits do not include bricks or mini figures.
5. LEGO is a trademark and copyright of the LEGO Group.