The Base Ace concept was invented by Brian Stickley, owner and MD of Talking Products Ltd. The kit designs were developed with the help of Southampton Solent University, where Brian had previously graduated as a Business student.
Base Ace kits provide children, (and adults!), with exciting and expandable 3D platforms on which to build and play with their toy mini figures and bricks. The kits are compatible with all leading brands of building bricks including LEGO and Mega Bloks.
Brian explains the story behind Base Ace:
“Like many households across the world, our family has a large toy box full of mini figures and building bricks. Both of my sons are big 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 the models he has created. It takes time to build a large kit and I noticed the disappointment as his precious construction fell apart as he played.”
“I realised that something stronger was needed with quick and easy assembly. I also thought it would be good to build more exciting shapes but still allow the boys to be creative with their bricks and mini figures.”
“One Christmas, my father and I built a replica of a Star Wars Death Star out of wood and added LEGO base plates. I gave it to my son as a present on Christmas Day and he absolutely loved it. The model was robust and sturdy so it could easily withstand continued play without falling apart. This allowed my son to use it again and again as he created different stories and re-enacted scenes from his favourite Star Wars movies!"
“After seeing the reaction of my son and his friends, I soon realised that there was an opportunity to make a business from this new idea. Mini figures and building bricks are very popular with children, (and adults), and having a 3D shape is so much more exciting to build on compared to a dull flat base plate… and so the Base Ace concept was born!”
Base Ace kits are made of plywood with plastic base plates that are compatible with all leading brands of building bricks including LEGO and Mega Bloks. They are flat packed and very easy to assemble. The designs allow you to join, stack and expand to create buildings and structures to suit any of your favourite mini figure themes.
The photo above shows Brian Stickley, (left), and Mark Jones from Solent University, (right). Taken during the Base Ace launch in 2015.
2019 is a very exciting year for Base Ace! The whole concept has been evolving based on all the positive feedback from customers and distributors. We are very proud to introduce our brand-new EVO kits! Following the success of the Base Ace concept, the new EVO kits can now join, stack and expand to create an unlimited number of unique shapes. We have also been able to achieve a slightly lower price, include a Transporter Platform and add special play features.
We believe our new EVO kits will take Base Ace to a whole new level. Please sign up to our monthly Newsletter below to receive product news, special offers, event news and discount codes. We are also grateful to receive any feedback and comments through our Social Media pages.
Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you at the Brick Show events this year.
MD / Owner
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