LaQ Mini Kit Helicopter (175 pieces)
This series has a lot of versatility at introductory prices. Each kit features one main model to build, but instructions are also included to use the pieces for any one of a number of different models. Once you get an idea of how to build a few things while following instructions, you can test yourself with a free-build session to see what creations you can come up with on your own. The "Plane" kit contains instructions for building flat models - items on a 2D plane - and has 185 pieces. All other kits have 175 pieces.
LaQ is a unique construction set that enables users to create in either 2- or 3D. There are 7 basic block types. The 2 base parts are square and triangle; the 5 connector parts are wide and narrow flat connectors, a 120° angled connector, a right angle connector, and a tri-directional connector (making 2 right angles). The connectors attach to the base parts by snapping into place on any of the long sides of the bases (which are 16mm per side). Hamacron wheel and shaft pieces are also included in some of the sets. The shafts attach to the bases the same way the connectors do. The pieces will give an audible "snap" sound when you push them together and they hold on pretty tightly. However, it is as simple as bending the pieces at the joint to get them to pop apart. Infinite variations exist! To get you started, though, there are a number of different sets available. Please refer to each group below for a more detailed description.