TENTE Construction Toys

TVTA is pleased to present further images from the 1988 Exin catalogue featuring TENTE construction toys.

Today we look at the lines Elephant (a range of pre-school bricks similar to Duplo and Mega-Bloks), Variant, Compact and Combi (for early school ages), and then sets for the more advanced young builder featuring typical Tenté themes of helicopters, boats, military vehicles and space craft.

To round off the post we have some examples from the Titanium line… and here there can be no doubt that some of its space vehicles were inspired by certain craft from the early Star Wars franchise (X-Wing and Tie Fighters immediately come to mind). 

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Selection of Tenté construction toy lines. Composition by TVTA.

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Roblock – transforming robots you build!

Roblock was introduced around 1984 as part of the TENTE construction toy range by Exin-Lines Bros S.A., probably as a cash-in on the trend for transforming toys such as Go-Bots, Transformers and the like. The difference was that Roblock robots had to be built first – brick by brick, with special hinges enabling the vehicle parts to become robots.

Roblocks might appear as simplistic and cartoonish for a transforming toy robot, but for me they add a special cool factor with their bold colour schemes, striking decals and fun element… I mean, who can resist a sci-fi, earth-moving machine on caterpillar treads, which can transform into a frog? That’s the kooky joy that is Frogster. See pic below…

Tente Roblock featuring the models Defender, Dark Warrior and Frogster. Exin catalogue, 1988, Spain.
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Exin Castles

Exin Castles, known as ‘Exin Castillos’ in its Spanish country of origin, is an interlocking construction toy similar to its competitor Lego. The sets were based on the concept of medieval and fantasy castles (beating Lego, who would introduce the same themes later on) and were introduced in 1968 by Exin-Lines Bros S.A. of Barcelona, Spain. Exin was also well known for its hugely popular TENTE range of interlocking bricks.

TVTA is pleased to present images from the 1988 English/French language Exin catalogue, printed in Spain, featuring sets from the Exin Castles line as well as sets from the Golden Series line.


Exin Castles. 1988 Exin catalogue. Spain.

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Balls! Time to get mad with TVTA!

Madballs Mad Money Wacky Cash banks. Wonderland catalogue. 1987. France.

Greetings vintage mates! Remember the short but popular phase of Madballs toys? They also had their imitators like Uglyballs and Weird Balls. Back in the day I had a few Madballs, but I didn’t know the line expanded to include money savings banks and water squirters, as seen in the 1987 edition of Wonderland Catalogue.

Madballs Water Squirters. Wonderland catalogue. 1987. France.

TVTA is pleased to present some additional images from the 1987 Wonderland Catalogue, featuring excellent toys from the likes of Bravestarr, Barbie and Popples.

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