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Building brick toy sets inspired by nature's flexibility. Create, playfully learn, and add to your favorite bricks.
Building brick toy sets inspired by nature's flexibility. Create, playfully learn, and add to your favorite bricks.
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bionicTOYS turns building bricks into flexible play. Our collection of patent-pending flex-bricks let you truly get creative as you bend and stretch them. Inspired by nature's own flexibility, build creatures that mimic real life movement and then go wild!

Best of all, add them to your favorite building bricks, like LEGO® Technic or Tinkerbots®, to truly flex their power.  

Fish-tail made of bionicTOYS and other construction bricks
Fish-tail made of bionicTOYS and other construction bricks

STRETCH it, BEND it, TIE it, TWIST it! bionicTOYS is flexible enough to work with anything you might create. It´s not magic, it’s science! 

 

Flexible, soft materials, like flex-bricks, are being used to create amazing innovations in design and technology. The world of bionics and robotics are two such examples that use flexibility to blend high tech capabilities with life-like functions. As a result, the future will be a lot more flexible!

bionicTOYS wants to bring that same exciting world to basic play! Kids big and small will get hands-on experience with the principles of flexibility. 

Nature is amazing, isn't it?! And bionics can teach us about how to apply that knowledge in our everyday lives. Learn while playing with bionicTOYS: 

  • The same mechanical laws that make some animals move can also be applied to a catapult game. 
  • Explore potential energy and force at play. 
  • See how elasticity stretches, friction slides, and recoiling bounces. 

 

Experiment and see! After playing around with the Fish Fin, Sten applied his new understanding of flexibility and force to build a unique coat hanger (from a toy!). Simply play and then apply your bionic knowledge to make new things! 

 

 FISH FIN 

*23 pieces
*23 pieces

 

Use the Fish Fin to play a unique game of Ping Pong.
Use the Fish Fin to play a unique game of Ping Pong.

FLEX BALL

*44 pieces ~ The only ball you can fold up and put in your backpack (or briefcase)!
*44 pieces ~ The only ball you can fold up and put in your backpack (or briefcase)!

 

 

HANDY GRIPPER

*89 pieces ~ Not exactly a kitchen tool but sure does come in handy there!
*89 pieces ~ Not exactly a kitchen tool but sure does come in handy there!

 BIONIC CLAW

*97 pieces ~ Make like a hawk and sweep in on that last cookie!
*97 pieces ~ Make like a hawk and sweep in on that last cookie!

 

JELLYFISH

*124 pieces ~ Just a Jellyfish or the ultimate cat toy?!
*124 pieces ~ Just a Jellyfish or the ultimate cat toy?!

KeyChain or Signed Postcard 

Tinkerbots® with Our Flex-Bricks

Get really inventive using bionicTOYS in combination with the robotic construction sets from Tinkerbots®. For more information about Tinkerbots®, visit their website.  

Advanced Builder Set 

LEGO® Technic Pieces 

We find that LEGO® Technic pieces make great "bones" for our flex-brick "muscles". Therefore, each Kickstarter set includes all bionicTOYS flex-bricks and LEGO® Technic parts needed to construct your Reward model. However, it's impossible for us to buy new LEGO® Technic parts in large quantities directly from LEGO®. Due to this, each set includes second-hand LEGO® Technic parts in excellent condition.

All parts for the BIONIC CLAW.
All parts for the BIONIC CLAW.

 

 PLEASE NOTE:

  • Each Kickstarter set will not come with instructions. Instead, there will be instruction videos available on our website: www.bionictoys.de   

With a successful campaign, bionicTOYS flex-bricks will be made in Germany with injection moulding and will have two types of flexibility available. 

Lifting 20 kg (44 Lbs) with flex-bricks | Cut w/ scissors (3 y.o. & up)
Lifting 20 kg (44 Lbs) with flex-bricks | Cut w/ scissors (3 y.o. & up)

ADDED BONUS: Make each flex-brick however long or short you want it—just cut them with scissors.  

Marcel Pasternak is a product designer who looks to nature for inspiration. bionicTOYS was first created two years ago as part of his Product Design master’s thesis. Studying the principles of motion, he recognized the pure beauty of flexibility used by plants and animals to move and transform. As an avid LEGO® fan, Marcel constructed case study models that could mimic organic motions. Working with LEGO® Technic—which became like the bones of these structures—he experimented with his own design until he could find a structure that resembled the flexible muscles and tendons: bionicTOYS flex-bricks.  

 

Marcel is supported by co-founders Andreas and Stefan. While Marcel handles the design, daily operations, and general magic behind bionicTOYS, Stefan oversees marketing and sales, and Andreas handles all legal-related matters.

Now, with your support, Marcel’s invention can become a real product, a great addition to any building brick collection, AND show kids and adults the science of bionics at play. Let’s reimagine construction-based play together! 

We also offer WORLDWIDE SHIPPING from Germany and the highest German SAFETY STANDARDS. 

 

Risks and challenges

We are confident about reaching our March shipping date.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that we plan to ship with custom-designed packaging, without having any experience in packaging design. Naturally, Marcel will do his best to design packaging worthy of such a great colorful product. However, we've also been advised that this takes time, especially for the inexperienced. We hope this won't complicate anything down the road and, if so, we will be completely transparent and inform you of any necessary delays or changes made to the entire package.

We don't anticipate any delays with the start of production since everything is already in place. We have begun our partnership with a German injection moulding company, which is currently producing the first test run of our flex-bricks. These flex-bricks will then be sent as soon as they can to a German material-testing lab so that we can get our clearance certification by December.

We also have lined up a professional logistic company that will help us pack and ship the product on time.

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    You are AWESOME! Thank you!!

    Thank You for your support. You are officially part of the revolution in play.

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    bionicTOYS KeyChain

    Show everyone that you are supporting bionicTOYS. Get your very own Flex-brick.

    Includes:
    • 1 bionicTOYS Flex-brick in random color.
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    Signed Postcard

    Receive a handwritten, personal postcard from Marcel, the inventor of bionicTOYS.

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    Early Bird FISH FIN

    Move like a fish! We’ll send you all the parts needed to build your very own bionic fish fin.

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    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks for the FISH FIN
    • Flex-brick color: Sky-blue
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    20 x Flex-Bricks

    You´ll get 20 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks in all four colors.

    Includes:
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Sky-blue
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Pumpkin-orange
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Fox-red
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Grass-green
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    Early Bird FLEX BALL

    Play with a ball that is flexible, foldable, and still bouncy! Plus, this Ball won’t hurt on contact and never needs air.

    Includes:
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the FLEX BALL
    • Flex-brick color: Pumpkin-orange
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    FLEX BALL

    Play with a ball that is flexible, foldable, and still bouncy! Plus, this Ball won’t hurt on contact and never needs air.

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    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the FLEX BALL
    • Flex-brick color: Pumpkin-orange
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    FISH FIN + 20 Flex-Bricks

    Move like a fish! We’ll send you all the parts needed to build your very own bionic fish fin. In addition, you´ll get 20 bionicTOYS flex-bricks in four great colors.

    Includes:
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks for the FISH FIN
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Sky-blue
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Pumpkin-orange
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Fox-red
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Grass-green
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    HANDY GRIPPER

    Keep grabbing with this Handy Gripper. We’ll send you all the building bricks needed to construct the bionicTOYS Handy Gripper.

    Includes:
    • Flex-brick color: Pumpkin-orange
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the HANDY GRIPPER
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    BIONIC CLAW

    Reach far with this Bionic Claw. We’ll send you all the building bricks needed to construct the bionicTOYS Claw.

    Includes:
    • Flex-brick color: Fox-red
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the BIONIC CLAW
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    JELLYFISH

    Enjoy the meditative-like swim of jellyfish firsthand, without getting stung. We’ll send you all the building bricks needed to construct the bionicTOYS Jellyfish.

    Includes:
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the JELLYFISH
    • Flex-brick color: Sky-blue
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    HANDY GRIPPER + 20 Flex-Bricks

    Keep grabbing with this Handy Gripper. We’ll send you all the building bricks needed to construct the bionicTOYS Handy Gripper. On top of that, you´ll get 20 extra bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks in all four colors.

    Includes:
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the HANDY GRIPPER
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Sky-blue
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Pumpkin-orange
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Fox-red
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    BIONIC CLAW + 20 Flex-Bricks

    Reach even further with this Bionic Claw. We’ll send you all the building bricks needed to construct the bionicTOYS Claw PLUS 20 extra flex-bricks in all four standard colors.

    Includes:
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the BIONIC CLAW
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Sky-blue
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Pumpkin-orange
    • 5 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks. Color: Fox-red
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    Bionic-Technic Kit (700 pieces)

    Who doesn’t love LEGO® Technics?! Now, you can make them even better with our bionicTOYS full set.

    Includes:
    • 100 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks in different colors
    • 100 Cross Pin/Axle Peg´s by LEGO® technic
    • 200 Cross Axle 2 long by LEGO® technic
    • 300 Cross Axle 3 long by LEGO® technic
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    Bionic COLLECTION

    Unleash your full creativity with the ULTIMATE bionicTOYS collection.

    Includes:
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks for the FISH FIN
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the FLEX BALL
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the HANDY GRIPPER
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the BIONIC CLAW
    • All LEGO® technic + bionicTOYS Flex-bricks for the JELLYFISH
    • 100 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks in different colors
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    Advanced Builder Set + 100 Flex-Bricks

    Explore the world of robotics with the Advanced Builder Set by Tinkerbots®. You’ll also get 100 bionicTOYS flex-bricks in all four colors.

    Includes:
    • 1 Tinkerbots® Advanced Builder Set
    • 100 bionicTOYS Flex-Bricks in different colors
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    EDUCATION KIT

    Includes 21 x Bionic COLLECTION

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    GIGA EDUCATION KIT

    Includes 36 x Bionic COLLECTION

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