Bilda-brix, the 1950s Australian plastic brick construction outfit, manufactured by Playmate, moulded by Moulded Products (Australasia) Limited. Also incorrectly known as Buildabrix, Bildabrix, Buildabricks and Bildabricks. Set 2.

The Set No.2 catalogue

Main Bilda-brix page
American Plastic Bricks, etc. David's site.

Set 2
"For GOOD Girls and Boys"
The 1950s Australian construction outfit
Sold under the PLAYMATE Toys logo.
Manufactured by Moulded Products (Australasia) Ltd
Assumed to be based on American Plastic Bricks.
Page updated 11th July 2012.

CB&M Entry

Included in a miscellaneous box of Bilda-brix I purchased from a friendly eBay seller in December, 2005, was a No.2 catalogue. Until this discovery., I'd not known that there WAS a bigger set. Two mysterious half-bricks with central raised circular additions had me looking to the front of the catalogue. These were FLAGPOLE BASES.


Below are listed regular pieces.
The righthand column lists pieces unique to this set.
Pieces in italics I've not seen outside of the catalogue.
208 whole blocks, red
52 whole blocks, white
104 half blocks, red
40 angle blocks, red
16 tapered blocks, red
9 roofs
2 sets of doors and windows
8 metal strips (later strips made from circuit board)
5 fences
2 gates
4 flower pots
36 paving tiles (2 shades, white AND cream)
1 chimney
4 clock faces
2 flags
2 pennants
1 large flagpole
2 small flagpoles

2 flagpole bases
SAMPLE MODEL from the catalogue

b This model, the TOWN HALL, from page 12 of the catalogue, shows a number of the special pieces, namely the large (in front) flagpole, with the Australian flag, a small flagpole on the clock tower, the clock faces, a flag base (red, though it's shown as white here, for some reason) and the paving tiles (on the entrance verandah).

The largest model in the catalogue is a SKYSCRAPER but to my mind it's less spectacular, being simply tiles upon tiles, to quite a height.

There was a Set 1A, which added to Set 1, made up to Set 2.

If you want scans of other plans, email John chiefchook@gmail.com but there will (possibly) be a lengthy delay!

LETTERS and COMMENTS (Note; / indicates a new paragraph.)

Bilda-brix Church on Collecting Books & Magazines Website
Greetings John,
I ran across your page with the Bilda-brix church today. It is quite a structure! How many bricks does it take, have you ever counted? It looks like you have some other templates on it besides what is shown. I would love to see some pictures with more clarity if you have any. If you like, please check out my Flickr page as well. I have some photos of Bilda-brix and American Plastic Bricks. There seems to be very little on the web for these toys and I thought I would be part of fixing that situation. My Flickr page is at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23244445@N03/ if you want to see.
Greetings John,
Thank you for your reply. It is funny that I just assume everyone else is online these days. That is what I need to do, turn off all these gadgets and I will have time to create something really big with these bricks of mine! I like to do both copying and original designs. I have some more Bilda-brix information for my site as well. I have three books (Jr., 1 and 2) and I have a dark red set No.2 from Australia and a light red set No.1 from New Zealand. They are not both made by PLAYMATE toys! I have to pull out the other book to remember who made the one from New Zealand. / I just subscribed to Flickr yesterday, so I only had three photo sets available until then. Now I can create as many as I like and even do collections to help folks sort through my photos better. Thanx for the link to your photos! I love pictures of cars and electric trains. My wife is really into trains as well and we have a set just for her. We need to get things fixed around so a train table will fit on our first floor for her. / I surely hope the lady who built that church knows that it is still being appreciated by folks around the world! I am from New Hampshire in the USA. --- David


Hi John; my brother and I used Bilda-Brix for a number of years during the late '50s - early '60s, and I still remember them with a great deal of pleasure. We had three different red coloured bricks. I hadn't realised there were four until I saw your website.  /
The first ones we had were dark red, and made of quite a hard plastic - possibly polystyrene. The second lot were a similar colour, but made of thinner plastic and with slightly crisper moulding. The last lot I can remember were light red, and made from the same thin plastic. We thought at the time that the lighter colour was supposed to be more attractive to younger kids. /
Even though Bilda-Brix were quite expensive for their day, they were much cheaper than the later and more garish Lego. The only advantage of Lego was that the bricks locked together more effectively./
My brother and I didn't build all that many houses, but we built castles, towers, and boats, which "floated" nicely on our green carpet. With enough tiles you could even make quite a good flight deck for an aircraft carrier. We also built small aeroplanes, and dropped individual bricks or marbles as "bombs"./
Lots of fun, and kept us out of our parents' hair :)
Jim Sweeney.
Thanks for your message, Jim. It's been a few years since anyone contacted me on this subject. Strangely enough, on the weekend I pulled out my various collections of BB and tried to fit them into less space! They now occupy an A4 carton and four large shoeboxes. You and your brother certainly found more ways to enjoy them than I did. Usually I built stations to go with my Hornby 0 gauge wind-up trains. I expect to one day actually build something but it may have to wait a few years yet.

Just ONE page on the Collecting Books and Magazines web site based in Australia.