Building Towards a World Record

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

Some Valley residents have built their way to the Guinness Book of World Records. WHSV found out how three men took a child's toy and turned it into a world-class achievement.

What could possess three grown men to go for a Guinness World Record for building the highest tower of Kapla blocks?

"My wife and I actually bought Kapla blocks for our kids last Christmas and Jonathan a good friend of mine comes over and we end up actually building more often than the kids do," admits one of the tower builders, Matt Roberts. "But we play with Kapla probably three or four times a week at the house building towers or different structures."

The previous record was set in Paris, a tower 49 feet high.

"We've always thought about breaking that here in the Unites States and the first one was pretty spectacular so we thought we needed to try to do it ourselves," says Ken Scheel, President of Kapla Blocks.

The record breaker they built at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. stood at 51 feet, 5 inches. With a base two feet wide, it needed more than 5, 100 blocks and took 13 hours to build.

And there were some nervous moments for the builders as well, especially when they got close to the top.

"From the 44 to the 51 foot level, there was a lot of people around, building a lot of pressure and the crowd was really getting into it and we knew that the goal was achievable so long as we didn't knock it down ,so we got a little more anxious during the last couple of hours," says Roberts.

So are these men obsessed with Kapla blocks?

"Last weekend it felt like an obsession, but right now its just a fun hobby," says Roberts.

To learn more about Kapla blocks, you can go to their Web site, www.kaplaworld.com


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