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Betta Bilda

Betta Bilda (often mistaken for 'Better Builder') was a cheaper version of Lego with little white bricks and small squares of plastic that you clicked together to make "slate" roofs. Although Lego took over the universe, I personally preferred Betta Builder as the small bricks enabled you to make more detailed models.

I remember seeing a model in Woolworths of Big Ben that was about 8 foot tall. Although I never managed anything needing so many bricks I did build a cathedral.

Although suitable for children of all ages, Betta Bilda sets were notoriously challenging and instructions recommended that you got used to how the bricks worked together to provide the best 'structural support' before endeavouring to set out to construct a bigger object.

Betta Bilda was part of the Airfix range. House and vehicles, like lorries were the most popular sets.


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Do You Remember Betta Bilda?

Do You Remember Betta Bilda?

  • Anonymous user
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    I had this also. Me and my mate used to build cable cars and send them from the top of the stairs to the bottom on a wire. The one whose cable car stayed intact won. They were well made and sturdy to stand that.
  • Anonymous user
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    I liked the fact that you could make sloped roofs with little tiles. But in the end LEGO won. :(
  • Anonymous user
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    I had this in the late 50's and thought it far superior to lego especially because of the "slate roof and gable ends. Margaret
  • Anonymous user
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    I used to have Betta Bilda. I too preferred it to Lego. I'd forgotten all about it but loved it at the time. Built loads of castles with it.
  • Anonymous user
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    I loved Betta Builder and never bothered with Lego at all. The bricks fitted together better and I loved the curved pieces that allowed you to make turrets etc. Would love to know where to get hold of some today. Thanks for reminding me of one of my all-time faves!
  • Anonymous user
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    I had this in the sixties and built castles mainly but many other things including a church. I much prefered it to lego but my kids and grandkids refused to belive me. until I showed them this site. Thanks
  • Anonymous user
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    This was much better than Lego. It was my brothers, but I think I played with it more than him. Does anyone remember the Smell of it?
  • Anonymous user
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    this must have been my most chreerished memorys as a child,i spent hours plus building,houses buildings anything,it was great for me
  • Anonymous user
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    After reading the comments here I decided to try and relive a little of my youth as Betta Bilda had been my favourite toy as a child (I am now 55) anyway searched for and bid and won a heap of it on eBay and now really enjoy playing with it all over again.
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    I had quite a collection of Betta Builda, shared with my brothers which was added to at birthdays and Christmas. My friends would turn their noses up, preferring their Lego, especially at the curly roofs which never seemed to lay flat when you were making large ones. I liked it none the less.