RASTI, the clicking German LEGO


RASTI - Modellspielwaren Dr.Hasel & Co was established in Baden, Germany, in 1965 and started sales of a plastic construction system in 1966.

The Rasti brick had studs with a protruding ring and elastic clamps beneath. When connected, the clamps would click in place, locking on to the stud rings. The locking was so strong that the bricks had to be separated with a small crow-bar supplied with the boxes.


Figure 1 - Rasti (circa 1967 issues) compared to LEGO


A few years after beginning sales in Europe, a factory was established in Argentina. But the locking system, its innovative ground, was also its weakness because the bricks were so awkward to unlock.

The system was manufactured in Germany until the 1980s.


Figures 2and 3- The main Rasti boxes in the first years were #s 400, 600, 800 and 1000


Bibliographic references

  1. Ulf Leinweber, BAUKÄSTEN!, Staatliche Museen Kassel, 1999
  2. (Rasti) Bausteine mit Druckknopf in Hobby Magazin Nr 23/66
João Manuel Mimoso, Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 18, 2009
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