Tente was a line of construction toys created in 1972 by EXIN-LINES BROS S.A., a plastics and toy company based in Barcelona, Spain which ceased operation in 1993. Subsequently, the trademark and patents were acquired by EDUCA BORRAS, and as of 2008 the toy line appears to be discontinued. Their later series were no longer compatible with the old system, although some models remained compatible.

The toys consisted of multi-colored interlocking plastic bricks in multiple scales and an accompanying array of wheels, minifigures, and various accessories.

Unlike the more popular Lego line of interlocking brick toys, which was a primary competitor to Tente, the Tente line emphasizes commercial and military vehicles of a variety of scales, less confined to the "minifig" scale that dominates Lego building sets. The primary physical difference with Lego bricks is that Tente brick's studs have a small central hole that allow an alternative connection method to accessory pieces. Additionally, although modeled on Lego with nearly identical brick and plate outer dimensions (including the fact that three stacked plates is equivalent in height to one brick), the studs of Tente pieces have a larger diameter than Lego pieces, resulting in them being incompatible.

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Source and more info: Wikipedia.

Updated: 16 July 2019

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Picture Title Date Sold for
1979 Lego Multimodel Construction Set 06/2019 $99.99
Two Multi Model Construction Set 360 460 07/2019 $79.99
Exin Cosmic Space Walker 0432 07/2019 $70.00
0723 Cosmic Lookout Base Construction 07/2019 $65.00
Marina W Tug Boat Construction Set 330 07/2019 $59.95

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1 comment

Larry - October 16, 2013

Sir;I own two vintage 1979 Tente Construction Toys. These were both mail orders: #381 Patrol Boat (mail order box has blue print)#481 Astro Star Commander (mail order box has black print)Both have been opened and are in their original mail order boxes and in near mint condition. They have been stored away since purchase 34 years ago. How rare are these and of what value are these.
►reply: Both around 10 USD.