Meccano … the 200-ton Brownhoist Wrecking Crane, and what do you think about children’s toys today?


Peter Davis

Ive a question for the commenters. Would more toys like this mean more people grow up to be libertarians? Today’s Meccano is a few types of small coloured plastic crap, for about £125 a box, compared with this which looks more like what my dad used to play with.

I think bigger sets with more ambitious instructions and more interesting parts, would make children more inventive.

This is a Canadian model.

If children were taught to think more and earlier, perhaps they would go more for liberty and not just get sucked into socialism? What do you think?   heres a poll:-

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One response to “Meccano … the 200-ton Brownhoist Wrecking Crane, and what do you think about children’s toys today?

  1. Steven Northwood

    I was more of a Lego man (or lad) when I was young, which is funny considering I’m much more interested in mechanics and engineering than architecture. There was always Lego Technic though I suppose.

    I know I had a habit of reverse-engineering my Christmas presents, my Mother going ballistic until the finished article was demonstrated for her approval. I took the motor from a train set and installed it in a windmill I’d made of Lego, an intricate system of elastic bands providing the various drives.

    Much the same components were again used for a fairly efficient front-loading washing machine about the size of a football, complete with detergent drawer, albeit with an oddly square shaped drum…

    I think I was trying to win her favour with that one!