Kenner Building Sets

Updated June 15, 2018

Kenner Building Sets

+ + + + ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END + + + +

After 20+ years, it is time to wind down and close up shop. It may take a while, but
I will be selling off my remaining sets and spare parts inventory.
Rising costs (especially shipping) and decreasing sale prices are making it harder to justify
continuing.
Years ago when I started restoring these sets, there were 5 people dealing in them. I am
now the last one.
If you ever wanted to obtain a quality set, now is the time. Act now before they pass into history.


Spare parts lots I am selling can currently be found on my eBay auction page:

Jeff's eBay Auctions

The Kenner Toy Company made many different types of sets from the late 1950's until well into the 70's. The plastic pieces resembled steel girders, window panels, roofs and roadways, and allowed young hands to build large structures in a very short time. Some sets even included water pumps and plastic tanks to make chemical plants, while others featured electric motors and mechanical parts. Later sets featured powered monorail cars. They were great fun for kids and a blessing to parents who could watch the little demons disappear into their rooms and emerge only at mealtimes.

I had five of these sets when I was young and spent most of my time converting every bit of desk and shelf space into construction zones.

After Kenner and General Mills stopped producing the sets, The Irwin company in Canada produced a new series of sets for just a few years before going out of business.

In 2005, Bridge Street Toys in Boston resurrected the design and produced a whole new line of sets for the 21st Century. Alas, they ceased operations in mid 2016.

Paul Baker of Milford, CT has graciously allowed us to look into the past and recall what it was like
when these sets were new. This picture shows Paul at 6 years old on Christmas in 1963. He has
just received his Double Sky Rail set (#18). All of the other gifts are now being ignored as
his attention is focused on this single toy.
Paul says that to this day he still reads the manual first!

(With a careful look you can also see several other classic toys of the time. Flintstone Building
Boulders, the original Mousetrap Game, and an Aurora Slot car racing set.)

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Another Kenner building fan, Bob McGarrah, submitted this picture of himself at Christmas in 1961
as he begins to investigate his new Motorized Constructioneer #8 set.
The internet has provided the means for me to share my experience with a new generation who can now escape the Sega and Playstation world, or help some old geezers like myself share the joys of their childhood with their kids and grandkids.

I endeavor to sell sets that are as complete and in as good repair as possible, so my buyers will not be disappointed or have to look elsewhere for supplemental parts. Unlike most other sellers, I always give complete descriptions and detailed parts inventories with the sets I sell. I never use the words "looks complete" or 'did not count" so you can always be assured of exactly what you are getting.

Kenner Sets Available

More detailed information and pics are available via the links, but here is a quick overview the available sets and their features.

Click on the Set to view pics and detailed information.

Listings can change frequently as new sets become available.
If the set you desire is already sold, you can email me to be placed on a waiting list for future sales.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or inquiries about available sets.

Look for the flashing for recent additions.

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Color Planning Guides and Instructions are now available for most all sets!

Please check the Guides and Instructions section of the parts page.

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Ordering Information

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Bridge Street Toys
The 21st Century

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Bridge Street Toys Building Sets

Police Station
Set #GNP513 - 189 Parts
Never Released by BST
GirderAndPanel.net Exclusive
Toy Store
Set #GNP613 - 141 Parts
Never Released by BST
GirderAndPanel.net Exclusive
Tektôn Bank
Set #BANK105 - 113 Parts
Tektôn Fire Station
Set #FIRE105 - 98 Parts
Tektôn Tower
Set #GNP205 - 278 Parts
Tektôn Plaza
Set #GNP305 - 517 Parts
Boston Manor
Set #GNP407 - 250+ Parts
Clarksville Elementary School
Set #GNP510 - 210 Parts
Post Office
Set #GNP610 - 133 Parts
Children's Museum
Set #GNP710 - 297 Parts
Goose Hollow Town House
Set #GNP810 - 97 Parts
Inman Park Town House
Set #GNP910 - 97 Parts
Tektôn Truss Bridge
Set #BNT105 - 259 Parts
Bridge Mania
Set #BNT205 - Small Box - 473 Parts
Bridge Mania
Set #BNT205 - Large Box - 473 Parts
Hydro Dynamics Starter
Set #HYDRO206 - 211 Parts
Deluxe Hydro Dynamics
Set #HYDRO306 - 317 Parts
Industrial Building Kit
Set #HYDRO406 - 54 Parts
Roadway Kit
Set #HYDRO506 - 50 Parts
Hydrodynamic Tank Parts
Set #HYDRO606 - 23 Parts
Pipes and Values Kit
Set #HYDRO706 - 22 Parts
Toy Store - Christmas 2005 Set - 33 Parts
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Decades after Kenner, General Mills, Hasbro and Irwin abandoned all trademarks to the Girder and Panel moniker, Paul and Carol Flack of Boston have resurrected these great sets in 2005. Re-engineering the original parts, they have created new editions for another generation of avid builders.

In much the same pattern as the original sets, Bridge Street has introduced Girder and Panel, Bridge and Turnpike, and Hydro Dynamics sets.

The new Grider and Panel sets feature the same parts for creating buildings, while also incorporating the angled roof pieces for making houses. The window panels are flat acetate in bright colors. The girders are red, blue or black, depending on the set. Ten different sets are currently available. The sets include a spiral-bound, full-color instruction and planning book.

The Bridge and Turnpike sets have the same type of original girders, however the road sections have been redesigned to be more durable. New, higher-quality signs and flags are included. The girders are red, and two sets are available.

A single Hydro Dynamics edition has a small, powerful pump powered by AC voltage instead of relying on batteries as with the old sets. The plastic tanks are stronger and not brittle like those made by Kenner. The storage case doubles as the building base since it is watertight and has high sides. The girders are black.

The Police Station set (GNP513) and Toy Store set (GNP613) were prototypes never released for general sale by BST. GirderAndPanel.net was very fortunate to obtain the only 10 sets that were ever available of these beautiful editions.


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Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Rarest of the Rare!
Last One!

Police Station
#GNP513
Mint! 189 189 100% Mint! $500
Toy Store
#GNP613
Mint! 148 148 100% Mint! $150
Sold out
Tektôn Bank
#BANK105
Mint! 113 113 100% Mint! $25
Sold
Tektôn Fire House
#FIRE105
Mint! 98 98 100% Mint! $25
Sold
Tektôn Tower
#GNP205
Excellent 278 278 100% Fair $40
Sold
Tektôn Plaza
#GNP305
Near Mint! 525 526 100% Near Mint! $60
Sold
Boston Manor
#GNP407
Mint! 525 525 100% Mint! $30
Sold
- June 14
Clarksville Elementary School
#GNP510
New in Box! 196 196 100% Mint! $39.99
Free Shipping
- June 15
Post Office
#GNP610
New in Box! 125 125 100% Mint! $29.99
Free Shipping
- June 12
Children's Museum
#GNP710
New in Box! 272 272 100% Mint! $49.99
Free Shipping
- June 15
Goose Hollow Town House
#GNP810
New in Box! 93 93 100% New! $24.99
Free Shipping
- June 15
Inman Park Town House
#GNP910
New in Box! 93 93 100% New! $24.99
Free Shipping
Tektôn Truss Bridge
#BNT105
Mint! 259 259 100% Mint! $47
Sold
Bridge Mania
#BNT205
Mint! 473 473 100% Mint! $77
Sold
Hydro Dynamics Starter Set
#HYDRO206
Mint! 211 214 101% Mint! $55
Sold
Deluxe Hydro Dynamics
#HYDRO306
Mint! 316 316 100% Mint! $79
Sold
Tektôn Toy Shop Mint! 33 33 100% Mint! $1,000,000

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Kenner Building Sets
The Golden Age

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Girder and Panel Building Sets

Set #1 - 115 Parts Chad Valley Set #1 - 109 Parts Set #2 - 191 Parts Set #3 - 292 Parts
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Girder and Panel sets #1, #2, and #3 were the first come on the market beginning in 1958. Set #1 contained the least number of parts, #2 had more, and finally #3 had the most. Early production runs in 1958 contained girders made of styrene plastic which was rather brittle. Soon angry parents and frustrated kids were up in arms about breakage of the small dovetails and pegs. Fortunately, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic was just becoming available and Kenner began using it to manufacture all new parts.

The parts in these sets formed the basis for all sets that would follow. Primary to building were the plastic girders, in both the vertical columns and horizontal beams, and the large ugly, green masonite bases. For buildings, window and roof panels covered the outside surfaces (and also added strength). To dress things up, store signs, flags and flag poles were added.

These sets were the early entries that exposed most kids of the time to the world of building. American Bricks and Lincoln Logs did not stick together and Lego would not see entry into the U.S. for nearly another 10 years. Most of us had a least one of these early sets before advancing on.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Piece
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Girder and Panel # 1 VG 115 129
112%

VG $42
Sold
Girder and Panel # 1 Near Mint in Box! 115 129
104%

VG $64
Sold
RARE! Chad Valley Girder and Panel # 1 VG-E 109 113
104%

G-VG $75
Sold
Girder and Panel # 2 VG-E 194 206
108%

VG-E $60
Sold
Girder and Panel # 2 Near Mint in Box! 193 206
107%

E $82
Sold
Girder and Panel # 2 Mint in Box! 193 206
104%

E $95
Sold
Girder and Panel # 3 E 292 296
101%

VG $70
Sold
Girder and Panel # 3 Near Mint in Box! 292 315
108%

VG-E $95
Sold
Girder and Panel # 3 Mint in Box! 292 308
105%

Excellent $125
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here


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Bridge and Turnpike Building Sets

Set #4 - 218 Parts Set #5 - 333 Parts Set #6 - 549 Parts
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Hot on the heels of the Girder and Panel editions came the Bridge and Turnpike sets. Now young builders could add bridges and highways to their creations. Sets #4, #5 and #6 were produced, again increasing the number of parts with each subsequent edition.

The early production runs included the styrene plastic girders, but these were also superseded by the new HDPE girders.

New features of these sets were stub girders, cross and tie braces, road and ramp sections, and the small individual 4" x 4" masonite bases to be used as bridge foundations. Road signs and strings for suspension bridges were added. Present only in set #6 were the small clips called "Grade Adjusters" used to compensate for the gaps created using the sets to create ramps for HO scale train track.

In the late production runs of the #5 sets, Kenner cheapened the packaging. The internal box insert changed from white to green, and the box itself was made from a flimsy paperboard that was much thinner. Most have not survived.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Bridge and Turnpike # 4 VG-E 218 220
101%

G-VG $45
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 4 Near Mint in Box! 218 219
101%

VG $60
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 4 Mint in Box! 218 221
100%

E $85
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 5 VG-E 333 380
114%

VG $45
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 5 Near Mint in Box 333 361
105%

E $65
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 5 Mint in Box 333 349
104%

VG $105
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 6 VG 552 611
111%

G-VG $75
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 6 Near Mint! 552 578
105%

VG $85
Sold
Bridge and Turnpike # 6 Mint! 552 577
105%

VG-E $105
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here


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Combo Girder and Panel / Bridge and Turnpike Building Sets

Set #7 - 614 Parts
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Next out of the Kenner factory was this combination set that included parts from both the Girder and Panel and Bridge and Turnpike sets.

By the time this set was produced Kenner was using only the HDPE girders.

No new parts were included, however a new Color Planning Guide was created for the dual features of the set.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Girder and Panel/
Bridge and Turnpike # 7
VG Play Set 617 619
101%

Boxless $45
Sold
Girder and Panel/
Bridge and Turnpike # 7
VG 617 649
105%

G $65
Sold
Girder and Panel/
Bridge and Turnpike # 7
Near Mint! 617 627
103%

VG $85
Sold
Girder and Panel/
Bridge and Turnpike # 7
Mint! 617 645
104%

NM $115
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here


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Motorized "Constructioneer" Building Sets

Set #8 - 667 Parts Chad Valley Set #8 - 660 Parts Set #9 - 905 Parts Set #10 - 132 Parts
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Kenner's next group of sets were the "Constructioneer" editions that added motors, combination Battery/Switch boxes, elevators, and a collection of mechanical parts that would add movement and interest to building. Also new to the sets were a "Motorized" color planning guide and 8 pages of instructions for all the mechanical parts.

The #8 set had a single motor, battery box, elevator, and single set of mechanical parts. Early editions of set #8 featured a hinged box lid, while later editions had a box with a removable lid. These more uncommon sets had 8 added parts: yellow guides that kept the elevator moving smoothly. The #8 was the biggest seller of all the Kenner sets ever made. Today hundreds, if not thousands, of them can still be found. (Of course, finding them complete and in good working order is another story...)

Set #9 was the "Double Constructioneer" set, and it included two motors, battery boxes, elevators, and double sets of all the mechanical parts. Exclusive to the #9 set were 2 small strings of 3 colored electric lights.

Set #10 was a small add-on which contained just the new parts, a few extra 4" x 4" bases and some extra braces. It was marketed as a way to make your earlier sets (especially the #7) equivalent to a #8. It included the color Motorized planning guide, the 8 pages of instructions, and a special two-color instruction sheet just for the set. Not many were sold and the set is a rare find today.

With these sets building for a child could really become something special. Grand plans for drawbridges, cable cars, and buildings with working elevators are shown in the planning guide. But on the neagative side, it was very easy for a child to let a motor stay on a little too long and pull apart a structure that may have taken a long time to build. This was also about the time that, in my humble opinion, quality control at Kenner began to wane. The "conveyor belt" that was included as one of the mechanical parts was really just a roll of thin yellow plastic tape and so had a very limited lifespan.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Motorized
Constructioneer # 8
E 667 699
104%

VG-E $79
Sold
Motorized
CHAD VALLEY Constructioneer # 8
Ultra Rare! 660 666
101%

G $180
Sold
Motorized
Constructioneer # 8
Near Mint! 667 701
106%

VG $95
Sold
Motorized
Constructioneer # 8
Pure Mint in Box! 667 667
100%

Mint $110
Sold
Double Motorized
Constructioneer # 9
VG 908 973
107%

G-VG $90
Sold
Double Motorized
Constructioneer # 9
Mint 908 933
103%

VG $125
Sold
Double Motorized
Constructioneer # 9
Mint in Box! 908 926
102%

VG $155
Sold
Motorized Kit # 10 E 132 132
100%

G $49
Sold
Motorized Kit # 10 Mint in box! 132 132
100%

VG-E $60
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here

Repairs
Constructioneer Motor
Fix that dead or sluggish motor $10
Constructioneer Battery/Switch Box
Return your unit to good working order $7

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"Hydro Dynamics" Building Sets

Set #11 - 442 Parts Chad Valley Set #11 - 457 Parts Set #12 - 645 Parts
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This is where the Kenner sets took a great turn. Two Hydro Dynamic sets were introduced that included a plethora of clear plastic tanks, tubes, gadgets, and a pump that would move colored water through them all. Round tank sections fitted togther with plastic gaskets, so the size and orientation of the tanks could be changed. The building base was now made of grey plastic with raised sides to catch spilled water, and held the pump inside a small reservoir, as well as the battery compartment and on/off switch. For connecting everything together a collection of green pipe fittings and valves were included. To produce the colored water small vegetable dye color tablets were added. The sets also had a new Color Planning guide and 4 pages of instructions for all the new parts. New signs came along with a "chemical" theme; "CONTROL VALUE", "DANGER KEEP OUT", "REACTOR #1", "TILT SCALE" and many others.

The #11 set had a single pump and a single set of tanks and pipe parts. Set #12 was the "Double Hydro Dynamic" set with two pumps and twice of just about all of the tanks and pipe parts. It also featured a float switch that could be used to control one of the pumps, and a single string of the 3 electric lights found in the #9 set.

What a great time we had with these sets! Building with these things and then being able to see the colored water move around all of the structure.

Unfortunately these sets were not without their problems..... The primary issue was the brittle nature of the gray base. The weight of the 2 "D" batteries it held could cause the base to break if it was not handled very carefully. A #12 base held 2 batteries at either end and the slighest wrong move would break it across the middle.

The next most common problem was the small base of the pump motor housing. Four slender pieces of plastic held it in place and having them snap was not difficult. The plastic tanks had small "feet" and "toes" (tabs) that were not difficult to break. Even so, a lot of toes could be lost and still have the tanks usable. Finally, the neat little "turbine" tank had clips to hang on a beam girder, and the "tilt scale" had thin stop pins to prevent movement beyond its working limits. These parts were poorly designed and seldom escaped damage. With the advent of Super Glue, most of these breaks can now be repaired. Such was not the case in the early 60's.

From the parent's point of view the main problem was the color tablets. Can you say "Non-washable"? Anything that came in contact with them would carry the evidence of the encounter forever. Paper, clothes, furniture, you name it. In most cases the sets were exiled to the garage or backyard after the first toxic spill.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complet
Box
Condition
Price
Hydro Dynamics # 11 VG 464 487
105%

VG $125
Sold
Hydro Dynamics # 11 Near Mint! 464 500
113%

VG $210
Sold
Hydro Dynamics # 11 Mint in Box! 464 464
100%

VG $295
Sold
Chad Valley Hydro Dynamics # 11
ULTRA RARE!
VG 456 500
111%

G-VG $295
Sold
Hydro Dynamics # 12 VG-E 649 667
103%

VG $175
Sold
Hydro Dynamics # 12 Mint in Box! 647 671
104%

VG-E $425
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here


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"Build-A-Home" Sets

Set #14 - 115 Parts Set #15 - 206 Parts Set #16 - 415 Parts
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For the next series of sets Kenner moved from large buildings to residential homes. It appears that this may have been an attempt to tap the girl's toy market - for the first time the box artwork features depictions of girls playing with the sets.

Completely new versions of wall and roof panels were included to give the look of a residence instead of a commercial building. Also new are chimneys, steeples, plants and TV antennas. Three new sizes of masonite bases have been added that allow butting together so a single structure can span 2 bases.

The #14 set was the smallest edition and contained the parts to build a single, small home.

Set #15 was larger and could construct two homes or a much larger dwelling. It included styrofoam trees that were colored more blue than green.

The "Subdivision" set #16 was huge and could make as many as 4 homes. Along with the trees it has may other vac-u-formed parts such as swimming pools, Bar-B-Ques, patios and dog houses.

Most of the new vac-u-formed parts were poorly made and are very fragile.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Build-A-Home # 14 E 113 135
112%

E $69
Sold
Build-A-Home # 15 VG-E 204 224
110%

G-VG $65
Sold