Kenner Building Sets

Updated June 15, 2017

Kenner Building Sets

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.

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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!

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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 E 115 118
103%

VG $39
Sold
Girder and Panel # 1 Near Mint in Box! 115 125
109%

VG $75
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! 292 318
110%

Excellent $100
Sold

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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

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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 617 649
105%

G $55
Sold
Girder and Panel/
Bridge and Turnpike # 7
Near Mint! 617 659
107%

VG-E $70
Sold
Girder and Panel/
Bridge and Turnpike # 7
Mint! 617 645
104%

NM $125
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
VG-E 667 716
106%

VG $75
Sold
Motorized
CHAD VALLEY Constructioneer # 8
Ultra Rare! 660 666
101%

G $180
Sold
Motorized
Constructioneer # 8
Near Mint! 667 715
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 VG 132 132
100%

F-G $45
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 444 493
111%

G-VG $140
Sold
Hydro Dynamics # 11 Near Mint! 444 500
113%

VG $210
Sold
- March 18
Hydro Dynamics # 11 Mint in Box! 444 444
100%

VG $295
On Hold
- March 18
Chad Valley Hydro Dynamics # 11
ULTRA RARE!
VG 456 500
111%

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

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

VG-E $425
Sold

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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 204 217
106%

G-VG $65
Sold
Build-A-Home # 15 Near Mint! 204 214
105%

VG $123
Sold
Build-A-Home # 15 Mint! 204 225
110%

VG $85
Sold
Build-A-Home Subdivision # 16 VG-E 413 424
103%

F $80
Sold
Build-A-Home Subdivision # 16 Near Mint! 413 413
100%

VG $125
Sold

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"Sky Rail" Building Sets

Set #17 - 476 Parts Set #18 - 740 Parts
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The 1962 World's Fair in Seattle was one of the big news stories of the year and television broadcast countless images of the Space Needle and of course, the elevated Monorail. Kenner seized the craze and brought us the "Sky Rail" editions of the the building sets. We were ready to jump into the future with these space-age looking editions!

Unlike the Seattle version, these sets had cars that moved below the rails. Battery packs with on-board reversible switches provided power. New parts included the Sky Cars (with lights in their nose cones), Battery/Switch boxes, the metal rails, hooks to hold the rails, "Heliport" pads and a unique set of signs. These sets saw Kenner's first color change of the plastic girders and braces. This time around they were yellow. The window panels changed to new colors as well: yellow borders with blue or orange interiors. Some panels had special cuts to allow for the rail hooks. A new roof panel features a single dome with a slot on the center to fit a vertical or stub girder. Combined with the newly added radar dishes (in two sizes) this allowed creation of a radar scanners for a futuristic look. The masonite bases have changed to a new ugly green being bright and almost fluorescent.

Set #17 set had a single Sky Car either red or blue, Battery box and Heliport.

Set #18 contained two Sky Cars and Battery boxes, and two heliports. It also added "Sky Gates" to add a challange when racing the cars. While the box artwork shows one car of each color, I have seen some sets that contain 2 blue cars.

But these sets had a major design flaw. The tiny plastic pins in the switch mechanism were extremely weak and could not withstand stress of kids reefing on them during normal play. The pins would break rendering the box useless. (Side note - I have perfected the fix for this. Click here to learn more.) For some reason that I cannot fathom, the red plastic seems to have been stronger than the blue. I see a lot fewer damaged red switches.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Sky Rail # 17 VG-E 476 501
105%

VG $125
Sold
Sky Rail # 17 Near Mint! 476 500
105%

VG $195
Sold
Sky Rail # 17 Mint! 476 497
104%

VG $195
Sold
Sky Rail # 18 VG-E 742 742
100%

G-VG $199
Sold
Sky Rail # 18 Mint! 742 754
101%

VG $325
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here

Repairs
Sky Rail Battery Box
A rock solid repair for the switch that always breaks $15

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Kenner Building Sets
Twilight of the Golden Age

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"Modern-as-Tomorrow" Building Sets

Set #21 - 145 Parts Canadian Set #21 - 146 Parts Set #22 - 246 Parts
Canadian Set #22 - 247 Parts Set #23 - 380 Parts Set #23C - 381 Parts
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The mid 1960's have arrived and Kenner updates the classic building set series by introducing new editions of the Girder and Panel sets.

Modern buildings are not just square boxes, so Kenner created new window and roof panels to add some curves. Also new were a single dome roof panel (much like the one in the Sky Rail sets, sans the girder slot), and new store signs and flags. New window and door panels in two shades of blue and red of various patterns replaced the old orignals. Some clear acetate window panels were added to allow seeing inside the buildings, and so new interior panels were added depicting bare walls, desks, and doors. New sleeves that go over 2 vertical girders create dramatic pillars for building entrances. This generation of color changes has the griders becoming gray. The roof panels are now a shade of brown and the masonite bases are off-white.

Set #21 was sold in a pressed paper "can" and had a Color Planing Guide exclusive to the set.

Set #22 also came in a can and included a Color Planning Book for it and set #23.

Set #23 was the largest and came in the more traditional flat, lift-top box. It also had some extra signs not found in the smaller sets.

A late addition was set #23C. It was identical to the #23 set, except that it came in a vertical rectangular box with a plastic lid. This box would not accomodate the large masonite base, so it was replaced with 2 bases that equaled the orignal size when placed side by side. Consequently, the Planning Guide had to be modified slightly to show the division in its floorplan diagrams.

Kenner also made Canadian versions of the sets. Instructions in French were included in these.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Modern as Tomorrow # 21 E 147 167
114%

E $45
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 21 Mint in can 145 145
100%

Mint $65
Sold
Canadian Modern as Tomorrow # 21 Near Mint in can 146 146
100%

VG $59
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 22 E 246 272
111%

E $59
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 22 MINT!
Still Sealed!
246 246
100%

Mint $225
Sold
Canadian Modern as Tomorrow # 22 Near Mint in can 246 258
105%

VG $65
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 23 VG-E 382 388
102%

G-VG $75
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 23 Near Mint in box! 380 380
100%

VG-E $90
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 23C VG 382 384
101%

G-VG $105
Sold
Modern as Tomorrow # 23C Near Mint! 383 395
103%

E $195
Sold

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"Freeway USA & Canadian Freeway" Building Sets

Set #24 - 254 Parts Set #25 - 385 Parts Canadian Set #25 - 386 Parts Set #26 - 739 Parts Set #26C - 739 Parts
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Just as with the original 50's sets, Kenner followed up the new Girder and Panel sets with a new generation of Bridge and Turnpike editions, calling them "Freeway USA".

The girders and braces are back to being colored red, and a new "half" horizontal girder is introduced. Gone are the 2 lane road sections that were so easily broken, and they are replaced by new single lane versions that break even more easily! There are new "off-ramp" pieces as well, and a new set of signs. Another new feature is small "road anchors" that hold road sections down without using a stub girder. Kenner gets a bit creative and adds highway fixtures - lamp posts, sign posts, traffic signals and toll booths.

The base pieces have become much smaller and are now thin strips with 2 or 3 mounting holes. Two versions of the bases were made, masonite in the same fluorescent green as the Sky Rail sets, and metal that were a dark green.

Set #24 and #25 came in the pressed paper can.

Set #26 was the largest and came in the more traditional flat, lift-top box. Along the with regular yellow string for suspension bridges, Kenner added some heavier red string for larger structures and "suspension ties" for connecting the two string types.

Kenner also made Canadian versions of the sets called "Canadian Freeway". The set can and instructions carried the changed name, but Kenner didn't bother printing new instructions, so the sets shipped with the original "Freeway USA" copy. Instructions in French were also included.

The #26C was identical to the #26 set, except that it came in a vertical rectangular box with a plastic lid. It is a rare find today.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Freeway USA # 24 VG 256 293
115%

VG $45
Sold
Freeway USA # 24 Near Mint! 256 262
114%

G-VG $65
Sold
Freeway USA # 25 VG 387 503
130%

VG $50
Sold
Freeway USA # 25 Near mint! 387 457
118%

E $65
Sold
Freeway USA # 25 MINT!
Still Sealed!
387 387
100%

Mint $165
Sold
Canadian Freeway # 25 Near Mint in can 388 394
102%

VG $69
Sold
Freeway USA # 26 VG 757 828
109%

E $80
Sold
Freeway USA # 26 NEAR MINT! 757 779
102%

Mint $165
Sold

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Combination Modern-As-Tommorrow / Freeway USA Building Sets

Set #27 - 481 Parts Set #28 - 678 Parts
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Kenner's next step was to create 2 combination sets containing parts from both the Modern-As-Tommorrow and Freeways USA editions.

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

Both sets came in the vertical style boxes.

These are fairly rare and difficult to find.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Modern-As-Tomorrow /
Freeway USA # 27
VG 492 532
108%

VG $80
Sold
Modern-As-Tomorrow /
Freeway USA # 27
MINT! 492 508
105%

MINT! $185
Sold
Freeway USA # 28 VG-E 682 735
108%

G $210
Sold

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Second Generation "Sky Rail" Building Sets

Set #30 - 476 Parts Set #31 - 740 Parts
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Hoping to relive earlier success, Kenner reintroduced the Sky Rail sets.

These sets were identical to the eariler versions. In fact, they contained all the same parts, but now the flat lift-top box was replaced by the vertical type.

Kenner didn't even bother creating a new Planning Guide. The sets used the old one from the #17/#18 sets and simply included a small slip of paper stating that the sets were identical.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
ULTRA RARE!
Sky Rail # 30
Near Mint! 478 500
105%

VG $245
Sold
ULTRA RARE!
Double Sky Rail # 31
VG-E 761 761
100%

VG $325
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here

Repairs
Sky Rail Battery Box
A rock solid repair for the switch that always breaks $15

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"Girder*Matic" Building Sets

Set #32 - 692 Parts Set #33
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Finally we arrive at Kenner's last gasp before they sold out to General Mills. Yes, that's General Mills, the same company that brought you fine building toys like Trix, Lucky Charms and Count Chocula cereals.

With these sets Kenner pulled out all the stops. New motors, battery switch boxes and too many mechanical parts to list. The old red girders, single lane roads and Modern-As-Tomorrow panels were just about the only familar parts. The largest of the new pieces were brittle and most of these have not survived. Finding an unbroken "Great Beam" is nearly impossible.

Set #32 was the smaller while set #33 had more new parts for building a Ferris Wheel. A new planning Guide was included as well as a HUGE instruction sheet to cover all of the new parts.

Evidently these sets were not big sellers. They are very rare today.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
EXTREMELY RARE!
Girder*Matic # 32
E 692 759
110%

VG $425
Sold

For replacement and extra parts click here


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Kenner Building Sets
The General Mills Years

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72000 Series Building Sets

Set #72000
Girder & Panel
363 Pieces
Set #72001
Large World Famous Buildings
1226 Pieces
Set #72011
World Famous Buildings
744 Pieces
Set #72030
Girder & Panel
251 Pieces
Set #72050-Black
Girder & Panel w/ Working Elevator
550 Pieces
Set #72050-Blue
Girder & Panel Skyscraper w/ Working Elevator
557 Pieces
Set #72070-Black
Action Bridge & Highway (Black Girders)
460 Pieces
Set #72070-Blue
Bridge & Highway w/ Working Drawbridge (Blue Girders)
460 Pieces
Set #72071-Black
Little Learners Bridge & Highway (Black Girders)
453 Pieces
Set #72071-Blue
Little Learners Bridge & Highway (Blue Girders)
453 Pieces
Set #72080
International Airport
404 Pieces
Set #72081
Little Learners International Airport
401 Pieces
Set #72090
Bridge & Skyscraper w/ Working Elevator & Drawbridge
900 Pieces
Set #72100
KenStruct Building
238 Pieces
Set #72110
KenStruct Interstate Highway
460 Pieces
Set #72130
KenStruct Skyscraper
525 Pieces
Set #72140
KenStruct Super Set
900 Pieces
Set #72150
Girder & Panel / International Airport
409 Pieces
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The mid 70's brought General Mills' editions of the sets.

A good number of these sets were made with the name of particular department store labels such as Sears or Montgomery Ward. With the next generation of kids in the 70's the sets again gained some popularity, but never returning to the highs of the 1960's.

By far, the most favored of this class of sets was the "World Famous Buildings" edition which was touted as allowing kids to recreate the Sears Tower and other famous Skyscrapers.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Girder & Panel
#72000
VG-E 363 373 103% G-VG $45
Sold
Girder & Panel
#72000
Near Mint! 363 375 103% Near Mint! $70
Sold
Large World Famous Buildings
#72001
VG-E 1226 1226 100% VG $410
Sold
World Famous Buildings
#72011
VG-E 744 751 101% VG-E $165
Sold
World Famous Buildings
#72011
NEAR MINT! 744 744 100% E $195
Sold
- April 18
Girder & Panel
#72030
VG 252 257 102% VG $54
Girder & Panel w/ Working Elevator
#72050K
VG-E 550 567 103% G $50
Sold
Girder & Panel Skyscraper w/ Working Elevator
#72050U
VG-E 557 567 102% G $64
Sold
Bridge & Highway (Black Girders)
#72070-BLK
VG-E 470 500 106% VG $45
Sold
Bridge & Highway (Black Girders)
#72070-BLK
MINT! 470 470 100% MINT! $70
Sold
Bridge & Highway w/ Working Drawbridge (Blue Girders)
#72070U
VG-E 470 494 105% VG $50
Sold
Bridge & Highway w/ Working Drawbridge (Blue Girders)
#72070U
NEAR MINT! 470 504 107% Near Mint! $70
Sold
Little Learners Bridge & Highway
#72071-BLK
VG-E 453 484 105% VG $50
Sold
Little Learners Bridge & Highway
#72071-BLU
VG-E 454 476 105% VG $75
Sold
- April 7
International Airport
#72080
VG 404 413 108% G-VG $60
International Airport
#72080
Near Mint! 404 425 108% E $75
Sold
Little Learners International Airport
#72081
VG 401 403 101% VG $50
Sold
Little Learners International Airport
#72081
Near Mint! 401 409 109% VG $90
Sold
Bridge & Skyscraper w/ Working Elevator & Drawbridge
#72090
VG 912 1020 112% F $85
Sold
Kenstruct Building
#72100
VG 238 236 99% VG $50
Sold
Kenstruct Building
#72100
Near Mint! 238 238 100% G $70
Sold
Kenstruct Interstate Highway
#72110
VG 460 471 102% G $55
Sold
Kenstruct Skyscraper
#72130
VG 525 525 100% G-VG $65
Sold
Kenstruct Skyscraper
#72130
Mint! 525 525 100% E $95
Sold
Girder and Panel / International Airport
#72150
Mint! 410 416 101% VG $95
Sold

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Irwin Building Sets
Canadian Revival

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Irwin Building Sets

Town Center / Centre-ville
#55000 Canada
213 Parts
Town Center
#55000 USA
213 Parts
Gas Station / Station-Service
#55101 Canada
133 Parts
Fast Food / Restaurant Rapide
#55102 Canada
133 Parts
City Scape / Edifice Urbain
#55120 Canada
298 Parts
City Scape
#55120 USA
298 Parts
Architect / Architecte
#55120 Canada
298 Parts
Deluxe Skyscraper / Gratte-ciel Luxueux
#55130 Canada
550 Parts
Deluxe Skyscraper
#55130 USA
550 Parts
Roadside Café / Halte Routier
#55135 Canada
232 Parts
Police Station / Commissiariat De Police
#55201 Canada
299 Parts
Fire Station / Caserne Des Pompiers
#55202 Canada
299 Parts
City Center / Centre-ville
#55301 Canada
591 Parts
Emergency Center / Poste De Secours
#55302 Canada
589 Parts
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After a 20 year hiatis, Girder and Panel building sets made a brief reappearance for just 2 years in the mid 1990's

The Canadian company, Irwin Toys, produced unique versions of the sets from 1994 to 1996.

These new sets featured the original type girders, but added diagonals to create angled roof lines. The girders are blue, except for the crown girders (stub girders with only two pegs) which are red. Other new parts were a crane and a lighted dome. The window and roof panels are silkscreened acetate.

The boxes for the sets are thin paperboard and tear quite easily.

Because of their limited production run, the sets are uncommon and not easy to find in good condition.

Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Town Center # 55000 MINT - Still Sealed! 213 213
100%

E $65
Sold
Town Center # 55000 Canadian Edition MINT - Still Sealed! 213 213
100%

E $65
Sold
City Scape # 55120 Canadian Edition VG-E 298 298
100%

G-VG $75
Sold
City Scape # 55120 USA Edition VG 298 298
100%

VG $55
Sold
City Scape # 55120 USA Edition Near Mint 298 298
100%

VG $60
Sold
City Scape # 55120 USA Edition MINT - Still Sealed! 298 298
100%

E $110
Sold
Architect / Architecte # 55120 VG-E 263 263
100%

VG $90
Sold
Roadside Café # 55135 Near Mint 246 246
100%

VG $85
Sold
Emergency Center # 55302 Near Mint 586 586
100%

VG $120
Sold

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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.


Currently Available Sets
Set Overall Set
Condition
Number of
Original Pieces
Number of
Actual Pieces
Percent
Complete
Box
Condition
Price
Police Station
#GNP513
Mint! 189 189 100% Mint! $90
Sold out
Toy Store
#GNP613
Mint! 148 148 100% Mint! $80
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
Mint! 278 278 100% Mint! $50
Sold
Tektôn Plaza
#GNP305
Mint! 525 525 100% Mint! $77
Sold
Boston Manor
#GNP407
Mint! 525 525 100% Mint! $47
Sold
Clarksville Elementary School
#GNP510
Mint! 196 196 100% Mint! $30
Sold
Post Office
#GNP610
Mint! 125 125 100% Mint! $$20
Sold
Children's Museum
#GNP710
Mint! 272 272 100% Mint! $55
Sold
Goose Hollow Town House
#GNP810
Mint! 93 93 100% Mint! $15
Sold
Inman Park Town House
#GNP910
Mint! 93 93 100% Mint! $15
Sold
Tektôn Truss Bridge
#BNT105
Mint! 259 259 100% Mint! $47
Sold
Bridge Mania
#BNT205
Mint! 473 473 100% Mint! $77
Sold
- January 26
Hydro Dynamics Starter Set
#HYDRO206
Mint! 211 214 101% Mint! $55
- January 26
Deluxe Hydro Dynamics
#HYDRO306
Mint! 316 316 100% Mint! $79
Tektôn Toy Shop Mint! 33 33 100% Mint! $1,000,000

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Abbreviations: E = Excellent, VG = Very Good, G = Good

Ordering Information




Combo Girder and Panel / Bridge and Turnpike #7
Build-A-Home #15
Sky Rail #17
Modern-As-Tomorrow #23
Parts, parts, and more parts.
I will be curtailing sales of these sets and perhaps leaving the business altogether.
Rising costs (especially shipping) and decreasing sale prices are making it harder to justify
continuing.
Please come back soon to see special offers of lots of building set parts.
Please email me if you would like to place a hold on any of these sets, or be notified when they become available.

Often sets are sold as soon as I acquire them, and never appear here on the web page due to standing orders. Please contact me if you do not see the set you want.

If you wish to have a set but do not care about having an original Kenner box, I can assemble a full complement of parts for some of these sets. Many folks choose this option when they want to have a "play" set rather than a collector's edition.

If this is an option you would be of interest to you, email me for availability and a price quote.

All items are subject to prior sale


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