products have been a back garden favourite for some 40-odd years, but did you
ever wonder how the idea for foam-firing guns and spongy basketballs came
inventor Reyn Guyer was on a high having invented the famous Twister and in
1968, he launched Winsor Concepts to develop ideas for new products in the
toy/gaming world. Among these was a caveman-themed game, which featured foam “rocks”.
While working on the game, which never made it to the shelves, the designers
started idly bouncing one of the rocks over a net, realised this was more fun
than the original idea.
Meccano has announced its first-ever movie
tie-in, with three fantastic new models from the much-anticipated upcoming
The models are a 320-piece sea plane, a
270-piece 4x4 Jeep and the largest set, a 630-piece model of the sailing ship Unicorn,
around which much of the film’s plot revolves. The Jeep sells for around £26.99
in the UK, the plane for £33.99 and the ship for £54.99. Meccano say they have “paid
very close attention to the detail of the replica vehicles from the film.” And that
the sets are suitable for age 8 and over – although adult collectors and Tintin
fans are expected to be the best customers. The models will be available in the
UK, France and Benelux countries.