I must speak some blasphemy first: Lego isn’t all that great.
Calm down. Long before the nasty little bricks wiped out the building toy landscape, their were lots of modular building sets. And if you’ve got a little guy or guyette at home, you know that Lego, for all its charms, doesn’t often get put together in a free form way. It costs a fortune for a lumpy puzzle, and then gets thrown in a huge bin to wait for the next lumpy puzzle to arrive.
But they’re making Girder and Panel sets again! Bridge Street Toys deserves a Nobel Prize, or even a real prize for resurrecting them. Wonderful stuff, and somewhat more like real construction than those dashed bricks.
It was very modern in the sixties. It’s more “Modern” now. Feed the inner Mies van der Rohe in your children’s soul. Girder and Panel, people!
Don’t even get me started on American Bricks.