Girder and Panel building sets first came out in the 1950s. The Girder and Panel sets were among the first building set toys that were made almost exclusively out of plastic.
Girder and Panel building sets were first put out by Kenner Toys. The inspiration of these building sets was the style of building construction that had become very popular by the 1950s which allowed for very thin “curtain” walls supported by a steel frame. With Girder and Panel sets, the steel frame is represented by plastic beams that snap together to allow for a wide variety of structures you can build.
Girder and Panel sets, because they are plastic, often include a wide variety of other plastic components such as plastic roadway pieces and small plastic vehicles or figures to complete a realistic and easy to build miniature building or street scene.
Girder and Panel building sets have been made by a 20ber of companies and they are still available as new items – a testament to the lasting appeal of these ingenuous and imaginative toys.
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