In 1880, brothers Otto and Gustav Lilienthal who were German engineers and aviation pioneers created a construction kit called "Anker". It was a set of bricks made from a mixture of quartz sand, chalk, and linseed oil.
Soon after that, the two engineers sold a patent for their creation to entrepreneur Adolf Richter. In 1882, he began manufacturing the kits under the Anker-Steinbaukasten trademark, and that's when the Anker construction kit went public. You can still buy these toys online or offline in the KaDeWe store in Germany. The manufacturer creates construction sets the way they were in the good old days. And the price is reasonable considering their high quality!
The most devoted fans of metal and robotic construction sets most probably know the Meccano brand. It proudly boasts more than a century of history too! Back in 1901, English inventor, politician and businessman Frank Hornby created the first metal construction kit called "Mechanics Made Easy". It was a set of miscellaneous parts that had no precise application. Kids could construct anything they wanted out of them.
In 1926, green and red beams, corners, wheels, and other colourful details were added to the "Mechanics Made Easy" kit. From then onward, events developed rapidly. For example, in 1970, the manufacturer added an electric motor to the package content. Then in 1981, new plastic models went on sale.
The very first wooden construction kit was created in 1932 in Denmark. And it becomes the backbone of the world-famous company LEGO.