Construx by Fisher Price

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.

Some of you may know of the recent Mega Construx building sets by Mattel, featuring well-known franchise entities like Masters of the Universe, Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Monster High, Call of Duty and more. But did you know that Mega Construx has its origins dating back to the early 1980s when it was owned by Fisher-Price and known simply as Construx?

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.

The original Construx sets can be comparable to Lego, especially Lego Technic sets, in that creations could be built from a choice of interlocking and movable parts. Sets came with large-size beams that acted as frameworks; these were connected to smaller pieces by connector blocks. Hinges, motors, wheels, pulleys and figures added to the build and play experience.

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.

Construx production appears to have ended around 1988, with Mattel (current owners of Mega Brands, including Mega Bloks) re-imagining the line for their Mega Construx sets in 2017. When making my research for this post, an overiding sentiment I found among the original owners of Fisher-Price Construx was that it was one of the best construction sets of its time – even better than Lego, with many agreeing it was a toy limited only by the imagination of the builder.

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.


The following images come from 1986 and 87 Dutch catalogues, when the brand was heavily geared to space and action themes.

Construx. De Speelboom, 1987. Netherlands.

Construx. Intertoys Speelboek, 1987. Netherlands

Construx. Speelboom Club Journal N°4, 1986. Netherlands.

Construx. Speelboom Club Journal N°4, 1987. Netherlands.


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12 thoughts on “Construx by Fisher Price

  1. For Tyeth

    Hi TVTA, you can certainly see a big similarity to some Lego sets in these Construx sets. In your last two images there is some sort of cockpit assembly with a figure seated in it and the cockpit itself looks like the new modular sections Lego use on their CITY building sets (such as their Airport and Police Station models). I never had any Construx sets but I might have liked a few of the space themed kits.

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  2. J.

    I don’t remember these at all, but they look great. Can’t say I’ve even heard of the Mega Construx, though I haven’t had terrestrial TV or Sky for many years and that means I’ve missed many a toy ad.

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  3. 924COLLECTIVE

    What a great flashback! I loved my Construx sets! In a way they are much more fun than LEGO (and less dangerous for smaller children) When I go down the toy aisles these days, the Lego have far too many pieces, specific to different sets (+ the price). They really are more of an adult collectible in disguise vs construx which are much more accessible.

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    1. The Vintage Toy Advertiser Post author

      That’s great you had some Construx. I didn’t know about it until I got hold of the ads – it looks a lot of fun and I agree with what you say when comparing to Lego, so expensive these days, even for a small set.
      I continue to enjoy your posts over on 924Collective and wish to extend a BIG congrats for the ‘One Thousand Posts’ post – what a fantastic milestone! Keep doing what you do my friend 🙂

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