Bridge Street Toys Introduces New "Boston Manor" Building Set

Weston, MA, October 22, 2008 --( Bridge Street Toys, the proud maker of the often NAPPA awarded "Girder and Panel" building sets and the HYDRODYNAMIC building set, are proud to announce the newest addition to their building set toy line called "Boston Manor". This building toy, when finished, is a beautiful Victorian manor in happy yellow siding with blue flowers and elegant blue trimmed windows. This fantastic building set that is sure to get girls and boys excited about the idea of architecture and engineering. Last years’ new product, the HYDRODYNAMIC building set, was a mega-hit, selling five times more units than anticipated during the holiday season.

"We think that the "Boston Manor" will do at least as well as the HYDRODYNAMIC building set because it is the only building toy designed for girls! We are really proud of this toy," says Paul Flack, owner of Bridge Street Toys, "we think it will help girls to get excited about building their own dollhouses rather than buying them ready made. They can buy one or more of these kits and make them look like the one on the box or use their imagination and come up with a fantastic dollhouse of their own design. My wife is a talented engineer and our daughter loves to build things so I know that this is something girls want and will really enjoy!"

The Bridge Street Toys® "Girder and Panel®" building sets consist of realistic HO scale parts that allow children to create structures that are built the same way that real buildings are designed and built. These construction toy sets are powerful tools for teaching children the basic principles of designing buildings and bridges. The Bridge Street Toy ® building sets are great to use for science fair projects.

Many of today’s architects and engineers were inspired by the "Girder and Panel®" building sets that they played with as children from the 1950-1970s. The toy continues to have a following as indicated by the sheer number of collector websites devoted to the original. Baby boomer parents who grew up with the sets want to now share the joy they experienced as children with their own kids.

Bridge Street Toys is a privately-held company founded by Carol and Paul Flack, both of whom are engineers who have advanced degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. The company was conceived in 2003 when Carol tried to buy a new set of Paul’s favorite childhood building toy and discovered that it was no longer being manufactured by Kenner and that the trademarks had run out. Carol saw an opportunity to put this amazingly creative line of toys back into production. She wanted to share her husband’s love of building with a new generation of children.

About Bridge Street Toys
The company’s primary goal is to make products that inspire children to pursue careers in engineering, architecture and technology. Bridge Street Toys currently sells six different updated versions of the original Kenner "Girder and Panel" building sets that were sold by the company from 1957 to 1968.
There are plans to put at least more 5 to 10 more building sets into production with at least one of those sets being marketed towards getting girls interested in careers in the building arts and sciences.

Bridge Street Toys
Melissa Frank