Here’s an old toy I have very dim memories of from my youth, so much so that I’m not even sure I remember its real name. I believe it was called Link, though it may have been spelled Linq instead, or indeed I might be completely wrong about the name entirely.
What I do remember though is that I wanted a set and never got one.
Basically Link (if that was its name of course) was a kit that allowed you to build houses out of real miniature bricks held together with cement, or at least something close to cement that was safe for kids to play with anyway.
You built up your model house exactly as if you were building a real house, laying the bricks in courses then slotting in windows and doors (assuming you’d left the right size gap of course) before putting on the roof, which I’m sure involved gluing little roof tiles together, though whether you had a wooden frame to build against like in a real house I’m not sure.
I think this is a toy that must have died out in the Eighties (or possibly late Seventies), but was extremely popular with little lads and lasses across the country during the Fifties and Sixties.
So what jerked this little memory? Well, I was browsing the website of retro toy specialist Hawkin’s Bazaar when I came across a modern day equivalent of this toy. It may have the distinctly uncatchy name of Universal Brick Building Kit but it looks like a lot of fun for a junior Bob the Builder of today (or maybe even a more senior one). You get bricks, windows and roof pieces and also some a little trowel to slap on the mortar, which is soluble so you can build a house, then wash away the mortar and start again.
The kit costs Â£40, which means you can also take advantage of the Hawkin’s Bazaar free Space Hopper offer (available to anyone spending at least Â£30 on the site). Just enter HOPPER at the checkout to claim yours.