K’Nex is a brand name of a construction toy system invented by Joel Glickman, designed and produced by K’Nex Industries of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA. Currently Michael Araten is the president of the organization. The name is, presumably, a phonetic variation of connects, and is pronounced the same way. The toy’s building system consists of interconnecting plastic rods and connectors, which can connect together to form all kinds of contraptions. K’Nex is a construction toy, and therefore in the same genre as Lego, Fischertechnik and Meccano.
The first K’Nex Box was launched in the U.S. market in 1993. Original models with moving parts had a hand crank to make things move. But soon gears and motors allowed models to move on their own.1 Comment