Capsela 700 construction set. 1978
The Cold War years were marked by intense international competition in science and technology. Toys that could spark interest in these areas in young scientists carried serious weight with forward-thinking adults, and educational kits such as Capsela became increasingly popular at home and in schools. This modular building toy, originally designed and manufactured in Japan in 1975, was advertised as “the construction set of tomorrow.” With it, children could combine plastic capsules with electric motors, gears, propellers, wheels, and pumps to create real and imaginary vehicles, many of which resembled instruments appropriate for lunar deployment.
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