Steampunk Monorail Building Toy

The Victorian Futurist's Monorail (Image courtesy Hammacher Schlemmer)
By Andrew Liszewski

Dropping $160 on this steampunk or “Victorian Futurist’s” monorail building set is kind of a hard sell since you can get a decent stash of LEGO bricks for that much money. But I know there are those of you out there who refuse to let the steampunk fad die, going as far as to force your kids to wear aviator goggles and knickerbockers, or play with a toy like this. I’ll admit the monorail’s engine and car do look the part, and the 550 piece set includes a track that “can run as long as 20 looping feet.” Alas all those miniature valves and pipes are just for show though, since this thing runs on a set of 4 decidedly unsteampunkish AA batteries. $159.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

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