Ducati has signed a licensing agreement with toy company Spin Master Corp. for a series of branded Meccano models (best known in the U.S. market as Erector Sets). The first product under the agreement is a model based on the Ducati Monster 1200S.
While not quite as realistic as the Pocher Ducati 1299 Panigale S Model kit announced in December, the Meccano Ducati Monster 1200S Build and Play kit does a fair job of recreating some of the bike’s features such as the staggered shotgun exhaust and single-sided swingarm. The red side pieces also do a passable job of translating the Monster’s new steel trellis frame design into the Erector Set aesthetic.
The kickstand actually deploys while the steering and coil-spring rear suspension function realistically, though it is odd seeing what looks like a girder fork up front. But Erector Sets were never about creating exact replicas. Rather, the focus has always been on the construction and engineering. The numerous bolts and mounting points will allow kids to assemble their own Monster or make their own mechanical creations from the kit’s 290-plus parts.
“We are delighted to announce this new licensing agreement, which will allow us to develop Ducati motorcycles in the distinctive Meccano style,” says Alessandro Cicognani, Ducati Licensing Director. “I’m sure that Ducati fans of any age will have a lot of fun playing with the Meccano Build and Play series.”
The Ducati Monster 1200S will likely be just the first licensed Build and Play Kit from Meccano. We wouldn’t e surprised to see a Scrambler version in the near future. The Kits are now available at toy and hobby stores that carry Meccano products, though it’s not clear if they will be offered in the U.S. under the Erector Set brand.