Speaking of toys

Moscow’s main toy market is Savelosvky (Metro Savelovskaya). Haunted by the question of where are Russian made toys I’ve inspected numerous toy kiosks today while waiting for my computer’s screen to be replaced. None. All China. The Koptevo Toy Factory in Moscow remains the only source I know of but they make board games and puzzles, not old-fashioned metal things. None of Soviet era mechanical sets, airplane models with rubber band or even tiny internal combustion engines, make-yourself electric motors, true-to-life copies of construction equipment and other toys that teach skills and core principles of mechanics and physics. I’m disappointed with what Savelovsky, probably the biggest toy market in Moscow, has to offer.


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