Invented in England by Frank Hornby in 1901, Meccano was conceived as a model toy construction system comprising reusable metal strips, plates, angle girders, wheels, axles and gears, with nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. The toy has sold under the Erector Set brand in the U.S. since 1913, and Meccano/Erector set toy products are currently sold in more than 90 companies.
Santa Monica-based Helix is developing a script for a family fantasy/adventure franchise built around the nuts-and-bolts brand that could also be extended to other platforms like TV and video games.
The deal, for undisclosed terms, represents the first time Meccano has licensed film rights to its toys.
Helix was founded in 2008 by film producers and business execs Steven-Charles Jaffe,