While sitting at a crowded, noisy wedding in 1990, Joel Glickman started tinkering with some straws and began thinking about the possibilities. By 1992 this dabbling, followed by some innovative product engineering, led to the very popular rod & connector building system now known as K’NEX. As K’NEX grew, wheels, pulleys and gears were added so that kids could build vehicles, roller coasters and other innovative creations. The easy-to-follow, color-coded instructions included in every set made it easy for builders to bring their models to life. Today, K’NEX continues to introduce exciting new building with its high standards for quality and innovation. The K’NEX family of brands has expanded to include K’NEX Building Sets, K’NEX Thrill Rides, K’NEX Education: America’s STEM building solution, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, NASCAR®, Angry Birds™, Mario Kart Wii™, Mario Kart 7™, Super Mario™, PacMan™ and more.