Gadgets, Toys & Hobbies

Gadgets and Toys

Since the 1970s, we have built our reputation as a key innovator in gadgets, toys and hobbies – and to this day, we continue to innovate.


Here you can find Meccano’s Meccanoids, the unique build-your-own robots that can walk, talk, tell jokes and much more. Controlled by your voice, your smartphone or learned intelligent motion (LIM) technology, you can even reinvent your Meccanoid using classic Meccano parts.

The educational benefits of building your own robots are huge, and it doesn’t stop with the Meccanoid. Take a look at our wider range of robotics to see what else you could create.

Projects, kits and modules

We are passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and programmers – that’s why we stock an unrivalled selection of projects, kits and modules. An Arduino UNO tutorial kit is a great introduction to both electronics and programming, whereas a Raspberry Pi board provides a grounding in the principles of computing and coding. For more information about electronic projects, visit Maplin Maker World.


Drones are vital to the future of technology. They are also great for producing stunning aerial photography. Whether you want to practice aerial stunts and tricks or capture sweeping landscapes through an included HD camera, we have the perfect drone for you.

The DJI Phantom 3 Professional is the ultimate drone, with an ultra-HD 4K camera. It also boasts a whopping 2km maximum range. For a less advanced quadcopter that you won’t be scared to practice aerial stunts with, the Hubsan H107C Quadcopter with Camera is a great choice.

RC land

We also have a great range of radio controlled automobiles that are great fun for everyone. Our licensed models from BMW, Volkswagen and Mini Cooper are a great option – they look just like mini versions of the real thing.


Our ride-on toys are a big hit with kids. If they’ve got a taste for luxury motors, take a look at our BMW i8 and BMW Z4 ride-on cars. For two-wheeled fun, check out the BMW S1000RR ride-on motorbike. All three models are fully licensed, with realistic engine and horn noises.

Cameras, camcorders and action cams

If you are passionate about photography, take a look at our outstanding range of cameras and camcorders. From high performance DSLRs to durable digital cameras, you are sure to find the camera you’re looking for.

We also stock a fantastic range of action cams and accessories, which allow you to record fully immersive photos and videos. If you want to record your adventures in stunning HD, our Kaiser Baas range is highly recommended.


From Jamie Foxx and Justin Bieber to Raheem Sterling and Cesc Fabregas, celebrities across the world are using self-balancing boards to revolutionise the way they travel. To go faster, lean forward. Lean to the side to turn left or right. Lean backwards to slow down. How you ride is up to you – so check out our brilliant range of AirWheels.

Fitness trackers

Fitness trackers can help you reach your personal health and fitness goals. Choose a tracker from Garmin, Jawbone or Withings to track how many steps you take, calories you burn and even how much sleep you are getting.


We like to cater for hobbyists of all kinds. So if you’re into camping, skiing, hiking, or anything else that requires you stay in touch, take a look at our PMR radios. They are a fantastic way to communicate without the hassle and expensive contracts associated with mobile phones. If you’re a radio hobbyist, check out our range of CB, scanning and amateur radio.

If you’re a keen metal detector, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to scour sandy beaches for hidden treasures or just want to make your home and office life more efficient, take a look at our great range of metal detectors.