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February 17, 2020
For those of us in the grip of winter this little tin windup Acrobat Skier is great entertainment -- made in Japan by Hiro Toy. And the Gescha Bob-Boy on Snow Sled from Germany is just right for winter fun. Click on the listing to see him go!
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From the 1950s onward, kids went boldly into space at play time. Here are some classic mid-century toys for boys and girls with futuristic vision. Captain Video Rocket Launcher Set with display box and cut-out Video Rangers. Flash Gordon Wrist Compass with illustrated band.
Vintage German toys are remarkable for their design, beauty and humor. Boby the Monkey Cyclist made by Arnold has a clever zig-zag pattern when riding. The mechanical Fox with Goose is a rarely seen gem made by Schuco.
Today we also feature an early toy from Japan, the celluloid Obstinate Donkey toy with stubborn mule and forlorn circus clown.
Here's a classic -- the Rocket USA R-1 Robot - Yellow Rescue Version in excellent working condition with original box. And a one-of-a-kind Zylmex Robot Puzzle Race Car oversize take-apart puzzle car with metal robot driver.
Lido Toy Captain Video Rocket Launcher set is complete with wheeled vehicles, missiles and launcher in our ToyTent TrueReplica™ Box with insert -- plus cut-out Video Rangers and badge. Forbidden Planet fans will enjoy this Robby the Robot Krell Blaster display with miniature ray gun.
What time is it kids? Howdy Doody Time of course! This Ingraham Howdy Doody wristwach is still ticking and comes with standee display. Sailors and landlubbers alike will take a shine to this Bantamlite Popeye Whistling Flashlight with lanyard. Members of her Secret Circle must have Radio Orphan Annie 1940 Decoder Pin -- here with custom stand, Ovaltine drink shaker and a vintage wind-up Sandy the dog tin toy!
A King Kong look-alike gorilla makes a suprise appearance when the DSK Strange Explorer Space Tank battery operated vehicle with flip-over action is on the scene. This example is in excellent working condition with the original box. The Empire Plastics Rocketeer Jet-Bomb Launcher is a spring loaded dimestore space age personal defense system, complete with capbomb dart.
The mechanical Mego Man made by SY in Japan is sure to bring a smile. TPS Toy's Pango Pango African Dancer is another favorite from the 1950s. Also from Toky Playthings is the 1960 Mounted Cavalryman with Cannon tin toy soldier on horseback.
Cowboys and space men -- popular playtime themes of days gone by. Nichols Industries Stallion 41-40 was one of the most sought-after cap guns of the 1950s. Here's one with a real leather Tophand holster. Adventures in space could be had with the Daiya Baby Space Gun with siren and spark made in Japan.
Howdy Doody Piano Band with dancing Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob Smith at the piano is a wonderfully detailed mechanical tin toy with lively action made in the USA in the 1950s by Unique Art Mfg. company, one of the prominent American tin toy makers of the 1940s and 1950s. Tootsietoy's string-gliding Zeppelin was included in the 1930s Buck Rogers rocket set, and also sold individually for the budding air enthusiast of the early 20th century.
Space adventures begin here -- Superior Space Port launching station with Pyro X-300 Space-Cruiser rocket. Space Boy Siren Lite flashlight with signal key, built-in siren whistle and code key. Marx Toys' Whistling Space Top Set celebrate the 1960s space exploration program with Freedom and Liberty Bell satellites.
The well outfitted space man has a vast array of choices such as this 1980s PEZ Space Gun. 1950s kids in England went for the Merit Space Pilot Missile Gun -- this one with our TrueReplica™ Box and insert. And in the states they chose the Renwal Planet Jet Gun interplanetary water pistol clicker gun, which came in various colors.
Delightful tin toys from days gone by. Marx Funny Tiger with drum wears a cloth jungle suit -- made in Japan for Louis Marx & Co. Mama Kangaroo with playful baby in her pouch is a favorite T.P.S. mechanical toy. Also from Japan, the Mikuni Circus Clown on Horse has a funny jumping action.
Yone Mechanical Pirate has peg leg and ringing bell. Black Americana Navy Sailor Jack on Scooter with Bill the Goat looks surprised at Fickle Freddy musical wind-up Kissing Dolls -- a souvenir of France, made in Germany.
Other worlds await our intrepid adventurers. The mechanical tin B-17 South Pole Explorer Robot is a modern era reproduction of the 1950s skiing robot scouting alien terrain. Here is a complete set of six Martian Space Patrol miniature figures from COMA Italy.
J. Chein & Co. was an early manufacturer of tin toys in the USA. Drummer No. 109 is a colorful mechanical toy parade soldier, shown here with a patriotic Chein coin bank. The 1920's Mechanical Walking Clown is an odd little tin wind-up dwarf, one of the early walking toys made by Chein.
Here comes -- Santa on Sled with Prancing Reindeer and ringing bell celluloid wind-up toy made in Japan.
Blast into outer space with the Pyro Space-Cruise X-300 Rocket and Space Port Launching Station set. Superior Planetary Cruiser Patrol port has working launch mechanism! USA Lite's Tom Corbett Space Cadet Rocket Lite Pins with working bulbs are ready to light the way on any space adventure -- here's a full set on original store card. What lurks in the depths of the cosmos? See our alien neighbors smiling faces with this fun 1960s Space Orbe Kaleidoscope by Stevens Mfg.
Christmas Cootie Coin Bank and ornament set -- save your pennies for next year! Test your skill with our Buck Rogers Pocket Watch dexterity puzzle feuaturing Buck and his girlfriend Wilma. And for all out family fun on game night here's our custom made one-of-a-kind Pac-Man Robot and Ghost with vintage Milton Bradley Pac-Man game and puzzles.
Robert the Robot on Mechanical Bulldozer is a rare space farmer toy inspired by the very popular Robert the Robot talking remote control space toy Ideal introduced in the early 1950s. The bulldozer tractor robot uses the same ray-gun style crank-wind remote control. Ideal Toy Company began in 1903 with the invention of the Teddy Bear and continued to produce fabulously fun toys with mid-century favorites such as Mr. Machine, the Astrobase playset, Zeroid robots, 3-color space ray gun, torpedo firing subamrines and the fantastic Ideal Futuramic Ship.
Wolverine No. 44 Mr. Sandman the Robot all metal sand toy is an ingenious 1945 design complete with pail and shovel, sieve, sprinkler, bucket handle arms and sand mold legs. The assembled parts make a friendly robot.
Noguchi's Mighty Robot has bright sparks in chest -- with original box. Alps Japan wind-up Santa Claus Ringing Bell brightens the season, also with original box. Here's another gem from a vintage Christmas wish list: Archer Plastics World of Tomorrow playset with Inerplanetary Space Port is one of many space theme playsets the company produced in the 1950s. Archer space vehicles came in different sizes, providing a sense of perspective to the large tableaux that can be created with their sets. The World of Tomorrow includes two large and five small cars, space men with helmets, robot, and large wheeled rocket.
Toys in motion! George the Drummer Boy parade soldier with big bass drum and symbols was made by Louis Marx & Co. in the 1930s Alps Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol -- a 1950s wild west theme toy. This Nomura Japan wind-up tin & celluloid Santa Claus with Ringing Bell is here to wish you a Merry Christmas! Captain Marvel Lightning Race Cars is a set of four tin wind-up cars each with an image of flying Captain Marvel, comic book hero of the 1940s. Also known as Shazam, Captain Marvel was first introduced as Billy Batson, boy reporter, and went on to become a hero of Golden Age comics. The tin wind-up steerable racing cars were made in 1947 by the Automatic Toy Co. of Staten Island, NY and are offered here with our TOYTENT TrueReplica™ display box with insert.
J. Wellington Wimpy first appeared in The Thimble Theatre comic strip by E.C. Segar in 1931. Here with Wimpy is Popeye's pet Eugene the Jeep and his magic crate. The Yoshiya Space Whale Ship sparkling tin friction Pioneer Space Craft is a tin toy classic made in Japan. Dreaming of Christmas? Here are some favorite toys from days gone by. Pat the Put is one of the many charming animal themed toys made by TPS -- pat the dog on the nose to start the action. Alps mechanical Jolly Fisherman uses a magnet to simulate dropping the fish in the basket and catching it again. Fishing boy has tin body with plastic head and cloth shirt.
Our Spirit of Christmas Santa Robot is a one-of-a-kind miniature model pedal car biplane holiday collectible.
This pendulum action Satellite Target Game has the same graphics as an earlier battery operated hovering satellite target game made by Horikawa and appears to be a later version of the game with lower production cost and yet the same outstanding space fantasy graphics. Hubley's Atomic Disintegrator space pistol is a rare flight of fantasy for the company which was well known for it's true-to-life cast iron toys such as wagons and dogs. Hubley began manufacturing cast iron toys in the early 1900s. By the 1940's the company was expanding its product line and making diecast toys. The Atomic Disintegrator cap gun has become one of Hubley's most famous products.
Here comes Santa! This Hot Wheels Santa Speedster is a big 11-inch Santa race car with complete packaging from 2002
Fun at the circus! Tumbling Jocko the circus chimp is a celluloid wind-up toy made in Japan. The colorful Pecking Pheasant by Kohler has a charming action and lovely detail. As always, the box graphics are outstanding.
There's work to be done in outer space. This 1950s Beacon Beanie lighted helmet guides the way through deepest darkest space. Our one-of-a-kind Lighted Space Bulldozer with Xylmex astronaut operator transports a TPS chrome mini walking robot -- hard at work on the dark side of the moon.
With an eye to history, we feature the 1942 paper punch-out Make Your Own Battle Set with a supply of green army men for hours of military strategy and hands-on fun. Not to forget our brave sailors in uniform, here is a wind-up Sailor Jack on Scooter with Bill the Goat. Football fans may love 'em or hate 'em but this 1966 Wind-up Tiger is all in for Clemson. Go team!
Meanwhile space age heavy work gets done with the Nomura battery operated Robot Tractor with lighted pistons -- ours pulls a Wyandotte space sled with miniature Gort figure.
Here's a rare item from Japan -- this early Bandai Funny Rocker celluloid circus clown with tin sled and clever string-pull winding mechanism. And from Germany we feature the Kohler GnK Circus Monkey on Unicycle with parasol and beautifully illustrated original box.
The Space Patrol Rocket Lite metal flashlight made by Ray-O-Vac tapped into the popular 1950s TV series craze and was a useful tool for active boys and girls -- used as a hand-held flashlight or attached to bicycle handlebars. This one comes with original box and bonus space scene. Honer Mfg. Buck Rogers Super Sonic Space Glasses are real working binoculars for the space adventurer, also with original box. Junior spacemen can practice their skill at launching and landing the Rocket to the Moon with this vintage dimestore paddle game in original bag with header card.
The wonderful world of animation jumped from the printed page to create a wealth of toys and collectibles with nostalgic appeal to this very day. This original Orphan Annie 1940 Decoder Pin with Secret Society code book, Ovaltine drink shaker and metal insignia ring are prized collectibles dating from the heydey of Radio Orphan Annie popularity, as immortalized in the movie A Christmas Story featuring the tale of Raphie Parker and his Christmas wish. In the heydey of Popeye popularity it was a lucky kid who went back to school with a Popeye Pencil Box, crayons, paints and printing kit -- perfect for the aspiring cartoonist. The print set includes rubber stamps featuring Popeye, Wimpy, Olive Oyl and Toar, Popeye's enemy-turned-ally who first appeared in 1935.
Space control is the theme of the day. Our X-Plus Japan anime space hero Tetsujin T-28 Robot by Rocket Pro comes with controller and miniature wind-up flying saucer UFO. Our walking wind-up Gort Robot comes with posable Klaatu figure and custom display stand. The Aqua Pilots translucent space water pistol has alien crew inside operating the space flight control panel.
Alps Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol -- a 1950s wild west theme toy.
Stanzel's Astro Jack flying space boy with Lunar Bug moon craft is a 1960s play set operated by hand -- this set is complete with original box and store display. The T.P.S. friction powered Satellite Fleet is a rare version of the space ship parade toy from the 1960s, also with original box.
Mattel's tin toy Hurdy Gurdy with dancing monkey from 1951 is a clever toy that plays a real tune. The TPS Bunny Family Parade is one of a series of tin toy wind-up parade families -- from ducks to space satellites! Early 20th century celluloid wind-up toys offered a world of fun. The Tumbling Clown circus toy is a nice example of a made in Occupied Japan. Clown wears a classic French pierrot suit and tumbles along with his suitcases. A contemporary toy with is the Traveling Boy with clever walking action. The Obstinate Donkey with circus clown has a playful theme -- clown tugs the donkey's tail and the donkey won't budge -- around and around they go. Meanwhile Jolly Jacko the combing monkey puts all his attention on personal grooming as he turns about with whirling tail.
Sears was the exclusive retailer of the Ingraham Buck Rogers Pocket Watch shown here with Atomic Pistol watch fob and our custom made box.
From Japan we are featuring a Magnetic Orbiting Satellite toy from the 1950s. Lighted satellite circles the lithographed tin globe of the Earth with rockets chasing after.
What's in Chucky's Locker? OOAK display includes Chucky, Freddy Kruger and Frankenstein posable figures.
Go Tigers! Strike up the band! Marx tin toy Tiger Trike & Tiger Car customized Clemson Championship Tribute toys and Marx Toys Drumming Soldier & George the Drummer Boy parade soldiers with tin drum display stands are all in the spirit of college football season.
Our Baby Robot Bumper Car is a one-of-a-kind creation. Evolution Time Co. Robotime Watch has a Metropolis-inspired flip-up robot and comes with Robotech tin case. Finally we shake it up with this Space Case collection of aliens and space men with vintage rocket shaped drink shaker.
Transportation toys from times gone by, when young imaginations explored the world. From Germany, the VAKO Atomic Train of the Future has key-wind engine that shoots sparks and two train carriages behind with circular track. This Schuco Micro Racers set includes a Lilliput Mercedes, Volkswagen Beetle, and Microbus carrier with store display stand. The The Porsche Acrobat Car with flip-over action is a battery operated toy made in Japan by TPS.
Ichiko Limited Edition Sparky Robot re-issue made in Japan with bright sparks visible in chest.
Popeye the Sailor Man is one character whose popularity has endured from his first appearance in a 1929 comic strip by Elzie Segar, through radio, movies and television cartoons. This self-scoring Popeye Ball Toss Gamedates to the 1960s, maker not marked. In the 1980s this set of Popeye Erasers entertained school kids with Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea figures.
Ernst Paul Lehmann was an early toy manufacturer and pioneer in Germany in the early 20th century. The Daredevil Zebra Cart with driver reflects interest in cultural novelties popular in Germany at the time that were inspired by colonization in Africa. Later versions of the zebra cart have Mexican and Cowboy drivers. Also from Germany we feature the Gunthermann 1920s mechanical tin Poor Pete boy eating watermelon with dog nipping at his pants is thought to be the original version, on which the later celluloid wind-up toy is based. Contemporaneously in the United States we have Louis Marx & Co. Popeye & Olive Oyl Jiggers mechanical tin toy made in 1932. Wonderfully lithographed toy features Popeye dancing on the roof with Olive Oyl holding an accordion. In this version Olive Oyl is seated on a Spinach crate. An early Marx toy popular with Popeye collectors as well as mechanical dancing toy collectors.
Celebrating horror classics of the silver screen -- our Creature from the Black Lagoon wine tasting shadowbox display is a one-of-a-kind mixed media wall hanging for the scifi movie fan. Little Bigheads The Mummy collection includes figurines with shrines and a set of Topps Universal Studios movie monster cards.
The busy cosmos is filled with great vintage space toys. The Lido Futuremen Space Port set with elaborate display box includes six plastic spacemen, one robot and four miniature figures. The large space men have removable helmets, and the box becomes part of the play activity, with punch-out space scene on the back. This Kitahara Tin Age Collection boxed set of diecast miniature robots includes Non-Stop (Lavender) Robot, Thunder Robot, Super Giant Robot, Radicon Robot, Smoking Space Man, and Telephone Robot plus the red Machine Man secret robot shown only in silhouette on the back of the box. Also from Japan we feature the Nitto anime Propeller Ray Gun Model Kit complete with instructions, unassembled kit with sealed parts bag in fantastic original box.
It won't be long until Christmas time! Alps Japan Santa Claus with ringing bell is a cheerful 1960s toy.
Two versions of Sambo the Minstrel Man celluloid wind-up guitar playing monkeys accompany them with a pleasing tune.
Cowboys have a timeless appeal. The Ingersoll Jeff Arnold Automation Pocket Watch was made in Great Britain to capitalize on the popularity of Jeff Arnold's Rider of the Range BBC radio show -- and the Western hero who later became an Eagle comics favorite. Here in the states, comic strip cowboy Red Ryder gained a new generation of fans after the 1983 movie A Christmas Story featured a fantasy version of the Daisy Red Ryder Carbine with sundial and compass.
Busy hands make happy kids. From the 1940s here's the Wannatoy plastic car set Super-Service Station with four Dillon Beck futuristic bubble top cars. The box makes the service station complete with lubritorium -- Service with a Smile! In the 1950s, dimestore treasures made for hours of play at cowboys and Indians. Here's a Lone Ranger watch & badge set with a Yacht brand tin cap gun made in Japan. This dimestore Flash Gordon Space Commando playset from Premier Products includes large and small rockets and two spacemen.
The whimsical world of vintage tin toys includes fun of all stripes. TPS Toys' Oscar the Seal circus performer has twirling spinner and felt jacket. Also from Japan, made by Mikuni, Jumping Rabbit with Baby has lively hopping action.
Our Glencoe re-issue Flying Saucer with Lindberg graphics box is a model of the flying saucers seen over Washington DC in 1952 -- and comes with model F-94C Starfire pursuit plane like the ones scrambled to intercept the alien intruders. From the silver screen we bring a miniature Gort robot with custom display stand as seen in the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still ... science fiction or science fact? What if it were true?
Tom Corbett Space Cadet fans will love this vintage USALite Rocket Lite lapel pin -- it still lights up and comes with Squadron ID card. Collectible space toys keep the tradition of outer space adventure going. We offer a modern version of the Testujin Conehead Robot with our TrueReplica Box using the original graphics -- great for display.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an enduring favorite for space fantasy enthusiasts. This set, with mannenquin included, represents a space outfit of the 1930s with Daisy XZ-34 leather helmet, metal rimmed goggles, Buck Rogers knit vest with leather emblem, and Solar Scouts silvered brass badge (a 1936 Cream of Wheat cereal premium). A contemporary limited edition Buck Rogers Gold Atomic Disintegrator by GoHero carries the adventure to the modern day.
Mechancial toys made in Germany have wonderful details about them. Kohler GnK Circus Monkey on Unicycle is beautifully lithographed and has a true thrill-of-the-circus action. Hedgehog the Organ Grinder is a key-wind wooden toy with a fairy-tale aspect to it.
Cowboys & spacemen -- playtime themes of the past. For the real space cowboy you can't go wrong with a full store display of quick action Space Rover Water Guns. Boys and girls alike were mesmerized by the floating fantasy world generated by the Daiya Space Bubble Ray Gun with friction powered bubbler. Kids might even get grand-dad in the game with this 1935 Wyandotte 33 Repeater pop gun, reminiscent of Buck Rogers action adventures.
Stand by for Mars! was the first of the Tom Corbett Space Cadet novels, published in 1952 by Grosset and Dunlap. The Tom Corbett Insignia Kit provided intrepid young cadets with badge, ring and helpful space compass.
Outer space was dark and unknown, but the intrepid space kid of the 1950s was prepared! Regis Plastics Space Patrol Emergency Kit is complete with a light-up rocket shaped handle. The lunchbox-like kit contains emergency Space Rations, cosmic ray pills, and space sickness pills to keep the intrepid explorer on the go. The Captain Ray-O-Vac Flashlight has a rocket ship box and adventure game book for hours of imaginative play. Louis Marx & Co. incorporated in 1919 with offices at 200 Fifth Ave., New York. Marx toys were produced at facilities in Erie, Pennsylvania, with additional toy factories established in the 1930s in Girard, Pennsylvania and Glendale, West Virigina. Following World War II Marx opened factories around the world, first in England, then in France, South Africa, Australia, Japan and Germany. The company had it's best success with international manufacturing in Japan.
Marx Funny Tiger playing drum was made in Japan under the Marx Toys logo, before the LineMar division was created specifically to handle production in Japan.
Lost in Space was one of the biggest TV hits of the 1970s. This custom Greek version board game has B-9 robot playing pieces, fold-out playing board and sound chip.
Captain Video and his Video Rangers aired from 1949 to 1955 -- a pioneer of science fiction television series. Famous sci fi authors including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark and Robert Scheckley all contributed scripts. Captain Video space figures soon became popular cereal premiums. Elaborate space port and rocket sets were made by Lido Toy Co. Here are examples of some of the Lido space vehicles with interchangeable accessories.
One-of-a-kind Metropolis Tiger Tank with Maria robot pilot has lighted bump and go action. A ToyTent original creation combining old and new science fiction themes.
Character toys are a popular theme in collecting. TV and movie characters from the turn of the last century onward have inspired playthings of all kinds.
On hot summer days at the beach, who better to entertain the little ones back in the 1950s than Howdy Doody and his friends. Ideal Toy Co. made the Howdy Doody Sand Forms set shown here with plastic molds of Clarabell, Flub-A-Dub, Mister Bluster and the popular cowboy marionette himself.
Big kids of the 1950s could play detective with this Dragnet Target Game complete with dart gun pistols and spinning police targets.
The Our Gang short movies of the 1920s, later known as the Little Rascals, had a resurgeance in popularity in the 1980s. Little Rascals / Our Gang collectibles include this bobble-head Stymie figure and Buckwheat flip-up watch.
Alps Shoji Ltd. of Tokyo was one of the many prolific toy manufacturers in Japan in the post-war period. Alps produced many wind-up and battery operated toys from 1948 into the 1970s. Here are several early mechanical toys that show the detail and creativity of Alps designs.
Acrocycle trick motorcycle with circus clown rider is a colorful tin wind-up bike with acrobat action.
Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol -- a 1950s wild west theme toy.
Dan Dare Pocket Watch with moving pistol is an outstanding example of the Ingersoll / Eagle automation timepiece. Dan Dare was England's counterpart to the space adventure heros of the USA. The character premiered as Dan Dare Pilot of the Future in 1950.
Kolynos Space Man from Mars in Supersonic Rocket with Zing Zong Code instruction sheet is a mulit-purpose space kit was an advertising premium offered by Kolynos toothpaste in the 1950s.
Wonderful whimsical mechanical toys have been made all around the world.
The mechanical Skating Chef with platter of food was made in Japan by T.P.S. in 1956.
Hedgehog the Organ Grinder is a musical mechanical wood toy made in Germany with exquisite detail in the anthropomorphic hedgehog's features.
Kohler GnK Circus Monkey on Unicycle is a nice example of the colorful toys produced by this German factory, and of the truly artistic box illustrations they are known for.
Our custom Gold Edition Hubley Atomic Disintegrator is a customized example of the heavy guage cap firing space pistol. This one has black grips and custom box. The acrylic gun stand was designed especially for the Atomic Disintegrator to hold it in an upright position for display. This clear stand works well with many larger ray guns and cap guns.
Space aliens everywhere these days. Here are 2 Men from Outer Space made in Hong Kong.
George the Drummer Boy parade soldier with big bass drum and symbols was made by Louis Marx & Co. in the 1930s
J. Chein & Co. made a smart Mechanical Drummer in parade dress in the 1930s as well. This tin toy soldier is offered with a Chein drum coin bank.
Marx Toys Streamline Siren Sparkling Pistol Air Raid Warden signal gun is a Civil Air Patrol version of the earlier Flash Gordon ray gun made with the same design and tooling. This patriotic tin toy pistol is offered with a Marx toy Fighting Squadron metal helmet
Hand-held tin toy Popeye Sparkler is a classic by J. Chein Mfg. of New York. The company was founded in the early 1900s and produced elabaorate mechanical carousels and amusement park themed toys as well as simple but beautifully lithographed pails and beach toys, Easter toys and whimsical wind-ups.
Popeye's hungry neighbor Wimpy is the theme of this celluloid wind-up up toy made in Occupied Japan.
Celluloid was the first practical synthetic plastic, developed during the late 1800s. By the early 20th century celluloid was a popular material for making toys. Fragile as it is, celluloid toys were easily broken. Finding vintage celluloid toys in bright undamaged condition is a delight of the modern age. Here are a few.
Funny Rocker combines a celluloid clown with a mechanical tin rocking circus cart and a cloth covered dog on leash -- pull the leash to wind the toy. This is an early Bandai toy made in Japan.
Swift's Premium Ham pig on scooter is a whimsical early plastic toy on wind-up eccentric action scooter
The robot Sparkle Squad is a set of three plastic walking wind-up toy made in Hong Kong. Sparks fly from their mouths!
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century radio show was popular in the 1930s and inspired many advertising premiums. This Popsicle Pete Radio News prize book shows many of the items boys and girls could win by collecting popsicle wrappers. Our Buck Rogers Popsicle Advertising Sign features Buck Rogers and his girlfriend Wilma Deering with a refreshing ice cold treat.
Toplay (short for Tokyo Playthings and commonly known as TPS Toys) was one of the most prolific manufacturers of mechanical tin toys from the 1950s onward. The T.P.S. logo is a hand with three fingers held up representing three original founders of the company, businessman Yoshio Udagawa, designer Yasuo Kushida and engineer Yukio Miyakawa. The company's whimsical and amusing designs are popular among collectors today.
In the 1950s the Grosset & Dunlap Tom Corbett Space Cadet book series inspired comic books, TV and radio shows and countless toys and novelties. Today we feature three.
The USALite Tom Corbett Space Cadet Rocket Lite Pins were a popular item -- here is a full original store card. These rocket shaped lapel pins still light up!
Tom Corbett Lunchbox and collectibles. This Aladdin lunchbox complete with thermos includes 7 PEP cereal premium Tom Corbett rings, an embroidered cloth Space Cadet patch, metal badge & insignia ring and pocket watch, plus a DVD with four episodes of the Tom Corbett television show starring Frankie Thomas.
The 7-volume Tom Corbett series was inspired by Joseph Heinlein's 1948 novel Space Cadet. Joseph Greene, who wrote the Tom Corbett series for Grosset & Dunlap also authored a radio program and newspaper comic strip featuring the Space Academy cadets.
Buddy Bugle dime store plastic whistle can really play a tune. Vintage war-time novelty with toy soldier and cannon.
Yone Acro-Car tin wind-up race car has flip-over action. Made in Japan.
Marx Life Savers Candy Truck is an example of a cross-over toy with collaboration between the prolific Marx Toy company and Life Savers candy. This vintage Marx stake truck comes with six rolls of new Lifesavers candies in vintage wrappers.
Wolverine Drum Major No. 27 is a fine example of American-made toy design. The tin wind-up soldier plays a distinct and intricate drum pattern. The toy has a 1932 patent by the Wolverine Supply & Manufacturing of Pittsburg, PA, founded in 1903.
Archer Mars Men, also known as slot-hand space figures are a line of spacemen designed to hold weapons (atom rifle, neutralizer, force gun, ray gun and disintegrator) and carry accessory packs known as Astro-pacs (space scope, first aid kit, space dust, radio, Geiger counter and ammo case). Archer Plastics made various space figures including space men, space women and baby and robot figures in the 1950s. Archer space cars came in various sizes and models. Archer playsets combined figures and vehicles with elaborate space stations for hours and hours of play.
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