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December 1, 2020
Life is a circus -- enjoy the fun! Schuco's Juggling Clown is a circus classic from Germany, here with original box. The 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. Lehmann's Balky Mule circus cart has clown driver and recalcitrant donkey.
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Missions await with this complete Captain Video Rocket Launcher Set in display box with cut-out Video Rangers.
From Germany here is the friction powered tin toy Apollo Flying Saucer with beautiful space illustration.
Get tagged for the space race with vintage rub-on Atomic-Era Tatoos -- a 1950s dime store novelty.
Let's eat! Burger Chef the hamburger-flipping dog is serving up! Made in Japan by Yonezawa.
This short / tall Popeye Spinach Eater wind-up is a rare Popeye toy ... see Popeye grow tall as he eats his healthy snack.
Time to wax your skis! Here's El Greco'sTpaka Tpoukas Ski Chalet complete play set.
This 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.
Davy Crockett - King of the Wild Frontier set includes a Hubley Buffalo Gun, coonskin cap and vintage tray puzzle.
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. See smiling Martian faces with the Stevens Space Orb Kaleidoscope. Launch alien pilots into space with this Propeller Space Gun from Park Plastics.
Ideal's 1966 Batman Utility Belt has everything the young crime fighter needs -- and more!
Celluloid toys are full of fun and surprises. The Boy Chasing Runaway Pig has fun action with squeaking pig -- he should just be glad he's not a turkey! Jolly Jacko the combing monkey puts all his attention on personal grooming as he turns about with whirling tail, getting ready for the show. Tumbling Jocko the circus chimp wears a smart suit and bow tie as he performs his act. This Obstinate Donkey gives the circus clown a work-out, tugging his tail as they go around and around.
This Schuco Micro Racers set includes a Lilliput Mercedes, Volkswagen Beetle, and Microbus carrier with store display stand. The
From the Paya Hermanos historical collection comes the big 12-inch Motorcycle Rider with Sidecar mechanical toy with passenger tooting his horn. Sky Chief Fire Robot to the rescue! This is a one-of-a-kind robot fire fighter with custom box. Robots at work and play -- this Nomura battery operated Robot Tractor with lighted pistons pulls a Wyandotte space sled with miniature Gort figure.
The NASTA 3-color Flash Gordon Space Gun signals red-blue-white -- made in Hong Kong
From Japan here's an original vintage Space Whale Ship Pioneer PX-3 jiggle-eyed sparkling whale ship in fine working condition -- still has bright sparks!
Hiller Industries 1940s all metal Atom Ray Gun is the only toy produced by this maker of helicopter -- and it's a classic!
Here's a contemporary limite edition Mechanical Walking Space Man robot with our TrueReplica™ Box
In 1947 Irwin Plastics introduced the mechanical Dancing Señorita toy -- as charming today as she was back then.
Chein Drumming Soldier is a classic tin wind-up toy made in the USA
Here's a rare item from Japan -- this early Bandai Funny Rocker celluloid circus clown with tin sled and clever string-pull winding mechanism.
Space adventures abound with the Captain Ray-O-Vac Flashlight -- it comes with a rocket ship box and adventure game book for hours of imaginative play.
Let's go for a spin! Unique Art Kiddy Cyclist 1940s mechanical toy made in the USA
Command the universe! The Universe Reconnaissance Boat is battery operated tin and plastic space craft with periscope and pilot.
The Renwal Planet Jet Gun interplanetary water pistol clicker gun came in various colors. The yellow version is featured on the cover of the classic ray gun publication ZAP!
The 12-combination Super Robot with funny action is a mechanical shape-shifter of the future. Complete in original box.
Standing tall is the Wolverine Drum Major No. 27 -- 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.
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.
College daze Wind-up Tiger is all in for Clemson. Go team!
Scholars you and old will admire the TPS Educational Pet Pooch clever wind-up toy dog who performs math at your command.
Fishing Monkey on Whale with flapping fish is a great example of the whimsical charm and complexity of mechanical toys made by TPS (Tokyo Playthings) of Japan.
What's in Chucky's Locker? OOAK display includes Chucky, Freddy Kruger and Frankenstein posable figures.
Smoking Mariachi Skeleton comes with self-smoking cigarettes
Monster High Patio Party with vintage mechanical sparkling rotisserie grill made in Western Germany by Fuchs
Metropolis Maria Robot on stand with custom plasma light -- dystopia electrified.
Inspired by the beloved children's classic, this mechanical Puss in Boots is a charming tin toy also from Germany and with original illustrated box.
Collectible space toys keep the tradition of outer space adventure going. Here we offer a modern version of the Testujin Conehead Robot with our TrueReplica Box using the original graphics -- great for display.
This custom Ultraman Ray Gun with compass is a 3D printed prop pistol and comes with posable robot figure.
From the miniature T-28 series here are three miniature scenes with Tetsujin Gigantor Jimmy Sparks & the Inspector
Here's a favorite from T.P.S. Pat the Put -- pat the dog on the nose to start the action! TPS Dolly Bouncing Ball is a rare variation of Suzy Bouncing Ball made by Tokyo Playthings in 1961. 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.
Frankie the Roller Skating Monkeyis a barrel of laughs -- this one works great with replacement controller. Check out the movie to see him go!
The thrill of racing is yours with the TPS flip-over Acrobat Porsche race car -- here with original box.
Hard at work here's the Horikawa Busy Cart Robot with wheelbarrow and big foam rock.
From 1950s England we feature the Space Pilot Super-Sonic Gun three-color light beam space pistol with original box -- a Merit toy.
Giant Shooting Robot & Son is a unique set with a signed John Rigg battery operated custom-made Shooting Giant Robot and a miniature wind-up Son! This set includes dart gun and darts for the special target shooting feature ... see movie!
One-of-a-kind Zylmex Robot Puzzle Race Car oversize take-apart puzzle car with metal robot driver.
The Apex Novelty tin toy Dandy Banker coin bank from the 1940s grows tall as you save your coins. Marx Toys old-timey 1907 Ford friction car with driver is full of nostalgia -- this one with original box.
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 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!
Kix premium Rocket to the Moon Ring shoots glow-in-the-dark rockets high into space!
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Unicyclist will brighten your day with playground antics -- watch him turn and spin as he rides alog.
Sailors and landlubbers alike will take a shine to this Bantamlite Popeye Whistling Flashlight with lanyard.
The peanut gallery knows, it's ... Howdy Doody Time! Here's a working condition Ingraham Howdy Doody wristwach -- still ticking, with standee display.
Bring out the true Superhero in you with this Ideal Batman Cape & Helmet set in original box!
Cowboy adventures meant hours of fun for kids of years gone by. The big Nichols Stallion 300 Saddle Gun let 1950s kids play at being The Rifleman. Ours is offered with bullet clip, bandolier and leg holster. Watch the movie to see the ejector action! Even the little lady shooter couldn't miss with a Diamond Lil Garter Gun -- a Nichols Dyna-Mite Derringer with lacy clip. Saturday morning wouldn't be complete without a Lone Ranger watch & badge set -- here with a Yacht brand tin cap gun made in Japan.
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.
Here comes the SEC! Our LSU Football Championship tributeTiger Target Game is a vintage Eldon mechanical toy with college football banner. Go Tigers!
Every kid could be a hero of outer space with the fantastic variety of Space Age playthings from the mid-20th century. The Space Patrol Rocket Lite metal flashlight made by Ray-O-Vac tapped into enthusiam for the popular 1950s TV series 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.
Conquer the universe with a pair of Aqua Pilots translucent space water pistols -- each with alien crew visible inside
The Masudaya miniature wind-up R-35 Antique Robot was made in 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original tin toy robot.
Bring back childhood memories with this Mercury Childcraft Rocket to the Moon vinyl record album in fine condition with the original sleeve presented framed for display -- also included is a CD copy of the recording!
Who can't smile at the joyful exuberance of Mama Kangaroo with jumping joey in her pouch, TPS 1963.
George the Drummer Boy parade soldier with big bass drum and symbols was made in the 1930s -- a patriotic favorite.
Back to school! Here's a true classic -- a Tom Corbett Book Bag with complete set of eight Tom Corbett Space Cadet novels and a set of PEP cereal premium rings! In the 1950s the Grosset & Dunlap Tom Corbett Space Cadet book series inspired comic books, TV and radio shows and countless toys and novelties. 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.
With USA Lite's Tom Corbett Space Cadet Rocket Lite Pins the whole class is ready to light the way on any space adventure -- here's a full set with working bulbs on original store card.
Marx Toys Drumming Soldier & George the Drummer Boy parade soldiers with tin drum display stands celebrate the spirit of our nation.
Popeye & Olive Oyl Jiggers is an another early tin toy made by Louis Marx & Co. 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.
The charming Marionette Theatre has celuloid troubador clown with guitar and dancing girl with tambourine. An early Kuramochi (CK) toy from Japan.
Let's go boldly into to outer space! T.P.S. Flash Space Patrol is a battery operated tin toy tank with mystery action, whirling propeller and flashing lights.
This rare Magnetic Orbiting Satellite toy made in Japan also dates to 1950s. The lighted satellite circles the tin globe of the Earth with rockets chasing after.
Here's a twist on Milton Bradley's 1964 classic Time Bomb Game -- this one is red!
Got work to do? The 1950s Satellite Launching Truck made in Japan by Yonezawa with friction motor, wind-up satellite launcher and moving space scene kept junior astronauts busy for hours.
Ready for space travel? Here's the Kolynos Space Man from Mars in his Supersonic Rocket with Zing Zong Code -- this mulit-purpose space kit was an advertising premium offered by Kolynos toothpaste in the 1950s.
Our favorite TV characters inspired many fine toys of the past. The 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.
This 1960s Dennis the Menace Tiddly Winks game is complete in the box from Whitman Publishing.
Porky Pig Magnetic Pick-up Stix is a rare and unusual party game from the aptly named Novel Novelties Company of New York.
Blast off with siren and sparks! This Knickerbocker Siren Sparkle Space Target is complete with dart gun and original box.
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.
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.
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 as the earlier robot. 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.
Our storybook theme continues with T.P.S. Toys Mounted Cavalryman with Cannon tin toy soldier on horseback.
Nostalgic for the 1960s? Check out this Mattel Classic TV Series Batman & Robin Batmobile with posable figures.
For the youngest tots, Ideal Toy Co. produced these clever Howdy Doody Sand Forms with plastic molds of Clarabell, Flub-A-Dub, Mister Bluster and the popular cowboy pal Howdy Doody.
The tin windup Gescha Bob-Boy on Snow Sled from Germany is just right for winter fun -- or winter memories.
Today we're harkening back to cowboy days. The 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. Alps Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol. The T.P.S. friction powered Satellite Fleet is a rare version of the space ship parade toy from the 1960s, here with original box. A space man's kit is truly complete with this sparkling tin friction sparkling Space Pistol made in Japan by TS.
The robot Sparkle Squad is a set of three plastic walking wind-up toy made in Hong Kong. Sparks fly from their mouths!
1960s Saturday morning cartoon fans love this Jetsons Family Spaceship with talking Rosie the Robot Maid.
Shazam! 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.
Be ready for action with the Empire Plastics Rocketeer Jet-Bomb Launcher spring loaded space age personal defense system, complete with capbomb dart.
Summer is here and our OOAK Robot Speed Boat featuring vintage Japan tin toy boat with robot driver and passenger is ready for the season.
Everybody loves Popeye! This vintage Popeye art & school supply collection recalls the dremas of creative kid cartoonists. Popeye's pal 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. Fun at the circus! TPS Toys' Oscar the Seal circus performer has twirling spinner and felt jacket. Mattel's tin toy Hurdy Gurdy with dancing monkey from 1951 is a clever toy that plays a real tune.
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. Buck Rogers 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. Our custom-made Buck Rogers Rocket Mobile is a great display piece with Buck Rogers and girlfriend Wilma Deering zooming through space!
Pleasant Kappa is one of the most unusual toys made in the heydey of battery operated tin toys. Made in Japan by Asakusa Toys & Dolls Co. ATD this curious laughing river monster will bring you a clear head of thought.
Take time out for good old-fashioned fun! Here's our custom made one-of-a-kind Pac-Man Robot and Ghost with vintage Milton Bradley Pac-Man game and puzzles.
Fun at the circus -- from days gone by! This celluloid Tumbling Clown circus toy is a nice example made in Occupied Japan. Clown wears a classic French pierrot suit and tumbles along with his suitcases. Tin wind-up toys reflect the busy world. Here's the classic TPS Candy Loving Canine dog with candy -- he just eats and eats! Also from Japan is the Alps mechanical Jolly Fisherman -- this clever wind-up toy uses a magnet to catch the fish, drop it in the basket ... and catch it again! If you're hankering to flip, the Acrobat Skier is great entertainment -- made in Japan by Hiro Toy. They all have movies ... watch them go!
Doodles Memo Bots Robot Family Desk Set is staying at home together -- mom and pop robot and astro dog.
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?
From the early cinema we have Harold Lloyd Funny Face tin toy walker from 1928. He has an amusing changing face (see the movie!).
Attention space cowboys! This Captain Meteor Gun & Holster Set combines a Ranger Steel sparkling Cosmic Ray Gun with a genuine Carnell holster.
Boy on Scooter is a celluloid rider with a mechanical tin scooter, also made in Japan.
Unique Art Jazzbo Jim -- Dancer on the Roof is an early toy made in the USA in the style of the popular Lehmann jigger. Also from Unique Art is
It's good to chill out. Our Buck Rogers Popsicle Advertising Sign features Buck Rogers and his girlfriend Wilma Deering with a refreshing ice cold treat.
Scared yet? The Mummy movie monster collection includes figurines with shrines and a set of Topps Universal Studios cards.
Buck Rogers Super Sonic Glasses (here with original display box) are real 3X power binoculars made by Norton-Honer, the manufacturer of the famous Buck Rogers Sonic Ray Gun.
This early glow-in-the-darkReddy Kilowatt cut-out figure is a business card holder complete with stand, and comes with a Reddy Kilowatt flippo flashlight and copy of the 1935 patent. In the whimsical world of celluloid toys we feature a carnival toy bobbing head Polar Bear with Native Rider
Dan Dare Pocket Watch with moving pistol -- 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.
In the 1980s this set of Popeye Erasers entertained school kids with Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea figures.
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.
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.
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 mechanical Mego Man made by SY in Japan is sure to bring a smile.
This pair of miniature walking wind-up Smoking Robot pals are contemporary collectible classics.
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. Alps Japan wind-up Santa Claus Ringing Bell brightens the season, also with original box.
This Nomura Japan wind-up tin & celluloid Santa Claus with Ringing Bell is here to wish you a Merry Christmas! Dreaming of Christmas? Here are some favorite toys from days gone by. Our Spirit of Christmas Santa Robot is a one-of-a-kind miniature model pedal car biplane holiday collectible.
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
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. 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.
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.
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 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. It won't be long until Christmas time! Alps Japan Santa Claus with ringing bell is a cheerful 1960s toy.
Mego wind-up walking Captain Astro space man robot and
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! 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. Kids might even get grand-dad in the game with this 1935 Wyandotte 33 Repeater pop gun, reminiscent of Buck Rogers action adventures.
Yone Acro Car race car has flip-over action.
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.
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.
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.
Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol -- a 1950s wild west theme toy.
Wonderful whimsical mechanical toys have been made all around the world.
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
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.
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.
The colorful Pecking Pheasant by Kohler has a charming action and lovely detail. As always, the box graphics are outstanding.
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.
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.
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.
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