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February 24, 2021

Popeye and friends are fun for all! Transogram Popeye S.S. Spinacher target board has great classic cartoon scenes -- here it is with a a beautiful Wyandotte tin litho dart pistol in original box! This short / tall Popeye Spinach Eater wind-up is a rare toy ... see Popeye grow tall as he eats his healthy power food. 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.

Previously featured items

Are we long for this world? 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?

Defend the universe with a Daiya Baby Space Gun it's a real sparker -- see the movie!

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!

Let's go for a spin! Unique Art Kiddy Cyclist 1940s mechanical toy made in the USA

Feeling nostalgic for the good old days? Our LSU Football Championship tributeTiger Target Game is a vintage Eldon mechanical toy with college football banner. Go Tigers!

It's a jungle out there! Thi Crocodile with Native Rider vintage tin wind-up toy has ferocious open/close mouth mechanical action.

It's time for fun! How about a Felix the Cat flip-up pocket watch with presentation tin. And here's a Betty Boop Fossil pocket watch with vanity stand.

Radio fans may remember Cheerios Lone Ranger Flashlight Pistol -- this one has color lenses, secret storage compartment and signal code.

Space fantasy enthusiasts, welcome! Meet the Horikawa Super Robot with Lighted Eyes -- with rotating body and rat-a-tat lighted guns when chest doors fly open! Blast off with siren and sparks! This Knickerbocker Siren Sparkle Space Target is complete with dart gun and original box. Launch alien pilots into space with this Propeller Space Gun from Park Plastics. Its all going on at ToyTent!

This working Howdy Doody Wrist Watch is in excellent condition-- still ticking, with standee display. 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! Valentine's Day will soon be here! These charming Magneto Kissing Dolls are ready for the big day -- or maybe the magnetic Kissy Rats are better suited ... ?

TPS Dolly Bouncing Ball is a rare variation of Suzy Bouncing Ball made by Tokyo Playthings in 1961.

Marx Linemar Funny Tiger keeps a lively beat -- jungle drummer made in Japan.

In 1947 Irwin Plastics introduced the mechanical Dancing Señorita toy -- as charming today as she was back then.

Jonny the Climbing Sailor is a string climber made in Germany by Lehmann Toy -- here with original box.

Trendmasters remote control Robby the Robot is complete with blaster pistol. Walks, turns at waist, and speaks famous phrases from the movie Forbidden Planet.

For your listening pleasure we offer a 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!

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.

Today we enjoy fun with pop culture favorites! Here's the Beatles Soundwagen portable record playing Volkswagen Bus with Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band picture disk album. Mickey Mouse & Pluto eccentric scooter wind-up toy with key. Popeye & Pals Pins with Olive Oyl and Bluto -- some pals! Howdy Doody Take-Apart Puzzle on keychain with instructions and keepsake bag.

Let's get way out there. Forbidden Planet fans will enjoy this Robby the Robot Krell Blaster display with miniature ray gun. Mercury Plastics Planet Mercury Line Sky-Gun with corkscrew launcher is in working condition with propeller satellite! Our one-of-a-kind Very Heavy Metal Robot Drummer is bringing down the house. Rock on, baby!

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. Remco's Buck Rogers Walkie Talkies kept junior space scouts in communication through many an exciting mission in days gone by. This Flash Gordon Solar Commando play set from Premier Plastics features large and small rockets and two space men. The 12-combination Super Robot astronaut with funny action is a mechanical shape-shifter of the future. Complete in original box.

Davy Crockett - King of the Wild Frontier set includes a Hubley Buffalo Gun, coonskin cap and vintage tray puzzle.

Who is that masked man with the Lone Ranger watch & badge set -- here with a Yacht brand tin cap gun made in Japan.

Hey kids, here's a genuine Peter Puppet Playthings Howdy Doody Marionette with custom display stand and box.

Today we feature a selection of antique celluloid wind-up toys made in Japan. Pep Boy on Scooter rides in a big circle on scooter with ringing bell. Trying his best with an Obstinate Donkey, this circus clown tugs his tail as they go around and around.

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!

The Universe Reconnaissance Boat is battery operated tin and plastic space craft with periscope and pilot.

Here's a favorite from T.P.S. Pat the Put -- pat the dog on the nose to start the action! Jump for joy with Mama Kangaroo with jumping joey in her pouch, TPS 1963. Fun makes the world go round -- here's a Circus Elephant with Monkey Rider and spinning globe to prove it!

Here's a school days 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.

Our one-of-a-kind Robot Fighter Pilot Atomic Jet Plane features a 195s American Plastic Toys wheeled plane with robot pilot and space age weaponry.

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.

Life is a circus -- enjoy the fun! Schuco's Juggling Clown is a circus classic from Germany, here with original box. TPS Toys' Oscar the Seal circus performer has twirling spinner and felt jacket.

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.

Missions await with this complete Captain Video Rocket Launcher Set in display box with cut-out Video Rangers.

The 1950s Satellite Launching Truck made in Japan by Yonezawa has a friction motor, with wind-up satellite launcher and moving space scene.

World travelers will appreciate this Greek version Lost in Space board game which is 5 games in one, plus custom robot playing pieces. Here's a wearable Lost in Space B-9 Robot Charm Necklace with super detailed miniature robot under clear dome.

Welcome intergalactic visitors! See smiling Martian faces with the Stevens Space Orb Kaleidoscope. Ring in the New Year with this carnival prize New Year Baby Night on the Town celluloid figurine with miniature liquor bottles.

Our unique Betty Boop desk set has a 3-Dimensional figural calendar and art deco style alarm clock with base.

The Our Gang Fun Kit with Spanky, Darla, Buckwheat, Alfafa and a whole assortment of games and puzzles is a Morton Salt advertsing premium from 1937.

Buck Rogers is an enduring favorite for space fantasy enthusiasts.This set, with mannequin 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.

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.

If you're hankering to flip, the Acrobat Skier is great entertainment -- made in Japan by Hiro Toy. Yone Acro Car race car has flip-over action -- watch them go!

This Nomura Japan wind-up tin & celluloid Santa Claus with Ringing Bell is here to wish you a Merry Christmas! Here's a rare item from Japan -- this early Bandai Funny Rocker celluloid circus clown with tin sled and clever string-pull winding mechanism.

Let's wind up some fun with tin toys from days gone by. Scholars young and old will admire the TPS Educational Pet Pooch clever wind-up toy dog who performs math at your command. The tin and celluloid Dog with Shoe is a charming mechanical toy terrier tugging on tin toy shoe, made in Japan. 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.

This Masudaya miniature wind-up R-35 Antique Robot was made in 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original tin toy robot.

Mystify your friends with these vintage novelty King Tut and Cleopatra magnetic magic mummy tricks -- each with original box.

Here comes Santa! This Hot Wheels Santa Speedster is a big 11-inch Santa race car with complete packaging from 2002. Still saving for a holiday spree? Our Christmas Cootie Coin Bank and ornament set is just the ticket! Joy comes in bright packages, and our gift-giving Circus Clown Ornament celebrates the fun.

A space man's kit is truly complete with this sparkling tin friction sparkling Space Pistol made in Japan by TS.

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. The skies are busy this time of year! Our Spirit of Christmas Santa Robot is a one-of-a-kind miniature model pedal car biplane holiday collectible. Model enthusiasts and UFO observers will enjoy this Lindberg Flying Saucer kit with custom made box featuring the original Glencoe graphics -- an F-94C Starfire pursuit plane kit comes with it!

Naughty or nice? It's that time of year! Alps Japan wind-up Santa Claus Ringing Bell brightens the season, here with original box. And with him here's a perfectly enchanting Hawaiian Hula Dancer wind-up toy with swishing skirt and star crown. A quiet evening with a good book and a smoke fits the bill for this set of Smoking Fez Monkeys with novelty self-smoking cigarettes. I wonder what they're reading?

The life of the party! Dancing Sam made in Japan by S&E, here with original box.

Alps Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol.

For the lady shooter here's a Diamond Lil Garter Gun -- a Nichols Dyna-Mite Derringer with lacy clip.

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.

Modern Toys Santa Claus on Scooter with flashing lights and ringing bell is sure to make the season bright. Masudaya toy in original box.

Getting in the spirits is our Snow Man Jigger mechanical wind-up. Too much egg nog maybe?

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.

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.

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.

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. Ideal's 1966 Batman Utility Belt has everything the young crime fighter needs -- and more!

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 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 Popeye Lite-up Pipe looks like real tobacco burning -- and it toots!

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

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.

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!

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.

College daze Wind-up Tiger is all in for Clemson. Go team!

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

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.

Space age fun! The future is now with our Jetsons Family Spaceship with talking Rosie the Robot Maid. Ah, summer! Our one-of-a-kind Surfer Robot is headed for the beach in a vintage VW Beetle while our industrious mechanical Space Farmer tends to chores.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Mattel's tin toy Hurdy Gurdy with dancing monkey from 1951 is a clever toy that plays a real tune.

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!

Doodles Memo Bots Robot Family Desk Set is staying at home together -- mom and pop robot and astro dog.

Attention space cowboys! This Captain Meteor Gun & Holster Set combines a Ranger Steel sparkling Cosmic Ray Gun with a genuine Carnell holster.

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

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.

In the whimsical world of celluloid toys we feature a carnival toy bobbing head Polar Bear with Native Rider

In the 1980s this set of Popeye Erasers entertained school kids with Popeye, Bluto, Olive Oyl and Sweet Pea figures.

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. 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.

This pair of miniature walking wind-up Smoking Robot pals are contemporary collectible classics.

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.

Our walking wind-up Gort Robot comes with posable Klaatu figure and custom display stand. Alps Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol -- a 1950s wild west theme toy.

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.

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

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. 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.

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.

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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