toys Research Archives

To Top

Jeep ‘Toys’ in Ohio for Sale

• CATEGORIES: toys

Terry spotted these for toys for sale on the Ohio Craigslist. The first jeep is $30 and the second one is $25 per toy (the second seller also has a couple military vehicle toys for sale). I have not followed the values of these toys.

  1. Beetle Bailey Jeep $30: https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/clt/d/addyston-beetle-bailey-jeep/7184926910.html
    beetle-bailey-jeep-oh
  2. Golden Wheel die cast jeep Amelia, OH $25 (this seller has two other military toys for sale): https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/clt/d/amelia-wwii-army-toe-truck-ambulance/7181506374.html
    golden-wheel-jeep
 
To Top

Vac-U-Cast Plastic Bantam BRC Model

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Here is a rare model of the Bantam BRC I bought a couple months ago on eBay; It is quarter-sized (1/76th scale) produced by Vac-U-Cast Plastics, Inc. On the one hand, I’d really like to assemble it; on the other, I like it’s original condition the way it is. The model number is VS-106 Bantam Jeep Prototype I.
bantam-brc-model-vacucast-plastic3-lores

bantam-brc-model-vacucast-plastic2-lores

 
To Top

Hamilton Pedal Jeep Chalfont, PA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1600.

Roger Martin spotted this Hamilton Air Force pedal jeep ad.It was priced at $1600. It’s claimed to have sold. The aircraft gun is pretty rare.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2653263891589257/

hamilton-air-force-pedal-jeep-with-gun

 
To Top

September 1946 Western Toy Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

This odd ad announced that the Western Jeep had proven too popular and was sold out. The ad appeared in the Playthings Magazine in September of 1946. There was a kiddie ride called the Western Jeep that look like it used this style of jeep (see post below this one).

View all the information on eBay

“YEAR PUBLISHED – September 1946
SIZE – APPROX. 8.5×11.5
This advertisement was from a rare magazine for buyers of toys and games.
Used paper collectible with possibly minor signs of aging and wear.”

1946-09-western-toy-ad

 
To Top

Anyone Recognize This Tin Toy Jeep?

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Andy mentioned he didn’t recognize this tin toy jeep. Neither do I. It looks similar to a Marx. The toy is about 4″ long. The grille’s uneven-ness suggests it is home made, but the rest seems manufactured to me. Any guesses? It sold for $29.99.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Small-Red-Tin-Toy-Jeep-with-Wooden-Wheels-/233685380233

tin-toy-jeep-4 tin-toy-jeep-5 tin-toy-jeep-6 tin-toy-jeep-7 tin-toy-jeep-8

 
To Top

Battery Powered Toy Jeep Lexington, KY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: It turns out that I didn’t have to scoop this up this toy myself after all; Tom from Kentucky obtained it, then mailed it to me. It surely was a cool surprised. In this note to me he mentioned it still runs, so I popped in some D batteries. Sure enough, this jeep still goes backwards and forwards. The only glitch on it is the broken windshield, but I’ll see what I can do to repair it. Many Thanks Tom!

This appears to be a rare Andy Gard G I remote control jeep. If it was near me, I’d scoop it up.

andy-gard-gi-battery-remote-jeep2

andy-gard-gi-battery-remote-jeep3

andy-gard-gi-battery-remote-jeep1

 
To Top

Tonka Fire Jeep Collegeville, PA $100

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Steve shared this ‘all original’ Tonka Fire Jeep. It appears in good condition, but it’s missing a few items, including the ladder, the hood light, and one of the vertical cylinders on the back bumper.  The rear bumper unit is also bent backwards.

https://philadelphia.craigslist.org/atq/d/collegeville-awesome-early-60s-tonka/7174968022.html

“BEAUTIFUL RED TONKA JEEP, BETTER CONDITION THAN MOST, I HAVE HAD IT FOR YEARS BUT I AM MOVING AND SELLING OFF SOME TOYS – LOCAL PICKUP”

tonka-fire-jeep-philly-pa tonka-fire-jeep-philly-pa1

tonka-fire-jeep-philly-pa2

 
To Top

Wooden Pedal Jeep for Kids Turner, OR $150

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

TJ spotted this custom built toy jeep.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/382001502781786/

“Very sturdy built wooden pedal car, heavy, one of a kind.”

pedal-jeep-turner-or1 pedal-jeep-turner-or2 pedal-jeep-turner-or3 pedal-jeep-turner-or4

 
To Top

Wannatoy Wagons by Dillon Beck Manufacturing

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE II: I managed to track down all four colors of wagons on eBay.

wanna-toys-wagons-lores

The four known colors of the Wannatoy Wagons by Dillon Beck Mfg.

=====================

UPDATE Posted July 2020:  It turns out that I I had “Wanna Toy” as two separate words, but the brand name is actually “Wannatoy”. 

From Chriscollectibles.com: Wannatoy, the trademark of Dillon Beck Manufacturing Co., produced toys made of acetate plastic.  Based in New Jersey, they manufactured numerous toy vehicles (as well as doll house furniture, pot and pan sets and possibly other toys) after the end of WWII through the late 1950s.

From “O’Brien’s Collecting Toy Cars & Trucks” book, 1990, “Wannatoy was among the first toy makers off the starting block at the end of World War II. Of the millions of children born during the war, and the millions more who arrived soon afterward, a good percentage played with Wannatoys.

What seems to have been the company’s first offering, the twenty-five-cent futurist Coupe, was a hit toy for Christmas of 1945, selling a million units that season. With streamlined, Deco-influenced body and bible top, the Couple continued to sell well into the 1950s.”

Here’s an ad (thanks to Andy) from 1952 (available on eBay). The ad suggests there were only three colors of wagons, but doesn’t indicate what those were. So far, I’ve identified four colors (red, green, blue, purple … see them at the bottom of this post).

1952-03-toys-and-novelties-mag-wanna-toys2

And this is an example of the packaging. The company targeted both girl and boys:

wannatoy-packaging

And this is an example of a display box (available with toys on eBay):

wannatoy-boy-display

And now for the wagons …Here’s a photo of a blue wagon I just picked up.

blue-wannatoy-wagon1

And, this is an example of a (florescent looking) green wagon that I hope to acquire in a few days:

green-wannatoy-wagon1

Continue reading

 
To Top

Wooden Kids Wagon with Trailer Princeton, IL $2800

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

UPDATE: Still Available.

(07/12/2020) Looks fun.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/315228506185780/

“1951 Willy’s Jeep replica. Wood body 18 1/2 horse Briggs motor. Fun toy for all ages. Hand made”

wood-wagon-princeton-il2 wood-wagon-princeton-il3 wood-wagon-princeton-il4

 
To Top

Dodge Command Car Model Moultrie, FL $65

• CATEGORIES: Features, Models, toys

Looks like a good price of this Dodge Command Car Model (once known as a jeep). If I were close, I’d probably get it.

https://valdosta.craigslist.org/clt/d/moultrie-metal-army-jeep/7161132912.html

dodge-command-car-model-fl

 
To Top

Tonka Toy Military Jeep New Hope, MN **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5.

Can’t beat this for $5. The Buddy L in the background would have been fun as a kid, too.

tonka-jeep-newhope-mn

 
To Top

Jeep Toys and Parts Middletown, CT

• CATEGORIES: Parts, toys

Gary’s got some jeep stuff for sale.

  1. Elden Powerride Jungle Jeep $40
  2. Green Pedal Jeep $350
  3. Chrome Bumper (jeep?) $40
  4. T-90/D-18/Bellhousing $250
  5. T-90/D-18 TC $200
  6. 2 Armstrong Norsemen Tires $25
 
To Top

Hamilton Pedal Jeep Cincinatti, OH **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $295.

Looks like this Hamilton pedal jeep spotted by Roger Martin has never been restored. The seller’s p# is in one of the images in the ad.

hamilton-pedal-car-cincinnati-oh4

hamilton-pedal-car-cincinnati-oh1 hamilton-pedal-car-cincinnati-oh2 hamilton-pedal-car-cincinnati-oh3

 
To Top

T. Cohn Superior Plastic/Metal Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

T. Cohn made a wide number of toys, but this is the only example of a jeep that I’ve run across. It’s about 5″ long.

View all the information on eBay

“This is a great hard plastic military jeep which also has a metal base, free rolling wheels and nice detail. It is marked “Made in Gr Britain” on both sides of each wheel and it would appear that this toy is missing a “driver” and an “antenna” ?

This toy has great olive drab marbled hard plastic and the brittle windshield is not damaged. It does not retract and it does not appear that this was intended to do so. There is no glue residue, stressed portions or repairs. This item is offered as found.

The entire toy measures approx. 5 inches long. This toy shows the slightest soiling and it is a very hard to find item. It is offered as found with a number of other vintage hard plastic, diecast metal, rubber and other vehicle related toys. These items all dated from the late 1940’s to the late 1960’s.”

plastic-t-cohn-superior-toy-jeep-plastic01

plastic-t-cohn-superior-toy-jeep-plastic0

plastic-t-cohn-superior-toy-jeep-plastic1

Continue reading

 
To Top

3D Jeep Puzzle on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

This tiny 3D Jeep puzzle reminds me of a wooden one I have. This plastic version is currently priced at $39.

View all the information on eBay

“This JEEP keychain puzzle was made by J&L Randall company in UK in the early 50s. It comes with its original card which has the solution on the back. The card has a punch through or tear top middle and some bending’folds.

The 2 holes punched in the center of the card were used to attach the puzzle onto the card with a rubber band.

The puzzles are all complete, unbroken and in very good to excellent condition with any exceptions clearly specified.”

jeep-3d-puzzle01

jeep-3d-puzzle4 jeep-3d-puzzle3 jeep-3d-puzzle2 jeep-3d-puzzle1

 
To Top

Midgetoy Jeep Pack: 5 CJ-5 Toys on eBay

• CATEGORIES: toys

Looks like a cheap set of toy jeeps for kids. Seller has three available as of this post.

View all the information on eBay

jeep-pack-5-toy-cj5s

Example of the size:

jeep-pack-5-toy-cj5s-2

“Assortment of Five Jeeps, all die cast metal with rolling wheels, Still in the Original Unopened Variety Store Display Card! All metal construction with rubber wheels similar to Matchbox. Accurate Jeep details! The jeeps were made by Midgetoy in Rockford Illinois from the mid 1950’s into the 1960’s. The package is dated 1980. The blister card packaging was done throughout the 1970’s to use up remaining stock before closing down in 1982. Same size as the ones in the Store Display Package of 36. We pull these cards out of a wholesale box of 36 cards. You get it just like the Dime Store had them! If you buy more than 1 card we will try to give you a diverse color assortment.

The set also contains a pair of Gas pumps made to the same scale as the cars! This set is one of many classic toy items found from unsold merchandise left in the back rooms of an old dime store distributor. The ultimate toys for owners of Diggers or Claws coin op prize machines! Ideal for the Jeep fanatic! No nicks, No scrapes, No missing wheels, No rust, No dings. The display card is slightly yellowed and warped around the edge, otherwise Perfect Unopened Condition. Original Package ~ Colors Vary.”

 
To Top

Andy Gard Ride-on Toy Middletown, CT $30

• CATEGORIES: toys

Price has dropped to $30.

https://hartford.craigslist.org/tag/d/middletown-andy-gard-green-jeep-toy/7136084115.html

“Andy Gard Sit N Ride ARMY Jeep. Has 2-Stars on the hood,Steering wheel has ANDY GARD.
Andy Gard was well know for all his plastic toys back in the 1950’s,He made all his toy’s Near Pittsburgh Pa. in a small town call Leetsdale Pa. Comes with all wheel’s and steering wheel.”

andy-gard-green-jeep-rideon-toy

 
To Top

Tootsie Toy Jeep, Tractor, And Implements on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

The starting price for this set of Tootsie Jeep, Tractor and farm implements is only $10.99. Seems like a neat little set.

View all the information on eBay

1 tootsie-farm-jeep-implements2 tootsie-farm-jeep-implements3 tootsie-farm-jeep-implements4

 

 
To Top

Bantam BRC-60 Vac-U-Cast VS-105 Model Jeep on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

It is only $20 (includes shipping). This Vac-U-Cast VS-105 “Bantam Prototype 2” model tempted me. But then I spotted the “Bantam Prototype 1” Vac-U-Cast model jeep. I went with that instead.

View all the information on eBay

bantam-brc60-model-jeep-plastic-vac-u-cast-vs105-1 bantam-brc60-model-jeep-plastic-vac-u-cast-vs105-2 bantam-brc60-model-jeep-plastic-vac-u-cast-vs105-3 bantam-brc60-model-jeep-plastic-vac-u-cast-vs105-4

Continue reading

 
To Top

M-38A1 Marx Jeep in Box Lexington, KY $125

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

Tom spotted this toy for sale on Craiglsist. Another of these toys and box sold for $118 (plus an 18% buyers premium). A different version of this toy came with a search light (and sold in 2018 for $92).

https://lexington.craigslist.org/tag/7122225611.html

“Made for Marx Buddy Charlie, GI Joe, and other 1/6 scale figures.
Jeep is in extremely good condition. Box in very good condition with cardboard inserts. Only real box damage is on a end flap. Tear on corner.
$125 firm.”

m38a1-marx-buddy-jeep-box1 m38a1-marx-buddy-jeep-box2 m38a1-marx-buddy-jeep-box3 m38a1-marx-buddy-jeep-box4

 
To Top

Early(?) Plastic Jeep Hesperia, CA Auction

• CATEGORIES: Features, toys

UPDATE: Blaine and Terry have identified this jeep as a Fix-it-All jeep. It’s missing multiple parts. Here’s a pic of how it should look:

fix-it-all-plastic-jeep

=============================

Blaine spotted this unusual plastic jeep that neither of us had previously seen. The fact that it is stamped “JEEP” on the hood and has a front weight are two unusual features that caught our eyes. Anyone recognize it? (this auction site has multiple premiums that will add to the cost).

https://bid.bidfastandlast.com/ui/auctions/50594/3630732

toys-auction-ca2 toys-auction-ca3 toys-auction-ca1

 
To Top

March 1962 Articles on the Introduction of Tonka Jeeps

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features, toys

In March 1962, two different articles highlighted the introduction of the Jeep line of Tonka Toys.

1. Toys and Novelties Magazine: The article in this magazine noted that part of the reason the Tonka company had the financial and physical capacity to produce a wide variety of toy jeeps was that it had recently gone public.

View all the information on eBay

1962-03-toys-and-novelties-tonka-jeep-lores

2. Playthings Magazine: Given this article is very similar to the top article, I’d guess both were written from press releases.

View all the information on eBay

1962-03-playthings-tonka-jeep-lores

 

You can also learn more about Tonka jeeps at the CJ-3B Page.

 
To Top

August 1962 Article on Hatari Dispatcher/Universal Tonka Toys

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Features, Magazine, Old News Articles, toys • TAGS: .

As reported in this post, in 1962 the Tonka company launched the jeep models many of us owned as kids (and some of us still own as adults). It didn’t take long for Tonka to introduce specialized packaging as well. The August 1962 issue of Playthings Magazine highlighted three different Dispatcher Tonka Toys, with Hatari-themed boxes, that were for sale in the lobby of movie theaters while Hatari played in theatres.

View all the information on eBay

1962-08-playthings-magazine-tonka-jeep-ad-hatari

The article appeared on this page:

1962-08-playthings-magazine-tonka-jeep-ad-hatari-full-page-lores

 
To Top

Roy Rogers Sugar Crisp 3D Viewer and Photos

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, toys
roy-rogers-3D-viewer-glasses3

Each photo (photos front and back, so 4 photos total) is 4.25″ wide. The glasses are just under 4.25″ wide.

Unable to travel much this year, I’ve had a little extra cash to investigate the odder eBay finds. These Roy Rogers photos are a good example of that type of purchase. I’ve learned that if you see something on eBay that has been with a seller a while, put it on your watchlist. Sometimes the seller will respond with a discount offer. In this case, I countered with an even lower offer, explaining that I didn’t collect Roy Rogers stuff and only wanted the images for the one jeep image. That seemed to work, as the seller accepted my counteroffer.

roy-rogers-3D-viewer-glasses2

My eyes failed me … I never did get the image to look really 3D. I also didn’t want to disconnect the glasses from the photos.

Once delivered I was surprised by two things. First, the 3D viewer was much smaller than expected, but then I realized, duh, they are for kids. For me to view the image wasn’t all that easy through the tiny glasses (4.25 inches from end to end). It also didn’t help that my eyes (I’ll be 55 on Friday) are a little too old; I needed to wear glasses when looking through viewer at the focal length required, but that whole thing became awkward and I never could get the full 3D effect.

roy-rogers-3D-viewer-glasses1

All three items were still connected as they originally were. Above them is an 8.5″ piece of paper to give a sense of size.

The second thing that surprised me that the glasses were still attached to the two images and the two images were still attached to each other, meaning these images and viewer had never been used. All three items still folded up into a neat little, compact package.

I just don’t know how stuff like this has survived more than 50 years!