Playsets And Plastic People

August 23, 2012 by rudy panucci

The PopCulteer
August 24, 2012

The Marx Toy Museum
Photo Essay Part Three

Part Three–Playsets And Plastic People

As seen all over The Marx Toy Museum, one of the most collected types of toys made by The Marx Toy Company are the plastic playsets. Marx was a pioneer in using plastics in toys, and after finding success with his Green Army Men, he expanded the concept to include playsets featuring Cowboys, Space Men, Presidents, cartoon characters and historical conflicts. This photo essay will focus on the plastic people, and how they mutated into the modern action figure.

If you’re interested in learning more about Marx playsets, you might want to check out Playset Magazine and Playset Videos.

This photo essay is broken into five parts, so that the graphics don’t overwhelm your browsers. Convenient links will be posted at the top and bottom of each essay, so that you can jump around at will.

The Marx Toy Museum Photo Essay

Part One–Meet The Museum
Part Two–Marxism In The Toy World
Part Three–Playsets And Plastic People (You’re soaking in it)
Part Four–Girl’s Toys
Part Five–Johnny West And The Cowboys

The Epic Movie becomes an epic toy

The Blue and the Gray

The Noble Knights

Johnny Tremain and Robin Hood over top of The Moon Base set. I’m pretty sure that’s historically accurate

Counter display for a variety of little plastic dudes

You can spend hours looking at these tiny works of art

A closer look at the Hanna Barbera sets

Marx and Disney team up in the 1960s

Charioteers and Jungle Animals

The unproduced Storybook Village playset

Pirates in the days before Johnny Depp

Another unproduced set, a really cool Haunted Castle with a graveyard. One of the tombstones bears the name of toy designer, Bob Clark

An elaborate prototype that may have been scaled down before it was released

Remember the Alamo Prototype

The original hand-carved sculpts for The Untouchables, including one figure that was never produced

Another “Bathing Beauty” says howdy

Since The Noble Knights were a successful playset in the 1950s, a decade later they got promoted to Johnny West size

The Vikings came along to fight them

From the little Green Army Men to the GI Joe-sized StoneySmith and Buddy Charlie, Marx made plenty of fighting men

Elaborate military playsets

Arctic Explorer playsets

More cool sets, including Cape Canavral (Now Kennedy) on top

More cool space sets

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Flintsotnes Huntng Party

Operation Moon Base box art

Prehistoic Playsets

Robin Hood and other Medieval playsets

Vinatge playset boxes

The Marx Toy Museum Photo Essay

Part One–Meet The Museum
Part Two–Marxism In The Toy World
Part Three–Playsets And Plastic People (That’s it up there)
Part Four–Girl’s Toys
Part Five–Johnny West And The Cowboys

 

One Response to “Playsets And Plastic People”

  1. Terry Fehr says:

    A friend of mine had one of those knight play sets. We had a great time with it. Still have my 12 inch Knights. Have most of the re-release ones from 2000.

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