Marx Navarone Play Set

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The Marx Navarone Play Set is a vintage toy based on the 1957 World War II novel ‘The Guns of Navarone’ by Alistair MacLean, along with the 1961 feature film of the same name.

Background

‘The Guns of Navarone’ by Alistair MacLean is a fictional novel set during the real-life Dodecanese Campaign of World War II, during which Allied forces fought to capture a number of German-controlled Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

The novel tells the story of a team of Allied Commandos and their attempt to destroy a heavily fortified German Fortress on the fictional island of Navarone. The novel was later developed into a popular feature film starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn, and followed up by a sequel ‘Force 10 from Navarone’ as both a novel and a film.

The Marx Navarone Play Set

The play set was manufactured throughout the mid 1970s, and features a large multi-level cliff fortress with gun turrets and observation platforms. Inside the fortress there are number of caves and a winch-powered elevator. The fortress sits on a plastic sheet depicting beach terrain, and comes complete with a large number of soldiers, weapons and accessories.

These include Allied and German forces (the number of which varies depending on the year the play set was produced), Allied vehicles including a jeep and a tank, yellow furniture and ladders and a number of separate weapons.

How much is a Marx Navarone Play Set worth?

The play sets are sought after by collectors, but complete sets with all their accessories and figures intact are hard to find.

Sets in their original boxes with all their components can sell for between $50 - $150 depending on their condition, with incomplete sets varying depending on what they are missing. Replacement figures and accessories can often be found sold separately on auction sites.

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