Remco Industries Toys
Remco Industries Toys was an American toy maufacturer.
Remco takes its name from the words “remote control” and was founded by cousins Saul Robbins and Ike Heller in the 1940s. It was initially based out of Newark, New Jersey but later on the company transferred to Harrison, New Jersey based on information from toy boxes.
Remco is known for releasing a number of successful products during the late 1950s and 1960s such as the Mighty Matilda Atomic Aircraft Carrier and Johnny Reb Cannon.
In the ‘60s, the company acquired licenses to manufacture toys based on popular media. Toys that featured Batman, Beatles, Munsters, Monkees, Lost in Space, and Star Trek became staples in their toy boxes.
After many decades of providing entertainment for children, the company closed shop in 1971 and was sold to Azrak-Hamway International (AHI) in 1974. AHI acquired the rights to manufacture Universal Monsters which became a hit in the ‘80s. These are figures based on horror, thriller, and science fiction movies made by Universal Studios.
In 1997, Azrak-Hamway International’s Child Guidance and Remco brands were acquired by Jakks Pacific, a California-based consumer and toys product company.
Guide for collectors
Most Remco Toys were made with boys in mind; however, some were aimed at girls. Such is the case with the Remco Fighting Lady Battleship which was popularized by the slogan, “Every boy wants a Remco toy…and so do girls.” It was the most sought Remco Toy when it came out.
Another noteworthy Remco Toy is the Movie Drive-in Theater that came out in the '50s. The battery-powered playset included a drive-in theater and little cars either in plastic or metal. The principal novelty item in the playset is a screen where movies are projected by a bulb.
An innovative toy, the Big Max, a robot with magnetic capabilities that attract metal slugs on a conveyor belt is another popular collectible Remco Toy. It came out in 1955.
The Flying Fox, a toy plane that measures 17 inches from nose to tail and a wing span of 18 inches is another favorite among vintage toy collectors because of its sheer size.
As people are generally fascinated with prominent individuals or groups, it is not surprising to know that vinyl and/or plastic Remco dolls that depict well loved entertainment personalities such as the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, and Laurie Partridge of the famed Partridge Family, are highly desired by collectors and toy aficionados.
Notable Auction Sales
Some of the priciest completed sales involving Remco Toys are as follows:
- Batman Utility Belt- The set included the bat belt, gun, cuffs, grappler, and walkie talkie in unused condition. Offered by Morphy Auctions, the play set was sold for $850 on March 30, 2006.
- Lost in Space Robot- This battery-operated toy came with a chrome and a clear hand. It was sold for $650 on September 2, 2005 through Morphy Auctions.
- Three Movieland Drive-in Theater- Three playsets in boxes that included signs, movie strips, cars, theater screens, and instructions. Among the three, only the third was described as “unplayed with”. The three boxes were sold for $450 in December 7, 2006 through Morphy Auctions.
- Two boxes of Warships- The motorized toy ships were in their original boxes and included the Fighting lady and the Deluxe Reading Battle Wagon. The item was offered by Morphy Auctions and was sold for $450 on December 7, 2006.
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