Auction of the Week: Milestone Auctions Vintage Toy Sale October 2018
Our sale of the week is the Premier Vintage Toy Auction at Milestone Auctions in Ohio on October 13. From Fred Flintstone to Japanese moon robots, Pinocchio, Batman and Mr Lucky – here are ten of our favourite lots.
1955 Dragnet Target Game
Estimate: $200 - $400
This shooting game is based on the highly popular US TV show Dragnet, and comes complete with three plastic dart guns, a detective badge and a row of police 'targets' to fire at.
The game is 'old news stock', meaning it has never been played with, and remains in complete and near mint condition more than 60 years after it was produced.
Marusan Mr. Lucky Windup Toy
Estimate: $200 - $400
This rare Mr Lucky toy was made in the 1960s by the Japanese Marusan toy company. When operated, the wind-up figure throws a pair of dice with one hand and sips a cocktail with the other.
Marx Flinstones Fred & Dino Toy
Estimate: $300 - $500
This battery-powered Flintstones toy features Fred Flintstone riding on top of a mechanical Dino the Dinosaur, which moves and opens its mouth when operated.
It was part of a range of Flintstones toys released by Marx in 1962 to capitalise on the success of the cartoon, which was the first animated show ever broadcast in primetime in the U.S.
Yonezawa Atom Racer #153
Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500
This litho tin Atom Racer toy was part of a range of futuristic cars made during the 1950s by Japanese company Yonezawa.
The toy is powered by a friction motor, and is regarded as one of the most beautifully designed Japanese toys of the era.
Archer Space Port Play Set
Estimate: $400 - $600
The Archer Outer Space Set was produced in 1952 by the U.S. Metal Toy Manufacturing Company for Archer Plastics, a company renowned for their plastic space figures and vehicles.
Buck Rogers Chemical Laboratory
Estimate: $600 - $800
This rare Buck Rogers chemistry set was released in 1937 by the John F. Dille Co., to capitalize on the success of the popular science fiction comic strip.
This example is the smallest of three different sets that were produced, and contains chemical samples such as Aluminum Sulfate, Tonic Acid, Sodium Carbonate and Ferric Ammonium inside unopened wooden canisters.
Japan Tin Windup Moon Robot
Estimate: 2,500 - $3,000
This tin litho windup Moon Robot toy was produced in the 1960s by the Japanese company Yonezawa. The toy's design is clearly based on the iconic Robby the Robot, who first appeared in the classic 1956 film Forbidden Planet.
Marx Tin Windup Pinocchio & Figaro Toys
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
This rare Pinocchio and Figaro toy set was made for Walt Disney by Marx in 1939, ahead of the release of the classic animated feature in February 1940. Both toys remain in working order, and appear in almost new condition, despite being almost 80 years old.
1960s Timken Robot Display
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
This unique robot display was made in the 1960s by an employee at the Timken Company, a bearing manufacturer, and spent years on display at the company's headquarters in Canton, Ohio.
Battery Operated Nomura Batman Walking Toy
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
This rare Walking Batman tin litho toy was produced by Japanese manufacturer Nomura in the 1960s and remains in remarkable mint condition, having never been played with in the 50 years since it rolled off the production line.
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