Saturday, January 12, 2008

Found on eBay!

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Here's one of the coolest Marx Toys ever... the Daredevil figure from their Marvel Super-Heroes statues line! These were reissued several times over the years, from the 1960s through to the early 1980s, and they're all found rather often on eBay!

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This Flash Gordon raygun tin toy is pretty cool, too! Obviously, these go for much more than the plastic statues!

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Here's another Flash Gordon raygun produced by Marx. Honestly, I have no idea which of these came first for certain, but I'd imagine the first one was the earliest model!

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Here's another one of those Marx Marvel statues, this one of the Hulk. I used to have one of these when I was a kid, and I think it had my favorite sculpt of the entire series! One of these days, I really need to latch onto a new set of these things!

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This Marx statue of old Shellhead shows you that, unfortunately, not all the color choices available are appropriate for the figure! I'd think that yellow or red would be the preferred choice for Iron Man... but green?

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Not all the Marx raygun toys were based on Flash Gordon, or even Buck Rogers! This model above was the Marx Planet Patrol raygun, and it's pretty cool.... like something out of a 1950s sci-fi movie!

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The gentleman you see above goes by the name of Mike Hazard, and he was Marx's secret agent/private detective action figure. Side from the trenchcoat, it was all either plastic or rubber, like most of the Marx poseable action figures. I'd imagine without any other figures to interact with, the figure couldn't have sold very well.

Naturally, most of the action figures that had only one figure in the entire line are ones that are most prized by collectors today, because there were so few of them ever sold!

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OK, Major Matt Mason and the GI Joe space capsule aside, don't you think that Marx Toys had the best space toys on the market? This one is very cool, and I'd love to have it (ok, I know... if I had every toy that I've said I'd love to have, I'd need a 4000 sq. ft. house to store them all in).

Here's some other cool Marx space/futuristic toys:

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The Space Cadet rocket...

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Star Station Seven...

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...and the space car... or, at least, the body!

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Here's the Spider-Man Marx Marvel statue... but you probably knew that already!

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Sgt. Stony, seen above (and below) is another of the Marx figures that didn't seem to do too well... although I'd imagine Marx hoped it would be played with GI Joe figures!

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I'm guessing that he's pretty hard to come by with all the accessories that originally came with him...

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...even if both the photos above came from different auctions offered the same day (although they were, to be honest, from the same seller).

There appear to have been some variations offered, too:

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Next time around, the Found on eBay spotlight will start (at least) with Mattel!

Jon

2 comments:

  1. I did have the Mike Hazard figure as a kid, and in fact I did play with him along-side my GI Joes and my Captain Action.

    In fact, they all got to share Mike's wide assortment of gear. We weren't rolling in money when I was a kid, so my GI Joes were rather under-equipped most of the time.

    Yeah, the gear was rubber, but there was a lot of it, and with a little imagination, you could pull off all sorts of things. I used to use the trench coat and fedora from Mike Hazard, along with the mask from my Captain Action Batman outfit (plus a couple of Mike's weapon) to play "Green Hornet."

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  2. Thanks for sharing those memories! When I was a kid, I got out of my GI Joe phase and went into a superhero phase, but my parents only got us the initial release of Megos, so I ended up making superhero outfits for my Joes instead -- I used an empty McDonald's fry box to make a chestplate for an Iron Man costume!

    Jon

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