Marx Lane  

An Inventory of Marx Playset Figures and Accessories
Manufactured from 1951 to 1979
 
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This web site was created in late 2007, providing information about Marx wild west playset figures on a single web page.  It now consists of about 60 web pages, with information on figures, structures, terrain pieces, and small accessories from playsets of many different themes.  It also has indexes for Playset Magazine and PFPC magazine.  I will continue to update these pages as I obtain more information and photos.  If you have anything to add to these pages or suggestions to make them better, please e-mail me at ericjohns4444@gmail.com.  I will be glad to attribute contributions to you.  And if you have questions or comments, I am always glad to hear from you!  As some of you have noticed, however, I am not always good at replying to e-mail; you might have to kick me three or four times before I get back to you.  Sorry, but I am 1) busy and 2) a champion procrastinator.  Feel free to persist!


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Introduction to Collecting Marx Toy Soldiers
Index to Playset Magazine   
Index to Plastic Figure and Playset Collector Magazine
Colors Used for Marx Playset Figures
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Recent significant updates to this web site:


11-26-16  Actually, I have added a few things here and there to the site since that last entry three months ago.  That includes quite a few additions to the cartoon Tinykins page, with a couple more Disneykins added just today.  But I'm still missing quite a few Tinykins, and it's one area that I am slowly building up.  I've also added just today a couple of 6-inch GI drivers on the Military Playset-Related page and a few items to the Farm Accessories page.  The Trucking Terminal page is also starting to look decent.  And a big improvement has been made to the airport page today, with several great photos from collector Brad Farrell.  I hope you guys continue to use and enjoy the page. 

8-3-16  I can't believe how long it has been since I did an update!  I think I did a small one in March, but am not sure.  Anyhow, having been to the Marx Convention in June, visited Marx super-collector Mark Hegeman and the Marx Museum that same month, bought way too much on Ebay, and received several photos from other collectors, I have just updated the site with quite a few photos.  Notable additions have been made to several pages:  Military Figures and Accessories, Space Accessories, The Little People, Farm Accessories (barns), Tiny-kins (Disney-kin section), Warriors of the World, The Babyland Nursery, and Animals.  You might also want to take a look at some new auto race figures on the Sports page, new photos of the rare Buddha figures on the Religion page, photos of the early tin litho fire station on the Police, Firemen, and Bad Guys page, and photos of the Goldmarx knights on the Medieval Figures page.  I've also added a new page:  Promotional Items, Celebrities, and Sexy Women!  And the American Revolutionary War page which was labeled H in the Table of Contents has been changed to B.

2-15-16
 
Well, I just keep getting a few figures here, a few there, photo contributions from other collectors...and every time I think I am ready to make an update, I get something more to work with.  Anyhow, I've just gone ahead and updated various pages today, primarily with new photos.  Major items include most of the Disneyland animals, various figures on The Little People page, a couple of dinosaurs, a few more military figures, a few more of the hard-to-find Treasure Cove pirates, and the 4th and final farm implement group.  Also, on the Animals page, I've added the hard-to-find gorilla and camel to the Wild Animals group.  I think that gorilla is one of Marx' finest pieces.  In addition, you might note a new "Special Categories" section on the table of contents above.  You can reach a still-under-construction page on Warriors of the World if you click on it.  I'd love to have more info and photos for that page!  While going to that page, you will also see what other special pages I am thinking about adding.  Let me know if you have other pages you think might be of interest.  And, as usual, let me know if you find mistakes, incorrect information, typos, bad links, missing photos, etc.  And I am always glad to receive photos of items not shown and additional information on Marx playsets!

1-11-16  I've added an assortment of photos and a little new info today on various pages.  The most significant photos are in the cartoon and jungle pages.  I have added at least a bit to all the cartoon pages, but the most significant additions are on the cartoon's Tiny People page.  That's the Disney-kins, Fairy-kins, and TV-kins.  Also, I have expanded the Military Playset-Related page to include sections for photos of all the Warriors of the World figures in Series I to III.  That's based primarily on information from the Plastic Playset and Figure Collector magazine.  Lots of photo spaces are blank right now, but hopefully they will fill up as time goes by.  I expect a good number of photo additions to the site by the end of the month.  

I'm thinking of adding a small number of "special" pages that would not add anything new to the site, but would bring together some aspects which are otherwise spread across many pages.  A couple that I have thought of are a page to show all the Marx playset characters figures and a page for all the Warriors of the World figures.  Can anyone think of any other possible pages along this line of thought?  As usual, if you find errors or missing photos on the site, please drop an e-mail so I fix them!  Thanks and happy reading!



Marx and other toy soldier information, news, and comments:
 

The West Coaster Toy Soldier Show
has been moved up on the calendar this coming year and will take place Sunday, January 8.  I'm always partial to this show because it is only a few miles from my house, though I was ill and missed it last year.  Note, however, that it has also changed locations and now will take place at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Hotel in Garden Grove, California.  Address is 12021 Harbor Blvd. and show times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The postcard I received earlier this month says room trading will take place as usual.  Hope to see some of you there!  I'll be the one in the baseball-style cap with a cardinal on it!

The latest issue of Playset Magazine (November-December) has some good articles on such topics as the recent Chicago Toy Soldier Show, the hard-to-find 1951 U.S. Army Mobile Set (which included flat figures and the popular flatbed trucks with the trio of search light, anti-aircraft gun, and radar mounts), and Marx production procedures.  There is also a lengthy article on Mattel toy guns of the 1950s and 1960s and photos of some impressive new Barzso castle pieces.  If you haven't got it, order yours today!


The sad news is
that the Marx Museum in Moundsville, WVa, closed the doors at its permanent building on June 30.  Having been open for 15 years, the museum simply did not pull in enough money from admissions and annual memberships to keep the building open.  However, the non-profit organization plans to continue operations, expanding its web site (perhaps making my efforts here unneeded?) and setting up temporary displays at other museums.  The Marx Museum's web site is at http://www.marxtoymuseum.com/.  As I'm sure most of you, I feel very sorry that the museum had to close, and I hope that some time in the future it will re-open as an independent museum or as a significant part of a larger museum.  I felt fortunate that I was able to go to the Marx Convention in Wheeling this year, because that allowed me to visit the Marx Museum one last time on June 18.  Just an incredible collection of Marx toys, mainly playsets, but many other items also.  I took many photos and have added 15 or 20 to this web site.  I have attributed each of them to the museum, so you can tell which ones are photos of the museum collection.




The Marx Convention seemed to me to be as busy and fun as ever on June 17 and 18 at the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum in Wheeling, WVa.  I enjoyed seeing all the dealers -- some for the first time -- looking at all the Marx products, and buying a few new items for my collection and this site.  I had not attended the past two or three years, and it seems to be adding more and more folks from the toy train side of the business.  The more the merrier!  Besides also taking time to visit the Marx Museum while out East, I also stopped by Mark Hegeman's house to see his vast collection, so you can see several new photos of his collection on this web site, including new photos of his rare Marx Buddhas on the Religion page.




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