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:


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!


11-29-15  And another update so soon, thanks mostly to 1) a new page on Marx' Trucking Terminal playsets and 2) another round of photos from Russian collector Denis Rylev.  I have marked the Trucking Terminal as "under construction" because it is missing a large number of photos, but it does have many photos and a little interesting information on the sets.  I have not been able to come up with a good terminal or photo(s) of the terminal, so if anyone has one to sell or can provide photos, let me know!  Other photo additions -- many with Denis' photos -- can be seen on the Military Playset-Related, Disney, Tinykins, Pirates, Doll House, Sports, and Boy Scouts pages.  The pirate addition is four figures from the never-sold Pirates Cove playset, which I won on Ebay from Rick Koch.  The Doll House now has figures from Marx' earliest doll houses and from the unusual Imagination Doll House, thanks to Denis.  I've added photos of several Diseykins and hope to add more soon.

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

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.

Not much new with the state of the Morongo Valley display table, but I bought a couple of the Barzso barracks buildings from their Lewis and Clark set, which have added a nice touch to the old fort.  You can see them at the back of the photo  below.  Also, as you can see, I have hung a few related picutres.  I'm still experimenting with the fort layout.  My wife recently came up with a very long, 4-foot-high background print that shows desert and sky, so I'm now trying to figure out if I should use it instead of continuing my feeble attempts at high foam cliff pieces to back up the fort.  Maybe I'll get it together by the end of the year.  Am I slow or what?




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