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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Colors Used for Marx Playset Figures
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Recent significant updates to this web site:

4-12-15  OK, we got a new page up!  Check out the airport playsets page under the transportation pages.  The page is not complete, but has a good many of the figures and accessories from these playsets that were made in the early 1960s.  Most are from a playset I purchased from collector Bob Lancellotti.  As always, please let me know of any corrections or added info.  I am not familiar with these sets or with airplanes in general, so there might be quite a bit to tell me!  Of course, good photos of missing items are always accepted and credited.  Odds and ends of new photos have been added to many other sections, such as cartoon (see TV-Kins), military (full set of six British troops, re-issue), dollhouse figures, space vehicles, police (Canadian Mounties), jungle (figures), pirates (WOW),  other animals (large scale), etc.

2-9-15  Not a whole of of updates today, but one heck of an addition to the doll house page.  Doll aficionado Larraine Elcock has allowed me to use several photos from her doll house page.  You can find the photos on my doll house page, or you can get more info on them at Larraine's page "All Dolled Up".  The houses add so much to the page that I've taken the "Under Construction" icon off the page, though there are still a number of blank photo spaces.  You'll also find

1-9-15
 
Happy New Year!  A few updates, including more of the photos I took while at David Schafer's house.  These newest ones you can find on the construction accessories page, including several construction vehicles and all of the small accessories.  In what I think is a very significant update, I have also added information on Marx multi-stage rockets in both the vertical launcher and launchers with grantries sections of the Space Exploration Accessories page.  The idea for the explanation and photos came from an article in PFPC about 20 years ago, written by toy solider guru Tim Geppert in PFPC.  I welcome updates to the info, but many accolades to Tim for writing that article!  In addition, I've added a couple of figures to the still majorly-under-construction doll house page.  And I just purchased an original Marx box of Jesus and his disciples, so you can now find all the disciples pictured on the religion page.  Hopefully more soon.

12-28-14  One final update for the year, adding many of the photos that I took recently while at the house of collector David Schafer.  Photos have been added or updated as follow:
Some photos from my visit that are not yet up, primarily construction accessories and figures from the American Heroes box sets.  They will not be up for at least a week, as I will be at my Morongo Valley house for the next several days.  Hope you holidays were happy!

12-24-14  I had the very good fortune to visit with prolific collector David Schafer last Saturday and took no less than 231 photos.  My thanks go out to David for the opportunity, and I will be posting new photos from my visit over the next two or three weeks.  To start, I have used photos of David's collection to show 1) all figures and accessories from Marx' Little Red Schoolhouse play set, which can be found on the Schoolhouse page in the America at Work section, 2) additional 60mm World War I GIs and 3-inch GIs on the Playset-Related Military page, and 3) on the same page, a photo of the General Shepherd figure, the 32nd and rarest general produced (but never sold) by Marx.   I've also added a couple of photos to the Untouchables accessories and farm sections, as well as updating the farm animals included in some Wagon Train playsets.  And the Sports Page now includes photos of all accessroy items (in re-issue) that were apparently intended for the company's never-produced Fox Hunt playset.  Please note my plea in the comments sections below for hints from all you experts out there on creating a foam scenic background.  As I say, I'll be adding more of the photos I took at David's house in the next several days, filling in blank spaces on this web site.

11-17-14  Well, this is a big update.  I have added four new pages.  I promised a farm page before the end of the year, and there is now a Farm Figures page and a Farm Accessories page.  I discussed a "Little People" page, and I have added it.  I have also split the huge Military Figures page into two pages, one for military figures that appeared in playsets and one for playset-related figures that did not (or very rarely) appear in playsets.  Among many other changes, I have added
Less significant changes have been made elsewhere.  I send special thanks to seller and collector Bob Jones, who came up with the Fox Hunt figures for me and also to Allan Ford who sold me a Navarone Play Set for what I think was a very reasonable price.  Allan had the Navarone set for sale at OTSN, but everyone passed up on it.  When my October payday came around, I called him up and bought it from him for the same price no one else wanted it.  I'm surprised no one else grabbed it up first.

Having spent my toy soldier budget for the year, my time on this site for the forseeable future will be cleaning up the site.  If you have any issues with it -- bad links, especially poor photos, incorrect information, etc. -- please drop me a note!


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

I reserve the right to change my mind, and I've done it again with the display table at my Morongo Valley house.  I've decided to display my Marx tin litho elsewhere and have begun creating a large Wild West fort on the table, made up largely of Barzso structures.  As you can see by the photos below, I need a little more from Barzso to complete the fort...and I've noted sadly that they are temporarily closed to re-stock and not accepting orders until April.  Ah, well, I have other things to work on during the brief time I am at the house...again, as you can see in the photo with my scenic background for the table that is very slowly rounding into shape.  The good thing about this revised setup is that I won't have a heart attack allowing whatever children might visit me the freedom to play with the TSSD and similar figures that will populate the table.  Sorry, but I'd be very nervous with them playing with my Marx stuff.  The third photo below is a display cabinet of Marx playset items in the same room as the display table.  Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Yes, slowly I am continuing my work on a display table out at my Morongo Valley house.  As shown below, with little knowledge of what I am doing, I have begun a 6-foot-by-2-foot scenic background piece for one side of the table.  I have never attempted such a project before, so all suggestions and comments will be gratefully accepted!  I believe I've read that it is best to use a fine-grained foam, but I simply purchased less-expensive foam insulation at Home Depot and am working with that.  I also have foam putty from Woodland Scenics which I can use to smooth out some areas.  Other photos below are an overview of the display table as of right now, and a photo of the Navarone mountain that I purchased recently, displayed along with the Wild West Comanche Mountain.  The mountains are on a small bar behind my desk which I use for display and storage.

Not a whole lot to report
other than OTSN in late September was great, and the latest issue of Playset Magazine (November-December) includes much new information on Marx space sets that I have not yet incorporated into the space pages of this web site.  The magazine also has some early info on this year's OTSN and tons of advertising for Christmas shoppers looking for Marx playsets, as well as newer toy soldier production.  I'm nearly two months late in commenting on OTSN, but it seemed like strong attendance this year, and I picked up a lot of things for this site, including many Marx farm pieces.  If you've never been to OTSN -- the nation's biggest toy soldier show held each September near Chicago -- you really should attend.  Between the one-day show and the hotel room shopping over the three days before the show, you can buy (or just look at) literally tons of both old and new toy soldier figures and accessories.  You can spend a little and come away with some fun stuff, or you can spend a whole lot and come away with some fun stuff that is also very expensive.  It never ceases to amaze me at the number of people -- both sellers and buyers -- that are at the show.  Anyone who says that collecting toy soldiers is a dying hobby has not attended OTSN recently!
Click on photos to enlarge them!
Admission line mid-morning at OTSN New Roman Colliseum Playset by Barzso Hotel lobby Civil War display by 1/72 Legions Civil War display in W. Britains hotel room
Old Mexico display by Kings X of Texas Annual display in hotel room of Father and Son Toys Paragon-Scenics & Miniatures table at OTSN show Marx treasure!  (I can't recall who was selling this!?!)




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