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  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:

11-18-15  My toy soldier purchases and therefore my new photos for this site have been limited recently, but I have received a number of photos from other collectors.  I thank you all very much!!!  There are too many to name all of them here, but I will note those from Russian collector Denis Rylev (including the Universal monsters, the cartoon super heroes, nativity figures, and many more) and Cathy Gray ( almost all of the American Hero series that I was missing).  I also must note lucky Mick Weitzel, who bought a rare miniature Ten Commandments set for $2 at a flea market.  The treasures are still out there!  His photos are shown on the Religion page.  Various other additions include figure photos missing from the Jungle page (from Denis), photos of the Skyscraper building (from the estate of Tom Terry), and photos of the Raytheon building from J. Emerson McGowan and the Moon Base playmat from Charles Tarrant, both on the Space Accessories page.
             If you have forwarded photos to me for use on this web site and do not see them, please send me a reminder.  I readily admit that I am not the most organized person in the world.  Also, all you would wrote e-mails and have not received a reply, please try again.  I am not the most active e-mailer in the world either!  And I am much too involved in my many other hobbies.  I had planned to retire in June, but decided to work two additional years.  So, in June 2017 I should pick up my update frequency.  Until then, I will try to do better.
             Enjoy the new photos!  I know I do!

8-6-15  Yes, having been very busy otherwise, I have ignored this page for a while.  I've also been horrible in responding to apologies.  With some time to spare, I have just posted some updates that I have made to pages now and then over the past four months.  I have added additional photos to the Medieval Accesssories page, having happily purchased two Marx castles.  I added a few figures to the Jungle, Sports, Cartoon, and Other Animals pages, and several accessories to the Babyland Nursery page.  I'll try to be a little better in updating the site in the future, but it's a busy world.  In the meantime, I hope you are getting an adequate supply of information on the toy soldier world through the wonderful articles in Playset Magazine and the many other web sites about toy soldiers!

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.

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.

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