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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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:

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!

9-1-14  An assortment of updates include a photo of hard-to-find metal hooks used to hang lanterns on Wild West town fronts, new photos of the early Tom Corbett set flying saucers, photos of the Army Training Center artillery gun, a photo of the 60mm GI radio man, a photo of the third of the three 3-inch linemen (on the Construction Page), and a few other odds and ends.  That might not sound like much, but there is much unseen work going on behind the scenes, as I try to put together pages on Farms, Promotional Items and Sexy Women, and Doll Houses (mostly the figures and small accessories, not so much the houses themselves).  I'm also playing around with a Little People Page (see comments later on this page) and hope to get it up pretty soon.  My goal to get the Farm Page up before the end of the year still stands and looks good thus far; any help would be greatly appreciated and recognized!

8-5-14  I have added several figures to the Animals page from the Animal Kingdom group of 1968 and 1969.  I purchased several of these figures on Ebay recently, and the revised narrative on the page tells of a small, but surprising, bonus I received in removing the figures from the small boxes they came in.  It was a first for me.

8-4-14
 
Several military figures have been added, primarily 60mm sailors and 6-inch British and French soldiers.  These again are courtesy of Russian collector Denis Rylev.

8-2-14
 
Most pirate figures from unreleased play set Treasure Cove added to Pirates Page, thanks to Russian collector Denis Rylev.

7-29-14
  Over the past few days, I have added an assortment of information and various photos.  These include:

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

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!?!)
 
Now back to probably my last year of my part-time school work,  I am still fumbling with a Farm Page, though it is tough, because 1) I am not a farm boy and 2) the large number of farm play set items make it a very complicated chore.  Thank goodness for Playset Magazine, which gives me at least a framework to start from!  I am also spending some time with a Doll House Page (which will start primarily with figures and some accessories) and a page that I call The Little People Page.  The Little People Page is a fun one, dealing not with the miniature so-called HO scale play sets, but with all those 35mm (and a few even smaller) figures that Marx made for various purposes.  Some of these guys and gals were in play sets (i.e., Sears, Disneyland, and airports), some came with the plastic Marxville buildings that were made for model train layouts, some were in more than one product, and some were...well, right now I'm not sure what some of them came with!  Anyhow that's a fun page to work on.

So what will that leave undone?  First of all, it will leave whatever I forgot or do not yet know about!  After that, well, if you look at the site's Table of Contents, the primary missing sections are the Transportation pages.  Those will be challenging with the many gas service stations and the large airport sets.  My current ownership of anything in any of those is just about zilch.  My knowledge of them is about the same.  It also includes what is shown as a page on Trucks and Railroads, but please be assured that I will not get into model railroading, other than to include a few figures for model railroad layouts that were produced in the same way as play set figures.  These are always nice to show, because they can sometimes be incorporated into play set displays.  If I can ever get a handle on the Farm pages, maybe Transportation will come in 2015.  

If you look at the current Table of Contents, the only other vacant categories are
  1. Wooden Horse of Troy,
  2. Scientists and Explorers
  3. Leisure and Entertainment Other Figures, and
  4. Promotional Items and Sexy Women.  
I'm not sure yet what to do with Troy, as I now understand that perhaps only one such set is known to exist.  That would mean it should be worked in elsewhere, without its own page.  Scientists and Explorers should be a short and sweet page.  As far as the Other Leisure and Entertainment, I'm thinking of Jackie Gleason and such...and I am very skimpy on the "as such."  I imagine if that becomes a page, it will be short.  As to Promotions and Women, I am pretty much ready to at least start the Sexy Women part -- which is probably what you all are waiting to see -- but I need to do a lot of work on just what should be in the Promotional Items section.  My knowledge there is sporadic and, again, photos are about nada.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

So that is where I am at with this web site right now.  Information, suggestions, and photos gratefully accepted!



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