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:


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 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.

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!


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

Oops, I goofed!  Over the past year or so, I've noticed that the quality of my added photos has declined from that of my earlier photos.  I thought it was my aging camera -- to some extent it may be -- but now I have discovered that when I updated my Photoshop program, the defaults were set differently, causing the photos to lose crispness when I reduced their size!  I've now fixed that...and over the next few weeks will be going back to my original photos, replacing the less sharp photos with ones that look a little better.  Sorry about that!

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?


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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