Marx Lane
An Inventory of Marx Playset Figures and Accessories
Manufactured from 1951 to 1979

 
Appendix E-6 - Undersea Adventure Play Set
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Marx released an Undersea Adventure Play Set shortly before going bankrupt in 1979, several years after Louis Marx had sold the company.  While it shares many features with other play sets, it also is very unlike other Marx play sets.  Its figures, for example, come in full color.
 And it does not have a playmat like many sets did, but has a similar mat that serves as a backdrop, which I think is really a nice innovation!

Neither the set nor its contents are often found for sale now, so I would guess that a relatively small number were made.  That is not to say that it lacked playability.  Items like its shark cage that can be lowered 
from a boat crane, its undewater recovery vehicle, its deep sea features, and the variety of fish it includes make up a rather nice set for kids to play with.  But with bankruptcy looming, I suppose the company had larger concerns than distribution and sale of the set.

Veteran collector David Schafer says that the Undersea Adventure set was the final "new" set the  company made.  The two photos above have been graciously provided by Ebay ID Colonelraines -- and colonelraines.com -- (on the left) and by Ebay ID guhl13 (on right and below).

For the most part, the pieces in the set appear in no other Marx play set.  The only exception I note is the mountain terrain piece, which was used as part of a multi-piece mountain pass in both Wild West and pre-historic playsets.  The mountain, the shipwreck terrain, and the recovery vehicle have all been re-issued.


Recent Price Lines I have noticed
$214 April 2014 Ebay Missing people figures, recovery vehicles incomplete, damage to some other pieces

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Divers Boat captain

Sharks
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Large octopus
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Other fish
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Shark cage
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Boat
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Incomplete underwater recovery vehicle and other plastic accessories (treasure chest at left)
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Undersea shipwreck
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Undersea mountain
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Re-issue recovery vehicle with accessories and shipwreck terrain piece
Photos from Hobby Bunker

Backdrop (damaged) with support pieces and other terrain pieces
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