web site provides photos and general information on Marx' wild west
playset forts, buildings, and terrain pieces, arranged in
order of the table of contents above. I
to make this inventory as complete and
accurate as possible.
However, I cannot guarantee that all my information is
accurate or that I am aware of all items that exist. I
any information that might add to or correct information on this web
in the following
photos are not all in
pristine condition. Some have small scuffs,
scratches, discoloring, bends, or a bit of rust. If
serious collector, I am sure you have seen it all. However,
the best of my knowledge, the items in the photos have no
missing parts unless noted, and the photos provide an excellent
what the items should look like. If you click on the
title of the photo -- either above or below it -- a larger photo of the
item will appear.
I have provided measurements for
all items, and most photos accurately demonstrate the relative sizes of
items when compared to one another. The only exceptions are
the three town pieces (which
appear smaller than they should be in relation to the other items),
the close ups on this page of the self-standing block house (which
appears larger), and
photos that are attributed to others (which could be smaller or
larger). I will be
updating photos as I
obtain items I do have currently have or items in better condition.
At the same time, I welcome
from you of pieces that I do not have and will be glad to give you
Note that in some instances, the photos
may show re-issues. If
I believe the item is or probably is a re-issue, my narrative below
will so state. However, although
I have been seriously collecting since 2002, I am
not able to always distinguish an original from a re-issue.
I welcome any additional information anyone can provide for
making such a determination or on the items shown. Even so,
to the best of my
knowledge, all photos do provide a good representation as to what the
original Marx items looked like.
most part, the information
on this web page is not original. I have drawn on numerous
sources to obtain the
information. These include issues of
the former magazine "Plastic Figure and Playset Collector" (PFPC)
edited by Tom Terry, issues of the
current "Playset Magazine" edited by Rusty and Kathy Kern, and Jay
Horowitz' book The
Authorized Guide to Marx Western Playsets.
I have also received much information through discussions and
correspondence with many Marx experts and toy soldier collectors.
several of these persons have web sites that have also given me much
information and many points to ponder. For a list of many of my sources,
see my links page, as well as my Inventory of Marx Wild West
A special thanks goes to Kent Sprecher, who has
provided most of the mold numbers (PL numbers) shown on this page, as
well as other pages on this web site.
Wild West Fort Gates and Walls
Dearborn was Marx' first wild west playset, though the original Fort
Apache was released in the same year. The
pressed steel (commonly called tin) fort consisted
of a lithographed gate, walls, and block (or guard) houses that sat on
top of walls
arranged as a corner. The gate is just short of 9 inches wide
5-1/2 inches tall; the walls are the same width and 3-1/2 inches tall.
The edges of the gate and walls are neatly rolled
to prevent nicks and cuts during playtime. Both ends of the walls
-- as were all of the tin walls made by Marx -- are rolled so that the
end of one wall will slide vertically into the rolled end of the
adjacent wall. The doors attach to the gate in a similar manner.
This provides a stable fort, but allows it to be quickly changed
into a variety of sizes and shapes.
Fort Dearborn was short-lived,
overwhelmed by the company's Fort Apache, and was dropped from the Marx
playset line after 1957. However, the company manfactured and
sold it one more time in 1972 using the plastic Fort Apache-style gate, walls, and
block houses described below in the Fort Apache section, with the name Fort
Dearborn inscribed above the gate in white letters.
The tin Fort Dearborn gate and walls are not too hard to find today
and usually sell at reasonable prices, though they generally have a number of bends, scratches, and dents. The top
part of most Marx metal fort gates found today will have been bent at
some time during play or storage. This leaves noticeable bends in
the gates at the level where the fort walls are depicted to join
the gate itself. If you look closely, you can see the bend lines
in the Fort Dearborn gate photo below. For comparison, the
original Alamo gate shown on this page has bend lines that are not as
noticeable, and the Zorro gate shown does not have any such bends.
Fort Apache, often called the king of Marx
sold by Marx for almost the entire time that the company was selling
nearly 30 years. According to Playset Magazine Issue 12, company records
mention the fort in 1951. The hard plastic fort consists of a
walls, and block (or guard) houses that sit on top of walls arranged as
a corner. Fort Apache playsets never had a tin fort.
The company made the hard
plastic fort in various shades of brown,
which can generally be classified as light brown, dark brown, and red
The gate measures 7-1/4 inches wide and 6-1/2 inches tall,
walls are 5-3/4 inches wide and 4-3/8 inches tall. The inside
ledge that is on some of the walls is just 5-8 of an inch wide, rather
small to position fort defenders.
The initial block house -- the 6-piece version -- is
a nice piece of toy engineering that fits snuggly together when
assembled correctly. It is 4-1/4 inches on each side, plus a
3/8-inch roof overhang on each side.
Note that it has two types of walls.
Although otherwise identical, one type has plastic tabs that
are slightly further apart than the other (see the two middle walls
in the photo below). The tabs are snapped together to hold
walls in place. Unlike the block houses of at least one
competitor, the floor is plastic, not cardboard. The bottom
the floor has small tabs that fit on top of two walls fitted together
as a corner (or on the L-shaped wall shown below).
To get up and into the block houses,
2-pole log ladders with two hooks at the top that attached to the
block houses. Ladders are six inches tall.
Classic Toy Soldiers has made several variations
Marx walls, including some with a wider ledge and others with firing
holes cut in the wall.
The fort's overall appearance remained largely the
throughout its existence, though the company eventually added four additional
pieces for the fort. These were
Of note, the
Fort Apache gate and walls are totally fanciful, as the actual Fort
Apache in Arizona had no gate or walls. In PM Issue 21, Marc
Gaynes suggests that Marx' wild west Fort Apache was initially
intended to be a new version of the company's Fort Dearborn.
That fort was established in 1803 and spurred the birth of
Chicago. It was, in fact, enclosed by log walls with block
houses similar to those made by Marx. However, western forts
like Fort Apache usually had no walls or, if they did, had walls made
of adobe. Marc also points out that the dress and weaponry of
Fort Apache figures (e.g., buckskin clothing, fur hats, long rifles, and
powder horns) more closely resemble what would have been found at Fort
Dearborn rather than at Fort Apache in southern Arizona, which was not manned until the
1870s, or at other forts in the wild west.
block house that replaced the original 6-piece version.
The two pieces were divided catty-corner and four small pegs
one half fit into four small holes in the other. Each side of
is 3 inches wide, plus a 3/8-inch overhang by the roof. Tabs
extend down from the floor to steady the block house on a corner wall
are another 1/2 of an inch long. This
smaller version is not as attractive as the previous block house, but
the size reduction was one of Marx' ploys to add extra playset pieces
ladders for the smaller block houses. The ladders were also
reduced from two to one pole and from two to one hook.
wall that first appeared in 1957 as part of a Fort Apache playset.
Each leg of the wall is 3-3/4 inches wide and the standard
enlarged gate that has a long block house on top. The
popular larger gate measures 9-1/2 inches wide, 2-3/4 inches deep, and
inches tall without a flag on top, as shown below. Once
the 8-piece structure is cleverly engineered and has
detailing inside the block house, as shown in the close up photo below.
is a small round circlular hole to place a flag pole in the
center of the block house (see close up view for small platform where
hole is located).
Initial gates of this type were made with the name Fort Apache
heat stamped onto the front of the block house, which is much more
attractive than the other gate in the photo below. The company
also made the gate with 1) no name on it and 2) a separate
name piece that fit into holes on top of the block house, as
shown in the photo. The gate shown may be a re-issue, but I
the box for a Fort Apache playset sold by Sears that shows this exact
gate, so I prefer to think that it is original. In any case,
is what it looks like.
On the other hand, the name Fort Apache
sure did help to sell a lot of playsets!
The Marx Alamo
playsets were a wonderful union of The Marx Toy Company and Walt Disney
Enterprises. Alamo playsets, based on Fess Parker's role as
Crockett in the movies and television, were produced in 1955
These playsets included tin Alamo gates and walls lithographed similar to the re-issued ones shown below.
The gate is about 9 inches wide and 5-1/2 inches
tall. According to Dave Foley in Playset Magazine Issue 34, Marx
manufactured at least three slightly different versions of its tin
litho Alamo gate. The most common is like the first one shown below, with
the Alamo lettering filled in with red and reading "Walt Disney's
Official Davy Crockett Alamo" at the top, as well as "Fess Parker as
Davy Crockett" under the photo on the left side. Another version
is the same, but the Alamo lettering is not filled in with red. A
third -- which was sold in a header bag with no doors -- had
nothing but the outlined Alamo lettering on it, again filled in red.
Foley says there may have been a fourth gate with the lettering
filled in with white.
Marx produced two types of Alamo walls, one with
and one without a line of four small holes. These holes were used
to attach firing ledges to the walls. Small brown pegs,
representing logs, were included to insert into the holes, which then
supported the separate tin firing ledges.
Unfortunately, the ledges are very narrow, and figures placed on
them were highly unstable. Walls are about 9 inches wide and 3
Wayne released his movie version of the the Alamo story in
1960, Marx reprised the Alamo playset using a plastic gate, but the
same tin walls. The plastic gate is 7-1/2 inches wide and
5-1/2 inches tall; it has connections at each side which clip to the
tin walls. The name "Alamo" is molded just above the gate
doors with no reference to John Wayne. This John Wayne Alamo
gate was also used when Marx sold what it called its "heritage"
playsets in the 1970s. I have two of the John Wayne gates, and
one is clearly a darker tan than the other, so I would assume I have
one from the earlier and one from the later playsets.
According to Rick Eber, the doors on all the John
Wayne gates fit very tightly, which is why the gates are frequently
found with broken hinges and/or no doors. The photo below that
shows the back of this plastic gate depicts the latch on the doors
which apparently does not fit well either, so that the "hook" that it
fits into has been broken and re-glued on the one shown. The
photo also shows a ledge which is on the back of the plastic gate, a
nice touch that allowed us kids to place riflemen over the gate to mow
down the enemy forces.
According to Playset Magazine Issue 34, lithography
on the Alamo walls is
based on the walls as they were depicted in the Walt Disney movie.
The adobe finish and arches certainly resemble the Alamo as
it can be seen today, though there is disagreement about what it looked
like during the battle in 1836. The columns on the gate
appear to replicate those on the Alamo mission building (see section below on
Other Structures), and the gate does not resemble any actual Alamo gate.
playsets were another Marx-Disney production, but this time the run was
less successful. The playset was based on the Zorro
program, which lasted only xx years, and Marx produced the playset only
in 1958 and 1965. The playset included a colorful tin gate
lithographed with the words Walt Disney's Zorro. The walls were based on those shown in the television
Interestingly, the Zorro gate and walls were not
the same size as the Alamo or Fort Apache walls. The gate is the
same height (5-1/2 inches), but wider at about 9 inches. The
walls were much more different. They are noticeably shorter at
2-1/2 inches tall, but were about 10-3/4 inches wide. At that
length, Marx made them so that they could be bent in the middle
into what could appear to
be two 5-1/4-inch long walls. I assume that allowed
kids to create
a wider variety of fort shapes with a smaller number of walls. I
have shown bent and unbent walls below, but I imagine that most walls
you find today will be bent. With a little careful elbow
the walls can be straightened, but those bends lines do not fade
|Zorro gate and wall on display at Krueger Street Toy and Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia
Boonesborough and Fort Pitt both included this same style fort, as well
as the same self-standing block house described in the Other Buildings
section. The fort -- commonly called Fort Wilderness by
collectors today -- is hard plastic and was made in both dark
and light brown colors. Marx initially introduced
this fort in its
This fort is more detailed than the
Apache gate and walls; the upright posts are of varying heights and and
the molding has rope or wire that appears to hold the posts tightly
together. Unfortunately, the gate and walls are significantly
than Marx' Fort Apache. The gate, which has no name on it, is
5-3/4 inches wide and 3-1/2 inches tall; the walls are 5-3/4
inches wide and 2-3/4 inches tall. Some walls have an inside
ledge that is about a half inch wide.
I would imagine that Marx again used
fort to save costs. The reduction
may not have made a lot of difference for us kids way back when, but it
certainly does not endear the piece to today's collectors. It
too small for all but perhaps Marx' 45mm figures. Most Marx
west figures can
literally look over the walls while standing on the ground (or living
Re-issues, such as those in the photos
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Wild West Cabins
Fort Dearborn cabin (click here to see inside the cabin)
This plain cabin
served Fort Dearborn well. The cabin sits on a base that
represents the cabin floor and a front section of land and stone
walkway. The base is 11 inches wide and 7 inches deep, and
cabin stands 6 inches high to the top of the chimney.
The inside of the cabin is lithographed
simply with log walls, plank floors, a fireplace, and a wall lamp.
While called the Fort Dearborn cabin, this
same building was used in Fort Apache playsets until 1955, when it was
replaced by the smaller "horseshoe cabins" described below. This
cabin also defined the size of the two following
cabins, where the front section of land and walkway were replaced by a
covered porch. (Thanks to Tom Hardy for correcting my description
of this cabin.)
cabin (click here to see inside
The Bar-M-Ranch cabin -- with its name over the
door -- came with the company's Western Ranch playsets and with the
first Roy Rogers Ranch playset. It is the same
size as the Fort
Dearborn cabin, but it includes a porch with a roof.
The lithography is much more detailed.
Outside, Marx added steer horns over the door, a stretched
skin, and a wall lamp. Inside, besides the fireplace and lamp
from the Fort Dearborn cabin, are a bear skin on the floor, a deer head
over one window, and holstered six-shooters hung on the wall.
Various other items also line the walls, such as trunks,
corn, and books, giving the cabin a very lived-in look. As a
touch, each end of the cabin has flowers and cactus.
Today the Bar-M-Ranch cabin is probably
Marx cabin to find, and a nice one can be bought for $20 to $30.
White Clap Board cabin (click here to see inside
cabin was first included in the Roy Rogers Rodeo Ranch in
before Roy got his own cabin with his name emblazoned
on the roof, and in similar Lone Ranger playsets.
The size of the cabin remains the same
earlier two. The lithography, however, presents a
civilized cabin, the most prominent feature being painted wood
replacing the log structure. The inside is clearly more
than the Bar-M-Ranch cabin, with a portrait of a male ancestor over the
fireplace, curtains on the windows, a quilted rug on the floor, and
much less "stuff" lining the walls. Someone might, however,
to get rid of the hornets' nest just above the door outside.
Roy Rogers' cabin
cabin first appeared in the 1955 Roy Rogers Rodeo Ranch. It
subsequently included in most Roy Rogers playsets.
was the only Marx
wild west character to get a cabin with his name on it. The
cabin was made in two versions: 1) first with three sides
to the previous Marx cabins and 2) later with four sides.
The one in the
photo is the 4-sided version; to the best of my knowledge, the outside
lithography is the same on both.
measures 10-1/2 inches wide, 5-1/2 inches deep, and about 6 inches
The roof overhangs each side by 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
measurements are smaller than Marx' previous wild west cabins,
primarily because there is no front porch. Some
cabins had floors, and the inside was painted similar to other
such Marx cabins with Indian blanket and deer head hung on the walls.
For those that had floors, Roy Rogers' signature
scrawled across the floor from wall to wall. The 4-sided version is slightly
shorter because there is no floor piece, the first of the Marx wild
west cabins to be made with no floor.
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horseshoe cabin (click here to see inside
This cabin was first found in a Rin Tin Tin at
playset in 1955 and subsequently was included in many Fort Apache
Besides being smaller than the early cabins, it featured a
stove-pipe chimney and had no no floor piece or porch, all part of the
company's effort to reduce the price of playsets.
The cabin itself is 10-1/2 inches wide, 5 inches
about 6 inches tall
to the top of the chimney. The roof overhangs the cabin by
inch on each side. With no floor piece and no back, the
cabin uses a metal bar attached to the two back corners to
Although a log cabin, the
inside walls are
nicely paneled with planks, curtains are on the windows, and a large
Indian blanket covers one end wall, though the deer head is back.
Someone in this cabin is handy with his hands, as
is a wood plane and scythe near the front door, a stump and
one end of the cabin, and a saw and logs at the other.
Note the horseshoe on the door...and
then read on...
horseshoe cabin (click here to see inside
look like the previous cabin? Yes it does, because it is
identical except for a few
small details, the most prominent being the crooked horseshoe on the
Why was the horseshoe changed? Is a straight
luck? Note also that there is a porch step on this cabin that
not on the straight horseshoe cabin. I've never been able to
discover the reason for the changes, but it must
have cost Marx a good deal of money to change the litho, so there must
have been some reason.... See PM Issue 14 for a short article
these two cabins by Johnny Pinkowski.
log cabin (click here to see inside
attempted to control the cost of playsets,
it introduced this cabin. It is similar to the horseshoe
cabins above, but is only about half as big. The cabin itself
measures 7-3/4 inches wide, 3-1/2 inches deep, and 4-3/4 inches high
(including the chimney). The roof overhangs the cabin by 1/4
1/2 inch on each side. Again, there is no floor, but does
have a back bar.
I am not sure which playsets this cabin came
in, but it was included in the Rifleman playset with the
Rifleman cabin shown below.
To me this looks like a real hunter's
cabin. Besides the deer horns and lantern handing by the
inside are a hand-made log table, a rifle and powder horn standing in
the corner, and a genuine coonskin cap and buckskin jacket hanging on a
Marx issued this same cabin
with a plastic
chimney that attached at the center of the roof. However,
cabin was included only in Revolutionary War playsets, which might
explain why the rifle inside has a powder horn. The
War cabin is
perhaps the rarest of Marx log cabins and can cost $200 or so.
Rifleman or Gunsmoke cabin (click here to see inside
PL-1010 (porch and chimney)
This is the most civilized of the Marx
wild west cabins. The cabin was included in the
Gunsmoke, Johnny Ringo, Wagon Train, Western Mining Town,
Cattle Drive, and some Roy Rogers playsets,
but I have seen it most often referred to as the Rifleman Cabin.
Issue 19 states there are some color variations in the cabin among the
playsets, but does not state what they are.
The cabin itself is the same size as
downsized log cabin, but the plastic porch and roof
inches to the depth and a tiny amount to the width. It is
3-sided, has a back bar, and does not have a floor. The
pieces were made in both gray
and brown (PL-1010).
I think I like this cabin because it
civilization is at last coming to the wild west. Construction
materials no longer include logs, and a small flower patch is
growing at the front corner. The curtains are white, a
plate and clock sit on the mantle, and a stitched "God Bless Our Home"
hangs over the fireplace. The table and chair appear rather
formal, and there is even an -- aaaaak! -- broom in the corner.
All it needs is a dinner bell hanging on the porch and the
of the house coming out to call in the ranch hands for dinner.
guess at this stage of my life, I like the peaceable cowboy
figures more than the much more common fighting variety (though I'm
sure that my and most other kids' preferences were just the reverse in
the 1950s). But that's why I like Larry Patterson's figures
P&P; so many of them are just peaceable folks going
routines of their lives.
Despite appearing in several playsets, this cabin is now
difficult to find, especially in good
The plastic porch and two chimney pieces are easily broken
I paid $100 for this
cabin in very good condition, but
I have seen them on sale for twice as much.
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The biggest wild west buildings
produced by Marx were its
towns, or streetfronts (today we call them strip malls). The
of these were the
company's masterpieces as far as buildings go. They were more
than two feet wide and provided such necessary wild west
facilities as a jail, general store, barber shop, saloon, and hotel.
About half the length of each is 2-story. A boy's version of
the doll house,
are colorful, fun to play with, and -- as far as I am concerned --
works of art. A third 1-story
town was 20 inches wide and a bit less impressive.
playsets with the two large streetfronts from 1952 to 1958;
they are commonly called
the jail side town and the hotel side town. Although the
lithography on them is much different, the shape of the two
structures is exactly the same.
Each one measures 27-3/4 inches
wide, 6 inches
deep, and 9 inches tall. The width and depth are based on the
towns' bases, which make up the outside boardwalk that runs along the
front and the interior floor. They are scaled for 60mm
I can clearly recall
finding a jail side town under the tree one Christmas morning
when I was a kid.
However, I also recall playing with the hotel side version,
so perhaps I had both of them as a kid. Of
note, a Silver City Western Town playset (#4268) issued in 1956 was the
only playset to include both town fronts. Marx made plans for
Sears exclusive, generic Western Town playset in 1958 that would have
included both towns, but for some unknown reason it never reached
town is the quietest of the two, with a large general store, the
newspaper office, and
the jail to lock up the bad guys (though cob webs in the cells suggest
that it is not often used). It was first included in a
Town playset in 1952, but overall was included in fewer playsets than
the hotel side streetfront, so is a bit harder to find.
The hotel side town looks to be a bit rougher
neighborhood. It houses the saloon (or music hall), the hotel
and the bank, which is held up several times a day during playtime.
photo of the one below has the Silver City sign over the Post
Office, but the same town was made with other signs, including. Roy
Rogers Mineral City, Dodge City, and Trading Post.
The town was first released in 1952 in a Roy
Rogers Mineral City
Western Town playset. A generic Western Town playset was
the same time without the Roy Rogers character figures and with a
Trading Post sign over the Post Office. Silver City Western
playsets were first issued in 1954, and the Wyatt Earp Dodger City
Western Town playset came along in 1957.
Wells Fargo town
I know that I
never had the smaller town when I was a
kid, the so-called Wells Fargo town. It's a colorful and fun
piece, but not as nice as the other two. It not only is
and only one story tall, but also lacks a base other than the
boardwalk. There is no inside floor. The building measures 20 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and 5
tall. Without the interior floor base, it is not as sturdy as
the larger towns.
The Wells Fargo town was used in the
Tales of Wells
Fargo playset first issued in 1959, but was in other playsets such
as Gunsmoke and Cattle Drive. Marx also used the
town in the Alaska Playset with a different outside lithograph,
featuring the Golden Nugget and the Alaskan Trading Company (see page
3A of the Wild West section).
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2-Story Wells Fargo Town Front
joking! This is the Wells Fargo Town with the Alaskan Town on top
of it. It fits perfectly with no manipulating -- just be careful
of scratches. It's a reasonable way to show them if your display
space is small (like mine).
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Other wild west buildings
|2-Story Wells Fargo Town Front
The Alamo chapel
The centerpiece of all Marx Alamo playsets was a
lithographed tin version of the Alamo's mission chapel, which had been transformed into part of the Alamo fortress. It was
designed to closely resemble the
facade of the actual building, or at least what we have come to believe
it looked like based on Alamo movies. On the other hand, the tin
litho building is
really just a tin box with four sides, with no inside space provided for
the Texians to mount their final defense. I'm sure this was
to keep the cost of the playsets at a level that us kids could afford,
but it's too bad that Marx did not make a slightly larger Alamo mission
with two stories and a few windows and open door to take aim at the
Mexican soldiers. I am sure their employees had the know-how
do it. But those are just my recent "grown-up" thoughts, with a few extra dollars in my pocket.
The Alamo "box" itself is a foot wide,
deep, and 5 inches tall; the pedestal on top adds another 2 inches of
height. This same "box" was used for other buildings as
below. As you may know, of course, the pedastal on top of the
chapel was not constructed until well after the Alamo battle.
As a kid, I purchased one of the very
Alamo playsets that had Indians instead of Mexicans (I don't recall
if I thought that was odd), and I spent many hours of fun with it.
Thank you Mr. Marx!
Wells Fargo building
This Wells Fargo building came in several Wells Fargo play
sets, first issued in 1959. It was the second of five tin litho
buildings, which were differentiated primarily by the litho painting on
them. For each of these five, the basic building is the same
four-sided "shoe box" first used for the
Alamo chapel, 12 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and 5 inches tall.
Even the pedestal at the top of the Wells Fargo building is identical in size and shape to that of the
Alamo, with simply a different lithography on it.
Though difficult to see in the photo, the inside of this
building was usually a light brown, while the inside of the following three versions
of the building is white.
Note that the color difference in the photo
between the left
(dark) and right (lighter) sides of the building -- as well as the following two cavalry buildings -- is real, but is not
so startling when you look at the actual building.
Cavalry building with pedastal, log
ends, and no stable doors
This cavalry headquarters and stable, the third of the "shoe box" buildings, was a part of many Fort Apache playsets. In this version, the Alamo-type pedastal remains, but small
plastic pegs were used to simulate the ends of support logs, the same as those
used on the Alamo's fort walls. These logs are often missing from
the buildings found today, but can be replaced with re-issued log pegs.
Note that the lithography is identical to the Wells Fargo
Headquarters building above, except for the lettering. As seen in
the photo, the inside of the building
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Cavalry building with plastic porch and cupola
PL-1112 (cupola, porch, and other plastic parts)
plastic porch, cupola and the flag flying overhead, this version of
the Fort Apache cavalry building was
a significant improvement over the original cavalry building. It is the fourth version of the "shoe box" buildings, but
the plastic building accessories and flag (and absence of the "Alamo" pedastal) make the building look much nicer.
makes an impressive centerpiece for Fort Apache.
Note that Marx
labeled this building simply "Supply", which allows it to be used in
tandem with the previous Headquarters and
Today, it is very
difficult to find the
porch with all its tabs intact. There were originally four of
hold the porch tightly to the building, two at the top and two at the bottom. Generally enough of
the top two tabs are present to do a reasonable job of keeping the
The building is four-sided, and the inside of the building is white.
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Large self-standing block house
self-standing block house was the only wild west playset building that Marx
manufactured solely in plastic. It is 6 inches wide on each
side (as measured by the larger top half) and is 10 inches tall, plus
another 3-1/2 inches for the flag as shown in the photo. A place to heat stamp a fort name on the front of the block
is clearly visible in the photo, and originals can be found
the name Boonesborough or Fort Pitt on them in yellow letters.
It's unfortunate that Marx did not complete the wood detail over
the place for the name on block houses which did not have a name on
building is made of rather thin and brittle plastic, so should be
handled with extra care.
The block house did not appear
often, in Fort Boonesborough and Fort
Pitt play sets (neither a big seller) as well as at least one Fort
Apache playset. It actually first appeared in Marx'
Canadian Fort York
play set, as well as its U.S. counterpart Fort Mohawk. The
contents of these play sets are similar to Fort Pitt, except
that they included colonial and British troops rather than wild west
With the exception of Fort Apache, these
play sets are difficult to
collector market. I believe the block house pictured
below comes from
Fort Apache #4202 made in 1978. This playset is reasonably
available from vintage
dealers today, but will still set you back a few hundred dollars.
The blockhouse by itself with "Boonesborough" heat stamped on
it sold on Ebay in April 2009 for $95; those without a heat stamp
cost a bit less.
The moderator of the
Marx Playsets Yahoo Group reports that only the block houses
that came with Fort Apache cavalry figures had a
holes at the top for a flag, such as the Fort Apache #4202.
He also notes that this item has never been re-issued,
so if you have one, it is original!
PL-967 (roof), PL-967A (porch)
The fifth and final version of the Alamo "shoe box" style was an adobe
hacienda, which came in Zorro play sets, to replace
the log structures that were included in fort and ranch playsets. The colorful lithography
and plastic roof and porch make it is an
attractive, 4-sided building. The plastic tile roof
-- which came in both red and a less common brown -- adds immensely to
the look. A brown plastic balcony dresses up one side
of the building (though the stairs of the balcony are painted on, not
plastic). On the
opposite side, there is a large opening similar to the cavalry
buildings above for a stable, but unfortunately it has no doors.
The hacienda itself is the same size as
-- 12 inches by 4 inches by 5 inches -- and the roof and chimney add 2 inches to the height. In addition, the roof
overhangs each side of the house by about 3/8 of an inch and the
plastic porch adds about 1-1/2 inches to the depth.
As pointed out in Playset Magazine
Issue 8, the
building was created to accurately represent the "Garrison Barracks"
building in the Zorro television series. As in the show, the
balcony where Zorro was often seen fighting is on one side and
the garrison's jail cages are lithographed on the other.
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Marxville Western Ranch House
This building was intended for use with an O-scale train and was
never part of a true playset. However, it did come in a box with
some of the company's 45mm cowboys,
which are discussed on my web page about Marx wild west playset figures.
See both the sections on 45mm Cowboys and on the rare Rodeo
Cowboys to read about the mysteries surrounding these figures.
The scale of the house makes it much too small for any Marx
wild west figures except for those in the rather rare miniature sets.
However, it does go well with the company's more common 35mm civilian figures and is
a nice little house if you just like to collect Marx stuff (like me).
Considering its scale, it's a roomy place, 10-1/2
inches wide, 6-1/2 inches at its deepest part, and 4 inches high to the
top of the stone chimney. It is rather difficult to find in today's collecting
market, but is available
in re-issue through K-Line Trains. In fact, the photos below are of a K-Line
re-issue. The original building came in brown with a yellow roof and yellow accessories.
See Page 1 of this web site for a photo of Marx'
original ranch house, along with the figures and accessories that came
with it. A photo of it is also in Horowitz' "The Authorized
Guide to Marx Western Playsets."
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PL-368 (bottom), PL-368A (top)
60mm teepee was
included in Fort
Dearborn and early Fort Apache playsets. It is 6 inches tall
about 4 inches in diameter. Because the teepee was first
in playsets that had 45mm figures -- Fort Dearborn and the first few
Fort Apache playsets -- I would think it could be called the 45mm
teepee as easily as the 60mm teepee. Of course, Marx did
using this same teepee when it began including its new larger figures
(60mm) in Fort Apache. Moreover, it would be confusing to us
collectors to refer to this teepee as a 45mm teepee, because the teepee
used when Marx switched to 54mm figures (see below) is smaller than the
so-called 60mm teepee, as it should be. It really would not
much sense to have a 45mm teepee that is larger than the 54mm teepee.
Of course, it really does not make a
difference, because to save on costs Marx used downsized structures in
most if not all of its playsets, and it would be hard to
any Indian family of 45mm, 54mm, or 60mm squeezing into either of the
The 60mm teepee is nicely detailed and
commonly produced in yellow,
but also in gray and less often in light brown. It has two pieces: 1) the main part of
the tee-pee and 2) the top protruding logs, which fit neatly into a
at the top of the main part. Its hard plastic construction is
sturdy. Over the years,
however, the small logs on the top part easily become lost or break
with frequent play.
Sometimes the two pieces of a teepee were glued together by
wise child who realized the potential of losing the top part, totally
ignoring the loss of value to us collectors today (gasp!).
this teepee is somewhat hard to find and can cost $25 or more if
unbroken. When collectors get into auction bidding wars, I've
seen the price go much higher.
When Marx introduced its smaller 54mm figures
about 1956 as a way of
increasing the piece count in its playsets, the company significantly
revised its teepees. Not only were they smaller, but instead of top and bottom
new teepees fit together side-by-side. Though still
well detailed, the teepees are made of soft plastic and do not
fit together as well as
the hard plastic version. The protruding logs at the top tend
The piece is 5 inches tall and about 4 inches in diameter.
The teepees were made in many colors,
yellow, gray, brown, and -- in at least one play set -- red.
are not expensive, unless you have to have one of those red
ones. If you do and you don't have money to spare, I'd
you look for re-issue teepees, of which there are plenty.
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Fences and gates
Bar M Ranch
This was the
gate used in the Western Ranch playsets. Manufactured in a
dark brown hard plastic, they are very difficult
find unbroken, especially with all four feet that keep the gate upright.
If unbroken, the gate swings open on two hinges and locks tightly
closed. Though not painted like the later gateways, the sign reads
Roy Rogers gateway
Marx' early Western Ranch playsets
evolved into Roy Rogers
playsets, which significantly increased play set sales. In
the first Roy Rogers Ranch
play set introduced the gateway shown at right, manufactured in brown. The Roy Rogers Rodeo play set
from that same year included the gateway in white or cream (at left), and most later
Roy Rogers play sets had the gate in one of those two colors. The
and cream gates are much easier to find today.
The gate is about 6 inches wide and
5-1/2 inches tall.
Did you know...that
the Roy Rogers gate is based on a real Roy Rogers gate? I admit
that I did not until I ran across the photo below while surfing the
Internet for a photo of Roy. And, yes, those are the real people,
not plastic figures!
Lone Ranger gateway
Soon after Roy
playsets came out, the
Lone Ranger got one too. The Lone Ranger gate was made from
the same mold as
Roy's, then simply heat stamped with a different name. The
first Lone Ranger playset -- the
Lone Ranger Rodeo -- had a white gate. That white gate is hard to
find today; with a few pieces of fencing, it sold on Ebay in early 2009
for $40. Later Lone Ranger
playsets had brown gates, with either white or yellow
Today, it is much easier and cheaper to buy the gate in brown.
I purchased the white gate at left from Rick Eber at the 2009
OTSN, and I have to admit it is the only one I have ever seen "in
Blank Roy Rogers style gate
According to Playset Magazine Issue 25, Marx ceased
production of the once popular Roy Rogers play sets after 1962.
The magazine points out that the last Roy Rogers set and a few
Western Ranch sets afterwards included a gate of the Roy Rogers (and
Lone Ranger) style, but no name was on it. These gates are not easy to
find, but I was lucky enough to pick one up at the 2009 Marx Convention
for just $3.
however, as re-issues do exist (and they look pretty much like the one
in the photo, which is original -- look for the tell-tale sign of "old
The Rifleman gate, of course, was part of Marx'
Rifleman Ranch Playset. It is identical to the Western Ranch
gate, except that the Rifleman Ranch name and rifle logo are heat
stamped onto the name board in white. Like the Western Ranch
gate, it is in dark brown hard plastic. The Rifleman Ranch
Playset was produced only in 1959, so the gate is difficult to
find. A gate in excellent condition sold on Ebay in early 2009
for $84. You can probably buy one a little cheaper, but you may have to look hard to find one.
Split rail fence
One of the most common items in Marx wild west
as well as many other playset themes -- is the split rail fence.
This fencing appeared in the first Western Ranch playset and
still being churned out when Marx went bankrupt 30 years later. The fence
primarily in brown, but were also made in white when
the Roy Rogers and Lone Ranger gateways were created
It can also be found in gray/silver, but I do not think that this
color was included in a wild west set. The split rail fence --
unlike the plank fencing shown in the
next section -- did not properly attach to the Roy Rogers style gate.
The fence is about 6-1/4 inches wide
inches high. It is built so that one end snuggly attaches to
fence piece next to it.
I am not sure of the origin of the term
fence. I assume it was named this because the back side of
fence is flat, as if a log had been split right down the middle.
Personally, I would think that Marx did not intend this to
represent such a fence, but simply molded the fence on one side to keep
its costs down. I would think a more straightforward name for
it would be simply log fence.
When Marx introduced
white Roy Rogers gate in the 1952 Roy Rogers Rodeo playset, it also
debuted this plank fencing in white. With square end posts,
fits snuggly into the gate posts, as well as to the fence piece next to
it. It is about the same size as the split rail fencing, 6
wide and 2 inches high.
The plank was included with the
initially white Lone Ranger gateway also. Soon afterward,
however, Marx changed the contents of its Roy Rogers and Lone Ranger
playsets back to the split log fence above, which did not
to the gate posts. I am uncertain of the reason for the
but I believe this type of fence was used much more in farm playsets
than wild west.
The same fence in brown was included in the Gunsmoke and Indian Warfare playsets.
Civil War fence
This fence -- which includes one purposefully broken
section -- was originally made for Marx' Civil War playsets. For
most wild west playsets, it was logical that the cowpokes would keep
their fence in good shape, so it did not really fit there.
However, for at least one Custer's Last Stand playset, the "Civil
War" fence was used and included five fence sections instead of the
usual three that Civil War sets had. The photo below shows the
full group that came in a Custer set.
This fence came in the Gunsmoke Playset. I am not
aware that it came in other wild west sets, and I would hope that it
did not. Each piece is a teeny 3/4 inches high and three inches
long. You can judge how small it is by comparing the photo to
those of the fence pieces above. Playset Magazine Issue 19 reports
that this fence was used in Cape Canaveral and some farm playsets.
It may have fit in fine there, but it looks absurd in the
Gunsmoke set. The best I can figure out is that it should be used
around Miss Kitty's backyard flower garden. It sure won't keep any
critters in or out.
It was made in a dark brown hard plastic, and the
Playset Magazine issue shows the set came with five pieces of the
fence. It is not often seen today, which is not a bad thing for wild west playsets.
As would be expected, these rodeo chutes were included in
Rogers and Lone Ranger Rodeo playsets. They were first
introduced in 1952, in the initial Roy Rogers Rodeo playset.
piece is nicely detailed
and very well made, and I think it is one of Marx' most
That being said, I am not comfortable with the
scale of these pieces, perhaps because I have not attended a rodeo
since I was a kid in Oklahoma (about the same time I was enjoying my
first Marx playsets). Each of the three enclosures is
large enough to hold as many as four Marx horses or bulls. My
thought is that rodeo chutes would be just large enough for the animals
to get into, so they could not turn around or cause too much commotion
before they were released into the arena. Am I mistaken or are
these things oversized?
The chutes consist of nine pieces
-- a front and
back section that sit on
bases, four fencing pieces that run from back to front, and the three
gates that can open and close. Measurements are about 10
wide and 5-1/2 inches deep. The height varies, but the top of
gates is about 2-1/4 inches, the back railing is 2-3/4 inches, and the
top of those number boards is 4-1/4 inches.
The rodeo chutes
made of hard plastic and
came in cream and
white. Marx made a few in brown, but this color is very rare
today. A complete brown chute in very good shape sold on Ebay in early 2009 for $140.
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Trees and plants
Geppert, currently of Classic Toy Soldiers, wrote a primer on Marx
trees and rocks that was published in PFPC Issue 22.
I don't believe the information has ever been presented better. According to
the article, Marx had molds for eight trees and five other plants that
came with Marx wild west
playsets. Four of these trees are what I would call "regular"
trees, in that they are deciduous trees that could be found most
anywhere in the U.S. other than the desert.
Oddly, despite recreating the American west, Marx did not
create any pine trees for its wild west playsets.
The two of these trees that were included in the
Marx' earliest wild west playsets were what Tim calls the "full" tree
and the "scraggly" tree. I often see the "full" tree
referred to by collectors as an oak tree. It is 5-3/4 inches
high, and the scraggly tree is 5 inches high. Marx made
them in both soft and hard plastic in various shades of green.
These two trees were eventually
replaced by a third
tree that is called a "delta" tree by Tim (as it is roughly in the
shape of the Greek letter delta), but is more commonly called an "A"
tree by collectors. The change to the "A" tree, 5 inches
tall, came at the same time that Marx
downsized its figures to 54mm in the mid-1950s, and it also came in
both soft and hard plastic green. The full tree is noticeably
larger than the other two, more so than in the small photos below.
fourth "regular" tree is actually four connected trees. Tim
it the "stand of trees." Playset instruction sheets advised
and girls to break the trees in half at a scored line in the middle of
the piece, which can be seen in the middle of the photo below.
This produced two sections of two trees each: 1)
one section that had one tree with a forked trunk and one with a single
trunk and 2) a second section that had two single trunked trees.
So Tim called these the "forked" and "nonforked."
sure what the common collectors' term is for them. The trees are slightly shorter than
single trees, standing about 4 inches tall and 8-3/4 inches wide.
You can find
these pieces that have not been separated and remain a stand of four
trees, as well as ones that have been separated into the forked and
nonforked sections. Made in soft plastic, the base of the
section of trees tends to warp, sometimes so much that it is hard to
keep the piece standing. As far as wild west playsets, this
seldom appeared -- perhaps only in Marx' Cattle Drive -- and was most
commonly found in military and Yogi Bear playsets.
Marx included three palm trees in its
These trees were in two or three pieces with the top parts in
soft plastic green, and the bottom trunk part a hard plastic brown.
Tim has named this trio the "large single", "large double",
"small double." Tops are interchangeable among the trunks.
Mold numbers for the plams and the ferns below are
PL-760 for the tops and PL-761 for the bases. Rather nice
re-issues exist in slightly lighter colors than the originals.
To go with the palm trees,
produced two fern plants, also two-piece items with soft plastic tops
and hard plastic bottoms. One has three leaves on it and the
other four leaves; the bases are identical.
As noted in the previous group of palm trees, mold numbers for the ferns are PL-760 and PL-761. As with the palm
trees above, re-issues are slightly lighter in
color than the originals.
The eighth and final tree included in the wild
playsets was a "dead tree", 4-3/4 inches tall. Marx produced
in both hard and
soft plastic gray, as well as two tree stumps that Tim dubbed simply
"large" and "small." The large stump is 1-1/2 inches tall,
the small one 1-1/4 inches. With roots going every which way,
breadth of the stumps varies, but the larger is about 3 inches in
diameter at its widest point, and the smaller is about 2-1/2 inches.
These three items appear in Marx
military playsets much more often than wild west playsets and are also seen in brown.
plant that was included in probably every wild west playset was the
Marx cactus. According to Tim, it was one of the earliest
accessory pieces, and it was never changed, except for being made in
both hard and later soft plastic. God knows that it would
been very easy for Mr. Marx to create a few versions of cacti, but now
all we can do is set a few of these clones on the layout forward,
backward, and sideways, and hope that our visiting playset admirer
overlooks the fact that every single cactus in the whole gosh-darned
countryside looks exactly the same. It is 2-1/2 inches tall.
The cactus mold number is PL-148.
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Geppert's article on Marx trees and rocks in PFPC Issue 22 divided the
company's rocks into two types: 1) boulders and 2)
piles of rocks. Made in hard plastic, all of them were
manufactured in both a gray and a flesh color. Larger rock
formations did exist and are described in following
Boulders were included in many Fort Apache playsets.
made two boulder "poses." One is a boulder
with three small
attached beside it, about 3 inches wide and 1-1/2 inches tall at its
biggest measurements. The other is a smaller boulder with a
slightly smaller boulder attached, about 2-1/2 and 1-1/4 inches.
Tim labeled these simply
"large" and "small."
of rocks -- three of them -- were not introduced until the 1960s and
are all about the same size, a bit smaller than the two boulders.
To differentiate them, Tim pointed out
that one has a protrusion of rocks on its left as it faces you, another
at its center, and the third has no such protrusion. So he
them "left bulge," "center bulge," and "bulgeless." Just a
simple left, center, and none might be just as telling.
The bulge left is widest at 2-1/2
inches by 1-7/8
inches deep. Bulge center is 2-1/4 by 2 inches.
is 2-1/4 by 1-5/8 inches. They are all about an inch high.
If you look closely, the bulge center pile looks as if it
have a steam of water running down the center of it, at least part of
Rusty Kern, co-editor of "Playset
confirmed my suspicions that these piles of rocks never appeared in a
Marx wild west playset. Tim's article stated that they
in Revolutionary War and Civil War playsets. However, Rusty
agrees with me that they should have been in some wild west playsets!
They certainly look like the scenery of the wild west to me.
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Other Terrain pieces
Zorro's cave, of course, came in Zorro play sets. It
is made in a thin vacuum form plastic that is very fragile. Not
many were made, and many fewer survived the boys' toy wars of the 1950s
and 1960s. A slightly damaged one was auctioned off on Ebay in
July 2009 for $177.
|Zorro cave - front side
|Zorro case - back side
Rock Formations and Pond
PL-1018 (all four pieces), PL-1018A (three pieces, no pond), PL-1018B (pond only)
from Marx' Pre-Historic playsets, these four hard plastic terrain items
were included in Wagon Train playsets in 1958. Despite having
been designed for the dinosaur age, they are very reminescent of the
wild west. The cave is a nice touch and probably was the
much action when used by us kids.
I have three of the pieces, what I call
the mesa rock and the cliff rock -- because that is what they resemble
-- as well as the rock formation with a cave entrance. The
so-called mesa and cliff are,
of course, much to small to actually be a mesa or cliff in playset
scales. All three are about the same size. The mesa rock is
7-3/4 inches wide and about 2 inches
high. The cliff version is 6-1/2 inches and about 2-1/2 inches,
and the cave rock is 7 inches and 2-1/2 inches. Besides the
Wagon Train playsets, these two pieces were
included in at least one version of Custer's Last Stand playsets,
#6014. I believe that the top two formations pictured separately
A complete group
in excellent shape (as shown in the bottom photo below) sold on
Ebay in May 2008 for $159. However,
those were advertised on Ebay as coming from a Wagon Train
and the same items from a Pre-Historic playset might be a bit less
The pieces are more often seen individually than together,
re-issues of obviously lesser quality exist. I purchased two of
the pieces below for $10 each, but the piece with a pond costs quite a
|All four large rock formations and pond
Photo courtesy of
Curtis Snell (pomspart on Ebay)
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PL-10511 through PL-10517
For me, the Comanche Pass mountains are the most impressive and beautiful of Marx
west terrain pieces. The photo looks OK, but the Pass looks much better in person than it does in photos.
This hard plastic piece is huge; there is more than one way to
set it up, but it is approximately 19 inches tall and wide and 14
It comes in six pieces: two mountains, a top
arch, a middle bridge, and a roadway between the mountains (see instruction sheet below).
The sixth piece is a boulder that the Indians can
push off on the
unsuspecting cavalry below. The piece is hollow with no
back and includes screws to keep the pieces firmly attached. (The one I purchased did
not include any, and I expect most pieces that exist today are missing
these small parts.) If you are using it for display purposes, missing screws are no big deal.
The mountain came with the Comanche Pass Playset,
well as with an almost identical playset called Ambush at Falling Rock.
The instruction sheet for assembly shown below is from an Ambush
at Falling Rock Playset. Both sets were produced in the
mid-1970s after Louis Marx sold the company, and neither was made in
The mountain itself was well-made, but very fragile. I'm
sure that few went unscathed in the boys' toys wars. So, today this item is hard to find and
a bit expensive. I've seen several sell in the range of $200.
The same mountain pass was included in some
playsets, with a rope bridge replacing the middle rock bridge between
the two mountains. I would think that anyone who had a
with this in it must have been the envy of the neighborhood;
unfortunately I was not one of them.
The picture at the left in the photo below shows the
Ambush at Falling Rock playset (note the boulder at the top, but no
middle bridge) and a Pre-Historic playset with the mountain pass.
This is a page from the 1975 Sears catalog that was
provided by Kent Sprecher of Toy Soldier HQ. Below at right are close-ups of the Pass.
always thought it would be nice to paint the road blue to make it
a river, and if you look closely at the Sears catalog page and the photo below it, you can see it
was painted just that way for the Pre-historic set. I'd say that as
Comanche Pass the "roadway" might portray a seasonal creek that dries up during the summer.
I do not believe
that this entire piece has been re-issued, but the larger of the two
has been re-issued in a bright garish orange. The color is so
awful that my wife has forbidden me from displaying it. I also
have one of the small boulders that I was told is a re-issue.
Photo to left courtesy
of Alan Ford.
Marx introduced its gold mine rather late in its playset
period, including it in
both the Gunsmoke and Johnny Ringo playsets in 1960.
Though nicely done, it does
not occupy a lofty place in the
history of Marx terrain pieces. Based on Marx' limited
the gold mine,
must have had a lukewarm reaction to it. I would add that
attempt to include molded vegetation on the mine and panning stream is
absurd, with plants looking more like snakes than vegetation.
A little paint would have done wonders. I
really don't care for the gold mine pieces, but the mine would look
much better if even partially painted, similar to most plastic figures manufactured
today. As shown in the photo below, Marx did paint the stream blue.
The pieces were made of hard plastic
and molded in
tan. The gold mine is
9-1/2 inches wide, 3 inches deep,
and 5 inches tall. The panning stream piece is about 9 inches
wide, 6 inches deep, and 2-1/2 inches tall. The
top and bottom photos below are re-issue pieces from a Gold
in 1991 in an attempt to generate interest in a re-issue of complete
Marx playsets. The middle photo is of an original panning stream,
which I obtained from Rich Ebert at the 2008 Texas Show in San Antonio.
The original is so incredibly well made and attractive (with
painted stream) that it is hard to believe the re-issue panning steam I
have came from the same mold.
Collector John Pyle recently educated me on the
proper positioning of the miner figure that should be working the
sluice cradle beside the sluice (see photo below).
Photo courtesy of David Schafer
|Panning stream and sluice
Photo courtesy of David Schafer
|Miner figure properly positioned with sluice cradle
Non-Wild West Cave, Arch, and Pond
|Ore car on track for gold mine
Photo courtesy of David Schafer
Photo courtesy of David Schafer
OK, I know, this piece is from a Marx Pre-historic playset
and never appeared in a wild west playset. But -- like
the rock formations and pond above that Marx used in some
of its Wagon
Train playsets -- the company COULD HAVE very reasonably added this
item to a wild west playset.
It's actually undersized for all but perhaps the
45mm figures, but it's such a nice piece that I cannot resist
including it with my
wild west shelf displays.
As you can see in the photo, this
is made in three pieces. Marx provided two plastic
clips to hold the pieces together in the back, but these were
usually quickly lost by us kids and are hard to find today.
I was fortunate to grab a couple cheaply in an Ebay auction,
probably because not many others knew what they were.
However, the three pieces will stay together on their own unless
touched, or make-shift clips can be created easily. The pond
piece can be swiveled 90 degrees if you need to display the piece in a
Although the piece can vary a bit in
on how it is placed, it is about 16-1/2 inches wide, 5-1/2 inches deep,
and 6 inches tall. The backs of the three pieces are open and
Marx manufactured the
piece in brown hard plastic -- the one in the photo has an
attractive marbled coloring --
and painted the pond blue. I bought this one for $25
2007 Marx Convention, which I consider a more than reasonable
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