Marx Lane

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

 
Playsets of Other Events in American History
 during the 18th and 19th Centuries
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Fort Pitt
Fort York
War of 1812
Mexican War (1848-1849)
Spanish American War (1898)
     
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Marx manufactured two playsets of 18th and 19th Century America that do not fit into the Revolutionary War, Civil War, or Wild West themes.  These are 1) Fort Pitt and 2) Fort York.  Both were made in limited numbers and are difficult to find today.  In fact, even finding information on them is difficult.

The company also made a small number of figures for events during this period that were similar to playset figures, but were never included in a playset.

This page will hopefully be expanded with more details soon.

Fort Pitt




Box cover for Fort Pitt Play Set.








Photo courtesy of David Schafer.


Fort York




Box cover for Fort York Play Set.






Photo courtesy of David Schafer.



War of 1812 (1812-1814)

     60mm Sailors
Marx produced this American Heroes set for the War of 1812 using WOW figures previously manufactured.  The set includes three figures of the sword overhead pose and two figures of other poses, plus a character figure of Commodore Oliver Perry.  Perry was the U.S. commander in the war's decisive victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.
Photo courtesy of Mark Hegeman


     WOW Sailors
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1.  Ben Smith 2.  Ephram Sparks 3.  David Pierce
4.  George Randolph
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5.  Joshua Marcy 6.  Tom O'Hara 7.  Jack St. George


Mexican War (1846-1848)
 
     60mm U.S Soldiers
1.  Commander, arm raised and holding paper 2.  Advancing, rifle at waist
3.  Marching, rifle on shoulder 4.  Standing, firing rifle

Using the 60mm U.S. soldiers of the Mexican War, Marx made this set of American Heroes, featuring a character figure of General Zachary Taylor.  Taylor was the commander of U.S. troops in the war, and he quickly followed up his success by being elected President in late 1848.  Unfortunately, he died of illness and served only 16 months as President.  
Photo courtesy of Mark Hegeman


     WOW U.S. Soldiers


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Commander, arm raised and holding paper
Doug Deland and Tex Jones
Marching, rifle on shoulder
Jake Costair, Carl Merritt, and Johnny Watson
Standing, firing rifle
Miguel Sanchez and William Jonas

Warriors of the World -- Mexican War (U.S. Soldiers)
Photo courtesy of Mark Hegeman.  Marx created more than one identifying card for each of three poses, so that there are seven WOW figures for the Mexican War.

     WOW Mexican Soldiers

Mexican troops were not manufactured until the release of Series III Warriors of World figures; they are difficult to find in today's market.  Note the sword on the soldiers' hips below, which differentiates them from the U.S. troops.
1.  Veedor Esparza 2.  Amador de Leon 3.  Bernal Veramendi 4.  Juan Abamillo
5.  Diego Sandoval 6.  Alvaro Yanez 7.  Francisco Ruiz 8.  Antonio Fuentes


Spanish-American War (1898)

     60mm Figures
The mounted figure below certainly looks like Teddy Roosevelt, but I do not know if Marx ever designated him as such.  Note than in the boxed American Heroes set shown below, the mounted figure is included, as well as the Roosevelt figure from the American Hero pedestal figures shown in the military pages of this web site.  Neither was included in the company's Spanish-American War WOW group.  Marx did not make Mexican soldiers for the WOW Spanish-American War.
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1.  Mounted with sword overhead 2.  Left hand leaning on sword
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3.  Running, rifle at waist 4.  Marching, rifle on shoulder


Marx created two new poses to produce an American Heroes boxed set for the Spanish-American War, featuring a character figure of Teddy Roosevelt.  One pose was a charging soldier similar to the new Mexican War pose and the other a mounted pose with sword overhead.  Also, the standing with sword pose was slightly revised.  In addition to the character pose, both the mounted and standing with sword poses resemble Roosevelt.  Following his war heroics, Roosevelt was President of the U.S. from 1901 to 1909.
Photo courtesy of Mark Hegeman


     WOW Figures

The Warriors of the World figures are the same as the 60mm poses above, less the mounted pose.  Each pose was given two or three identifies to create seven WOW figures, as shown below in the photo provided by collector Mark Hegeman.
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1.  Left hand leaning on sword
Sgts. Tad Carter and John Freeman
2.  Running, rifle at waist
Grant Smith and Lew Homer
3.  Marching, rifle on shoulder
Roger Keenan, Lincoln Manley, and Henry Ingraham

Warriors of the World -- Spanish-American War
Photo courtesy of Mark Hegeman.  Although Marx only made three poses, they produced seven WOW figures by printing more than one identifying card for each pose.



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