Marx Robot Toys

By | December 3, 2018

When we take a nostalgic trip back in time and reflect on some of the classic toys for children produced around the world, robot toys manufactured by Louis Marx and Company stand out as undoubtedly the most beloved creations among toy collectors. Marx introduced his toy-line in the 1950's and 1960's to capitalize on the space and robot fandom of the era when the United States was engaged in a ‘space race’ with the Russians. Children loved these toys which included Mr. Mercury, a tin robot with hands that could open and close to grasp small objects, and which could also bend at the waist and walk; Robot and Son, which was released in 1956 and was the first robot toy Marx produced; and Big Loo, a robot with a voice box that could deliver several recorded messages, as well as arms which could fire plastic darts and balls. But the most popular robot toy produced by Marx is probably Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots.  If you like to collect your own vintage Marx toy robots, here are some online sale bargains.

Colonel Hap Hazard 1968 Louis Marx Co Tin Robot NASA Japan Tested Working
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BRAND NEW ORIGINAL Rockem Sockem Robots Rock Marx Sock XMAS GAMS Toy FOR Kids
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StJohn Lilliput Robot Wind up Marx Tin Toy Vintage Jouet de lEspace Space Neuf
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1960S Robot TIN SPACE TOY VENUS TRAVELER B O O B No YonezawaNomuraBandaiMarx
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Rockem Sockem Robots Rock Marx Sock Toy Classic Boxing Match Fighter Strike New
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Marx Robot Spacemen Tom Corbett Space Cadets Reissue With Helmets
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Vintage Marx Wind Up Tin Toy Moon Creature Space Beetle Mechanical Collectible
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Vintage Rockem Sockem Robots Marx Vintage In Box W Instructions
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Vintage 1966 Marx Rock Em Sock Em Robots Original Parts Red Rocker Controls
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Vintage 1966 Marx Rock Em Sock Em Robots Original Parts Blue Bomber Controls
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BRAND NEW HOT original Rockem Sockem Robots Rock Marx Sock GAMS Toy FOR Kids
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The Great Garloo by Marx Toys Japan 1960
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Marx Robot and Son Toy 1950sClassic toys made by Louis Marx and Company are among the most sought-after by toy collectors looking for vintage pieces that hark back to their childhoods. Founded in 1919, Marx toys were a fixture in five and dime stores as well as with retailers such as Montgomery Ward and Sears, which sold their wares through mail order catalogs. Louie Marx produced a wide range of toys that included dolls and doll houses, mechanical toys, scale-model toy trains, tinplate buildings and play sets based on popular TV shows and movies such as Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and Ben Hur.

The toy company's philosophy of giving their customers "more toy for less money" helped make Louis Marx one of the most successful toy makers in America; at the height of the Great Depression of the 1930s, when many companies were floundering, Marx not only recorded growing revenues, it was also able to open three factories. By the 1950s, Marx had become the largest toy manufacturer in the world, and founder Louis Marx was crowned “the Toy King” by no less than Time magazine in 1955. However, in succeeding years the company gradually lost its prominence, and after changing owners a number of times. Then in 1978, Louis Marx sadly closed its doors.




50s Walking Spaceman robot toy by Marx