Marx Robot Toys

By | August 18, 2017

When we take a nostalgic trip back to some of the classic children toys produced around the world, the 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 1950s and 1960s 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.

Vintage Original Marx Rockem Sockem Robots Nice Original Box
$27.10 (2 Bids)
Sale Ends Wednesday Oct-18-2017 5:28:46 PDT

Marx Clash of the Cosmic Robots Vtg 1977 Boxing Toy Game Rockem Sockem
Sale Ends Wednesday Oct-18-2017 11:17:26 PDT

Sale Ends Thursday Oct-19-2017 12:30:06 PDT

Vintage Toy Marx The Great Garloo battery remote control robot w original box
Sale Ends Thursday Oct-19-2017 14:27:19 PDT

1963 Marx ASTRO DOG from the Jetsons PINK hard plastic
Sale Ends Thursday Oct-19-2017 18:21:44 PDT

1963 Marx ASTRO DOG from the Jetsons BLUE hard plastic
Sale Ends Thursday Oct-19-2017 18:47:20 PDT

Reproduction Tools and Drawer for Robot and Son by Louis Marx Co
Sale Ends Saturday Oct-21-2017 1:01:14 PDT

Reproduction Tools and Drawer for Maroon Robot and Son by Louis Marx
Sale Ends Saturday Oct-21-2017 3:16:37 PDT

Sale Ends Saturday Oct-21-2017 5:02:32 PDT

Mr MERCURY ROBOT w Light Marx Works Near Mint Original Box Insert Instructions
Sale Ends Saturday Oct-21-2017 7:17:31 PDT

Marx Mr Murcury Robot 1963
Sale Ends Saturday Oct-21-2017 10:24:06 PDT

Marx Original 1960s Rock em Sock em Robots w Original Box
Sale Ends Saturday Oct-21-2017 18:27:59 PDT

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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