Marx Robot Toys

By | December 1, 2016

When we take a nostalgic look back at some of the classic children toys produced around the world, the robot toys manufactured by Louis Marx and Company are undoubtedly the most beloved by 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.


StJohn Lilliput Robot Wind up Marx Tin Toy Vintage Jouet de lEspace Space Neuf
$188.49
Sale Ends Thursday Aug-17-2017 8:26:45 PDT


ROCK EM SOCK EM MARX 1960s VINTAGE BOXING ROBOTS ORIGINAL TOY
$24.95
Sale Ends Thursday Aug-17-2017 9:38:35 PDT


Reproduction Son for Robot and Son by Louis Marx Co
$65.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-18-2017 4:45:15 PDT


MARX BIG LOO ROBOT ROCKET LAUNCHER ASSEMBLY
$28.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-18-2017 6:02:20 PDT


MARX BIG LOO ROBOT SCANNER SCOPE EYEPIECE
$18.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-18-2017 6:03:45 PDT


MARX BIG LOO ROBOT WATER SQUIRTER WITH END CAP FOR DISPLAY ONLY
$32.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-18-2017 6:04:37 PDT


MARX BIG LOO ROBOT WHEELS SET OF FOUR
$28.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-18-2017 6:04:45 PDT


2 Vintage Tin NASA Moon Scout Robot Louis Marx Japan space station
$90.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-18-2017 14:10:34 PDT


Marx Clash of the Cosmic Robots Vtg 1977 Boxing Toy Game Rockem Sockem
$99.99
Sale Ends Saturday Aug-19-2017 11:17:26 PDT


Vintage Rockem Sockem Robots Marx original box very early 70s
$14.78 (1 Bid)
Sale Ends Saturday Aug-19-2017 12:52:09 PDT


Vintage 1960s Rockem Sockem Robots By MARX W Original Box Sweet
$99.99
Sale Ends Saturday Aug-19-2017 18:37:48 PDT


VTG 1950S MID CENTURY MARX ROBOT SON IN ORIGINAL BOX GOTTAGET
$159.00
Sale Ends Saturday Aug-19-2017 19:19:57 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