Marx Robot Toys

By | November 12, 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.


Original 1960s Marx Rockem Sockum or Rockum Sockum Robots in Original Box
$79.99
Sale Ends Monday Jan-22-2018 9:17:35 PST


vintage plastic SPACE figures Marx esque Tom Corbett Rex Mars Space Patrol robot
$28.00
Sale Ends Monday Jan-22-2018 15:52:54 PST


Vintage 1966 Marx Toys ROCKEM SOCKEM ROBOTS No Box or Ropes WORKS
$19.98 (1 Bid)
Sale Ends Monday Jan-22-2018 17:14:20 PST


VINTAGE MARX TOY CLASH OF THE COSMIC ROBOTS
$6.99
Sale Ends Monday Jan-22-2018 18:00:00 PST


VINTAGE MARX ELECTRIC BATTERY OPERATEDROBOT 1950S
$14.99 (1 Bid)
Sale Ends Tuesday Jan-23-2018 10:06:49 PST


VINTAGE MARX ROCKEM SOCKEM ROBOTS WITH ORIGINAL BOX
$50.00
Sale Ends Wednesday Jan-24-2018 15:24:44 PST


Marx Mechanical FRANKENSTEIN Box Repro Universal Monsters Robot
$11.90 (1 Bid)
Sale Ends Thursday Jan-25-2018 11:51:16 PST


Robot M 65 St John Marx Windup Walking Tin Toys SAVE THE EARTH Collectible Space
$60.21
Sale Ends Saturday Jan-27-2018 7:19:29 PST


VINTAGE 1968 MARX JAPAN TIN TOY WORKING WIND UP MOON CREATURE ALIEN ROBOT TLC
$29.99
Sale Ends Saturday Jan-27-2018 13:06:41 PST


VINTAGE MARX ELECTRIC ROBOT 1950S RED BLACK STEAMPUNK MORSE CODE
$12.99
Sale Ends Saturday Jan-27-2018 21:54:33 PST


MARX ELECTRIC ROBOT C 1950S NO BOX 14 INCHES TALL PLASTIC MAR
$250.00
Sale Ends Monday Jan-29-2018 5:12:41 PST


VINTAGE MARX ELECTRIC ROBOT CIRCA 1950S ALL ORIGINAL
$119.99
Sale Ends Monday Jan-29-2018 12:51:26 PST


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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