Toy Pal Detective for February 2000
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ACTION FIGURE - BILL AND TED
I have Bill and Ted action figures in different packaging from those on Ebay. Do you have information about this different packaging? Thanks, Patrick
ACTION FIGURE - BUSTA RHYMES
I hear that McFarlane Toys is making a Busta Rhymes figure. Do you have any information? Ben
ACTION FIGURE - BUZZ LIGHTYEAR
I am looking for the website for Thinkway Toys, Inc. I have a talking Buzz Lightyear with action wings, motion detector and laser. I need parts to repair a broken wing.
ACTION FIGURE - COWBOY
I am looking for an action figure from the mid-1970's in the United Kingdom. The figure was a cowboy about twelve inches high. It had black painted hair, blue clothing and boots, which were part of the figure itself. It had a separate cream hat and waistcoat and chocolate brown chaps and spurs. He came with a silver gun, a bowie knife, and a frying pan. There was also a similar Indian figure, which may have been called Geronimo? Regards, Felix.
ACTION FIGURE - EMERGENCY TV SHOW
I am a long time fan of the television show Emergency. I am a huge fan of Randolph Mantooth and have always wanted an action figure doll of his character John Gage. I like Roy DeSoto, too, but my favorite is Johnny! Where can I find one? Many thanks, Kim.
ACTION FIGURE - GI JOE (1964)
I have five 12" 1964 G.I. Joes. Two have slick, dark brown hair. Another one has slick, reddish brown hair. These three have scars on their right cheeks. I have two others with fuzzy brown hair, beards, and mustaches. Those have pullout dogtags that operate their internal voice boxes. On a separate note, I have a 1966-68 Ideal 12" monster doll with a pull-off mask. I do not know specifically which dolls these are or their values. If you have more information, let me know.
ACTION FIGURE - GIJOE and BIG JIM
I own two unopened toys. One is a GI Joe helicopter from the 1960's. The second is a Big Jim sports camper. The helicopter is from when GI Joe was twelve inches tall and you could pull on GI Joe's dog tag to make him talk. What are these worth?
ACTION FIGURE - GORGONITE
I am looking for Archer, a Gorgonite, from the movie Small Soldiers. Thanks, Adrian.
ACTION FIGURE - LUNG MAN
I'm looking for information on a doll made by Mattel in 1979. I believe he's called Lung Man. His chest is clear, showing his "lungs" and "arteries" and "veins." When you push a button in his back his lungs inflate, and "blood" pumps through his "blood vessels."
ACTION FIGURE - MOVIE MANIACS
I'm looking for the McFarlane Movie Maniac toy of Leather Face. Do you know a place I could buy an inexpensive one?
ACTION FIGURE - POWER RANGER
I purchased a 16 inch tall stuffed White Power Ranger action figure at a garage sale and a friend saw it. She offered to buy it from my son, but he said no. So we have been diligently searching the net for another one. Any color will do. Can you help? The tag reads: KID Dimensions, Subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. Pawtucket, RI 02862. Made in China. C-098A, Reg. No. PA-282. Searching diligently.
ACTION FIGURE - TALKING TURBOMAN
I just can't find out any information on the Talking Turboman. Can you help? Thanks, Kristina.
ACTION FIGURE - TOP JAKE
Who manufactured "Top Jake?" He was similar to the old twelve inch GI Joes and was sold as a fireman and a policeman. Thanks, Dennis and Shelley.
ACTION FIGURE - TOY KNIGHT
I want to buy a toy knight, preferably of plastic, about three feet tall.
ACTION FIGURE - TURBOMAN
Ever since my five year old grandson watched the movie Jingle All The Way, he has been wanting a Turboman doll. I have looked everywhere but cannot find one. Please, tell me if and/or where one can be purchased. Thanks for your help.
ACTION FIGURE - TURBOMAN
I am looking for a Turboman Doll for my collection. Thanks, Erik.
ADAPTIVE TOY - DEAF CHILDREN
Where can I purchase special toys designed for deaf kids. Thanks, Cyndy.
ADAPTIVE TOY - INFANT TOYS
I am looking for good toys for a ten-month old baby who is blind. Where can I find suitable toys for babies and children who have handicaps? Thank you, Nobuko.
ADVERTISING of TOYS on TELEVISION
Do you know what the first toy ever was to be advertised on television? Our guess is Lincoln Logs. Any suggestions? Thank you.
ADVERTISING of TOYS on TELEVISION - RESPONSE - DR. TOY
Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on television. The advertisement aired in 1952.
AGE LABELING ON TOYS - FAQ
I am working on a thesis project on age labeling for different kinds of toys. I would appreciate information on this topic, such as standard sources for age labeling, specific methods and tests used by the toy specialist. Best regards, Manola.
Which Ageless Toy was built using dogs and knucklebones? Thanks, Lisa.
AIRCRAFT - DAREPLANE
I've got a toy called a Dareplane. It is a bi-plane that flies around a tower which houses a motor. A thin cable between the tower and the bi-plane provides the bi-plane's propellers with thrust. It has control sticks that control the pitch and prop speed. The plane flies around in a circle and was a lot of fun. However, I am missing a part to the tower. It's best described as an access panel to where the motor and cable are attached. It also serves to keep other parts together. We recently found the replacement cable that we probably ordered back in 1972. I attempted to fly it, but the cable kept coming loose. I am hoping to find the access panel part in hopes my Dareplane will fly again.
AIRCRAFT - DAREPLANE - 2
Where can I buy a Dareplane? It was made by Mattel in the 1970's. Thank you, Dan.
AIRCRAFT - FISHER PRICE JUMBO AIRPLANE
I have a nephew that really loves airplanes. I remember Fischer-Price made a jumbo plastic airplane that you could put the Fischer-Price people into. Do you where I can find one? Any help would be greatly appreciated, Gregory."
AIRCRAFT - PLANE - RUBBER BAND LAUNCHED
In the late 1950s and early 1960s I owned little toy jetplanes. They launched with a rubberband. They were about 3" to 5" wide and looked like a cross between an F-104 and a Flying Wing. They were made of hard plastic and probably extremely dangerous, but the most enjoyable toy I ever had! They cost a dime at the penny candy store across the street from my grandmother's house in Buffalo. Where can I find one?
AIRCRAFT - PLANE and HELICOPTER
Who sells a toy plane and helicopter for children to play with? We will order a lot if the price is good. Best regards, Wang.
AIRCRAFT - WHIRLYBIRD COPTERS
Do you have any information on a toy helicopter that I had in the early to mid 1970's. I think it was called a Whirlybird. It was battery operated and had two controls (up/down and forward/reverse); it flew in a circle approximately 40 inches in diameter. Thank you.
AIRCRAFT - WHIRLYBIRD COPTERS - 2
Where can I find a Whirlybird Copter? Any hopes of a reissue? Jeff.
AIRCRAFT - WHIRLYBIRD COPTERS - RESPONSE
Its called the VertiBird and was made by Mattel. There are many people looking for them and buying them for upwards of $500 on auction sites. For more information, go to Vertibird.com . Richard.
ALARM CLOCK - Talking Rugrats
I saw a Talking Rugrats Alarm Clock in the December issue of Nickelodeon magazine. When I contacted Nickelodeon they could not tell me how to order this item. Can you help?
ALARM CLOCK - TALKING RUGRATS - RESPONSE
I think this item was sold at Radio Shack just before Christmas.
I am trying to locate a vendor of Alphabots. This is an alphabet toy where each letter could be changed into a robot character much like the Transformers.
Where can I buy Alphabots at the best price? Thank you!
ANASTASIA BARTOK TOY
We have a Bartok toy from Anastasia. I'm not sure where it came from, but it is kind of stuffed and he has a bone in his claws and it snaps together. He has Velcro wings. Bartok says three different things. He says: "I'd give her a ha, and a hi-ya!", "Mayday, Mayday!", and one other thing. What is the third phrase? It sounds like: "Hey Fred, I need a tequila!" Or as one person believes: "To crash is a killer". If you could help it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
ANASTASIA BARTOK TOY - RESPONSE
The third thing which Bartok says is: "Stress is a killer."
I found a bear blanket in the Current magazine and bought it for my grandson. When I got the box, there was a Dalmatian on the picture also. Is it possible to get the Dalmatian, as well, and can you tell me where I can locate their animal blankets? Thank you.
ANNABELLE'S WISH - COW PLUSH - 1
I am in contact with a disabled child who has a birthday coming soon. His main wish is an Annabelle Wish Cow. This proves to be a stuffed calf with reindeer antlers, from the movie Annabelle's Wish . We have searched high and low, no calf. Please, if you have a bit of time, help in our search. The kid really seems to want this specific toy. Apparently they do exist: he saw a real one at a doctor's office in Anchorage, Alaska. Thank you, Jim.
ANNABELLE'S WISH - COW PLUSH - 2
I am looking for an Annabelle the Cow stuffed animal for my grandson. Any idea where I can find one? Thanks.
ANNABELLE'S WISH - COW PLUSH - RESPONSE
I was doing research on Annabelle's Wish as I have a plush toy by that name that I purchased at a flea market. I think this is what you are looking for. It sits about four inches high, not including the antlers. It still has the hangtag attached and is in mint condition. I also have some inflatable antlers that say Annabelle's Wish with the elastic intact. I would be willing to send this to you for the little boy. Carol.
Where can I find out information about "Clara" antique toy stoves? Sharon.
In 1997 or 1998 I saw an army man (and maybe a cowboy) which slithered across the floor on its stomach. Kaybee Toys used to sell them. Where may I buy them now? Thank you, Susan.
BABY SKATEBOARDS - RESPONSE - DR. TOY
Child Guidance Toys is now part of Jaxx. You can call their customer service number. The phone number is listed on this site at Customer Service Phone Numbers .
BABY SKATEBOARDS / COOKIE MONSTER CRAWL ALONGS
I am looking for a toy listed in "How to Have a Smarter Baby" by the "Kids II" company. The book lists the distributor as "Child Guidance Toys", but I can't find them either. I'm looking for any baby skateboards or related items, or information on Child Guidance Toys.
BALANCE TOY - VALUE
Where can we get a balance toy appraised? We saw a similar toy in the July 1997 issue of "Traditional Home" magazine, in an article called "Reproductions - Folk Art in Motion." We wrote to the New York Museum of Art, but they never responded.
BALL DESK TOY
Do you know where we could find one of those desk top, perpetual motion toys that have the swinging silver balls that click into one another? Thanks.
BALL DESK TOY - RESPONSE
Similar desk toys are available for about six dollars from the Oriental Trading Company. They provide a large amount of what I like to call "trash and trinkets." Catalogs can be requested at 1-800-228-0475.
I am looking for information on a Batmobile toy made by Worcester Toys in the 1960's or 1970's: how it was packaged, what came with it, etc.?
BAUER - TEDDY BEARS
I would like some information on how I could buy Bauer Teddy Bear. They are made in Nuremberg, Germany. Thanks.
BEANBAG PUPPY - DAKIN
We are looking for information on a stuffed animal made by R. Dakin and Company in 1973. It is a beanbag puppy that came in two sizes. One was about six inches long and the other about twelve. The tag says that the company was in San Francisco and that the puppies were a product of Korea. We are looking to purchase more and for information on the company that produced them.
BERENSTAIN BEARS TREEHOUSE
Where can I find a Bernstain Bears Treehouse? We are in Australia. Kim.
BIG TRAK - MILTON BRADLEY
Where can I the schematics and parts list for a Milton Bradley Big Trak? I need to repair mine, but can't find part numbers on the pieces I need to replace. Milton Bradley was no help. Thanks, Shawn.
BIG TRAK AND TRANSPORT - MILTON BRADLEY
I am looking for information on the 1979 Milton Bradley electronic Big Trak and Transport. I have searched the Web, but have found nothing. My son has these, mint in box. I do remember that the next year these toys had been discontinued, but I don't know why or how many were made. Retha.
Where can I find a ten inch bicycle with training wheels and a back pedal brake system? Toys R Us has a ten inch bike, but it is brakeless (I don't how you stop on a brakeless bike).
I am looking for Billy Blastoff parts: a power pack cover (red plastic); carrier sled (red plastic); and two treads for the exploration tractor (white rubber). Where can I find them? Thank you, Thom.
My niece has to write a school report on Bingo. Do you know who invented the game, and any other useful information about the game's history? Michele.
BINGO - RESPONSE - DR. TOY
I would suggest contacting a reference librarian at the nearest large. Do let us know what you find out.
BINGO - RESPONSE - RESPONSE
Bingo was "invented" in Italy in the 16th century as a form of the lottery; it was then known as Beano. In the 1920's, a man was watching a game of Beano at a county fair, and he overheard a lady (excited at winning the game) misuse the word "beano". She said "bingo". He decided to market the game under this new name. The church also helped the game's popularity, presenting it as a means of raising church funds. It's been popular ever since.
BIRD ANIMAL - MUSICAL
I am looking for a yellow and pink bird toy; I think it is a duck. It plays music when you pull the tail. Where can I find one?
BOAT - SAILBOAT
Where can I buy small toy sailboats? I saw one recently in a Crate and Barrel catalog, but those were out-of-stock Christmas ornaments. Char.
BOOK - VALUE OF TOYS
We are looking for a book that can tell us the value of our toys. We are particularly looking for pricing on John Deere items. We have looked in many bookstores. Thank you.
BOOSKA - 1
Do you know where can I find Booska, the Japanese TV character in the USA? Sincerely, Tony.
BOOSKA - 2
Where can I find a mail order source for Booska (a Japanese character) that deals with English-speaking customers?
Where can I find a Bopbag? A Scooby-Doo is fine, but I would prefer something from the early 1980's, especially a Weeble. Thanks very much, Debbie.
BOUNCING OR JUMPING TOYS
I'm searching for a toy that my son can bounce and play on, something like a horse on springs. He's 19 months, but tall for his age. By the time he was ready to bounce a lot, he was too big for his Exersaucer. I must not be looking for the right thing on the internet; when I search for Hobby Horse, I get unrelated sites. Shelly.
BRIK TOY COMPANY
I am looking for large plastic blocks made by Brik Toy Company. Are they still made? Where I can buy them? Thank you, Clara
BRIO - TRAINS
I am looking for a used Brio train set. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be grateful. Thanks.
BRIO TRACK PARTS
I am looking for used Brio train track parts. Can you help please? Tim
BRIO TRAINS - RESPONSE
Try Back to Basics Toys. 800-356-5360. www.basictoys.com. Barry.
I have a couple of TYCO Bubba Bears that don't talk. Do you know anyone who repairs them? TYCO isn't much help. Thanks, Don.
I'm looking for a bubblegun. These are guns that shoot a lot of bubbles without having to be repeatedly dipped in a soapy solution. It must be battery-operated and light weight. I make custom costumes for myself and need a replacement. I have one now, but cannot seem to find more like it. If you can help me I would be most thankful.
BUBBLE GUN - RESPONSE
I tried to answer Dave 1201 regarding his search for bubble guns. I come across them quite regularly in Thrift Shops. If he has not found them as yet he may contact me; I have a couple tossed in a box in the closet. Don
I used to have about four sets of Bug World. There was a "house" for the bugs that had a green top representing grass, while the "underground" was brown. There were three figures with it. A little green bug, a little yellow beetle, and a little orange worm. Recently, I found the green bug and I would love to find a whole set. I do not know the maker.
How do I build a Batter Buggy for a Science Olympiad?
BUILDING TOY - BRIK BLOCKS - 1
Where can I find Brick Building Blocks? The large ones. Thank you. Glenda
BUILDING TOY - BRIK BLOCKS - 2
I am looking for Brik blocks. My sons received some from a very generous man at a card shop who didn't use them anymore. Now my nephew has developed an interest in them. I would like to get some more for his Christmas and/or birthday. Thank you for your help
BUILDING TOY - BRIK BLOCKS - 3
Where can I find Brik Building blocks? They are like huge Legos and great for small children. Thank you, Nelson.
BUILDING TOY - BRIK BLOCKS - INSTRUCTIONS
I have Brik blocks, but no instructions. Where can I get instructions for these unusual blocks? Deborah.
BUILDING TOY - BRIK TOYS
What ever happened to the Brik Toy Company. We purchased some large Brik building blocks a few years back from a local toy store, and now I'm looking for some more. Please help me locate them.
BUILDING TOY - BRIK TOYS
We are searching for giant building blocks (they look similar to Lego) that are almost the size of shoe boxes. We were told that they were sold from a company out of Houston, TX, called Brik Toy Company. We were also told that they might have gone out of business. I have yet to find any information about either the product or the company. Please help if you can. Thank you so much.
BUILDING TOY - BUILDERIFIC - 1
I would like to know if Builderific sets are still made. It is like an erector set but the pieces are plastic and made for younger children. Please, give me the name and address of the company if possible. Thank you, John.
BUILDING TOY - BUILDERIFIC - 2
I bought a Builderific set at a garage sale. I am trying to find additional parts. Deann.
BUILDING TOY - MARBLE RUN
I have a six year old daughter. We are looking for a marble run that will allow her to build different designs. Which is the best brand? Is Quercetti durable? Thank you. Steve.
BUILDING TOY - MARBLE RUN - RESPONSE
I have seen very nice ones in the Discover Toys catalog. They come different sets and assemble in many different ways.
BUILDING TOY - MOTTIK BLOCKS
My parents gave a Mottik block set to my nieces. We'd like to buy more, but it looks like Mottik went out of business. Any information that you could provide about Mottik would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Darren.
BUILDING TOY - POKI BLOCKS
Where can I buy old wooden Poki Blocks? We bought a partial set at a garage sale.
BUILDING TOY - UNKNOWN TYPE - 1960's
I am looking for a toy from the mid to late1960s. The toy had red plastic girders about four inches long which enabled you to build skyscraper type buildings. After assembling the basic structure, plastic snap on side and roof panels could be added. Any idea where I can find this toy?
BUILDING TOY - UNKNOWN TYPE - 1960's - RESPONSE
I found a website on Girder and Panel Construction Sets. I believe this is what you are looking for.
BUILDING TOY - WOODEN BLOCKS
I am wondering how we could buy wooden blocks from the Eddu Toy Co. in the United States. We are looking to buy wooden blocks for kindergarten.
BUILDING TOY - WOODEN BLOCKS
I am looking for a set of wooden building blocks. There was a set featured in the Parenting Reading 1998 magazine by Parenting magazine, but it does not say who makes them or where they can be purchased. I am not having any luck finding them on my own. Please help. Thank you so much.
BUILDING TOYS - POPULARITY
I am trying to find information on toy popularity; specifically which building toys are found in 2 of every 3 U.S. households with kids under 14 years old? Vicky.
What do you think of Bungee-Balls, or Ballmerangs? Thanks, Earl.
I am looking for a toy called a Bungee Jumper. It's like a pogo stick without a stick. I saw it in a Paragon catalog but I misplaced the catalog. HMS Toys told me they carry it, but they have been having trouble getting it in. I was wondering if you knew where on-line I might find one.
When my daughter was born she was given a stuffed bunny called Little Sleepy Eyes that came with a cassette. As she got older she always had Sleep Eyes (her name for the bunny) with her and as she would go to sleep she would chew on the end of its nightcap. Eventually she chewed a hole through it so we went out to find a replacement. We couldn't find the bunny, so we ended up with the Little Sleepy Eyes dog, which we named Junior. Well Junior and Sleep Eyes have been through quite a bit over the last two years and are really starting to show their wear. Unfortunately K-Mart, where we purchased the animals, no longer carries them. We can't find them anywhere. I've tried Internet, telephone, and a variety of stores. I was hoping you may be able to give me some clue as to where I may be able to locate others, before the two we have completely fall apart. The only information I have is: The Little Sleepy Eyes line of stuffed toy animals was available from KIDSVIEW in Midland Park, NJ, according to the cassette tape that came with each of the animals. The tag on the animals read Kidsview TM of American Products, Ltd.
Where can I find a circus animal cake decoration that was around in the 1970's? It included a blue elephant with its trunk turned upward. He had pink on the toes and on the truck. I know the cake was not from Carvel's. I am not sure if the decorations came from a large company, or would even be considered collectable.
I am looking for information concerning the California Raisins, which were at the Hardees Rest. a few years ago. Thank you.
CANADIAN TOY DISTRIBUTORS
I am looking for transportation toys, models or ornaments. I need Canadian distributors as our small gift shop cannot manage the USA exchange, shipping and duty. We have to retail our products way too high to recover our cost. Do you know of any Canadian dealers? Sincerely, Debbie Lawrence, Museum Operations.
CANVAS TOY CONTAINER
I am looking for a nice looking canvas toy container to keep in the living room. Lands End used to carry one called the Toy Bagger. Thanks for your help, Stephanie.
I live in Midcoast Maine, and I can no longer find Capsella in stores within a reasonable drive's distance. I sent a letter to Capsella with no response. Any ideas?
CAR - BATTERY OPERATED
Long ago my uncle bought me a small sports car, an MG Midget or Austin Healey. It was a battery-operated car that ran, and could be steered. Its powerful motor ran on either C or D cell batteries. It was bought in the 1950`s or 1960`s. It was expensive and very well made. It had a key to start it. I have not seen another like it. Please, tell me the details on this car. Frank.
CAR - BLACK 1993 RX TWIN TURBO
My friend has a birthday coming up soon. He loves his Black 1993 RX-7 Twin Turbo. I'm looking for a toy replica, so he will know how much I care for him. Thanks.
CAR - CALLED VIC
I have a friend who as a child in the late 1970's had a toy car called Vic. He forgets the manufacturer, and has been going crazy searching for it. Can you please help him, because now he has me searching like crazy, too? Kendra.
CAR - CAN PRIX RACE
Have you heard of a Can Prix Race Car Toy? It resembles an aluminum can, but the top comes off. There is a track on the can. Two racecars go around on the track making racing car sounds. The manufacturer on the can is Highlight Creations. Yen Ly.
CAR - CAR RACING SET
I have a 1967 Camaro and Corvette race set with yellow cars, but I am missing the Camaro body. The cars run on D-batteries and race on a small two piece track. I want a Camaro, or even just the Camaro body. I also want a replacement box for my set. The box has a picture of the Camaro in front of the Corvette. It came as a race track set in stores, and was also a Chevrolet promotion. Can anybody help me on this? Brian.
CAR - CHITTY-CHITTY BANG-BANG - VALUE
I have a Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang toy car from the 1960's in excellent condition. How can I get this appraised? Thanks, Glen.
CAR - CITY BUS
I am looking for a toy city bus for about $10. Do you know a manufacturer/distributor?
CAR - DIE CAST - ERTL
Where can I find Ertl die cast cars from the 1970's television shows Emergency, S.W.A.T., The Rookies, and Adam-12. John.
CAR - DUKES OF HAZARD
I am looking for a Dukes of Hazzard car that has a real working C.B. radio in the trunk. I had one in the late 1970's. I got one for Christmas, but I only got to play with it for a few hours--my mother made me take a nap, and while I was still asleep, my cousin came over and sat on it. Can anybody tell me more about that car, or where to buy one? Possibly two...I have two boys now that love the Dukes of Hazzard.
CAR - ELASTIC POWERED
I have a physics assignment where I have to design a car that is powered by elastic. Do you have any ideas as to where I can start or get some information from. If you know of a company that manufactures these, that would be great. Thanks.
CAR - ELECTRIC - BATMAN
I purchased a used electric toy Batman car (driveable by a child). The engine has shorted out. Empire Toys or Buddy L. Toys made it. I want to replace or rebuild the engine. Joe.
CAR - GT SUPER SCREAMER
I am looking for any information in regards to a race car set made by World of Wonder. The set was called GT SUPER SCREAMER. This is a totally slotless racing set made in 1990. The cars have an onboard computer with fly-by-wire technology. The company is in Fremont, CA. 94538.
CAR - HOT WHEELS
Are Hot wheel cars good collecting toys? Thanks, Jeff.
CAR - IDEAL TOYS
I am searching for information on an Ideal Toys race car set made in 1965. My husband dug his old track out of the basement but alas no cars. It is not motorized. He remembers the cars were battery operated and ran in a grove in the track. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
CAR - MATCHBOX
I have about 400 Matchbox cars and am seeking an interested person with the knowledge to value my collection. I have cars dating back to 1964. That item is a motorcycle with a side car, molded in silver and black. If you know of anyone interested in it you can contact me at e-mail address.
CAR - MOTORIFIC
I have a couple of Ideal Motorific race car sets. They use a battery-operated race car that you clip a pin onto which keeps the cars on the track. They have jumps and doors that the cars 'smash' through. The track is mostly gray with only one lane. Each piece of track is about six inches long. My kids now want to play with it but, alas, the tires are pretty dried out and not much good. So if you know where to get tires I'd appreciate help. I've been searching for the Ideal Toy Co., but I can't find them. I'm assuming that Ideal has been bought by another company.
CAR - NIKKO DECEPTOR
We got our son the NIKKO DECEPTOR CAR for Christmas it has a 9.6v Rechargeable NiCad Battery Pack #1296. I was wondering if you might how long to charge the battery? My son lost the directions to it. Thank you.
CAR - POWERED BY WATER
In the late 1970's to early 1980's, I had a battery powered toy car that "ran" on water. It was plastic and about twelve inches long. It had a small red gas can that you filled with water. You then put about five drops of water in the hole located on the back of the car and off it went. The more drops of water you put in, the longer it ran. I think they were called Water Machines. Do you know the name of the toy and/or its manufacturer? Thanks, Dan.
CAR - REMOTE CONTROL - COOL CAR
Where can I find a Cool Car? It is a remote control car based on a car in a cartoon. I have called Radio Shack stores where I am told it was purchased, but no one has it in stock. Some clerks have told me it is a Christmas toy. Javier.
CAR - ROAD WORRIERS
The toy I am asking about was around in the early-mid 1980's. I think the name contained the words "road" and "worrier". They were all plastic. They were trucks that had faces and you put them together by yourself. They had a plastic chassis, wheels and head and body that you put on the chassis. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Mike
CAR - WEN-MAC
I own a 1953 Wen-Mac automate racecar that is in practically mint condition. I bought it in 1995 at an auction. It came in an old cigar box, complete with two sets of instructions, string, wrench, and stake. Where can I find an estimate of the toy's value? Also, what kind of fuel does it use, and where can I get it? Damon
CAR - WOODEN
I have a wooden car with rubber tires about twelve inches long, with three hinged/levered sections. I want to know its history and whether it is a collectible. Pete.
I am looking for a working toy car wash that a small child could ride through on a ride on toy. My son absolutely loves car washes! Thank you! Jerry.
What company made the Care Bears? Also where can I buy Care Bear items? Jessicka.
CARE BEARS - RESPONSE - DR. TOY
Kenner owned the Care Bears. Other companies held licenses for these popular early 1980's characters.
I'm looking for a Carebear stuffed animal, preferably new. The size I am looking for is between 10-20 inches am looking for "Funshine," but any of them will do.
CARS - FUN-HO
I was wondering if you know about "Fun-Ho" die-cast toy cars made in New Zealand in the 1970's? Thank you, Brent.
Where can I find a toy cash register made by Blue Box Toys, Inc. This toy was featured on a morning show as a top ten toy. We found their address in the toy directory, but that has not yielded any results. Thanks, Ray and Sue.
CASTLE PLAY SET
I am looking for a 4ft x 4ft castle that you can build, and then play with action figures with. Simba Toys manufactures it. We are doing a study unit on the medieval period, and this would really bring it alive for my little guys. Thanks, Cyberlynx.
CEREAL BOX TOYS - VINTAGE
I went to an auction and bought some toys. An older man at the auction told me they were cereal box toys. They are robot men on horses and two football players that are still in their packages. They are very old and have weights with a string that you put over the edge of a table to make them walk. Do you have any information on them that would be helpful? Thank you in advance.
CHITTY-CHITTY BANG-BANG TOY CAR
I have a three year old foster son who saw the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and now all he wants is that toy car. I know they made them some time ago, as my friend's husband had one when he was a boy. My foster son even asked Santa for one. He is leaving me the week before Christmas. Please can anyone help me find one for him?
CIRCUS KEY CHAIN
Please help me. I don't know where to go to find this toy, and it is very difficult to describe. Maybe you can help me. I saw it at a club. A girl was wearing it on a Ringling Brother's circus key chain. It was one of those sports kind of key chains that you wear around your neck, but it had the circus' name on it. She said she got this toy from a vender at the circus. It at first looked like a plain black plastic ball attached to the key chain. In a way I guess it looked like a plain black plastic globe because it was attached to the key chain sort of the same way a three dimensional globe is attached to its base. But what I loved about this golf ball sized black Ball was that when you spun it around, different colored lights flashed on the inside. It was as if all of a sudden the ball was wearing numerous belts of every color of the rainbow. When it stopped spinning it all went black again. I don't know if it was friction or what, but it was one of the coolest toys I have ever seen. That is why I beg you, please, I will do anything to Acquire this toy. Unfortunately, the circus left that next day, and I never got the toy. So now I am on a quest. I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me in finding this toy. Or maybe even any information on who to contact in order to find this toy. Please
CIRCUS RING MASTER TOY
I am searching for a toy circus ring master. Something dramatic in both color and presence. He or she should be wearing the top hat and traditional ring master attire. If the toy speaks that would be a plus. Morris & Fellows, Inc.
I want to know the name of this 1970's toy. It was comprised of a plastic ring. To the ring were secured two strings. Each string was in turn connected to a glass sphere. The object was to hold the ring and flip your wrist in order to make the two glass balls strike each other. This made a clicking sound. Shortly after marketing, the toy was recalled because the glass balls were breaking and causing injuries to eyes.
CLACKERS - 2
I'd like to give my brother a Clacker for his birthday with an old childhood picture of us holding our Clackers. Where can I find one?
CLACKERS - RESPONSE - DR. TOY
Clackers" comes to mind, but I think there were various toys like that at that time. "Click-Clacks" also sounds right.
CLACKERS - RESPONSE
The name you are looking for is "Kerbangers." David.
CLOTH BAG - DOG FOOTPRINTS
We are looking for a zippered red cloth bag, similar to a lunch box but a little bit bigger. It has Dalmatian type black footprints on the front. Inside there are clear plastic pockets that hold about 12-14 plastic dogs of all types. Dawn.
I am looking for an old fashioned "Cobblers Bench" which is all wood and has colored pegs and a hammer. I bought one only 18 months ago. It's exactly like the one I had in the mid-1970's. Neither my friends nor I can find them now.
COLLECTIBLE - DIE CAST AMERICAN AIRLINES
What is my ERTL Collectible Douglas DC-3 Die-Cast metal replica American Airlines Model #F312 mint in box worth? Ross.
In November 1998, we welcomed the first girl in thirty years into our family. I have decided to start a bear collection for her, but bear in mind (no pun intended), I don't know a good bear from a bad one. I have looked at Bearington and at Boyd's. While I have found them both very appealing, I am concerned that they are both made in China. Could you offer some suggestions for collectible bears, either stuffed or otherwise? Would you consider either Boyd's or a Bearington as a good choice? Are there any books you would suggest so that I may educate myself?
COLLECTIBLE BEARS - RESPONSE
There are two wonderful publications available at your local bookstore. One is Teddy Bears and Friends. It lists hundreds of stores, dealers, web sites and gives you a starting place. If you are concerned about buying a bear from China, how about using a teddy bear artist--an artist who hand makes teddy bears? Also there are several patterns available to make a teddy bear yourself. My mother made one for me; I am 40 years old and have been a collector of teddy bears since I was five.
I have a Colorama Desk that needs refills. I am unable to find any. I have called the customer service number (1-800- 366-9261), but it has been disconnected.
COLORED DIMENSIONAL BLOCKS
I am looking for an educational toy I played with in the mid-1970's to early 1980's. It was a set of small colored blocks in sizes based on the metric system. There were several shapes and sizes: one cm. (centimeter) by one cm. cubes, one cm. by ten cm. Rods, etc. Each size was a different bright color. My guess is that it was European or Canadian.
COMPANY - DIDDL STUFFED TOYS
I'm looking for a vender who distributes stuffed toys named Diddl. These are made in Germany and are imported into the USA. They have a wide range of products like stuffed animals, key chains and other small items. If you have information, please, let me know. Sharmina.
COMPANY - GABRIEL TOYS
I am wondering if you know what happened to Gabriel Toys (Gabriel, Inc.). They merged with CBS child guidance toys. I am trying to find out some information about those companies. Thanks, Heather.
COMPANY - NERF TOYS
What is the best way for me to research Nerf products? Can you give me a list of magazines articles, etc. I appreciate any help you can give me.
COMPANY - VANDOR
I have been looking on the Internet for a company named VANDOR. My boyfriend's father had bought a collectible toy in Nantucket. I guess only six different ones were made. They come in a wooden box with a window so you can see the car. I think the name inside said Pepsin or something along those lines. The sticker on it said made in China. I don't know if you can be of any help, but I told him I would try to find the website for it if there was any. He would like to buy the other five, if possible. Thanks for your help, Stacy.
I'm looking for a three to four year old's version of a mouse or trackball. Where can I find one ? Thank you, Pete.
I am looking for a toy computer, suitable for child under three years old. It should look very similar to a real computer (keyboard, hard drive, and screen), but be smaller and obviously a toy (so that she won't confuse it with a real one). It does not need to do much, just look like a real computer. Thanks, Janet.
I have a set of six Conehead action figures. They are from 1993. They are in mint condition still in the original package unopened. They are made by Playmate. I was wondering if there was any value to these if so about how much and how collectable are these particular toys right now. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Stock Numbers: 7031,7032,7033, 7034,7035,7036. Sincerely.
CONSTRUCTION TOY - BLOCKS - PLASTIC - FLEXIBLOCKS
During the late 1980's I purchased a Lego type block that had plastic hinges at each end of the blocks. This made the finished construction flexible. I believe they were called Flexblocks. Where can I buy more?
CONSTRUCTION TOY - BLOCKS - WOOD - CLOWNS
I have been looking for a set of wooden toy building blocks of clowns. They balance in different ways when you stack them. I found them on Ebay for more than $50. I saw them at a museum store in Boston in the 1990's, so someone was manufacturing this great 1950's toy. Sifo made the original ones, and I think they were called Bill Ding Blocks. I recall the new ones having Bill in the title, too. Thanks, Kathryn.
CONSTRUCTION TOY - FLEXIBLOCKS
Where can I find Flexiblocks? These are made by Flexitoy, and resemble Legos with hinged ends. I heard that they are advertised on television, but I have been unable to locate the manufacturer. Thanks, Lynne.
Where can I find a sturdy crane for my five-year-old son? Ideally it would be made of metal and extremely robust. Tony.
CRANE - RESPONSE
You should try getting in touch with Tonka. I had a large crane when I was a kid, and I believe they still make them. Brad.
My one year old loves to play in boxes and crawl under things. I want to find her a crawling tunnel toy of some sort, but the only ones I'm finding are huge. Laurie.
An uncle of mine is looking for an old kind of crayon called Crayograph. Have you ever heard of these, and do you know where can I buy some?
I recently came across a box of very old crayons with the name Crayolet on the front. They were made by Binney & Smith (the same company listed on my box of Crayola crayons). It also has 10 cents printed right on the top corner of the box but there is no date found. Can you tell me the story on this box of crayons? Were these made before Crayola? There are 11 (12 box set) crayons still inside. Partially used but all wrappers are still intact. Do you know if this box of crayons has a value?
I have been trying to find Creepy Crawlers for my seven year old. I know the one I used to have was manufactured by Mattel. I have been to (Chicago area suburbs) K-Bee Toys, Toys R Us, Noodle Kidoodle and Target. Can you help?
CREEPY CRAWLERS - RESPONSE
I was looking for Creepy Crawlers to make dampening pads for my snowboard bindings. I found that Creepy Crawlers is now made by Toymax . Their site contains links to Goop. Be careful, I burnt the window out of my unit when I was eleven, six long years ago.
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