Sunday, March 13, 2016

At Flashbak: They're Ideal - The Great 1960s Toys of Marvin Glass

My second Flashbak this week looked at the artist and inventor behind some of the greatest robot/adventure toys of the 1960s: Marvin Glass.

“In The Chicago Tribune on November 5, 1961, the late Marvin Glass (1914-1974) was termed the “reigning king of toy designers.” 

Given his record and history, that title is no exaggeration. 

This is, after all, the genius who created Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots (Marx), a toy you will still find in stores today, decades after its creation.

But from 1960 to 1963, working with Ideal Toy Company, Glass designed three of the greatest sci-fi/fantasy toys of the decade.

First up is 1960’s Mister Machine. This styling robot is eighteen inches tall, wears a top-hat, and is composed of visible gears. 

Replete with a wind-up key in his back, Mr. Machine was sold with 44 pieces and a wrench so that kids could take apart and rebuild this cheery-looking machine…”

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