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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I can't make out the words in the small yellow circle where the letters MAR are printed. It's way small. Thanks for the help!

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Maker is Marx.

    2. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Here is selling info at ebay auctions:
    3. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      MAR logo is Made by Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1919 to 1978. That mark is theirs . It would also say made in United States and New York in small print . MAR Tin soldier playset war
      Marx playsets are among the most in demand and sought after collectors' items today. Collecting vintage toys is one interesting hobby; collecting items from Louis Marx and Company makes the activity further interesting and worthwhile. To date, there is a rising number of people who are into buying and collecting the toy soldiers and playsets made by them.

      Marx playsets had been among the most sought after and well known toy sets, particularly for their toys created during the 50's, the 60's and the 70's. In those days, every active little boy would have included the toy soldiers and the supporting playsets and other accessories in their Christmas and gift-giving wish lists. Your dad or your grand dad probably would be able to tell you their childhood tales about playing with and enjoying their favorite Marx playsets.

      Marx playsets are collections of action or military figures and adjoining accessories. The toy soldiers and other figures were given their own miniature environments and accessories so that they could be played with and enjoyed by kids who liked to set up their own miniature battlegrounds or western towns. In the past, such playsets were played individually or along with other kids.

      Usually, the themes of such playsets were war-related, depicting soldiers' from different time periods as well as various famous battlefield engagements. But there were also lots of western themed playsets that were very popular as many of them were based on hit tv shows on the period.

      Collecting Marx playsets is truly one of the most interesting hobbies people have today. The vintage playsets can frequently be found individually or through sets at online auctions sites. There are also modern re-issues to consider as well -- usually poured from the same molds as the originals. But usually vintage Marx playsets are more expensive and are more valuable to serious collectors.

      Toy soldiers and other playset pieces were usually made of various metals, which is very characteristic of the toy industry prior to World War II. But as the war effort ramped up, Louis Marx and Company started producing their toys in sturdy plastic. Both the plastic and metal figures are highly collectible today though, so it just depends on how you want to focus your collection.

    4. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Here is an example of some of yours . They were knocked down for points .Circa 1940's
    5. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 9 years ago
      I'm one of those rising number of people, Maniken :)

      Don't have any of these though. Maybe I can find some nice ones at a decent price eventually.
    6. MarinaCole, 9 years ago
      Thank you all so much!!! Such great information!
    7. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      Dr Rambow you have wonderful collections why don't you have one of these :-) I guess today you will shopping ? They seem reasonably priced .
    8. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Your playset was manufactured prior to or early WW2. The highest ranking general during WW2 was a five star general. The five star general was called General of the Army. only four generals have held this rank, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall.
    9. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 9 years ago
      I keep meaning to buy a few of these, but I always get detracted by a tank! I only have so much money, so I'm always forced to decide between a few cool things.

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