Morphy’s August 9-10 Toys & Collectibles Auction a bargain of rare robots, marbles, high-quality comics, monster model kits

Circa-1960 Masudaya Machine Man Robot accompanied by original box graphics with inserts. One of the few known examples. From the popular Gang of Five robot series. Very Good to Excellent condition. Estimate $60,000 to $90,000

Impressive United Airlines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser lighting cutaway model with original shipping crate emblazoned with United Airlines labels. Originally featured at United Headquarters. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000

Extremely rare SY (Japan) battery powered Electroman robot. Instant action. Fresh on the market from a European collection. Estimate $50,000 to $100,000

Highlights: Electroman robot ($50,000 to $100,000), Boxed Machine Man robot ($60,000 to $90,000), “Seek Him Frisk” mechanical bank ($40,000 to $80,000)

Collectors have scoured the Earth for Machine Man robots for decades, so it’s very important when there’s a new discovery like the one at our auction.

— Tommy Sage Jr, head of the toys and dolls division of Morphy Auctions

DENVER, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, Aug. 2, 2022 / — Many great toy and bank collections are highlighted by rarities acquired from Morphy’s, which still holds the world auction record of the most lucrative one-day toys of all time. Many would remember the record-breaking event: Morphy’s 2007 sale of the legendary Stephen and Marilyn Steckbeck Bank Collection, which drew national television crews to the Pennsylvania gallery and brought in an astounding $7, $7 million.

Since then, Morphy Auctions has continued to bring exceptional toys to market with prices that appeal to both advanced collectors and keen beginners alike. The fun will continue on August 9-10, 2022, as Morphy’s hosts an exciting general toys and collectibles auction featuring the most sought-after types of antique and vintage toys and banks by collectors of toys. today. In addition to live auctions at the gallery, all forms of remote auctions are welcome, including remote, telephone, and live over the Internet via Morphy Live.

A preview of the sale reveals over 200 mechanical and fixed banks; 100 playsets, 100 robots and space toys; 50 stamped steel trucks, trains and pedal cars; Die-cast Japanese character toys, marble collection, 20 high-quality comics, travel agency-style metal airplane collection, and much more.

The broad category of robots features outstanding examples from the famous Simeone collection, which was exhibited in Italy and illustrated in an accompanying book several years ago. “We are very pleased to be able to include some of the best robots in our August sale,” said Tommy Sage Jr, Toy & Doll division manager at Morphy Auctions. “Among the top lots in this collection are a Robby Space Patrol, estimated at $3,000-5,000, and a Masudaya Gang of Five Radicon robot with its original box, estimated at $6,000-9,000. .”

From another shipper comes a SY Japan battery-powered Electroman robot. With its mouth that opens and closes and a light-up red gel chest revealing spinning pistons and wheels, the whimsical bump-and-go robot is expected to draw a winning bid of $50,000 to $100,000.

A fitting companion to the aforementioned Radicon robot is another member of Masudaya’s dynamic Gang of Five: Machine Man. One of eight known examples from the original small production run of 1960, it is in fine condition and comes with its excellent original illustrated box. “He came straight out of a house in Pennsylvania,” Sage said. “Collectors have been scouring the Earth for Machine Man robots for decades, so it’s very important when there’s a new discovery like this.” Estimate: $60,000 to $90,000

The alien line continues with a highly sought-after Italian-made robot-shaped gumball machine from the 1950s. pursued by collectors of chewing gum-related items as well as robot fans.

It is also worth mentioning a large and very nice collection of toy space guns. Wonderfully colorful, these toys were interpreted in a variety of styles by manufacturers around the world as early as the 1930s, but mainly during the 1950s-1970s. A highlight of this collection is a Pyrotomic Disintegrator space gun valued between $2,000 and $4,000.

A very nice collection of 1970s/80s Japanese comic character toys, most with their original native language boxes, will be available. Most are die cast, but a few are pewter. “These toys were primarily made by Popy and their Japanese competitors, although some were made in Singapore or Macau specifically for the Japanese market,” Sage said. “They were never marketed in the United States or anywhere else, so if they ended up here, they must have been brought here directly from Japan.”

One of the highlights of the sale is the collection of 100 sets of Donald J Clayton games. Many sets were made by Marx, such as the 1960 Johnny Ringo Western Frontier set estimated at $4,000 to $6,000. “This is one of the most sought after playsets. I don’t think many were made,” Sage said. Another rarity is a set based on the popular 1960s TV show The Untouchables. His estimate is $1,200 to $1,800. All sets will be offered without reserve.

Another single-owner collection that earns praise from Sage are the ever-popular Aurora model kits. The long list of coveted kits includes a gigantic unbuilt Frankenstein in its original box, priced between $1,200 and $1,500; a boxed sealed vampire, $800 to $1,200, plus a boxed mummy, $250 to $500. Four sealed model kits, each depicting a different Beatles member, will be sold as a single lot with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.

Over 200 mechanical banks will cross the auction block, led by a very rare circa 1881 HL Judd Co (Connecticut) “Seek Him Frisk”. When a coin is inserted into the tree stump of this beautiful action-packed bank, the dog rushes after the cat, who escapes the dog by quickly climbing the tree to safety. Estimate $40,000 to $80,000. Other cast iron favorites include a circa 1880 Kyser & Rex Roller Skating Bank, $15,000-$20,000, and a circa 1886 J&E Stevens Monkey and Coconut Bank whose condition Sage describes as ” dead mint – the best I have ever seen”. “The presale estimate is $10,000 to $15,000. In addition to cast iron mechanics, the selection includes cast iron pot stills, as well as lithographed and German tin pot stills. The auction assortment is so wide that collectors have a very good chance of discovering the banks they seek to fill vacant slots in their collections, Sage said.

Small but mighty, antique and vintage marbles are always strong performers in Morphy sales. The August event features some real beauties, including a $1,000-$2,000 4-lobed Grand End of Day Ball; and a rare shrunken 4-lobe 4-panel end of the day marble, $1,500-$2,000.

A spectacular collection of 15-20 travel agency planes includes a huge, long-range United Airlines Boeing 377 Stratocruiser model intended for display on a desk, priced between $20,000 and $30,000; and a Boeing 247 airplane table lamp, $2,000 to $4,000.

Comic book highlights include February 1974’s Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #129, $9,000-$12,000; and a coveted October/November 1952 debut issue of Mad magazine, which was published in comic book form, $9,000 to $14,000.

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Dan Morphy
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