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 All toys in this category are vintage and original Japanese and mechanical, either wind-up or friction powered. There are Pre-War Japan, Occupied Japan and Post-War Japanese toys. I do not sell reproductions.

Japanese Mechanical Figural Toys

Japanese Mechanical Vehicles

 

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Read the description carefully as information about condition, working order, size, materials of construction, vintage and my personal opinions and observations will be mentioned there.

As far as the photos are concerned, I include views from all angles, try to focus on any defects and generally let you see the toy as if you were inspecting it in person. That said, sometimes photos make things look better and sometimes worse. When a picture is blown up to a large size all kinds of defects seem to jump out at you...like looking at your skin in a magnifying mirror. The actual item seen by the naked eye, especially our aging eyes,often looks better than the photo.

Your satisfaction is always important to me. If you are unhappy about the condition of a toy you get I am happy to give a full refund or exchange it if that is possible. Things do get past my notice sometimes (those aging eyes).

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Japanese Mechanical Figural Toys

Image
Name
Description
Price
Celluloid Wind-Up Drummer in Plain Box

10 inches (24.5 cm) tall

EX in Box

This 10 inch tall all celluloid drummer toy stands on a wooden base. The drum is removable so that the toy fits in the plain cardboard box. When the drum is attached and the toy is wound with the attached key, the drummer's arms move and the sticks strike the drum as his head moves from side to side. Condition is very good to excellent. The celluloid colors are good and there are no dents or cracks. The mechanism works well. The toy is marked on the underside of the wooden base ( the word Japan can be faintly seen) but strangely not in the celluloid . This should be a pre-war toy so perhaps it had a paper label.

MF-5

$215.

 

Occupied Japan Tin Wind-Up Singing Canary in Box

2.75 inches (7 cm) tall, 3.5 inches (9 cm) long + tail

EX in Box

I have seen a few different variations of the singing canary toy and none are as colorful as this tin Occupied Japan example with a thin rubber tail. A paper leaf held in the bird's beak says Wind the Spring and Hear Me Sing. When you wind the toy, the bird vibrates around and once in awhile you can hear a squeak which is the extent of the singing (not unusual with this toy). The tin feet have a few chips in the paint and the litho surface also has a minor flake or two but overall condition is excellent in the original box. Both toy and box are marked Occupied Japan. The box has some minor tears and punctures.

MF-11

$55.

Occupied Japan Tin Wind-Up Hopping Bird in Box

1.5 inches (3.8 cm) tall, 2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) long

EX in Box

The delicate muted colors and fine litho dretails on this small hopping tin bird are more usual on pre-war toys. This bird has Tokyo Iwaya as a mark in the litho and a paper label glued to the leather tail that says Made in Occupied Japan. It comes in a plain, unmarked light cardboard box. I feel this is a toy assembled in the Occupied Japan period from tin bird bodies that were left over from an earlier period. When wound with the attached key, the little tin bird hops and pecks at the ground. Condition is excellent on the toy. The box has a missing flap and some paper tape repairs.

MF-12

$40.

Occupied Japan Wind-Up Celluloid Santa with Bell and Nodding Head

4.5 inches ( 11.5 cm) tall

VG

The Occupied Japan version of the celluloid Santa holding a bell and with a sack over his shoulder is much shorter than the pre-war one. He also has a westernized face with wide round eyes. The toy rolls forward when wound with the attached key. The Santa moves in a circle and the slightly jerky movement causes the head to nod and the bell to swing (you can't really hear it ring). Colors seem a bit washed out, especially on the face. How much of that is how it was painted and how much can be fading is not clear because the red of Santa's suit is fine.

MH-8

$115.

Early 1950's Japanese Tin Child Clock Bank in Original Box

8 inches (20.4 cm) tall

EX in Box

This is an example of a toy that is unused, never sold to or handled by a child and is complete in the original box with all inserts. This wonderful mechanical bank winds up and has a pendulum on the back that moves back and forth as the hands of the clock turn. The celluloid parrots on their perches alongside the clock tower rock forward and back as a bell sounds. Money that is dropped in the slot on the lower right tower can be retrieved by unlocking the door at the bottom of the tower under the sign that says Time Is Money. Wonderful detailed litho and vibrant colors on both toy and box. This toy is in excellent condition in the original box.

MF-15

$625.

1950's Japanese Wind-Up Circus Clown in Repro Box

5.5 inches (14 cm) tall

EX

I always called this Japanese wind-up tin clown Litho Skippy (after the TPS Skippy) because I never saw a box even though I had the toy a few times. When I got this one it came with a reproduction box (clearly marked) which is nice to have so you can see what it looks like. The litho on the toy is fantastic from the crazed goofy face with glasses to the wild outfit of dots and stripes. The action is the standard roll, turn and roll with moving cycling legs and arms that move up and down. The head wobbles a bit on the turns. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well. The reproduction box is in excellent condition too.

MF-16

$195.

Vintage Japanese Tin and Celluloid Wind-Up Skipping Elephant in Box

5 inches (12.7 cm) tall to top of hat on head

EX in Box

This colorful tin and celluloid wind-up elephant skips through a wire jump rope when wound. The body and arms are tin and the head is celluloid. The elephant is wearing colorful plaid overalls with toys peeking out of the pockets. He has a small brass jingle bell attached to his trunk. An On-Off switch on the back starts and stops the skipping action. Condition is excellent in the original box. The mechanism works and he still skips (not always the case with these skipping toys). The paper label on the box shows the happy elephant skipping through a field of flowers with his animal friends frolicking in the background. This toy is fairly rare, especially in the box.

MF-19

S285.

 

Pre-War Japan Troika Celluloid Santa Sled Wind-Up in Box

10.5 inches (26.6 cm) long

EX in box

This large and impressive Pre-War Japanese all celluloid Santa sled is called Troika. The label on the box is missing a section (eaten by mice?). You can see two deer in the picture; there must have been three (troika, get it). As with many Japanese toys, box artwork and toy only have a passing resemblance. The single celluloid deer is brown and much larger than his prancing white brothers. Even though his legs are straight he still bobs up and down as the sled rolls forward (in a circle, of course). The conditon is excellent. Celluloid colors are bright, there are no cracks, dents or other problems and the mechanism works well.

MH-17

$650.

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Cowboy Bill's Wild Car

6.5 inches (16.5 cm) long and 5.5 to 6 inches tall

VG+-EX

This is one of my favorite 50's Japanese tin toys as it has both the colorful detailed litho and great action. As the car rolls forward in a large circle, Cowboy Bill jumps up and down in his seat when the front of his jalopy seperates from the body as if it is bucking. Bill's hat flops forward and back on his head due to all the excitement.

The somewhat muted colors and many litho details add to the beauty of the toy. Condition is very good to excellent with a small bit of wear on the seat and other surfaces where moving parts contact.

There is an attached key and the mechanism works well.

MF-14

$450.

Japanese Wind-Up Celluloid Santa Claus on Sled with Two Deer in Box

5.5 inches (14 cm) long

EX in Box

Two prancing celluloid deer are hitched side by side to this vintage Japanese wind-up, Santa Claus on Sled ( the Japanese loved this name and used it over and over). The celluloid Santa holding a pack sits on the sled holding the reins. When wound with the attached key the painted tin sled rolls forward in a circle, an eccentric front wheel causing it and the deer to bob up and down as the bell on the back of the sled rings. This smaller size two deer version is harder to find than the ones with a single deer. Condition is excellent in the original box. The colors are good, there is no damage to the celluloid and the mechaniam works well. The box is in equally nice condition.

MH-4

$145

Pre-War Japan Santa Waving Ball Wind-Up in Box

6 inches (15.2 cm) tall

Toy VG

Box -Fair

This rare pre-war Japanese Santa comes with a partial original box. The same box was used for three different toys: the Santa, a Gipsy Dancer and a Lucky Clown. The 6 inch tall Santa has a celluloid head and is holding an open-work celluloid ball with a jinglebell inside with his upstretched arm. The body of the Santa is dressed in light cloth , he has a cotton beard and tin feet and the other arm holds a net sack over his shoulder that is stuffed with shredded cellophane.

When wound the Santa's upper body moves side to side, causing the ball with the bell inside to wave and the Santa to move forward (sort of) in a hopping side to side motion. The box is missing both ends and there are numerous tape repairs, some paper tape, some cellophane tape. It is nice to at least have an example of the box, especially the paper label on the front.

Condition on the toy is very good. The mechanism works well. The box is as described, not so great.

MH-5

$135.

Small Japanese Friction Celluloid Santa on Tin Litho Sled

4 and 7/8 inches (12.4 cm) long

VG

This Japanese Santa on sled is different from most of the others in two ways. First it has a friction mechanism instead of being a wind-up, second the tin sled has litho decoration instead of just being painted tin. At just under 5 inches it smaller than most also. The tin sled has Christmas decorations such as jingle bells, holly, bells, a candle and evergreen branches on both sides. The sled is pulled by a single celluloid deer. The celluloid Santa sits on the sled, holding the reins. Condition is very good. The tin litho colors are bright and the mechanism works well.

MH-2

$95.

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Japanese Mechanical Vehicles

Image
Name
Description
Price
Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Fire Truck

5.25 inches (13.4 cm) long, 2 inches (5 cm) wide, ladder extends to 9 inches

VG-EX

There are quite a few different tin friction bonnet front fire engines made in 1950's Japan, some with firemen, some without. This fire car does not have any men on board. It does have beautiful detailed litho of hoses and fire fighting implements and a ladder that extends and rotates. Condition is very good to excellent.

MV-4

$110.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Crank Friction Queen Boat in Original Box

5.5 inches (14 cm) long 2.75 inches (7 cm) wide

EX in Box

This all tin crank friction 1950's vintage Japanese boat was meant to go in the water. Thankfully it has not been put in any water but is still safely in its original box with cardboard insert. The litho shows a chubby happy family in the front windows of the boat along with numerous decorative boat details. The colors are quintessential 50's...turquoise blue, red and cream. Condition is excellent with only some minor box rubs and a bit of litho loss along one side of the deck edge. The mechanism works well. The box lid has some paper tape repairs.

MV-6

$85.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Television Jeep

3 and 5/8 inches (9.3 cm) long, 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide

EX

This small all tin friction jeep has a television showing a dog onscreen on the back deck. The word television is also there so you know what you are looking at. The front hood has the initials T.V.N. (Television network?). The jeep rolls forward on tin wheels with the rear drive wheels having a rubber rim. The mechanism works well and condition is excellent.

MV-8

$85.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Emergency Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is an emergency car as stated on the back deck. A nurse and driver are seen through the front windscreen and a red cross decorates the hood, doors and trunk. This car has a small spot of litho missing on the roof.

MV-9

$45.

 

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Ambulance Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is an ambulance car driven by a white coated attendant with a nurse at his side. Curtains are seen in the side and back windows.

MV-10

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction G-Men Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a govenment vehicle for G-Men and has fedora wearing agents at all the windows, some brandishing guns. The words G-Men are on the roof and the words Police Dept. are on the trunk.

MV-11

$55.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction US Mail Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a US Mail car with official looking male and female mail carriers in the front seat and sacks of mail and packages showing through the side and back windows.

MV-12

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Military Police Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a Military Police car with white helmeted policemen in the front and back seats, visible through all the windows.

MV-13

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction US Army Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a US Army car with camoflage litho on the fenders. The driver wears a cap, the passengers have white helmets. An American flag decorates the trunk.

MV-14

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Crown Taxi

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a taxi.....Crown Taxi as evidenced by the crown on the roof. A woman in a stylish hat sits in the front next to the driver. A man and boy are in the back seat.

MV-15

$45

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Fire Dept. Chief Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a Fire Chief car with uniform wearing men in all the seats.

MV-16

$45

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Red Cross Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a Red Cross car with a uniformed driver and uniformed woman passenger and a big red cross on the roof.

MV-18

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Repair Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is marked Repair Car. The driver and passengers seem to be wearing white overalls and caps. The passengers are all holding tools. A searchlight and antenna are seen on the roof.

MV-19

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Special Delivery Car

4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long, 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction car is one of a set of twelve. At one time I had the box that held them all but I can't seem to find it so I am listing each car seperately. Condition is excellent on all the cars. The litho details are numerous and include people in the windows, along with details associated with the type of car. This car is a Special Delivery car with a driver in front and lots of packages in the back seat. There is a small area of litho loss on the bottom of the passenger side door

MV-20

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction #3 Jet Race Car

2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) long

VG Plus

This tiny Japanese tin friction open wheel racer rolls forward on rubber wheels. A driver is visible in the cockpit of the colorful #3 Jet racer. Condition is very good plus with a small area of litho loss on the back end..

MV-21

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction #8 Jet Race Car

2 and 3/8 inches (6 cm) long

VG Plus

This tiny Japanese tin friction open wheel racer rolls forward on rubber wheels. A driver is visible in the cockpit of the colorful #8 Jet racer. Condition is very good plus with a small area of litho loss on the back end..

MV-22

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Western Convertible-Blue

4 inches (10.3 cm) long 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This tin friction Japanese convertible is one of three different litho variations. There is a horseshoe with a cowboy on rearing horse in the center on the back trunk deck. Colors are blue with a red hood and trunk along with yellow and cream striping and attractive patterned seats. There is a metal split front windscreen with cut outs. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-28

$40.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Western Convertible-Red

4 inches (10.3 cm) long 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This tin friction Japanese convertible is one of three different litho variations. There is a horseshoe with a cowboy on rearing horse in the center on the back trunk deck. Colors are red with a yellow hood and trunk along with blue and red striping and attractive patterned seats. There is a metal split front windscreen with cut outs. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-29

$40.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Western Convertible-Yellow

4 inches (10.3 cm) long 2.25 inches (5.7 cm) wide

EX

This tin friction Japanese convertible is one of three different litho variations. There is a horseshoe with a cowboy on rearing horse in the center on the back trunk deck. Colors are yellow with a blue hood and trunk along with red and cream striping and attractive patterned seats. There is a metal split front windscreen with cut outs. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-30

$40.

Vintage 1950's-60's Japanese Tin Friction Bonnet City Bus

3 and 1/8 inches (7.9 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small size Japanese tin friction bonnet front bus has colorful litho with a driver (right side driver) and a woman seen through the front windshield and passengers in all the side and back windows. The bus is marked City on the sides and rolls forward on four rubber wheels. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-31

$40.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Bonnet School Bus

2 and 7/8 inches (7.3 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

VG

This small size 1950's Japanese tin friction bonnet bus is a colorful School Bus with the driver and a woman seen through the front windshield with students visible in the side and back windows. I am thinking that this woman who so often accompanies the driver of the bus must be an attendant or bus monitor of some kind. The driver is on the left in this bus. The friction mechanism works but the drive wheels wobble a bit and the base has some scrapes where it comes in contact with the ground. Some additional small spots of wear and a spot of rust on the roof earn this toy a Very Good condition rating.

MV-32

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Orange Bonnet School Bus

3 inches (7.6 cm) long , 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small orange 1950's Japanese vintage tin friction bonnet school bus is one of the more common ones. The driver is on the left side, as is the bus door and school children are seen in all the side windows and the back window. No woman attendant on this bus. The bus says County School District No. 7 on the side and School Bus on the roof. The bus rolls forward on four rubber wheels and the friction mechanism works well. Condition is excellent.

MV-33

$35.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Red Childrens Bonnet Bus

4 inches (10 cm) long ,1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide 1.25 inches tall

VG

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction bonnet bus is a bit larger at 4 inches long and has more details like front and rear bumpers. This red bus says Children Bus on the roof on both sides. The driver and woman attendant are seen in the front window with children visible in the side and rear windows. A running dog adorns both sides (a greyhound?). The bottom of the bus has some scrapes and a small area of rust. Bumpers are a bit darkened with age. The rest of the bus is in very good condition and the mechanism works well. It rolls on two tin front wheels and tin rubber edged rear drive wheels. This particular bus is fairly rare.

MV-34

$85.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Bonnet School Bus

3.25 inches (8.3 cm) long, 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) wide, 1.25 inches tall

EX

This colorful 1950's Japanese tin friction bonnet school bus is a bit larger than the really small ones. The bus is fancier too with windows in the roof. The usual driver, woman and children are visible in the other windows. The bus rolls on two tin front wheels with rubber rear drive wheels. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-35

$50.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Bonnet Bus

3 inches (7.6 cm) long , 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small colorful 1950's Japanese tin friction bonnet bus is a bit flatter than the others. The bottom has darkened with age but the top litho part of the bus is in excellent condition and the mechanism works well. One rubber edged drive wheel has a small flat spot. The two front wheels are tin. The ususal driver along with a woman and child are seen through the front window. Other passengers are visible in the side and rear windows.

MV-36

$35.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Bonnet High School Bus- Green

4 inches (10 cm) long ,1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide 1.25 inches tall

VG Plus

This all tin 1950's Japanese friction bonnet bus is a bit larger at 4 inches long and has more details like front and rear bumpers. The green bus says High School Bus on the roof on both sides. Along with a driver and woman seen through the front windshield there is a mini driver- a small person wearing the exact same driver cap. The passengers sure look older with their fedoras and hats. The bus rolls on tin front wheels with rubber edged tin rear drive wheels. Condition is very good plus (some wear on bottom) and the mechanism works well.

MV-37

$95.

Vintage 1960's Japanese Tin Friction Bonnet School Bus

3 and 1/8 inches (7.9 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This is a slightly later example of the Japanese tin bonnet school bus. It is still colorful and detailed with driver and children seen in the windows. It rolls on four rubber wheels although I have seen this same bus with rubber wheels mixed with plastic wheels. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-38

$35

Vintage 1950's Japanese Tin Friction Tiny School Bus

2.75 inches (7 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

VG Plus

This early Japanese tin friction bus is unusual for not having a bonnet front. It is rounded on the back and front and rolls on two rubber edged tin rear drive wheels and a single tin front wheel. Although it is marked School Bus on the sides, the passengers look a bit old for school (except the two next to the driver in the front window). Condition is very good plus and the mechanism works well.

MV-39

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Comic Car- Monkey

2.75 inches (7 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small Japanese friction tin comic car is one of the harder to find ones. It rolls on two rubber edged tin rear drive wheels and a single tin front wheel. A monkey wearing a beret , surrounded by musical notes decorates the roof. A driver and passengers are visible in the windows. The words Comic Car are on the front hood. Condition is excellent apart from some age darkening on the bottom and the mechanism works well.

MV-40

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Comic Car- Goat

2.75 inches (7 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small Japanese friction tin comic car is one of the harder to find ones. It is also unusual for having only the two rubber edged tin rear drive wheels and no front wheel....just a raised bump in the base plate. It still rolls along (actually I have seen this configuration on other small cars). A goat wearing dark glasses, surrounded by flowers, decorates the roof while a driver and passengers are visible in all the windows. The license plate says 1957. The words Comic Car are on the front hood. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-41

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Comic Car-Musical Clown

2.75 inches (7 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small Japanese friction tin comic car is one of the harder to find ones. It rolls on two rubber edged tin rear drive wheels and a single tin front wheel. A clown decorates the roof and musical notes run down the center of the front hood. The words Comic Car are on the trunk. This particular car has an animal driver and animal passengers similar to the animals on the larger free-rolling penny toy comic cars. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-42

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Comic Car-Cat

2.75 inches (7 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This small Japanese friction tin comic car is one of the harder to find ones. It rolls on two rubber rear drive wheels and a single tin front wheel. A cat with his tongue sticking out of his mouth while wearing a striped cap and bowtie decorates the roof along with some musical notes and flowers. A driver and passengers are visible in the windows. The words Comic Car are on the front hood.

MV-43

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Flowers Car

3.75 inches (9.5 cm) long 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide 1.25 inches tall

EX

This 1950's Japanese tin friction bonnet front delivery truck is a Flower Car (it says so right on the roof). Flowers decorate the roof, back doors and are seen in a large window on both sides. The driver and female passenger are very detailed. The truck rolls on two tin front wheels and two rubber edged tin rear drive wheels. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well. This is the only example of this toy that I have seen.

MV-44

$95.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Gasoline Truck

2.75 inches (7 cm) long, 1 and 3/8 inches (3.5 cm) wide

EX

This colorful Japanese tin friction bonnet front truck is a gasoline tanker truck. Two drivers are seen through the front windshield. It rolls on two rubber edged tin rear drive wheels and a single tin front wheel. The word Gasoline is seen on both sides and the word Oil is on the back of the truck. Other tanker truck details, ladders, valves, stars etc. decorate the surface. Condition is excellent and the friction mechanism works well.

MV-45

$45.

Vintage 1950's Japanese Friction Tin Comic Animal Train Engine

4 and 1/8 inches (10.5 cm) long, 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) wide, 1 and 7/8 inches tall

EX

The colorful detailed litho on this 1950's vintage Japanese tin friction train engine shows a variety of wierd comic animals from the monkey engineer to the pig on the cab's roof. The two animal faces on the sides are hard to identify...perhaps a fox and a lion wearing glasses. I really am not sure about the guy on the back , but somehow I feel I should be able to identify this small nosed thing. The mind is the first thing to go. The train engine rolls on two rubber edged tin drive wheels with two tin train-type wheels. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-47

$110.

Vintage 1950's Fire Chief Bonnet Front Fire Engine

5 inches (12.7 cm) long, 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide, ladder extends to 7.5 inches tall

EX Plus

This vintage Japanese 1950's friction tin bonnet front fire truck with driver is another variation of the many fire vehicles produced by the Japanese . This one has the words Fire Chief on the hood along with numerous litho details of tools and fire apparatus on the sides and back of the truck. The tin ladder can be raised and extended. The friction mechanism works well and the truck rills forward on tin front wheels and rubber edged tin drive wheels. Condition is excellent plus with bright colors and a shiny surface.

MV-51

$175.

Vintage Japanese Tin Friction MG Convertible

4 inches (10.2 cm) long , 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) wide

EX

This small tin friction Japanese MG convertible has a lot of detail in the interior. The car has a cut out windscreen and rolls froward on four rubber tires. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well

MV-53

$40.

Japanese Tin Friction Circus Car with Elephant Balancing Globe

7.5 inches (19 cm) long

7-8 inches tall

EX

This attractive red tin convertible circus car has a tin elephant driving (right hand drive) while balancing a tin globe of the world on his upraised trunk. As the car rolls forward a siren or engine sound is heard and the globe moves up and down. The car has rubber wheels with tin hubcaps. The elephant's ears are a molded plastic like material. The elephant's head is removable...the better to fit in the box that we don't have. Condition is excellent and the mechanism works well.

MV-59

$175.

 

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