Ideal - Mr Machine
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Mr. Machine is a once popular children's mechanical toy originally manufactured by the Ideal Toy company in 1960. Mr. Machine was a robot-like mechanical man wearing a top hat. The body had a giant windup key at the back. When the toy was wound up it would "walk", swinging its arms and repeatedly ringing a bell mounted on its front; and after every few steps emit a mechanical "Ah!", as if it were speaking. The toy stood about 18 inches tall (roughly 46 cm).
The gimmick of Mr. Machine was that one could not only see all of his mechanical "innards" through his clear plastic body, but one could also take the toy apart and put it back together, over and over, like a Lego toy or a Jigsaw puzzle.
Mr. Machine was one of Ideal's most popular toys. The company reissued it in 1978 ( This Version ! ), but with some alterations: it could no longer be taken apart (owing to the tendency of very young children to put small pieces in their mouths which could be accidentally swallowed or present a choking hazard), and instead of ringing a bell and making the "Ah" sound, it now whistled "This Old Man". This later version of Mr. Machine was brought back once more in the 1980s. In 2004, the Poof-Slinky Company remanufactured the original 1960 version (using the actual Ideal molds whenever possible), which made the original sounds and could be disassembled, and with the intention of being marketed to nostalgic adults as a collectible.
This example is the 1978 version, made by Ideal. The condition is excellent to near mint and Mr Machine works perfectly with all the actions and whistling sound, VERY cool to see it in action.
Mr. Machine is complete and free of any cracks or flaws and comes with the original windup key, original box with inserts and papers.
Mr Machine is not very easy to find in this condition, complete and perfectly working. Hard to upgrade version.
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