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Louis Marx & Co. Rolykin Dalek Toys
Below is a listing of Louis Marx & Co. Toy Daleks available on ebay right now. These are rare and vintage Daleks well worth considering for serious investors.
Potted History When Louis Marx founded his toy company in 1919 he probably never thought that some of his creations would live on into the 21st Century. Louis Marx appeared on the cover of the 1955 Time Magazine, described as “The Toy King” in recognition of building his company Louis Marx & Co into what was at the time, the “largest toy manufacturer in the world”.
At the age of 76 in 1972 Louis Marx sold his toy company to Quaker Oats, and 3 years later it was sold to the British firm of Dunbee-Combex. Unfortunately in the abscence of Marx' vision, the company suffered a dramatic decline until the end of the last production run in 1978, and the final bankruptcy in 1980.
During the heydays of the company even the Daleks where immortalised. Initially made in 1965 and licenced directly by the BBC and carrying the 'by MARX' mark. These very early offerings are now quite rare to get hold of still in packaging, and definately carry the vintage premium.
Even the later Rolykins offerings licenced via Product Enterprise Ltd are sought after collectables.
Although the rights to produce the Marx toys could be passed on and potentially re-issued as Renaissance collectables, you can be rest assured that if you are lucky to find good condition originals, that they will be a shrewd collector investment.