Posted 8 years, 2 months ago at 5:34 pm. 9 comments
The creation of battery-operated toys took tin toys to a new level. As a means to create a different type of toy operation beyond the traditional ‘wind-up motor’ and ‘fly wheel’, manufacturer’s sought to create a new market. As such the ‘battery-op’ toy was born. As much as 95% of these toys were made in Japan during the 1940’s – 1960’s, although some were distributed by American companies.
The Japanese designers used this new technology to create toys capable of up to 8 actions at one time. These toys were an instant success – especially in the United States – and kept Japan in the top manufacturing position for the next 30+ years. Not only was their goal to produce mass quantities but also to maintain a high level of quality with the emphasis on details.
From the stand point of being visually entertaining, nothing can compare with the battery operated toy. Remember, the more actions a toy performs, the more collectible. And while rarity is important, first and always consider condition.