February 23, 2016

FIGURE(S) OF THE WEEK #108: 6" Cowboys by the Marx Toy Company

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Featured here are two of my all-time favorite toy soldier figures. These are cowboys in the 6" figures range from Marx. After stumbling across a box of these in the attic I decide to paint up my two favorites which are featured here. After washing them good in hot soap and water I primed them with Rustoleum plastic primer and proceeded to paint them in Vallejo Model Color acrylics.

FIY- In the early 1960’s the Louis Marx Toy Company of New York was fighting for continued dominance of the U.S. toy market. While their innovative, fairly expensive toys are well remembered, Marx also went strongly after the “dime store” trade. In 1963 Marx introduced a new line figures for inexpensive dime store sales, and these are what collectors today call the 6-inch figures.  The initial figures were sold in 1963, and production continued into the 1970s. Manufactured first in the U.S., the 6-inch figures were later made at Marx facilities in Great Britain, Hong Kong, and Mexico. The 6-inch figures were generally sold individually at 19 cents apiece. 

The “six inchers” incorporated much of the molding and style of the very small Marx play set figures and the boxed “Warriors of the World” series, even at times the same figures, but at six inches the new line could display a great deal of detail. Finely sculpted, detailed and extemely attractive, the facial expressions are especially interesting, with details much clearer than on smaller figures. There were at least 18 groups of 6-inch figures, including four in the American wild west theme:  cowboys, Indians, pioneers, and cavalrymen. Each of these four groups included six poses.

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  1. I see Marx modeled the "buscadero" holsters, commonly seen in 1950's-60's westerns but that style holster didn't become popular until the 20th century

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