Super-rare Walking Batman, Robots, Space Toys, Other 19th/20th-century Favorites Ready to Impress at Milestone’s Oct. 13 Premier Vintage Toy Auction
October 1, 2018

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The color, action and irresistible charm of antique and vintage toys will be on full display during Milestone’s October 13 auction in suburban Cleveland. More than 700 lots ranging from coveted early 20th-century German clockwork characters to mid-century superheroes and flashy ’50s vehicles await collectors, who may bid in person, absentee, by phone or live online.

Rare TN Japan battery-operated Walking Batman, 12 inches, new old store stock with pristine original Japanese-version box. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Milestone Auctions image

Hubley cast-iron Harley-Davidson Parcel Post motorcycle, all original with correct blue-uniformed driver and Harley decal on gas tank, 10 inches long. Est. $2,000-$2,500. Milestone Auctions image

“The level of condition from start to finish is just incredible,” said Milestone co-owner Chris Sammet. “We set the bar very high with all of our Premier sales, but I can say without any hesitation that this is the most outstanding selection of clean, original toys we’ve ever offered.”

Many dozens of robots, space toys and superheroes will be ready to take the spotlight, and all eyes are sure to be on a TN battery-operated Walking Batman in impeccable condition. “This toy is a dream for collectors since it’s new old store stock and has never been played with,” Sammet said. “It’s all original and complete, and there isn’t a better example out there. The rich colors and high gloss have to be seen to be believed.” The 12-inch toy is accompanied by its spotless original Japanese-version box depicting “Adam West” as Batman and Robin in the Batmobile. Auction estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

Another extraterrestrial prize is the boxed Mechanical Moon Robot (Robby the Robot lookalike). This wind-up toy is complete and appears never to have been played with. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000.

A Marx tin wind-up Sparkling Rocket Fighter Ship exemplifies how manned spaceships were envisioned long before Star Wars or even the Space Race. The 12-inch-long tinplate craft includes the often-missing tailfin, and retains its visually spectacular pictorial box. Estimate: $600-$800. An incredibly rare factory case contains 12 TootsieToy Buck Rogers 25th Century Battle Cruisers, each pristine and in its original pictorial box. Like the aforementioned Walking Batman, it is new old store stock. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

A circa-1875 Ives Mechanical Performing Monkey with handbells is truly a museum-quality toy. “Not only is it in unbelievably fine collection with bright, unfaded clothing and perfect facial paint, it also has its original factory box with pictorial label,” Sammet said. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000.

There’s an impressive array of 1930s through postwar-era toys to delight Disney collectors, with many examples of Mickey Mouse and other character toys that seldom appear at auction in such sparkling condition. Among the highly regarded Linemar productions are a tin wind-up Mickey on Unicycle, $400-$600; Mickey Cyclist, $300-$500; and boxed Mickey Mouse Dipsy Car, $400-$600. A mint-condition 1940s Mickey Mouse watch with original box will cross the auction block with a $300-$500 estimate. A rare, near-mint Marx boxed set houses Pinocchio and Figaro the Cat tin wind-ups, both in top-notch condition. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500.

That muscle-bound, spinach-loving cartoon sailor Popeye will be showing off many skills, such as boxing, tumbling, blowing bubbles, jig dancing, and piloting an airplane, as depicted in a 1935 tin wind-up Popeye Express. All original and as fresh as the day it rolled off the Marx assembly line, this toy depicts daredevil aviator Popeye circling above a train with an annoyed Olive Oyl as its passenger and Wimpy as a spectator. Along with its profusely illustrated original box, it is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.

A fleet of pressed-steel automotive toys includes many leading brands. A 33½-inch oil tanker with original decals and tandem tires is estimated at $2,000-$2,500. A cast-iron highlight is Hubley’s Harley-Davidson Parcel Post motorcycle with all-original paint and Harley decal. This much-admired bike comes with its correct blue-uniformed driver. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500

For additional information call Miles King: 440-527-8060. Email 202528@email4pr.comwww.milestoneauctions.com

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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