Antique Character Toys

As soon as children's radio shows started to gain in popularity in the early 1900's, children everywhere wanted to have a souvenir or toy, so they could now see exactly what their favorite radio start looked like.

Then when television was created and children got a glimpse of cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, or Popeye, they had to have toys of all different kinds that they could play with at home.  It simply wasn't enough anymore to just watch or listen to their favorite stars - they wanted to play with them at home.  This created a large industry of toy making with early companies like Fisher-Price and Louis Marx leading the way.

 NEW 42 '' TWO FACE VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY HALLOWEEN PROP BATMAN DC COMICS VILLIAN
NEW 42 '' TWO FACE VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY HALLOWEEN PROP BATMAN DC COMICS VILLIAN
$475.00
RARE VINTAGE VERY ! OLD SOVIET RUSSIAN DOLL TOY 1970s HARE rabbit
RARE VINTAGE VERY ! OLD SOVIET RUSSIAN DOLL TOY 1970s HARE rabbit
$34.99
VINTAGE 1993 SESAME STREET CHARACTERS~BIG BIRD~ELMO~LAMB CHOP~EMPTY~TAGS
VINTAGE 1993 SESAME STREET CHARACTERS~BIG BIRD~ELMO~LAMB CHOP~EMPTY~TAGS
$24.95
Vintage 1983 Hasbro G1 MY LITTLE PONY Unicorn BABY MOONDANCER With Accessories
Vintage 1983 Hasbro G1 MY LITTLE PONY Unicorn BABY MOONDANCER With Accessories
$9.00
JAMES BOND ATTACHE CASE MULTIPLE MANUFACTURES 1965
JAMES BOND ATTACHE CASE MULTIPLE MANUFACTURES 1965
$200.00
Vintage Sandra Boynton plush stuffed Harry Elephant elefonte recycled paper TAGS
Vintage Sandra Boynton plush stuffed Harry Elephant elefonte recycled paper TAGS
$64.79

Fast forward many decades and collecting antique toys has become a favorite hobby and lucrative business for some.  Of all the antiques that are available to collect, toys are perhaps one of the most interesting, giving us a glimpse into the past as well as bringing back many fond memories of days spent playing with these simple toys.  Long before the days of video and computer games, children played with action figures, tin toys, cast iron toys and of course toy guns that looked just lie the one their favorite Cowboy carried.  Whatever the reason for collecting antique character toys from the past, browse our listings that showcase products available on eBay from around the world.