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.

1960's THE MONK & HIS FOLLOWERS 4 FIGURE PLAY SET VITA MINT SEALED MOC - RARE!
1960's THE MONK & HIS FOLLOWERS 4 FIGURE PLAY SET VITA MINT SEALED MOC - RARE!
$19.99
Laurel & Hardy Stan Laurel Rubber Bendy Toy Figure 1967 Vintage 6" Tall
Laurel & Hardy Stan Laurel Rubber Bendy Toy Figure 1967 Vintage 6" Tall
$6.00
Vintage wood toy horse Mister KARAPAT France Au bon Marché Paris 1950 No Brio
Vintage wood toy horse Mister KARAPAT France Au bon Marché Paris 1950 No Brio
$4,800.00
Rare 1962 Flintstones Barney Rubble (Knickerbocker?  Japan) doll Hanna Barbera
Rare 1962 Flintstones Barney Rubble (Knickerbocker? Japan) doll Hanna Barbera
$45.00
Vintage Mule  Donkey hand puppet German carved wooden head felt body EUC 1960
Vintage Mule Donkey hand puppet German carved wooden head felt body EUC 1960
$25.99
Vintage Fox hand puppet German carved wooden head felt body EUC 1960
Vintage Fox hand puppet German carved wooden head felt body EUC 1960
$25.99

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.