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.

vintage 8mm film Yogi Bear in Touch and Go-Go-Go B&W
vintage 8mm film Yogi Bear in Touch and Go-Go-Go B&W
$9.99
(S19B-055) EUROPEAN SOAKY - GREAT CONDITION -  SMALL SOLDIERS ARCHER w TAG
(S19B-055) EUROPEAN SOAKY - GREAT CONDITION - SMALL SOLDIERS ARCHER w TAG
$15.00
(S19B-056) EUROPEAN SOAKY - GREAT CONDITION -  SPACE JAM BUGS BUNNY w TAG
(S19B-056) EUROPEAN SOAKY - GREAT CONDITION - SPACE JAM BUGS BUNNY w TAG
$15.00
TRUE LIFE DIE- CAST METAL MINIATURES " MEN OF THE WEST" BILLY THE KID
TRUE LIFE DIE- CAST METAL MINIATURES " MEN OF THE WEST" BILLY THE KID
$5.15
VINTAGE 1939 SKELLY OIL CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT WINGS PREMIUM BADGE & SPINNER MEDAL
VINTAGE 1939 SKELLY OIL CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT WINGS PREMIUM BADGE & SPINNER MEDAL
$29.99
(S19B-059)  SOAKY - GREAT CONDITION - DISNEY ALIEN w THREE EYES
(S19B-059) SOAKY - GREAT CONDITION - DISNEY ALIEN w THREE EYES
$12.00

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.