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 President John F. Kennedy Biographical Card Set  (42) in Box  Ed-U-Card
Vintage President John F. Kennedy Biographical Card Set (42) in Box Ed-U-Card
$50.00
1962 JUNIOR FIRE MARSHALL Toy Badge by The Hartford Insurance Group
1962 JUNIOR FIRE MARSHALL Toy Badge by The Hartford Insurance Group
$6.39
Vintage Disney Pinocchio Soaky Colgate Palmolive Soap
Vintage Disney Pinocchio Soaky Colgate Palmolive Soap
$15.00
Old vtg ca 1950s Walt Disney Wendy Puppet Marionette Peter Puppet W  Box
Old vtg ca 1950s Walt Disney Wendy Puppet Marionette Peter Puppet W Box
$50.99
MANKAN - PLUSH CLOWN WITH TAG
MANKAN - PLUSH CLOWN WITH TAG
$9.99
Vintage 1979 Super Mr. Potato Head Hasbro Great Condition ? Pcs Missing - Box
Vintage 1979 Super Mr. Potato Head Hasbro Great Condition ? Pcs Missing - Box
$14.00

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.