Line Mar was founded in the 1950s as a manufacturing and import subsidiary of the successful American toy manufacturer Louis Marx & Company.
The Japanese company was responsible for overseas manufacturing and distribution relationships involving the importation of mechanical and battery-operated toys made in Japan.
Marx was able to secure several important character licenses, such as Popeye and the Flintstones and had the toys made in Japan to keep the cost down. This meant huge profits when the tin toys were sold in the US. Linemar continued to produce a variety of character toys until it went out of business in the late 1960s.
Mechanical toys produced by Linemar include a variety of licensed character toys that performed multiple actions when the toys were wound. The packaging was always colorful and eye-catching.
Nowadays, Linemar toys are highly collectible and can be expensive. If you want to know the value of your Linemar toy, write in the comments below.
Janet - August 4, 2015
Many thanks for your advice on the Linemar Switchboard Operator. We did put it on ebay and it finished today and got GBP93.00 for it. It has also gone to a collector of tin toys so will have a good home! Better than sitting in my loft! I remember having many hours playing with it when I was a child! It was given to me by my godmother.
►reply: Nice to hear it got a good home! I know the feeling of having stuff sitting in boxes doing nothing. Might start selling too ;-)
Gene Beussman - August 3, 2015
I have a Linemar J-1410 battery operated remote control Futuristic car in the original box (very good condition). What is the Value of this toy?
►reply: Couldn't find any info on this one, but sometimes there are a few for sale, though maybe other models. For value take a look here. It will show a list of old listings from eBay.
Janet - July 29, 2015
I have a 1950s Linemar Switchboard Operator. It has it's box if a bit tatty. Wires have disintegrated but girl is in good condition. I have put batteries in and it lights up but arms don't move. Is it worth getting it working properly and would anyone be interested in it. The only one I can find on ebay is for sale for $750 and haven't confirmed it works! Have I got a gem here? Is it really rare?
►reply: Well, if the one for 750 is sold for this amount then yes, you have a gem :-) I wouldn't have it fixed though, it'll cost you, chances are you'll have more profit if you put it on ebay like it is now. Another one with box was sold for 320 USD last May BTW.
Chris - May 15, 2015
hello, Today I found a complete linemar diving sub j2063 basically new in box. Super good condition. Battery operated remote control. Nautilus 108 with light. Everything is there. Can't find much about this model for resale. Can you give any guidance on this matter.Thanks,Chris
►reply: There is one for sale right now on ebay for 300 USD (search Linemar Nautilus) but I don't think it's boxed. So you might have something really nice!
Marilyn - February 26, 2015
Pat Barsalou - August 22, 2014
Hi! Can anyone tell me about the Elegant Miniatures? I really like them!
Carol - August 16, 2014
I have a boxed Linemar Battery Operated Jet Plane (PanAm Boeing)) with Automatic Stop and Go Action and Lighted Engine. Any idea of value?
Pam - April 13, 2014
I have A Line Mar Cocoa Puffs Train, it has an engine with 3 cars. Can you tell me about it and a value?
Torie - October 24, 2013
Hello: I have a Linear Station Wagon 1914 stamped. Any idea of the value . It is in very good vintage condition with no parts missing? Much Thanks !
►reply: I just found one on Etsy, it was sold for around 15 USD. Not sure what it can fetch on eBay though... Maybe you can also try and ask here.
Richard Wilhelm - October 21, 2013
looking for tires or wheels for a line mar motorcycle need four any ideas
Terry England - August 15, 2013
Have a The Jungle Trio battery powered Line Mar ToyWould like info/ value/ desirability/ ect.
►reply: Thats a very nice toy you have, but I have no idea about this particular piece. Maybe you can ask the owner of this video on youtube about it.
Jennifer - May 27, 2013
I have a linemar kangaroo in box but is missing one of the antennas do you know where i might get that part,thanks,what do you think the value is.
Frank Fontana - May 15, 2013
I just got a Linemar toy called 50's telephone bear.It works but do not have the box. What is the value of this toy in great shapeFrank
►reply: Is it the "Busy Boss"? Linemar made different ones. Look on eBay to determine which Linemar bear you have.
Melissa - March 9, 2013
I have an old linemar remote controlled car its bleish green and has a plastic bubble type thing on top real cool any idea how much its worth? rust on the controller but not the car
Michele - March 8, 2013
HI I HAVE AQUIRED A 1950'S PLUTO MAJOR TIN WIND UP TOY BUT WAS TOLD IT WAS A REPRODUCTION BECAUSE IT SAYS MAR NOT MARX HOWEVER LOOKING ON THIS WEBSITE THAT APPEARS TOBE INCORRECT CAN YOU TELL ME IF THIS IS OR ISNT A ORGINAL PIECE? I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP WITH THIS THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Cheryl Y. - March 6, 2013
I have a Pluto with red wagon toy marked Line Mar tois
Lucinda B Czajkowski Czaj - January 27, 2013
I have a Linemar tin steam engine in working condition with all it's pieces and parts.It has the original paint but has some rusty spots on it.There is no box.Would you be able to tell me any thing about it as well as it's value?Thank you very much!
►reply: Here I found a Linemar steam engine which apparently sold for 50 USD. Here is another Linemar engine.
Jenny - January 13, 2013
I have a old tin Pluto, he is no longer in the box and I don't know much about him. Don't know if it matters or not but he has a green collar. Was just wanting to know a little more about him and maybe a value. Thanks so much!
►reply: I don't know how many different kinds of tin toy Plutos Linemar made, but here is one or try and locate your version through Google images.
Eric Maginnis - December 20, 2012
I have an (unboxed) XV-3 aircraft in excellent condition. On the tail is a marking ARMY 4147. The word ARMY is on both wings below
►reply: I found more information about this toy on grandoldtoys.com.
Mark - October 1, 2012
I have an "Electric Teacher" by Linemar. It operates on batteries and contains three teaching boards: National Flags of the Principal Countries of the World, Capitals of the Principal Countries of the World, and Animals of the World. I have not been able to find any information about this Linemar game. If anyone has any information about the Electric Teacher game, please let me know.
Valerie - September 16, 2012
I have recently acquired a Linemar Japan windup tin duck fireman with a ladder. Can you provide me with any information on this particular toy and an estimate of the value. Thank you
►reply: Do you have the Disney fireman or the Mike Mallard? It depends on state and if it's complete (box, etc.) I saw one on eBay going for around 120 USD (Mike Mallard with box) Disney Donald Duck without box: 85 USD.
Eric Lundgren - September 9, 2012
Found a line mar toy. A wind up kangaroo, can't find another example! Can't send photo here. If you get back to me I'll send you photos.
Sstamper - September 7, 2012
I recently bought a Line MAR US Army Crwaler(tank).Can you tell me anything about this and value??
Jon Anderson - August 14, 2012
I have a linemar jumpy bambi in original box. The toy is excellent shape. I can find no information on this toy except from one that is on eBay. The price there is $750. Is this close to the value or someones pipe dream?
►reply: It hasn't been sold yet so you might be right about someones pipe dream ;-) If you want to sell it on eBay try a much lower starting price. It will attract collectors anyway and in the end you can have a little 'bidding war'.
Mike - July 2, 2012
i have a 1962 linemar turnover Flintstone tank, with box and looks like its never been played with and works any idea on worth?
►reply: Worth selling, one on eBay fetched 130 dollars without the box. With box I am not sure, but in new condition at least twice as much.
Jessica - May 18, 2012
hi i have found an old 1961 linemar wind up soldier the box says: mechanical marching soldier from walt disneys babes in toylandit is in great condition and i was wondering where i can find out how much it is worth?
►reply: Hi Jessica, I think I saw one of those sold for about 20 bucks. Look on this page for completed auctions so you can get an idea.
Lu Archer - March 13, 2012
I was given two Linemar toy's today and i can not find them on live hope you can help me. One is a duck that is fun covered and with a remote control. The other is a funny remote controled rabbit with a pipe. Can you tell me about them, they are not in the best of shape but they are still cute.
►reply: Try to locate and get more info about your toys with Google images (linemar duck) and Google images (linemar rabbit).
Ashley Carr - January 19, 2012
Hello - I have recently bought a Linmar 'Sleeping Baby Bear' and I was wondering if you had any information on it ie date of manufacture or value regards Ashley
►reply: Here is some info I found on Linemar's Sleeping Baby Bear.
Cheryl - December 7, 2011
I have a Linemar remote control concrete mixer, never played with in original box , what's it worth?
►reply: Couldn't find much info on that one sorry, only this link.
Stephanie - July 4, 2011
Hi, I have a Remote controlled Police car I found in my Grandpa's estate.I would love to know more about it.The wheel is red with two red buttons.The car is green .Any help on this would be really fun to know.Thank you
Darrell Bennett - June 30, 2011
Hi, I have a linemar windup car "old jalopy". I have had this since I was a kid so I know it is aprox 60 years old. It has all kinds of sayings on it. When wound up it runs with an intended wobble. What can you tell me about this. Thanks!!!!
Melissa - June 19, 2011
Hi, I have a linemar "flapping ears bubbling pup" in the original box. I can't find that specific item on ebay. I don't think it's ever been used. It even has a tiny plastic bottle that I guess you put the bubbles in. Can you give me any information about the age and value of the item? Thank you!
►reply: I saw one on eBay which was sold for 160 USD, not working but with box (also not in good condition).
Kathe Kaye - June 17, 2011
I have a set of Elegant Miniatures Military Vehciles. I have two each of numbers 19 - 24 for a total of 12 pieces. All are in original boxes, in very good shape and all toys are in excellent condition. Looks like they've never left the boxes. Any idea on the value of this collection? Thank you.
John Mcnees - June 8, 2011
I have a Linemar painted Minnie Mouse pin that is attached to a matchbook cover (which is it's packaging). I know it's from the 1950s and can't find info on line. Can anyone help?
Sharon Reading - March 23, 2011
I have a tin clown wind up toy, playing a zylaphone instrument. Toy is 6" tall x 4" wide painted with a black felt jacket. Who can you tell me about this toy?
Gary Grosse - February 13, 2011
I have a linemar toy. Jocko the drinking monkey. like to know how old is it, and it's value
►reply: It is probably from the 1950s and the value depends on state, original box and demand, between 25 and 125 USD.
Erin Neumann - December 14, 2010
I have a toy that I'd like to know more about. It is a Line Mar pony express freight wagon (yellow) that says "PONY EXPRESS FREIGHT WAGON Dodge City to Denver" on both sides. Two horses are pulling the wagon, and the driver is intact with a stick he's using to encourage the horses to go. On the back of the wagon is a small piece hanging from the wagon's edge that says "Pikes Peak or bust" with the Line Mar Toys Japan logo next to it in small print. Any information would be helpful. I haven't found it on any toy sites. Thank you!
Vicki Graham - October 26, 2010
I have a linemar mickey mouse toy that i would like to know more about. It is a tin wagon that says Mickey's Express on the side. Pluto is pulling the wagon. He is on a tricycle. I can't seem to find this toy on the internet as of yet. I would love to know more about this toy.