Line Mar was founded in the 1950s as a manufacturing and import subsidiary of the successful American toy manufacturer Louis Marx & Co.
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.
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What's your 'Linemar' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):
|1956 Lincoln Continental 11 27 9 Cm||07/2019||$1 795.00|
|Popeye Spinning Olive On His Face||05/2019||$1 700.00|
|Mint 1950 S Japan King Features Popeye||06/2019||$1 350.00|
|All Original Smoking Spaceman Robot||06/2019||$1 095.00|
|1956 Lincoln Continental Mark Ii 11 27 9||07/2019||$980.00|
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