Marvin Glass was a workaholic toy inventor. So much so, that he often did not spend enough time with his wife. During an argument over Marvin's work habits, Mrs. Glass shouted "You are always working, inventing! You are Mr. Machine!". And so a great toy name and toy was invented by Marvin Glass.

By winding Mr. Machine's large metal key on his back, he would roll forward, legs and arms moving, bell ringing, and opening his mouth and "squawking". You could rotate the little wheel behind the toy to make it run in a circle or curve instead of a straight line.

Mr. Machine as made by the Ideal Toy Corporation was first introduced in 1960. As his popularity, grew, so did his role in the Ideal Corporation. Mr. Machine became animated and appeared in Ideal's televison toy commercials.

Mr. Machine was revived by Ideal in 1978, but you could no longer disassemble him. The metal bolt for his nose had been replaced by a plastic bolt. Instead of the ringing bell and squawking, he now played a song as he rolled along.

Mr Machine was very popular and great quantities of this toy were sold.

Updated: 13 April 2021

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1 comment
David - April 22, 2021
Hi iv got Mr Machine 1961,1977 ideal Corp hollies N. Y 11423 US PAT NO. 3763734 CAN U HELP ME VALUE IT PLEASE
I think there are plenty of prices and auctions you find here on this page for an estimate.