Cragstan was a marketing and distribution firm from New York and imported post-war Japanese battery-operated and mechanical friction toys.
The company's main focus was on toys with multiple -mechanical- actions, for example robots. They made sure the company name and logo appeared on their packaging in which they were sold. Usually, these boxes were highly decorated.
Cragstan toys were produced by:
It is assumed that the company's name was derived from a combination of the owners' names. Cragstan continued to operate through the mid 1960s.
Toys by Cragstan have more quality and are more detailed than other battery-OP toys. The fine quality, litography, boxes and the more complex actions and movements helped set Cragstan apart from other companies.
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