photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

Mr. Toy

 

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

I was at a friend’s studio a few years ago when I made these images of his

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots box, and robots.

As a kid I was seduced by the cool graphics on the box and I spent more than a few hours trying

master the operation of the “Red Rocker” and the “Blue Bomber” robots.

I’m pretty sure that we played with ours so hard that it eventually broke.

 

If you’re a certain age you probably know about Rock’em Sock’em Robots.
It’s a popular two-player action toy/game, designed by Chicago toy
company Marvin Glass and Associates.

 

Marvin Glass and Associates was based in Chicago and Mr. Glass was such a titan in the toy industry at that time that he

was known simply as Mr. Toy.

 

The Marvin Glass company was responsible for producing other great toys of that era such as

Yakity Yak talking teeth

Operation

Lite Brite

Ant in the Pants

Pie Face

Mousetrap

and the Evil Knievel Stunt Cycle

 

It will probably be a copywrite violation of some kind, but someday I’ll screen print the

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em box graphic photo above onto a new, black T-shirt.

 

 

MarvinGlass in control and at the height of his powers in 1965

Marvin Glass – 1965

 

 

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