Marx Toys: Invasion Day Play Set (1964)

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Do war toys glorify war? I think so, but the president of Toy Manufacturers of U.S.A. makes a savvy point in this 1966 Gettysburg Times article:  “Unless you eliminate the adult activity, you can’t stop the child from duplicating it.”

Anyway, this Marx set is beautifully made. Can a toy be art? Can a war toy be art?

5 Responses to “Marx Toys: Invasion Day Play Set (1964)”


  1. 2 leftylimbo September 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Now this is what I imagined those “100 pc. Toy Soldier Set” things to be—the ones they always advertised in comic books. Obviously they weren’t, but this is the first set that I’ve seen where the soldiers are actually painted. That’s gotta be super rare. Wow.

  2. 4 mikemonaco November 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Wow. I had a knock-off of this set –unpainted, no ships, but a lot of the same terrain pieces like the pillbox and ruined doorway, tanks & a howitzer, amphibious vehicle, and so on –hundreds of little pieces including some spare hand grenades and pistols which I managed no to lose for months despite playing with for a good hour every day after kindergarten (1977), before the New Zoo Revue came on and my older sibs came home from full-day school.
    Thanks for sharing!


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