Patents Assigned to Buddy L Corporation
  • Patent number: 4949466
    Abstract: A drawing device adapted to produce line drawings or sketches on a transparent screen on top of a case partly filled with a powder that adheres slightly to the undersurface of the screen to render it opaque. Disposed within the case are transverse and longitudinal rods operatively coupled to respective control knobs, one of which, when turned, causes the longitudinal rod to shift toward either side of the case, the other of which, when turned causes the transverse rod to shift to either end of the case. Supported at the intersection of the rods is an indexable stylus turret and carrier assembly whose carrier is slidably supported on the transverse rod and whose stylus turret which is received within the carrier, is slidably supported on the longitudinal rod whereby the position occupied by the assembly is determined by the point of intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard J. Mayer, Jore M. Chung
  • Patent number: 4936809
    Abstract: A sound-producing toy having a hollow body formed of resilient material, whereby when the body is depressed and deformed by a player, this action produces a honking sound. The body envelops an air-filled cavity at one end of which is an air-intake valve whose actuating element is outside the body so that when the element is actuated by the player, air is admitted into the cavity. Also disposed in the cavity is a sound producer having an air outlet normally closed by a membrane which is partially secured to the outlet so that when the body is depressed by the player, the resultant increase in internal air pressure above ambient is exerted against the membrane and causes deflection thereof to permit air to escape from the outlet. The escaping air causes the membrane to vibrate to produce a honking sound. The air expelled through the outlet creates a partial vacuum in the internal cavity which acts to maintain the body in its deformed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1990
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard J. Mayer
  • Patent number: 4915633
    Abstract: A user-propelled toy school bus which as it travels along a playing surface exhibits through its side and rear windows the successive letters of the alphabet. These letters are printed along an endless scroll that is guided in a path running behind the windows, each letter being defined by a series of equi-spaced parallel segments. The scroll is so driven by one set of the bus wheels through a unidirectional drive system that as the bus travels in either direction, the scroll always advances continuously in the same direction. Formed on each window is a parallel array of equi-spaced viewing elements. As the scroll advances behind each window, the segments of each letter alternatively move into registration with the viewing elements to expose the letter, and then the interstices between the segments move into registration with the viewing elements to blank out the letter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1990
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, David W. Reina, Richard L. Keats
  • Patent number: 4889515
    Abstract: A piggyback toy car and truck assembly in which all four wheels of the car are driven by a battery-powered motor, the truck being of the flat bed type and motorless. The car is switchable from a neutral mode to operation in either the forward or reverse mode, its front and rear wheel axles each having a drive pinion mounted thereon whose teeth are projected below the chassis. Lying on the flat bed of the truck is a ramp having a pair of tracks for accommodating the car wheels. The ramp is slidable from a retracted horizontal position to an extended horizontal position in which the rear half section of the ramp overhangs the rear of the bed and is pivoted therefrom so that it is then free to swing down to form an inclined ramp. With the ramp so inclined, the car in its forward mode climbs up the ramp until it reaches its front end and causes the inclined ramp to return to its horizontal extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, David Reina
  • Patent number: 4888874
    Abstract: A toy drawing device in which a window in a housing containing powder is covered by a glass plate whose edges are received within a groove in a sectioned rim joined to a window frame to prevent leakage of powder therefrom. A mobile stylus under the control of an operator acts to trace lines on a layer of powder adhering to the undersurface of the glass plate. To prevent injuries should the glass plate break, its outer surface is shielded by a transparent protective film formed of heat-formable, synthetic plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventor: Francis Oster
  • Patent number: 4878877
    Abstract: A power module which when plugged into an open compartment in the body of a motorless toy vehicle acts to motorize the vehicle, the compartment being disposed above a coupling gear which is operatively linked to a wheel or other means to propel the vehicle. Pivotally supported within the case of the module is a DC motor and a gear assembly having attached thereto a control lever. A battery supply housed in the case is connected to the motor through a normally open switch that closes to power the motor when the control lever which normally is in a neutral mode, is shifted either to a forward mode in which the assembly is then inclined to drive the vehicle in the forward direction, or to a reverse mode in which the assembly is then oppositely inclined to drive the vehicle in the reverse direction. The assembly includes a worm gear on the motor shaft and a pair of drive pinions engaging the worm gear on either side thereof whereby the pinions are caused to rotate concurrently in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, David Reina
  • Patent number: 4875147
    Abstract: A flashlight having a delayed action switch assembly which functions to connect a light bulb to a battery supply. Included in the assembly is a pivoted trigger lever mounted on the underside of the flashlight handle. The lever is biased by a leaf spring forming the first contact of a leaf spring switch having a second contact and an intermediate contact interposed between the first and second contacts, the contacts being normally disengaged from each other. The switch is closed only when the first and second contacts engage the intermediate contact. Also included in the flashlight is a slide actuator on the upper side of the handle which cooperates with the second contact, such that when the actuator is in its forward "on" position, the second contact is deflected to engage the intermediate contact, and when in its rear "off" position, the second contact is disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L. Corporation
    Inventor: Robert T. Auer
  • Patent number: 4869513
    Abstract: A toy shooting gallery assembly having a raised platform behind whose rear end is an arcuate row of normally erect, pivotally-mounted targets. Each target is provided with a lug that depends from its lower end whereby when this lug is struck, it causes the target to fall down to register a hit. Pivoted at a point adjacent the front end of the platform is a hollow arm on whose front section is mounted a gun having a barrel which extends over the platform, the arm being swingable by the gun in an arc which scans the arcuate row of targets, whereby the barrel may be aimed at a selected target. The gun trigger is operatively coupled by a cable running through the hollow arm to a striker mechanism mounted on the rear section of the arm at a position underlying the target row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard J. Mayer
  • Patent number: 4856197
    Abstract: A drawing device adapted to produce line drawings or sketches on a transparent screen on top of a rectangular box-like case partly filled with a powder that adheres slightly to the undersurface of the screen to render it opaque. Disposed within the case is a stylus supported for sliding movement at the intersection of shiftable transverse and longitudinal rods. The extremities of the transverse rods are fastened to a set of parallel branches of a string loop operated by a control knob which when turned causes this rod and the stylus born thereby to move toward either end of the case, depending on the direction of knob rotation. The extremities of the longitudinal rod are fastened to a set of parallel branches of a second string loop operated by a second control knob when turned causes this rod and the stylus born thereby to move toward either side of the box, depending on the direction of knob rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard J. Mayer
  • Patent number: 4850931
    Abstract: A toy vehicle in which a flywheel motor assembly is operatively coupled to one set of wheels such that when the motor is revved up and the vehicle is released, it then advances on the ground in the forward direction. A settable distance counter assembly is operatively coupled to the other set of wheels to count the number of feet or other increment of distance travelled by the vehicle. Also included is a braking mechanism provided with a normally-retracted brake shoe whose position is off center with respect to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and a normally-retracted brake clutch adapted to engage a braking wheel in the flywheel motor assembly. The braking mechanism is responsive to the distance counter such that when a pre-set distance is travelled by the vehicle, the brake shoe is projected below the chassis to engage the ground and the brake clutch is then caused to engage the braking wheel to arrest the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventor: Robert T. Auer
  • Patent number: 4848577
    Abstract: A double-faced blister pack and frame assembly for packaging and displaying an article of merchandise. The article is sandwiched between a pair of superposed, transparent plastic sheets whose central regions are molded to generally conform to the opposite faces of the article, the four superposed margins of the sheets each defining a flange. The frame is formed of a cardboard strip that is so die-cut and folded as to create a chain of four interhinged branches each having a triangular truss cross section whose base chord is the outer wall of the frame and whose central strut is constituted by parallel walls extending from the apex of the triangle to the base chord to form a narrow slot. Socketed in the slot of each branch is the corresponding flange of the pack whereby the pack is supported by the frame, and the opposite faces of the article which lie within the frame are both exposed to a prospective purchaser who is able to fully examine the article without having to break open the package to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L. Corporation
    Inventors: Leo Hoffman, Robert T. Auer, Richard L. Keats, Stephan Roeser, Lawrence Stern
  • Patent number: 4764146
    Abstract: A toy vehicle in the form of a pickup truck on whose rear bed are mounted a pair of miniature dog houses in side-by-side relation, each having a triangular roof hinged to the rear wall of the house. Depending from the front end of each roof is a front wall having an arched opening defining the entry to the dog house which is occupied by a miniature puppy whose head projects through the entry. The puppy is otherwise confined within the doghouse and is removable therefrom only by lifting the roof. To discourage unauthorized removal of a puppy from its doghouse when the toy is on sales display, each roof is provided on its underside with a latching lug having a slot therein aligned with holes in the sidewalls of the dog houses. Insertable into these holes and going through the lugs is a disposable locking pin whose tip is so formed as to frictionally engage the side wall hole in which it is received. Hence to release the roofs and obtain access to the puppies, the pin has to be forcibly pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard L. Keats
  • Patent number: 4762511
    Abstract: A toy vehicle which upon frontal impact with an obstacle simulates in its appearance the consequences of a car crash. The vehicle has a hollow body mounted on a chassis, which body includes a front hood section provided with a front bumper, an intermediate cab section having a hinged door on either side, and a rear section. The cab and rear sections are secured to the chassis, whereas the front section, which is formed of resilient material, is free of the chassis. The front wheels rotate on short axles whose bearings are pivoted on the chassis so that these wheels in their normal state are parallel to the chassis, and in the crash state are angled with respect thereto, as a result of which the wheels are skewed. Slidable on the chassis is a slide whose front end is secured to the bumper, the slide being maintained by a spring-biased detent in a forward position and being urged by a spring to a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Shao-Wei Lee, Kwong-Wai Chow
  • Patent number: 4756703
    Abstract: A wrist-borne launcher for a toy vehicle having a road-engaging flywheel mounted on an axle, one end of which extends through the bearing of a false wheel and terminates in a male coupler coaxial with a ring on the outer hub thereof. When not in use, the vehicle is held on a platform having a battery compartment, the platform being provided at its underside with a wrist-engaging cuff. Wires from the battery compartment pass through an arm cantilevered from the platform to reach over the hand of the player. The wires are connected to an electric motor housed in a power box supported at the free end of the arm, a depressible switch being connected in series with the motor. The shaft of the motor terminates in a female coupler coaxially disposed within a cylindrical socket formed in the side of the box corresponding to the underside of the platform, a switch actuator being interposed between the female coupler and the rim of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin R. Kennedy, Dietmar Nagel, Abraham A. Arad
  • Patent number: 4743030
    Abstract: A simulated combat game set in which the players are provided with toy water guns and each player wears a target. When a gun is fired by a player it shoots out a beam of water, each player trying to hit a vulnerable site on the target worn by an opposing player and thereby strike him out. To this end, the vulnerable site on the target is constituted by a plaque or label having printed thereon a strike symbol or other hit indicator covered by a mask that conceals the indicator. The hit indicator is rendered readable only when the mask is made wet and transparent by a water beam impinging thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard L. Keats
  • Patent number: 4693693
    Abstract: A motorizd toy car which upon frontal impact with a wall or other obstruction simulates a crash and its consequences. The wheeled car is provided with a chassis on which a hollow body is mounted, the body being defined by a front hood section having a simulated bumper prow, an intermediate cockpit section accommodating a hinged side door, and a rear trunk section having a trunk lid hinged thereon. The intermediate and rear sections are formed of rigid material and are attached to the chassis, whereas the front section which is formed of resilient material is free of the chassis. Slidable along the chassis is a sled whose front end is attached to the prow of the front body section, a coil spring urging the sled to a retracted position in which the front section is deformed to assume a crushed appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin R. Kennedy, Dietmar Nagel, Abraham A. Arad
  • Patent number: 4643695
    Abstract: A toy work vehicle propelled by a bi-directional d-c motor in a forward or reverse direction depending on the polarity of battery voltage applied thereto, the vehicle including a power take-off device driven by the same motor to raise or lower a load. A gear shift mechanism operatively coupled either to the wheel axles or to the power take-off device, is controlled by a shift stick which in neutral operatively couples the motor only to the power take-off device. The shift stick is movable to a lateral position having a forward and a reverse mode in which the motor is operatively coupled to the wheel axles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin R. Kennedy, Dietmar Nagel, Abraham A. Arad
  • Patent number: 4596533
    Abstract: A toy vehicle having a rear hitching element engageable by a dynamic coupler at one end of a sled-type trailer which may be more or less loaded by a player. The coupler is attached to a spring-biased piston slidable within a box projecting from the trailer whereby the extent to which the piston is withdrawn from the box when the trailer is hauled by the work vehicle depends on the magnitude of the load placed on the trailer. Operatively coupled to the piston is a load-indicating meter whose reading not only tells the player how great a load has been placed on the trailer, but also indicates the ability of the vehicle to haul this load, for the meter pointer will not move beyond the point at which the vehicle is stalled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin R. Kennedy, Dietmar Nagel, Abraham A. Arad
  • Patent number: 4595097
    Abstract: A toy vehicle package for providing secure, open front display of the packaged vehicle. It is constructed of carton-forming sheet material, having top, bottom and side walls and a rear wall defining a toy vehicle-receiving enclosure with an open front through which the toy vehicle is insertable and displayable. The bottom wall is provided with a bottom flap configured for being folded inwardly of the enclosure to define an enclosure floor, the flap providing a vehicle-engaging configuration for engaging the vehicle after being received in the enclosure. One or more locking tabs are carried by the bottom wall for engaging the inwardly folded flap, locking the flap in its vehicle-engaging configuration to lock the vehicle against withdrawal through the open front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventor: Barry S. Herstein
  • Patent number: 4588386
    Abstract: A motorized toy car which upon frontal impact with an obstruction simulates a crash and its consequences. The wheeled car has a chassis, a body thereon defined by a front hood section having a simulated bumper prow, an intermediate cockpit section accommodating a hinged side door, and a rear trunk section having a trunk lid hinged thereon. The intermediate and rear sections are rigid and attached to the chassis, whereas the front section is resilient and free of the chassis. Slidable along the chassis is a sled whose front end is attached to the prow, a coil spring urging the sled to a retracted position in which the front section is deformed to assume a crushed appearance. The side door and the trunk lid are operatively coupled to the sled so that swinging them from their fully open to their closed positions advances the sled against the spring to an extended position which is held by a spring-biased detent and in which the car has a normal appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1986
    Assignee: Buddy L Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin R. Kennedy, Dietmar Nagel, Abraham A. Arad