Fluid Operated Means To Move Figure Or Figure Part Patents (Class 446/159)
  • Patent number: 7775850
    Abstract: To provide a water toy with which infants can play joyfully in a bathroom, which is easy to be fixed in place and which prevents the infants from losing their interests in playing therewith, there is provided a water toy including a pedestal portion having a pump, a circular cylindrical shaped column fixed to an upper portion of the pedestal portion, which includes a water flowing tube in an interior and a water outlet port at an upper end thereof, a spiral water flowing rail fixed to a circumferential edge of the column, a first water flowing rail detachably coupled to a lower end of the spiral water flowing rail, which includes a windmill portion having a rotor turned by using a flow of water, a second water flowing rail detachably coupled to a lower end of the first water flowing rail while being fixed onto an auxiliary fixing base, a third water flowing rail detachably coupled to a lower end of the second water flowing rail, a fourth water flowing rail detachably coupled to a lower end of the third water
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Agatsuma Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Todokoro
  • Publication number: 20100197192
    Abstract: A water toy and method for its use includes providing a water toy comprising a body cavity having a variable volume defined by a resiliently biased wall, such as bellows arranged about a long axis of the cavity, and an aperture defined at a rear portion of the body cavity. The body cavity is then manually expanded from a rest state to an expanded state and allowed to be filled with water while in the expanded state. The water toy is then released in water so that the body cavity naturally contracts toward the rest state and thereby forces water from the contracting body cavity out the aperture to form a water jet that propels the water toy through the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Steve Johnston
  • Patent number: 7647921
    Abstract: A submerging air pressure projectile launching toy, suitable for use by children, includes a main device body, a launch structure connected to an upper end thereof to define an interior air chamber, and a projectile, all for use in water. The main device body has a hollow elongate member, defining a longitudinal axis, and a water intake, in fluid communication with the interior air chamber, at a lower end thereof, and the water intake opening is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The projectile is temporarily mountable via to the launch structure to semi-seal the interior air chamber. When the lower end of the main device body is pushed into a body of water, air within the interior air chamber is compressed until a frictional or other coupling force between the projectile and the launch structure is overcome, causing the projectile to launch into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Keith Alan Mullin
  • Publication number: 20090197501
    Abstract: A bathtub whirlpool toy and educational device has a bottom and gasket designed to allow the device to fit over the drain of a household fixture such as a bathtub or sink. The device has a generally cylindrical interior space having inlet slots set at an angle, so that water entering the interior from the bath will begin to rotate immediately. A central outlet leads to a recuperation chamber having an offset recuperation chamber outlet allowing the recuperation chamber outlet to sit directly over a bathtub drain. The recuperation chamber may have a plurality of vanes/fins designed to reduce water circulation and increase water flow. An adapter may allow the user to alter the size and shape of the interior space outlet aperture, and may be fixable in place or movable during use so as to allow the user to alter the vortex/whirlpool dynamically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Alan Fahnline
  • Patent number: 6959838
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a toy gun system that may include a toy gun having a housing with a nozzle, wherein the toy water gun may be adapted to discharge an output stream of liquid through the nozzle. The toy gun system may further include a wheel fabricated from an absorbent material, and a support member mounted on the housing of the toy gun that may have the wheel rotatably mounted thereon. The wheel may be disposed proximate the nozzle of the toy gun and positioned such that at least a portion of the output stream of liquid impacts the at least a portion of the wheel to cause the wheel to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred D. Eddins, Robert L. Brown, Walter Bezaniuk
  • Patent number: 6652348
    Abstract: An aquatic motion display toy is constructed to include a hollow holder base, a water pump, a bottom panel, an upper panel, a transparent face panel, and a splasher. The bottom panel, the upper panel, and the face panel are press-fitted into one another, defining a plurality of concentrically disposed annular water accumulation chambers such that water is accumulated in the water accumulation chambers and then forced out of corresponding jet nozzles at the face panel during running of the water pump. LEDs are provided in the upper panel and controlled to emit light toward fallen water during running of the water pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Jen-Yen Yen
  • Patent number: 6558223
    Abstract: A toy device is disclosed having a base (11), a main portion (12) and an elongated supply tubing (13) extending between the base (11) and the main portion (12). The main portion (12) includes a support in the form of an inflatable ball (17) and an equatorial, annular array of water jets (18) coupled tangentially to the ball (17). Each water jet (18) has a water line (19) extending therefrom to a central hub (20) in fluid communication with tubing (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Shane Matthews
  • Patent number: 6447137
    Abstract: A lamp illuminates a waterfall from behind as a liquid cascades down the outside of a housing into a basin. From the basin, the liquid flows through a cavity in the housing, behind a body and through a pump, through an outflow line, through a cap with filter, and into a liquid retainer at the top of the body. The liquid retainer overflows, allowing the liquid to cascade down the outside of the body and back into the basin for recirculation. The enclosure comprises alternating opaque and translucent bands. A light source within the cavity behind the enclosure illuminates an inside surface of the body with the translucent bands transmitting light through the cascading liquid, producing an appealing visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventor: James David Long
  • Patent number: 6206536
    Abstract: A table lamp having an ornamental liquid container movably connected to a main body thereof, so that the ornamental liquid container tends to swing, rotate and/or turn upside-down under an external force applied on the ornamental liquid container. At least one type of liquid, such as a dual-liquid or a magma-like liquid, and floating ornaments are contained in the ornamental liquid container. The liquid and floating ornaments tend to create unique, changeful and dynamic scenes when the ornamental liquid container is moved by the external force applied on it. The ornamental liquid container therefore gives the table lamp novel appearances and additional decorative effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Rich Lin
  • Patent number: 6203394
    Abstract: An ornamental liquid color box includes stationary clear containers fixedly mounted on a cover of a seat. Propellers are provided on the seat to propel liquid colors flowing into the seat to liquid passages that are led to upper storing zones of the containers. Liquid colors sent to the upper storing zones then moves into narrowed middle display zones to form flattened and irregular drips before reaching lower storing zones of the containers and entering the seat again to complete a cycle of movement of the liquid colors in the liquid color box. The whole liquid color box need not be manually or mechanically turned to maintain continuous circulation of the liquid colors in the liquid color box. The propellers are driven to rotate by driving means that may be coil windings or a combination of a motor and magnet-loaded driving and driven gear wheels. No leakproof means, such as shaft seals, are required for the liquid color box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Vincent Kuo Wei Lee
  • Patent number: 6007402
    Abstract: The invention is a water powered wheeled toy which is constrained to travel in circular orbits. A coupling at the top of a stationary pylon connects a water hose to a swivel coupling. A hose is connected from the swivel coupling to a balance point on a wheeled vehicle. Water is delivered from the hose to the wheeled vehicle where it is delivered to a turbine wheel which drives the wheeled vehicle. The vehicle thus travels in a constrained circular orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Myron E. Nelson, II
  • Patent number: 5655943
    Abstract: A water activity toy with a channel for a stream of water which floats a vessel on the stream. A paddle wheel moves through the water to move the stream. The paddle wheel includes a plurality of blades all on axle stub portions at supports at opposite sides of the channel. Each blade could be above the channel when a vessel floats by. The blade is curved downward around an axis extending from the base edge to the free edge of the blade so that with two oppositely directed blades both oriented to extend along the channel, the middle of the blade would be higher off the water in the channel than the regions of the blades at the axle portions. Each blade also has a cutout at its base edge so that if the blade were oriented upright, the base edge of the blade would be higher off the water in the channel toward the middle of the blade than at the axle portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Aquaplay AB
    Inventor: Lannart Dahlgren
  • Patent number: 5637025
    Abstract: A water activity toy including a main channel portion for a stream of water, and the channel having a siding which distends one side of the channel. A gate or wall is pivotally supported on a pivot post in the main channel and is operable between an upstream-downstream orientation, which directs the main water flow through the main channel portion for floating a vessel through the main channel portion and an orientation transverse to the main channel portion which diverts the main water flow into the siding and floats the vessel into the siding. The gate is also operable to the upstream-downstream orientation with the vessel in the siding for retaining the vessel in the siding. The siding may be a harbor for the vessel. An impeller moves the water in a stream through the main channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Aquaplay AB
    Inventor: Lennart Dahlgren
  • Patent number: 5385501
    Abstract: A toy floats on the water surface of a pool. A hydraulic jet propulsion unit is connected to the bottom face of the toy. The propulsion unit includes a rigid tubular member with a straight central portion, a forward right angle elbow and a rear exhaust tube extending at an acute angle to the central portion. The forward elbow is connected by a flexible hose tether to a water source. Thee hose is anchored at an intermediate point to the pool bottom. The rigid tubular member is rotatably mounted in a housing so that it is free to rotate about the long axis of its straight portion. Water forced through the rigid tubular member is ejected from the exhaust tube, forcing the toy forward. When the elbow is vertical, the toy moves straight forward. When the elbow is rotated to the left or right by the pull of the tether, the exhaust tube also rotates to left or right causing the exhaust jet to leave the stern at an angle, turning the toy as it moves forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: Richard I. Fish
  • Patent number: 5329714
    Abstract: A floating body disposed within a liquid-filled container has top and bottom portions provided with extensible and retractable objects, some of which have a greater buoyancy then the body and the remainder of which tend to sink in the liquid. The body and objects have various configurations and designs which create three-dimensional changes during floating of the body each time the container is turned upside-down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee
  • Patent number: 5213540
    Abstract: An aquatic toy includes a tank containing liquid. The tank includes a bottom part having an upper perforated plate member, a lower guide plate member connected to the upper perforated plate member, and a space formed between the upper perforated plate member and the lower guide plate member. A floatable toy floats on the liquid in the tank. A base is attached to the bottom part of the tank. A liquid propelling unit is provided in the bottom part of the tank which forces the liquid upwards from the space through the upper perforated plate member when it is actuated. A motor is mounted in the base and connected to the liquid propelling unit, actuating the liquid propelling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: Tsai-Ten Yang
  • Patent number: 5213616
    Abstract: The invention is a propulsion process for lightweight miniature toy boats which comprises the interaction of certain organic compounds containing certain chemical radicals with water in such manner as to temporarily increase the surface tension of water in the vicinity of application to said boats resulting in a propulsion force to propel said boats with sufficient speed and sustained activity as to constitute a novel and interesting toy for young children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: George Walton
  • Patent number: 5096451
    Abstract: A doll including a body, the body being shaped to depict the body of a mermaid, a head, the body and head having generally hollow interiors, apparatus positioned within the body and the head for providing sound, and apparatus for activating the apparatus for providing sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin K. Smith, Liliane Davidson, William Hart
  • Patent number: 5092807
    Abstract: This invention relates to an optically decorated elongated member comprising a transparent tube sealed at both ends including one or more brightly colored thin elongated members disposed in a helical configuration therein and containing a fluid medium suspending numerous light-reflecting platelets filling thereof with a small volume of air space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventors: Hyok S. Lew, John W. Elias
  • Patent number: 4919636
    Abstract: An educational water toy for children, which incorporates a first water tank (1) fitted to a base plate (2) and having at least one outlet opening (21, 22). The base plate further has additional water tanks (3, 4) provided below the outlet opening (21, 22) and preferably designed as figures (31, 41), which are freely pivotably supported about a pivot axis (33, 43) extending perpendicularly to the base plate (1), in such a manner, that it in unfilled condition is in a balanced position, and that in at least partly filled condition by means of unbalance pivots to a tilting position, in which it is emptied. By a repetition of this process a rocking motion is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: Lennart Dahlgren
  • Patent number: 4569147
    Abstract: A fishing lure of minimal buoyancy, having a propeller-driven tail that wriggles realistically in response to motion of the lure through the water. Minimal buoyancy is assured by the use of small diameter wire in the construction of the body of the lure, and mounting arms provided on upper and lower parts of the body of the lure permit the addition of weights, floats, or control surfaces so that the lure will run at a desired depth, such as during trolling. The fish hook is preferably disposed in the tail of the lure, which tail is readily detachable from the body of the lure when a fish is caught. Versatility of the lure is assured by the tail and the propeller being readily exchangeable for devices of a different configuration, such as when operating conditions, or the fish being sought, warrant a change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Inventor: Howard Margulis
  • Patent number: 4555236
    Abstract: A hand-actuated puppet is fabricated of resilient thin flat sheet material which permits the puppet to be compacted to a flat storage configuration amenable to packaging within the cover of a book. The puppet is comprised of upper and lower panels interconnected by a W-shaped hinge which permits the forward extremities of the panels to be brought together and flexibly deformed so as to meet in a coplanar abutment site. The abutment site is capable of gripping flat objects.Flat objects, having an appearance associated with the appearance of the puppet, may be packaged with the puppet as a kit. Still another kit encompasses the combination of the puppet with related literary material such as a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Peyton