Simulated Aircraft Or Space Vehicle (i.e., Non-aerodynamic) Patents (Class 446/230)
  • Patent number: 10569184
    Abstract: A self-propelled toy glider includes a flexible frame and a flight surface. The flexible frame may be deformed and held within the user's hand. When deformed, the flexible frame stores spring energy. This spring energy is subsequently used to propel the self-propelled toy glider forward as it returns to original shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Connor Lee Middleton
  • Patent number: 9101849
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is disclosed. The toy vehicle includes a body and portions or mechanisms that are movably coupled to the body. The movable portions are repositionable with respect to the body. The toy vehicle includes an actuator that can be moved relative to the body. Movement of the actuator causes at least one of the movable portions to be repositioned or moved relative to the body. The repositioning of the movable portions results in the toy vehicle having different configurations. The actuator can be placed in one of several positions relative to the body. The movement of the actuator from a first position to a second position causes a movable portion to move from a first position to a second position. The movement of the actuator from its second position to a third position causes another movable portion to move from its first position to its second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mauricio Bedolla, Glenn Yu, Kwun Chung Mo, Michael Finizza
  • Publication number: 20140141690
    Abstract: A composite toy for use with a writing utensil. The composite toy includes a first and second assembly. The first and second assemblies are removeably mutually attachable, and the first and second assemblies are each removeably attachable to a writing utensil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Stuart BROWNING
  • Publication number: 20130217298
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is disclosed. The toy vehicle includes a body and portions or mechanisms that are movably coupled to the body. The movable portions are repositionable with respect to the body. The toy vehicle includes an actuator that can be moved relative to the body. Movement of the actuator causes at least one of the movable portions to be repositioned or moved relative to the body. The repositioning of the movable portions results in the toy vehicle having different configurations. The actuator can be placed in one of several positions relative to the body. The movement of the actuator from a first position to a second position causes a movable portion to move from a first position to a second position. The movement of the actuator from its second position to a third position causes another movable portion to move from its first position to its second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Mauricio Bedolla, Glenn Yu, Kwun Chung Mo, Michael Finizza
  • Publication number: 20130157541
    Abstract: A reconfigurable toy vehicle is provided, the toy vehicle having: a first configuration and a second configuration; a main body portion, having a forward end, a rearward end and a pair of side members extending from the forward end to the rearward end; at least two telescopic wings attached to the main body portion; a retractable canopy movably secured to the main body portion, the retractable canopy being configured to cover a portion of the main body portion when the toy vehicle is in the second configuration; and a folding rear portion pivotally mounted to the main body portion, wherein movement of the folding rear portion causes the toy vehicle to transition between the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Constantine Evangelos Kafantaris, Pak Keung Chu
  • Patent number: 8182307
    Abstract: The present invention features a toy artificial planet space station comprising a generally hollow spherical unit, wherein the spherical unit is assembled from a plurality of levels, the levels are interconnected via an interconnecting mechanism and are detachable from each other, the levels are generally circular flat disk shaped and are generally hollow with aquatic avionic continental transformer port circular disk shapes inside each detachable artificial planet hollow level and a landing gear; and a landing gear assembly comprising four legs pivotally attached to the unit near the front end, the leg of the landing gear is operatively connected to motor that can draw in the leg towards the unit or extend the leg away from the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph A. (M. F.) Pinkard
  • Patent number: 7874892
    Abstract: A playset includes a launching device and one or more accessory toys. The launching device includes a launch tube and a bellows system operable to generate a flow of air through the launch tube. The accessory toys may include vehicles such as air-launched vehicles and surface-launched vehicles. Each accessory toy may include a port that receives the launch tube. In use, an accessory toy is mounted onto the launch tube and the bellows is compressed, causing the air to propel the vehicle into the air or along a surface. In another embodiment, the launch tube may include and interference assembly that selectively prohibits the mounting of an accessory toy onto the launch tube, or prevents the launching of accessory toys already mounted onto the tube. The launching device may further be incorporated into a carrying case or a transport vehicle toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Alan Hippely
  • Patent number: 7722426
    Abstract: A toy, comprising or a cockpit; and a pair of wings moveably coupled to the cockpit; wherein at least the pair of wings are transformable between a driving configuration and a flying configuration, wherein in the driving configuration the wings extend longitudinally and flank the cockpit, and wherein in the flying configuration the wings extend laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Fraser Campbell
  • Patent number: 7662042
    Abstract: An adjustable video game cockpit that facilitates a number of independent adjustments to accommodate users of all sizes. The video game cockpit may include a video monitor stand and a universal video game console mount. The inclusion of the video monitor stand and universal video game console permit the cockpit to operate as a single gaming unit. The video game cockpit collapses down to a low profile for convenient relocation and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: George Joseph Oswald
  • Patent number: 7311578
    Abstract: A riding toy includes a body simulating a physical object and having a recessed area adapted to receive a human rider's torso. A harness is adapted to be worn by a human carrier, such that the rider is supported in front of the carrier and the body is supported in front of the rider. The body may take on various forms including vehicles and animals, and may include one or more interactive features. The body may also be worn directly by the rider, or may be mounted on a rolling chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen C. Stanley, David K. Stanley
  • Patent number: 7238078
    Abstract: A changeable model flight toy which can simulate the takeoff and landing attitudes and flight attitudes at low cost in accordance with different types of airplanes is provided. A plurality of airplane bodies having different outer appearance forms which can be maintained for a long period of time are interchangeably mounted on an inner sleeve. A changeable model flight toy 100 characterized by a flight operation unit 120 which is incorporated within airplane bodies 110, 210 is disclosed. A takeoff and landing control panel 130 hoists and lowers the flight operation unit 120 while bearing the unit 120. The airplane body 110, 210 comprises a nose side body 110A, 210A including the main wing 112, 212 and a tail assembly side body 110B, 210B including the tail assembly 115, 215.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Noboru Kimura
  • Patent number: 7104864
    Abstract: A system for the construction of life size play structures includes a multiplicity of inflatable building blocks, each being a member of a finite set of different multi-sided block types. Each such type is a cylinder having the cross section of a regular polyhedron, and the length of each side of each polyhedron is identical. The blocks are attached to each other by means of a rotating joint which aligns each contiguous side of each block with the contiguous side of the adjoining block, but which does not allow each such to translate relative to the adjoining block. The joints are constructed at fixed locations along the sides according to specific dimensional ratios. Stiffening means are used to maintain the dimensional integrity of each block, and to maintain the uniformity of the system from block to block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Dick Liou
  • Patent number: 6752682
    Abstract: A cylindrical toy rocket that measures at least 8-inches long and 2½ inches in diameter. The rocket has a weighted rubber nose cone that is mounted on an inner slide tube that fits inside the rocket's main body tube in contact with a compression spring. At least three guide fins are attached to the outside bottom of the rocket's main body tube. The rocket is launched by means of an attached tether and gripping handle. In use, the handle is gripped in the hand of the player and swung in a vertical circular motion starting in an upward direction. The rocket is then released such that it is catapulted upward into the sky along an initial flight path. When the rocket reaches its apex and starts a descent, the heavier nose cone will assume a downward position. Upon impact with the ground, the nose cone and inner sliding tube are forced into the main tube body of the rocket, thereby compressing and storing potential energy in the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Conrad M. Ferrell
  • Patent number: 6688937
    Abstract: A semi-scale toy plane is disclosed. The fuselage is made of tetrahedral folding plates. Fuselage has a front and a rear parts. The front fuselage is an enhanced straight tube, the rear fuselage is a tetrahedral cone. Front and rear fuselages are joined by joint members. Rear fuselage and tail plane are integrally formed with a crease divided therebetween. Wing is secured to fuselage by engaging buttons to button holes. V-shaped dihedral frames are secured between wing and dihedral holders of fuselage. This invention is capable of finishing assembly in about 10 seconds without requiring a user having any glue, tool, skill or aerodynamics knowledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventor: Yu-Chi Tsai
  • Patent number: 6659839
    Abstract: A toy or model aircraft with motions that can reproduce the operational status and flight attitude of the corresponding real aircraft. Model aircraft include a vertical motion device for enabling the aircraft body to ascend or descend in order to reproduce changes in position from a state in which the aircraft is set at a lower position so as to copy the attitude of the corresponding real aircraft during a halt on the ground to a state in which the aircraft is set at a higher position so as to copy the attitude of the corresponding real aircraft during a flight, and an attitude control device for enabling the aircraft body to be inclined in longitudinal and lateral directions in order to reproduce longitudinal and lateral motions of the rear aircraft, the attitude control device being provided at a tip portion of the vertical motion device, so that an operation performed by the vertical motion device can be synthesized with an operation performed by the attitude control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Tokyo Marui Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Iwasawa
  • Publication number: 20030119417
    Abstract: The present invention provides toy or model aircraft with motions that can reproduce the operational status and flight attitude of the corresponding real aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventor: Tatsuo Iwasawa
  • Publication number: 20010049249
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for an interactive toy which synthesizes sound in real time in response to changing events. At least one sensor provides continuous motion information, including at least information related to the angular position and the velocity of at least one toy portion's motion relative to a second toy portion. Each toy portion resembles portions of a vehicle. A memory is used to store data relating to a plurality of play scenarios as well as to store information related to a user's play pattern. A processor is coupled to the memory and the at least one sensor. The processor is configured to select one of the play scenarios based on at least the continuous motion information and to produce synthesized sounds resembling sounds made by real versions of at least one of the two toy portions in response to at least the continuous motion information, the play pattern information, and the selected play scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventors: Jeremy Tachau, Aldo Spadoni, Mark Johnson-Williams
  • Patent number: 6322418
    Abstract: A toy airship includes an elongated hull having a generally. circular cross section which includes a pair of panels. The panels are movably supported with respect to the remainder of the airship hull by a plurality of pivotally supported arms. The interior ends of the pivotally supported arms are secured to a movable slide which is positioned by a return spring so-as-to pivot the supporting arms of the panels forwardly and outwardly thereby extending the movable panels to reconfigure the toy airship in a hydrofoil craft configuration. A movable button is operative coupled to the slide and is used to drive the slide forwardly against the return spring and thereby pivot the panel supporting arms rearwardly and inwardly. As the arms are pivoted rearwardly and inwardly, the panels are configured into a closed position resulting in reconfiguring the toy airship in its airship resembling configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Hippely, Randolph Cyr
  • Toy
    Patent number: 6203393
    Abstract: A toy which includes a hollow spherical body is disclosed. The body is adapted to be dismantled into at least two parts. Component parts are included within the body. These component parts are adapted to be releasably fixed to the exterior of the body to modify the appearance of the body into a car, a truck, a helicopter, aircraft, spaceship, submarine or similar vehicle. A character may also be included within the spherical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: The All-Round Company Limited
    Inventor: John Flynn
  • Patent number: 6155902
    Abstract: A wagon has a body with front and rear ends. Front wheels are rotatably coupled to the front end of the body and rear wheels are rotatably coupled to the rear end of the body. Each of the front wheels is pivotally coupled to the body. The wagon has front and rear steering members coupled to the respective front and rear ends of the body. The front and rear steering members are coupled to the front wheels so as to control the pivoting of the front wheels and thus the steering of the wagon. The rear end of the wagon has foot cavities therein which face rearward and have a bottom wall. Thus, a child pushing the wagon from the rear end can coast with the wagon by having the child's feet or foot inside the cavities. The wagon also has center wheels located between the front and rear wheels. The center wheels are raised above the front and rear wheels to provide a smoother ride over bumpy terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventors: James S. Kole, Jr., Christene Denise Garner
  • Patent number: 6105903
    Abstract: An inflatable flying toy made of plastic membrane. The flying toy is formed with several inflatable air passages communicated with each other. After inflated, the air passages are expanded to serve as a support frame for stretching and supporting the flying toy into a kite form. At predetermined positions of the air passages are disposed latch holes or wing holes connecting with a hook injection member or tied with a pull string. The hook injection member can be hooked with a catapult which is able to resiliently inject the flying toy as a glider. A pull string can be tied with the flying toy to control the flying or floating direction of the kite by pulling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: David Chen
  • Patent number: 6083078
    Abstract: A toy includes a first platform with a proximate edge, a distal edge, and first and second lateral edges interconnecting the proximate and distal edges. A moving body has a front wheel, first and second rear wheels, and a turning wheel between the front and rear wheels. The moving body is provided with a driving unit coupled to the turning wheel and the first rear wheel. The turning wheel is rotatable about an axis perpendicular to that of the front and rear wheels, and is disposed higher than bottom portions of the front and rear wheels to prevent the moving body from falling off the first platform when the driving unit drives movement of the moving body on the first platform. A connecting rail has a first end portion mounted on the proximate edge, and is connected to a second platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Dah Yang Toy Industrial Col, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chieh-Te Yang
  • Patent number: 5931716
    Abstract: A substantially disk shaped body includes a downwardly curved perimeter and a circular, raised central portion. A plurality of substantially evenly spaced apertures are distributed annularly about the central portion. A switch is positioned substantially at a top of the central portion, the switch including a hole there-through for connecting to a cord for hanging the body. A circuit includes the switch, a battery receptacle, a sound generating device, and at least one light source. The circuit is configured to activate the light source when the switch is moved to one side, and to activate the light source and the sound generating device when the switch is moved to an opposite side. The battery receptacle, the sound generating device, and the light source are positioned beneath the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventors: Lloyd M. Hopkins, Jane M. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 5810638
    Abstract: A novel toy shuttle for simulating play on land, air and outer space. The shuttle body having retractable side wings each having spring loaded projectile launchers thereon. Retractable wheels are located beneath the shuttle body along with a trap door which has a pliable disc harness sized to fit about waists of bendable action figures. On top of the shuttle body are foldable and removable helicopter blades and a rear facing tail stabilizer propeller can be stored into the top of a slidable cover on the shuttle body. Beneath the slidable cover is a robot pilot compartment for magnetically supporting a robot pilot, and a crew compartment for seating the bendable action figures. The front of the shuttle body has a cockpit cover with a hinged lid where additional action figures can be positioned therein. Battery powered lights are located at the front and rear of the shuttle body. A piston operated water gun allows for water to be squirted from the front of the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Angels of Today, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley Wood
  • Patent number: 5803789
    Abstract: A remote control toy includes a remote land vehicle which is controlled by a hand controller configured in the shape of a flying vehicle. The hand controller includes a switch for controlling forward and rearward movement of the land vehicle and a photoelectric tilt switch for controlling steering of the land vehicle wherein tilting movement of the flying vehicle hand controller causes steering of the land vehicle. The tilting movement of the hand controller for steering creates that appearance that the flying vehicle is following or chasing the land vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventors: Bryan L. Dean, Victor G. Reiling, Loren T. Taylor, Todd W. Wise, Charles W. Miga
  • Patent number: 5733169
    Abstract: A toy airplane with rotary decorative bodies, which includes a motor for driving a gear set. The gear set in turn drives a rotary power wheel set and two opposite cams to rotate. Each cam is formed with a guiding groove along its periphery for guiding a rocking arm to regularly swing therewithin. The rocking arm further drives a resilient linking member which drives an ascending/descending support shaft to move up and down for pushing a rotary shaft and changing the engagement state between a gear disposed at middle section thereof and the gear set, whereby the rotary shaft is rotated in cooperation with the ascending/descending of the ascending/descending support shaft so as to drive the decorative body disposed at the end portion of the rotary shaft to rotate and create an entertaining effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Wen Ho Tsai
  • Patent number: 5344354
    Abstract: A flight-simulating airplane toy that consists of a two-handle control grip resembling a conventional cockpit control yoke comprising a forward-projecting shaft upon which a model aircraft is removably mounted. The shaft is rotatably journaled on a bearing in the front of the grip and is driven by a reversible motor actuated by control switches in the handles that permit a user to rotate the shaft clockwise or counterclockwise, thus simulating an aircraft roll in either direction as the grip is held stationary. The proximal end of the shaft is fitted with radial arms that are visible through a window in the grip, thus providing a bank indicator for the position of the craft with respect to the ground. The same grip can be used with different airplane models by replacing planes through a connection of the distal end of the shaft with a longitudinal opening along the back side of the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: Larry Wiley
  • Patent number: 5240448
    Abstract: A set of glider planes formed in the shape of actual fighter aircraft are provided. Each glider includes a flat front portion having the profile of a fighter aircraft and bearing a graphical depiction of the fighter aircraft. To improve the aerodynamics of the gliders, each glider includes a generally circular flat rear portion extending rearwardly from the front portion. The rear portion may include a graphic depiction of exhaust plumes. The glider is inexpensively constructed of a foam laminate material and is launchable by means of a common household elastic band. A launching base, configured in the shape of a miniature aircraft helmet, is provided. The launching base has a hollow cavity sized to mount securely over the left thumb of a child. An elastic band connects the launching base to the glider to provide a launching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Inventor: Paul J. Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 5232391
    Abstract: An aerodynamic toy apparatus is mounted at one end on the side window of a motor vehicle and is manually manipulated from within the vehicle by a passenger in the back seat. A generally rectangular support member is configured at one end to be received on the window glass and has an aerodynamically shaped cup-like shroud portion at the opposed end positioned outwardly a distance from the vehicle. A retractable toy member connected to a pivot arm on the interior of the shroud is movable from a retracted position to an extended position to be acted upon by air currents as the vehicle moves and is manually manipulated by cables from the vehicle interior to simulate flying and other movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Inventors: Ronald E. Vaughns, Gary L. Glazebrook, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5096452
    Abstract: In a model airplane having a landing gear 5 provided on a fuselage 1 or wing made as a zinc-alloy die-casting where a bearing member 19 is suspended from a strut 18, it is desirable that the manufacture of an accurately modelled landing gear be simplified. This is achieved in that a landing gear 8 formed with two clasp member arms 10 made of elastically bendable plastic forms the bearing member 19 and at least partially the strut 18 with a tenon 11 being inserted and glued into a cast cavity 12 in the fuselage 1/wing wherein the clasp member 8 bears against the zinc-alloy die-casting with a thickening shoulder 17. The clasp member being a plastic moulding permits a finely engraved realistic appearance of the strut and bearing member while simplifying assembly of the wheel pair and reducing the scrapping rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Fritz Wagener GmbH
    Inventor: Claus Wagener
  • Patent number: 5019010
    Abstract: A transformable block toy includes a main body segment and at least one movable segment movably connected to the main body segment and being movable between retracted and extended positions. The main body segment and the movable segment form a building block having a geometric shape when the movable segment is in the retracted position and a vehicle or animal when in the extended position. A variety of geometric shapes and vehicle types are formed in different embodiments of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Tomy Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruo Nikaido, Ichiro Ohi
  • Patent number: 4889514
    Abstract: A hand-propelled toy airplane, locomotive or other wheeled vehicle for pre-school children having a handle making it possible for a player to push the vehicle along a surface. The vehicle is provided with one or more lights whose bulbs are connected to a battery supply through a handle switch that is actuated only when the player grasps the handle to turn on the lights. Operatively coupled to the axle of a wheel set is an interrupter switch connected in series with the handle switch, the circuit arrangement being such that when the handle switch is actuated, at least one light goes one, and when the vehicle is pushed along the surface, the actuated interrupter switch then causes the lights to turn on intermittently to produce a blinking effect at a rate depending on how fast the vehicle is being propelled. When the handle switch is released by the player, the battery supply is disconnected from the bulbs, so that no power is drained from the supply when the toy is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Buddy L Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Auer, Richard L. Keats, Jore M. Chung
  • Patent number: 4810224
    Abstract: An action toy for simulating combat between two opposing forces using miniaturized toy combat equipment and target locations. The top comprises at least one miniature combat attack device having a transmitter therein for selecting and generating a radio signal at a preset first frequency. At least one target device is provided and includes a plurality of target components which are releasably coupled together and capable of being dislodged to simulate a combat strike with attendant destruction. The target device includes a receiver pretuned to the first frequency and responsive to its transmission. Detection circuitry is provided to detect the transmission of the first signal and generate a destruct signal. A target release arm is placed proximate to the target component in spring loaded manner and includes a releasable retaining arm which holds the target release arm in a spring loaded, retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Robert J. DeVincent
  • Patent number: 4750895
    Abstract: A reconfigurable toy assembly which is capable of transforming into six different forms, such as a robotic humanfold form, a gun form, a jet plane form, an automobile form, an armored car form and a puma form, by changing positions of movable toy components is disclosed. The toy assembly having a base member constituting a trunk portion of the robotic humanoid form, a robotic head member, a pair of arm members, a pair of leg members, a pair of front wing members, a pair of rear wing members, a pair of hand members and at least one head member of another form such as the puma form. When configured into one particular form, the toy assembly is capable of containing the components used for the other forms within the movable components used for the particular form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Muneyoshi Shinohara, Yoshio Suzuki, Takashi Kunihiro
  • Patent number: 4717365
    Abstract: A toy sword spaceship having a generally hollow body shell containing opposed track channels in which lateral guide rails of an elongated toy sword blade are received for sliding back and forth. Pivotally mounted wings fold out when the sword blade is slid from a retracted position to a fully extended position. Depending from the sword blade is a pivotally mounted handle which folds up and is received substantially within the body shell when the blade is retracted. To receive a toy action figure, the sword spaceship is provided with a recessed cockpit area that is covered by a pivotally mounted, transparent, canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Michael A. Andersen, Henry Arias, Wayne A. Kuna
  • Patent number: 4676763
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is provided, including: a body; a spring, power generating unit connected to the body; a plurality of driving wheels connected to the spring, power generating unit through a transmission; a pair of legs mechanically connected to the spring, power generating unit through the transmission; a crank mechanism connected to the legs; a speed control gear mechanism capable of being connected to or disconnected from the transmission by automatic switching motion of a planetary gear meshing with a first gear of the transmission; and a movable actuating member, one end of which contacts the ground when the driving wheels contact the ground, thus moving the other end of the actuating member which disengages the planetary gear from the speed control gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co, Inc.
    Inventors: Makato Saito, Hiroyuki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4668205
    Abstract: A toy that can be used to simulate a vehicle or an aircraft is presented. The toy has a hood rotatably coupled to its front end which may be opened and closed. A rear portion is rotatably coupled to the rear end of the toy and may be rotated to two positions in order to simulate the tail portion of an aircraft and the back of a vehicle. Wing extensions are rotatably coupled to wing supports extending from the sides of the toy. A wheel is rotatably coupled to each wing extension. The wing extensions may be rotated to a vertical position so that the wheels will rest on a supporting surface and support the rear end of the toy. As such, the toy simulates a vehicle when the wing extensions are rotated to a vertical position and simulates an aircraft when the wing extensions remain in a horizontal position. Swingarms supporting simulated guns are rotatably coupled to the sides of the toy. A toy doll may be placed inside the toy and used in conjunction with the swingarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Terence A. Choy, Harold A. Hartleben
  • Patent number: 4585423
    Abstract: A toy aeroplane composed of a fuselage, a gear box fixed to the fuselage, a wheel axle holder rotatably mounted in the gear box, a wheel axle which extends rotatably through the gear box and the wheel axle holder and which carries a wheel at each end thereof, a further wheel which is rotatably mounted to the fuselage in front of the gear box, an electric motor mounted in the gear box, a reduction gear mounted in the gear box for transmitting rotation of the electric motor to the wheel axle and to the wheel axle holder and a crank mounted in the gear box for periodically changing the direction of rotation of the wheel axle holder. The axis of rotation of the wheel axle holder is perpendicular to the wheel axle and extends downwardly from the rear to the front of the toy aeroplane, whereby in use, the toy aeroplane turns and tilts alternately to the left and to the right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Hang Tjuk Industrial Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng L. Kwan
  • Patent number: 4571205
    Abstract: An express delivery playset includes an airplane, a delivery van, a loading dock, packages, a cargo transporter, and cargo containers. The plane has a conveyor belt for movement of the containers between a hatched opening at the fore end and the aft end of the substantially enclosed cargo area. Various packages carried by the van fit into the cargo containers and the plane, dock and transporter are adapted to receive the container. Off-loading packages from the van onto the dock is facilitated by a tilt-dump floor. A parallel linkage permits raising and lowering of the cargo transporter deck between the dock and the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: John V. Zaruba, Burton C. Meyer, Steven P. Hanson
  • Patent number: 4543073
    Abstract: A self-propelled, reconfigurable running toy that can be transformed from a running vehicle mode into a robot shaped toy mode is provided. In the vehicle mode, the toy can run with leg portions thereof folded up and locked in position above a body portion. During its running motion, the leg portions suddenly extend straight forwards, so that the toy is enabled to take up an upright (standing) position by the reaction force generated by the sudden movement of the leg portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 4500299
    Abstract: A toy cargo plane having a fuselage (24) with two front doors (32, 34) pivotably mounted within the front of the fuselage. The doors are mechanically opened by actuation of a lever and rod arrangement (44, 46) slideable along its axis and mounted within a slot formed in the tail end of the body. A further lever and rod arrangement (50, 52) slideably moves a ramp (36) in and out of the open front doors to enable vehicles or other toys to be loaded onto the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1985
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Kelley, Terry K. Prince
  • Patent number: 4467556
    Abstract: A toy vehicle which is capable of changing both its size and shape has a compound vehicle chassis having a first and a second chassis member. The chassis members are movable with respect to one another. The chassis members are connected together such that they can be moved with respect to one another reversibly between a first position and a second position. The body of the vehicle includes at least one movable member which is movably associated with one of the chassis members and is movable with respect to the chassis member with which it is associated with between two positions. The spatial relationship between parts of the body of the vehicle is changeable in conjunction with movement of the chassis members and the movable member between their respective positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Noriaki Iwao, Akira Abe