Figure Mounted On Wheeled Support Patents (Class 446/279)
  • Patent number: 10610796
    Abstract: A ride-on vehicle has a vehicle body, a plurality of wheels, at least one passenger seat, a steering wheel, an accelerator pedal, a rear panel, first and second crossing legs and a spare tire. The rear panel has a table top section and a base support, the table top section having a table top surface and a bottom surface. The rear panel can be positioned in a driving mode position and a stationary mode position, with the table top surface positioned against the passenger seat when in the driving mode position, and the table top surface is positioned horizontally when in the stationary mode position. The crossing legs and the spare tire can be secured against the bottom of the rear panel when the rear panel is in the driving mode position, and the crossing legs and spare tire can be assembled into a portable stool when removed from the rear panel, with the crossing legs intertwined and the spare tire removably secured on top of the crossing legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: National Products Limited
    Inventors: Vincent Thuan Thanh Thai, Yuen Lam Ng
  • Patent number: 10155588
    Abstract: A quadrotor UAV including ruggedized, integral-battery, load-bearing body, two arms on the load-bearing body, each arm having two rotors, a control module mounted on the load-bearing body, a payload module mounted on the control module, and skids configured as landing gear. The two arms are replaceable with arms having wheels for ground vehicle use, with arms having floats and props for water-surface use, and with arms having pitch-controlled props for underwater use. The control module is configured to operate as an unmanned aerial vehicle, an unmanned ground vehicle, an unmanned (water) surface vehicle, and an unmanned underwater vehicle, depending on the type of arms that are attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: AeroVironment Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Fisher, Phillip T. Tokumaru, Marc L. Schmalzel, John Peter Zwaan, Jeremy D. Tyler, Justin B. McAllister, Gabriel E. Torres, Pavel Belik
  • Patent number: 9943070
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a motorized carriage for supporting and transporting a representation of a barrel which can be used as a visual target for a barrel or cutting horse. The carriage is provided with a pair of treads for making contact with and moving the carriage over the ground. The pair of treads is coupled to a driving mechanism having two motors, each coupled to one of the treads via a drive mechanism. The drive mechanism may be a chain-drive mechanism, a belt-drive, a gear-drive, a direct drive or other mechanism. The motorized carriage may include a radio receiver for remote control of the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Allen, Lewis Collins
  • Toy
    Publication number: 20120238182
    Abstract: A toy is is provided, which is a tangible representation of a fictional character that is part animal and part automotive vehicle, such tangible representation being, for example, in the form of a two- or preferably three-dimensional model (such as a paper, cardboard, plastic or metallic miniature, or a soft sculpture).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Philippe Gerber
  • Patent number: 8210897
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an interactive intelligent toy comprising an intelligent element configured to resemble a person, animal, vehicle or other character and an environmental element configured to resemble a related environment, habitat or object. The intelligent element is adapted to perform certain preprogrammed actions upon coming into contact with or proximity to the environmental element. In one embodiment, the intelligent element is a motive component having a drive mechanism, a control mechanism and power source. The motive component is programmed to monitor and detect user and event inputs, and detect and decode embedded codes from an environmental element and perform predetermined actions or generate predetermined sounds in response. The motive component also engages with a coupling component and supplies the drive mechanism and power source for moving both the motive component and the coupling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cepia, LLC
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus Benson, Joseph McGowan, Michael Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20110256798
    Abstract: A toy vehicle for a doll that can be coupled to a child's vehicle is disclosed. In one implementation, the toy vehicle is configured to support a doll in a configuration that is similar to the configuration of a child on the child's vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Leynes
  • Patent number: 7985117
    Abstract: A toy vehicle for a doll that can be coupled to a child's vehicle is disclosed. In one implementation, the toy vehicle is a toy scooter that is configured to support a doll in a standing configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Leynes
  • Patent number: 7942719
    Abstract: A fully functional miniature toy bicycle is sized and configured to receive and support a doll in a typical riding posture. Apparatus secures the toy bicycle to the host bicycle handle bars in a releasable attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Leynes
  • Patent number: 7762868
    Abstract: A wall descending toy has a housing and a moveable part. A sticky wheel is located with the housing to facilitate movement of the housing down an inclined or vertical surface. There is a mechanical link moveable with movement of the housing and which causes movement of the moveable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: T K Wong & Associates Limited
    Inventor: Tak Ko Wong
  • Publication number: 20100109279
    Abstract: A toy vehicle for a doll that can be coupled to a child's vehicle is disclosed. In one implementation, the toy vehicle is a toy scooter that is configured to support a doll in a standing configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Gary LEYNES
  • Patent number: 7568965
    Abstract: The present invention provides a transformable toy with which the user can enjoy the transforming process of the figure of the toy much more than ever. A movable toy includes an assembly composed of a plurality of components. The assembly is mounted onto an upper body of a toy doll to constitute an exterior 30 for the upper body of a toy robot. The assembly includes a first assembly constituent section, a second assembly constituent section, and a third assembly constituent section. The first assembly constituent section (13A, 14, 15) is disposed in a front side of the toy doll. The second assembly constituent section (11, 13B, 17) is connected to the first assembly constituent section and disposed in a back side of the toy doll. A handle (16A, 16B) composing the third assembly constituent section connects the first and second assembly constituent sections. The first, second and third assembly constituent sections are assembled together in an annular shape to constitute the exterior 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Toriyama, Tetsuro Itami, Shinichi Hanamoto, Koji Okamoto
  • Publication number: 20080242192
    Abstract: A radio controlled snowboard system having a steerable snowboard and an erect figurine. The erect figurine is pivotally attachable to the steerable snowboard. The steerable snowboard includes a plurality of steering edges and a steering system configured to control the movement of the snowboard by relative weight transitions relative to one of the plurality of steering edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Steven J. Derrah
  • Patent number: 7347761
    Abstract: A toy is comprised of a propulsion system, such as a frame rollably supported by one or more driven wheels. The toy may be configured generically to include one or more platforms and a mounting bracket for connecting or supporting a variety of elements for transport and the remote control is used to control the toy, such as to cause the toy to move forward, in reverse, to stop, and to turn. In one embodiment the toy is utilized to entertain a pet, the toy having an animal likeness connected thereto. The animal likeness maybe animated and controlled remotely as well. The animal likeness is enticing to a pet in engaging in hunting and tracking of the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Think Tek, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Rowe, John Rowe
  • Publication number: 20070293121
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toy vehicle with one or more wheels to allow the same to move along a surface. At least one item is provided to be selectively positionable on the vehicle, typically on an elongate member positioned around at least part of the side, front and/or end of the vehicle. The selective positioning of the item on the vehicle allows the path of movement and/or number of wheels in contact with the surface to be adjusted depending on the selected location of the item on the toy vehicle at that time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Kay
  • Patent number: 7291053
    Abstract: A radio-controlled toy two-wheeled vehicle where a front wheel support body is installed on a vehicle body without steering angle limitation and a doll portion is installed swingably on the upper part of the vehicle. The doll portion is moved by radio control vertically to an advance direction of the vehicle and parallel in a horizontal direction with respect to the vehicle body, so that steering is made by tilting the front wheel support body through the movement of doll's gravity center caused by the parallel movement of the doll. A doll movement control portion and travel control of the two-wheeled vehicle are conducted by radio. The doll movement control portion is mounted on the middle of the two-wheeled vehicle. A drive portion for driving the doll is fitted loosely in a hole portion cut in a doll's torso portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Nikko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenji Mukaida
  • Patent number: 7246574
    Abstract: A pet toy capable of dispensing catnip or similar substance. The toy comprises a compartment for holding the substance. The toy also comprises a movement-promoting element operative to move the compartment so the substance, or an aroma of the substance, may pass through a sifting hole of the compartment. One embodiment of the toy comprises a rotating element, such as a ball, rotating about a horizontal axis within a larger body as a result of propelling the toy across a horizontal surface. The rotating element includes the compartment holding the substance so that some of the substance escapes the compartment as a result of the rotation of the rotating element. Various alternative embodiments of the invention are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Aspen Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jack W. Renforth
  • Patent number: 6971942
    Abstract: A rotary feedback mechanism includes a first set of electrically conductive pads mounted to a first member and a wiper mounted to a second member. As the first and second members rotate relative to one another, the wiper sequentially contacts one or more pads of the first set of pads and provides an electrical signal to the contacted pad or pads. The electrical signal is communicated via the pad or pads to a controller, providing the controller with an indication of the angular position of the first member relative to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest D. Baker, Leonard R. Clark, Jr., Jesse Dorogusker, David Vincent Helmlinger, Eric David Listenberger, Joseph Thomas Moll, David Ribbe, Stephen N. Weiss
  • Patent number: 6726523
    Abstract: A remote-controlled toy skateboard device comprises a skateboard with a deck and front and rear truck assemblies pivotally connected to the deck. A toy figure has a lower body portion that is fixedly connected to the deck and an upper body portion that is connected for rotation with respect to the lower body portion. A torso drive mechanism is operably connected to the upper body portion of the toy figure to rotate the upper body portion with respect to the lower body portion. A steering mechanism is operably connected with one of the truck assemblies to tilt the deck with respect to the truck assemblies to thereby steer the skateboard. A drive mechanism is also operably connected to wheels of one truck assembly to propel the skateboard. A remote-control unit is configured to generate signals to remotely control movement of the toy figure, tilt between the deck and truck assemblies, and the speed and travel direction of the skateboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest D. Baker, Leonard R. Clark, Jr., Jesse Dorogusker, David Vincent Helmlinger, Eric David Listenberger, Joseph Thomas Moll, David Ribbe, Stephen N. Weiss
  • Patent number: 6616501
    Abstract: The present invention is a trim adjustment mechanism to balance a toy vehicle. One vehicle has a platform supporting two wheels in line along a central longitudinal vertical plane through the platform. The trim adjustment mechanism has a weight holder slideably supported by the platform to move transversely to the central vertical plane. A weight member is engaged with the weight holder for slideable movement with the weight holder. An adjustment lever has a first end operably coupled with the weight holder. The adjustment lever is pivotable about the first end such that rotation of the adjustment lever causes sliding side-to-side movement of the weight member, whereby a user can effectuate side-to-side movement of the weight member within the vehicle with the adjustment lever in order to balance the vehicle and enhance the stability of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert P. Spalinski
  • Patent number: 6540577
    Abstract: An amusement system that includes a miniature toy skateboard and the mechanism for engaging and lifting the miniature toy skateboard. The miniature toy skateboard is less than six inches long and is referred to as a finger board in the toy industry. The finger board is manufactured to have a top surface that is either magnetic or attracted to a magnet. The mechanism for engaging and lifting the finger board is a magnet that is held within an external object, such as a ring or a toy figure. A manually adjustable spacer is positioned in front of the magnet. To engage the finger board with the external object, the length of the spacer is minimized and the finger board is brought into close proximity with the magnet. The magnetic field created by the magnet attracts the finger board and holds the finger board against the external object. To detach the finger board, the length of the spacer is increased. This moves the external object out beyond the effective range of the magnetic field of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventors: Webb Nelson, Chan Yuk Ng
  • Patent number: 6533638
    Abstract: An amusement system that includes a miniature toy skateboard and the mechanism for engaging and lifting the miniature toy skateboard. The miniature toy skateboard is less than six inches long and is referred to as a finger board in the toy industry. The finger board is manufactured to have a top surface that is either magnetic or attracted to a magnet. The mechanism for engaging and lifting the finger board is a magnet that is held within an external object, such as a ring or a toy figure. A manually adjustable spacer is positioned in front of the magnet. To engage the finger board with the external object, the length of the spacer is minimized and the finger board is brought into close proximity with the magnet. The magnetic field created by the magnet attracts the finger board and holds the finger board against the external object. To detach the finger board, the length of the spacer is increased. This moves the external object out beyond the effective range of the magnetic field of the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventors: Webb Nelson, Chan Yuk Ng
  • Patent number: 6524161
    Abstract: A luminous toy capable of emitting light at any time anywhere without having to worry about a power shortage and failing to turn off a switch and capable of preventing environmental pollution. The luminous toy includes a toy body provided with a piezoelectric element which induces a voltage when it is strained, a rectifying circuit for rectifying the voltage generated from the piezoelectric element, a capacitor for smoothing the voltage rectified by the rectifying circuit and a luminous element connected in parallel to the capacitor. The luminous toy also includes a strain generating mechanism for generating strain for straining the piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignees: Shine Co., Ltd., Sega Toys, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukihiro Asami
  • Publication number: 20020182975
    Abstract: A sports demonstration figure including a body portion comprised of a leg portion, a torso portion, a pair of arm portions, and a head portion. The leg portion has a pair of apertures therein dimensioned for receiving two fingers therein. The leg portion has a pair of openings disposed on lower ends thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Christopher Schaffer
  • Publication number: 20020111110
    Abstract: A toy doll is articulated and removably attached to a toy scooter so that the doll's arms appear to steer the scooter and the doll's foot appears to tilt downward to push back against the ground and propel the scooter. Additionally, the animated toy doll and scooter assembly is controlled by a radio remote control unit itself shaped like a scooter and having a toy foot attached to it. The toy foot is slid forward or back to control the forward and reverse motion of the scooter and is turned to steer the scooter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Buford, Ben Ton
  • Publication number: 20020090879
    Abstract: A toy including stand up flexible pouch or other flexible type pouch affixed to a rollable mechanical base and method of making the toy. When assembled, the toy may be manually or remotely controlled to roll or move about in a predetermined direction or fashion. The flexible pouch is shaped and printed to resemble a desired character while still maintaining its ability to contain a product. The base apparatus includes rolling members, e.g., wheels, to allow the base to be rolled or otherwise moved across a surface. The pouch and base are joined together, for example, by heat sealing, ultrasonic sealing, adhesives, etc. The rollable base may include a battery or other power source and/or electronics allowing for remote controllability of the assembled toy. The flexible pouch may contain a separate food or other product and a fitment, snap closure or other type of reclosure as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Applicant: FRES-CO SYSTEM USA, INC.
    Inventor: David E. Galomb
  • Patent number: 6315630
    Abstract: A skateboard and remote control unit cooperate to provide remotely controlled movement of a skateboard in response to user commands. A doll is secured upon the upper surface of the skateboard in a standing position characteristic of typical skateboarders. The doll includes an upper torso freely pivotable upon a lower torso by a pivotal attachment therebetween. The upper torso further supports a pair of freely pivotable arms. An offset weight is secured within the doll upper torso to cause response to momentum changes by the skateboarding doll as the skateboard moves about. The doll upper torso and the doll arms freely move in response to momentum changes of the skateboard to provide a realistic appearing skateboarding doll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 6280286
    Abstract: A toy figure pair includes an assault toy figure having a punching mechanism which extends the toy figure arms in a punching or attacking movement as the user manipulates a movable toggle at the toy figure rear torso surface. A target toy figure is movably supported upon a plurality of freely rolling wheels and is able to roll away from impacts received from the assault toy figure. Additionally, a resilient cape supported upon the target toy figure is able to prevent tipping of the target toy figure under certain circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Andrews
  • Patent number: 5971832
    Abstract: A toy having a toy body, and a roller skating accessory integral with a part of the body, with a rigid or a freely rotating wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Eytan Siboni
  • Patent number: 5893791
    Abstract: A simulated game using miniature animate or inanimate objects which are intended to move in a direction and/or toward or away from each other includes utilizing a hollow ball or other rolling toy for at least some of the miniature objects. Movement of the toy is controlled by a remote controlled unit. In a preferred practice of the invention a frame is detachably mounted over the toy. The frame supports three dimensional structure simulating the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: William T. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 5791967
    Abstract: A toy car has a doll with a pistol in hand sitting on a seat respectively near to two opposite doors and a a small police car and a small motorcycle respectively at two sides in a car body. The two dolls and the small police car and the small motorcycle are intermittently moved out of and in the car body respectively by an upper push arm unit and a lower push arm unit pushed respectively by an upper cam and a lower cam both rotated by a gear system rotated by a motor powered by electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Ping-Lin Yeh
  • Patent number: 5641317
    Abstract: A transmission mechanism of a toy helicopter, including a casing disposed in a housing of the helicopter, a motor disposed in the casing and a gear set driven by the motor to drive a pair of cams. Each cam is formed with a peripheral groove within which two rocking arms are driven to regularly swing. The rocking arm simultaneously drives a linking lever and a torque spring. The torque spring drives a lifting support shaft to move up and down. The linking lever is levered about a fulcrum and has an inclined board at one end. The inclined board has an inclined side for contacting with two seat boards pulled by springs, whereby when the linking lever swings, the inclined side of the inclined board outward pushes the seat boards. When released from the pushing force, the seat boards are resiliently restored to home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Wen Ho Tsai
    Inventor: Tien Fu Huang
  • Patent number: 5310379
    Abstract: A multiple configuration toy vehicle includes an elongated chassis supported by a plurality of wheels. A rear support is pivotally secured to the rear of the chassis. A creature includes a center body, a rear body and head. The head and rear body are pivotally secured to the center body. The rear body is removably securable to the rear support and includes foldable wings which open as the rear body pivots with respect to the center body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Hippely, Philip O. Riehlman
  • Patent number: 5211075
    Abstract: An accessory (10) for bicycle handlebars (101); wherein, the accessory comprises a spring mounted figurine member (20) having its torso (22) and arms (24) releasably engaged with the handlebar (101); and, wherein the figurine member (20) may be removed from the handlebar (101) to serve as a stuffed toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventor: Linda D. Martin-Rossman
  • Patent number: 5158493
    Abstract: A robotic biped, quadruped or the like including a skeletal frame having right and left leg/foot assemblies, skeletal structure interconnecting the right and left leg/foot assemblies with freedom for movement relative to one another in respective ones of spaced parallel vertical planes and with one leg/foot assembly leading the other when both are firmly planted on the ground, right and left leg actuating mechanisms for raising and advancing respective ones of the left and right leg/foot assemblies mounted on respective ones of the right and left leg/foot assemblies, a remotely operable motor/transmission carried by the skeletal frame with freedom for right-to-left and left-to-right translation into the one of the right and left spaced parallel vertical planes containing the leading ground-engaged leg/foot assembly, a clutch or coupling mechanism for coupling the motor/transmission to the one of the right and left actuating mechanisms mounted on the leading one of the ground-engaged right and left leg/foot as
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Morgrey
  • Patent number: 5149289
    Abstract: The invention includes a doll transformable between two characters or persona. The doll includes interconnected upper body portions of each character or persona. A stand portraying the lower body portion of at least one of the characters or persona receives the upper body portion not in use. Assembly of the stand with one of the upper body portions extending therefrom gives the illusion of a complete character or persona.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Assignee: Patricia Edwards
    Inventors: Patricia Edwards, Jody Armstrong
  • Patent number: 4906215
    Abstract: The toy combination includes a toy vehicle having one or more pairs of spaced apart shoulders on exterior sides of the vehicle body and one or more toy attachments releasably secured on the pairs of shoulders by snap-fitting a respective pair of rails on the toy attachment against a respective pair of shoulders. The toy attachment includes resilient extensions on which the rails are carried. The extensions are flexed to snap-fit the rails on the shoulders. The toy attachment can include first and second pairs of extensions adjacent opposite ends with a receptacle intermediate the extensions for releasably receiving a toy figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Assignee: Lionel Trains, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor G. Reiling, Jr., Brian L. Dean, D. Michael Ledyard, Daniel J. Cooney, John W. Brady
  • Patent number: 4846752
    Abstract: A remote controlled rolling skating toy is set forth wherein a female figure has formed internally thereof a plurality of batteries for supplying power to a remote control signal receiving device to selectively actuate a plurality of motors positioned in the torso portion of the figure for appropriate and desired weight distribution thereof and wherein a plurality of driven roller chains are positioned through either leg of the figure cooperating with a plurality of tension rollers to drive each of a plurality of roller skates integrally secured to each foot of the associated figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Williams M. Combs
  • Patent number: 4804349
    Abstract: A reconfigurable toy simulates a school bus when assembled in a first configuration. In a second configuration the constituent components of the toy bus may be selectively arranged to simulate a schoolroom enclosure having figurines and simulated school desks positioned therewithin. The components of the toy include a vehicle chassis, on which side wall panels and roof panels are supported. The side wall panels and roof panels may be placed on edge on a flat floor surface to simulate the walls of a schoolroom. Rounded projections formed on upper edges of the side wall panels cooperate with recesses formed in the roof panels thereby serving to facilitate ready alignment of the roof panels on the side wall panels when the toy is assembled in the school bus configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignee: Dart Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominick Loscalzo, Bruce M. Scott, Lawrence O. Freese, Augusto A. Picozza
  • Patent number: 4799915
    Abstract: A radio-controlled, battery-powered robot operator for interchangeable operation of battery-powered toys. The robot operator performs the operations performed by actual operators of actual vehicles and other machines, e.g., the operation of a gear shift lever and a steering mechanism.The robot operator is transferable from one battery-powered vehicle to another, and from operating a battery-powered vehicle to operating a battery-powered machine such as a battery-powered hoist mounted on a battery-powered vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventors: Roger W. Lehmann, Michael I. Satten
  • 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: 4698043
    Abstract: A toy in the form of an egg. When rolled along the floor, the egg opens and a monster or other figure within the egg springs up is held in an upright position as the egg continues to roll along the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: May-Curran Associates
    Inventors: Richard L. May, Jonathan R. May
  • Patent number: 4682969
    Abstract: A toy for use in conjunction with a toy doll that can simulate both a robot and a vehicle is presented. The toy transforms from the configuration of a vehicle to that of a robot by rotating or moving upper and lower leg members with respect to each other until they are disposed in approximately a vertical position. A torso member rotatably coupled to the upper leg members simulates a robotic humanoid head and trunk. Side arms operably coupled to the torso member are adapted to either hang vertically simulating the arms of a robot or to be positioned adjacent the robot's head to simulate the front of a vehicle. When the side arms are disposed in the latter position, the toy can be folded into a compact configuration simulating a vehicle such as an all terrain vehicle. A toy doll can be placed on top of the toy when it simulates a vehicle and used in conjunction with handles extending from the side arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence A. Choy, Harold A. Hartleben
  • Patent number: 4626223
    Abstract: A toy vehicle including first and second frame members that can be transformed into different positions from a first position which the frame members are in a planar position to a second position in which the frame members are pivoted relative to one another to assume an elevated position. An actuating mechanism including a sliding member to engage and disengage the frame members and a coil spring to urge the frame members into the pivoted elevated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger H. Sweet
  • Patent number: 4585426
    Abstract: A motor driven toy mobile playset has three articulated deck sections. Each section has a wheel and axle assembly powered by a battery motor driving a single drive shaft that extends through all of the sections transverse to the wheel axles. When supported upon a level playing surface the sections form a chassis having a generally planar deck. Various bores and slots are defined on the sections for removably mounting accessories. Some of the accessories are mountable within bores in the ends of the wheel axles. One accessory is driven by a power take-off. A crane boom is mountable in a number of positions including one which provides a manually operable winch with a hook and cable. The front section has a lighted bridge structure with a spotlight and an upper head lamp bar both utilizing a single light bulb connected to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Russell G. Rasmussen, Eugene Jaworski, Howard J. Morrison
  • Patent number: 4575355
    Abstract: A toy vehicle has a seat with a simulated seat belt in the form of two semi-circular parts which are able to rotate between an opened and closed position, the closed position simulating fastened seat belts. A power release push button is centrally positioned on the vehicle so that it does not exert any unbalanced force on the vehicle when it is pressed. When the seat belt is opened, the push button is captured in a raised position so that the vehicle cannot run. When the seat belt is closed, the capture is released from the push button so that is can be pushed. Thereafter, the push button is pushed, the power is released, and the toy vehicle is propelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Assignee: Zima Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: James S. W. Lee, Kwong-Wai Chow, Alfred T. Y. Lau, Ming-Ngar Chow
  • Patent number: 4521204
    Abstract: A remotely-controlled toy vehicle having a steering mechanism and driven by a dc motor selectively connected to a battery by a multi-position switch in a polarity which causes forward or reverse movement. Remote control is effected by a handset having first and second master diaphragm chambers linked through a flexible pneumatic line to first and second slave diaphragm chambers in the vehicle, one slave being operatively coupled to the steering mechanism and the other to the motor control switch. The handset is provided with a torsion bar having a handle, the bar being both swingable from side to side and also being rotatable. The bar is so coupled to the diaphragms of the master chambers whereby when the player swings the bar toward the left or right, this movement is pneumatically transmitted to the steering mechanism of the vehicle to cause the vehicle to turn toward the left or right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Inventors: Christopher C. Wiggs, Christopher J. C. Taylor