Including Means To Move Figure Or Figure Portion With Respect To Wheeled Support Patents (Class 446/288)
  • Patent number: 11957992
    Abstract: A toy vehicle carrier is presented herein. The toy vehicle carrier includes a head, a main body coupled to the head, a base coupled to the main body, and an appendage coupled to the base. The head is configured to capture a toy vehicle in a closed configuration of the head and expel the toy vehicle in an open configuration of the head. The main body is configured to rotate relative to the base to transition the toy vehicle carrier between a first configuration and a second configuration. The toy vehicle carrier also includes a wheel coupled to the base. The wheel includes a protrusion and is configured to rotate about an axis to cause the protrusion to movably engage a camming surface of the appendage to cause the appendage to rotate relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung Jun Hwang, Kar Fai So, Tim Rowe, Paul Martinsen
  • Patent number: 9310808
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle control system for use on a vehicle, such as a motorcycle or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to autonomously control the vehicle without a driver during vehicle testing is provided. The vehicle control system comprises a moment generator coupleable to the vehicle and configured to selectively generate a moment in either of first and second directions. The vehicle control system also includes a control system operably coupled to the moment generator and configured to control the moment generator to selectively impart moments on the vehicle to stabilize the vehicle or to introduce disturbances on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: MTS Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Robert Shankwitz, Arthur Richard Baker, III
  • Patent number: 7458876
    Abstract: A dual-wheel remotely controlled (RC) skateboard with two independently-controlled detachably attachable wheels is described. The RC skateboard comprises a body member having a right wheel and left wheel rotationally mounted proximate the body member. Each of the right and left wheels are drivably coupled with their own motors, such that each of the right and left wheels are independently controlled. Additionally, a quick release apparatus is included to provide for quick release of the wheels. Through use of the quick release apparatus, the wheels are interchangeable wheels and may be easily replaced with other interchangeable wheels. Furthermore, a skateboard deck is attached with the body member such that when the wheels are engaged, the skateboard deck is forced against a supporting surface, thereby preventing the body member from continuously spinning in place. Additionally, the detachably attachable wheels are formed to be used with devices other than a remotely controlled skateboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominic Laurienzo, Brendon Vetuskey
  • Patent number: 7297042
    Abstract: A toy includes at least two articles. At least one of the articles has a movement or change of condition component which is caused to occur by magnetic attraction between magnets and/or magnetically attractive material via the respective articles when brought into proximity. The movement is created by a drive assembly provided in one of the articles and connected to a magnet or magnetically attractive material such that the movement force can be transferred between the articles via the magnetic attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Evolve NPD Limited
    Inventor: Brian Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7121917
    Abstract: A remotely controlled concealed attack toy vehicle has a relatively normal appearance when the hood is closed; and arrangements are provided for raising the hood, and an armed attack figure is also raised, to present a threatening posture. The vehicle may have two rear drive wheels, which are independently operable by separate motors in the forward or reverse directions to permit rapid swiveling. A third idler wheel may be provided toward the front of the vehicle. A third motor may be provided to raise and lower the hood and the action figure, with an optional lost motion mechanism for delayed raising of the attack figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: MGA Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hardouin, Ami N. Shapiro, Kevin M. Bloomfield, Yuval Caspi
  • 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: 6857373
    Abstract: A variably curved track-mounted amusement ride having at least one outside curve and at least one inside curve, each lying substantially within a vertical plane and each having an axis of symmetry which is substantially horizontal. Preferably, the top curve is an outside curve; and preferably inside and outside curves alternate with each other. Also preferably, before the first curve, between each outside curve and each inside curve, and after the last curve is a substantially straight segment which slopes downward. The vertical distance occupied by an outside curve is less than that occupied by an inside curve. The track can retain a cart which runs on the track no matter what the orientation of the body of the cart is with respect to the track. Any means that is well known in the art can be used to raise the cart to the beginning of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventors: Stanley J. Checketts, Ned R. Hansen, Quin R. Checketts, Lawrence E. Allen, Dody Bachtar, Benjamin Clegg, Michael K. Winger
  • Patent number: 6729933
    Abstract: An articulated toy figure includes a torso and pairs of articulated arms and legs. The articulated legs are engaged with the torso at a pair of hip joints, each rotatable about two substantially perpendicular horizontal axes. Each leg has an upper member and a lower member engaged with the upper member at a knee joint to rotate about a third horizontal axis. The hip and knee joints are sufficiently lax for each leg to rotate when moved from an initial position to a displaced, raised position and to return towards the initial position when the leg is released to substantially simulate possible leg movements of a human being. A spring connected between each of the upper leg members and the torso biases each upper leg to return to its initial position after having been moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Bang Zoom Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael G. Hoeting, Robert P. Spalinski
  • 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: 6554681
    Abstract: A toy train box car includes an electrically operated miniature motor and gear drive which initially actuates a shuttle mechanism to open a sliding door and cause cargo items to be moved from a storage bin for loading onto a hand cart. As the door opens, a cold mist generator is energized to simulate cargo being unloaded from a refrigerated box car. The shuttle mechanism includes a rack and pinion which moves a figure pushing the hand cart out of the fully open door and an ejector arm offloads the cargo items onto an external loading ramp. The operating cycle then returns the hand cart into the car to receive another cargo item when the door is fully closed. The cycle is then completed and the motor inactivated until a new cycle is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Robert F. Tammera
  • 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: 6074271
    Abstract: A radio controlled skateboarding toy is provided comprising a multi-jointed moveable figurine attached to a motorized skateboard for which steering is controlled through the pivotal movements of the figurine allowing for dramatic realism and high performance stunts. It also features moveable battery packs, changeable motor positions, and interchangeable wheel weights to provide different centers of balance necessary to perform a wide range of maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Steven Derrah
  • Patent number: 5845913
    Abstract: A child's roller skate having animated features which move, rotate, or reciprocate. The motion of the animated features is activated by the rotation of the wheels by the child when skating. Through cams, gears, and pulleys, the rotation of the wheels causes feature to change positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Paul Santarsiero
  • Patent number: 5807158
    Abstract: A toy car structure with various combined operations, including a housing defining an internal chamber and a driving system disposed in the chamber. The driving system including a transmission wheel and a driven wheel driven by a power source. A disc member is coaxially disposed with the driven wheel and rotatable along with the driven wheel. The disc member has an upper and a lower layers respectively disposed with a shifting section and a shifting pin for pushing a cantilever and a trigger. The cantilever and the trigger further respectively drive a retaining member and a slide board to move from a first position toward a second positions so as to create various combined operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Wen-Ho Tsai
  • 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: 5766056
    Abstract: A transmission structure of toy fire engine including a casing in which a power source is disposed and connected to a driving shaft for rotating two cams disposed in the casing and two cams disposed outside the casing. The outer cams serve to drive two lateral slide members to slide and push two decorative members pivotally disposed on two sides of the casing to pivot outward. One of the inner cams via a support rod abuts against a linkage set to drive a scaling ladder to pivot upward from the casing or downward to the casing. When the scaling ladder is pivoted to an upright position, a movable doll is driven to climb up along the scaling ladder. The other of the inner cams pushes a pushing slide member to depress a pushing shaft of a rotary power wheel set, making the rotary power wheel set descend and touch the ground for driving the toy fire engine to running.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Wen Ho Tsai
  • Patent number: 5707271
    Abstract: A toy car (1) is provided which has a car box (10) on which two wheels (20) are rotatably mounted. Each wheel (20) has an eccentric disc (21) at the side facing the car box (10). The sidewalls (16) of the car box (10) have longitudinal grooves (27). These are engaged by guide cams of skid places over the corresponding wheel (20). When the car is pulled, the wheels rotate, the eccentric disc (21) moves which causes the skid to reciprocally move. The car thus simulates foot movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: INTERLEGO AG
    Inventors: Philippe Kunz, Heinz Looser, Werner Tanner
  • Patent number: 5368516
    Abstract: The motorcycle comprises a chassis which rotatively supports a rear wheel and to which a front wheel is caster mounted. A radio controlled motor is mounted in the chassis and drives the rear wheel by means of a belt drive. The chassis has a forward fairing portion which supports a shaft, the axis of which forms a forwardly directed angle with respect to the horizontal of from about to about Pivotally mounted on the shaft and extending rearwardly therefrom is a swing support to which is mounted a battery pack, a radio and electronics package, a radio controlled servo and the head, arms, torso and upper leg portions of a simulated rider. The servo has a shaft operatively connected to the chassis so that it can shift the swing support to the left or right from a centered position to cause the motorcycle to turn left or right in response thereto. Lower leg assemblies for the simulated rider are provided on either side of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Bang Zoom Design Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Hoeting, Sean T. Mullaney
  • Patent number: 5360367
    Abstract: A toy car is provided which includes a gear train mounted within a gear housing secured to chassis of the toy car. The gear train is driven by a motor which rotates a pair of vertically displaced flywheel members. An arcuately contoured tab member is mounted on an upper surface of one of the flywheel member to slidably engage an elevation rod secured to a simulated helicopter at one end to raised and lower the helicoper. Rotation of the flywheel members also activates a car seat mechanism for moving a pair of car seats simultaneously with the movement of the simulated helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Tsai W. Ho
  • Patent number: 5334078
    Abstract: A toy vehicle includes a chassis supported by a plurality of wheels. A body includes a jaw which supports a plurality of teeth and is pivotally secured with respect to the chassis. A lever mechanism is coupled to the body and jaw and operates in response to user imposed force to configure the vehicle in either a closed or open mouth configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Hippely, Gary Swisher, Terence A. Choy, Wayne R. Halford
  • Patent number: 5326302
    Abstract: This invention refers to a perfected roller-skating doll of the type that alternately moves its legs and head in sync, and which has two speeds that alternate while the doll is in operation. The system is based on a gear mechanism worked by a motor which includes features that allow a cog wheel to axially move so that it can engage alternately with one or another pinion, of different sizes, in order to achieve the two speeds. The mechanism is complemented with a drum which is made to revolve in order to transmit movement to the legs. The drum in question is provided with a winding, ring-shaped groove inside which a pin emerging from each corresponding leg freely moves. This pin joins each corresponding to the mechanism assembly and, in particular, to the drum groove. On the shaft on which the drum-affecting pinion is mounted, there is a socket integral with the pinion, and which houses a widened section of the aforementioned shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Fabricas Agrupadas de Munecas de Onil, S.A.
    Inventor: Jaime F. Llorens
  • Patent number: 5308276
    Abstract: A toy doll, posable and simulating stances or positions and movements of a skater, dancer or the like. The device includes a torso with arms and leg which may be frictionally pivotably connected to the torso to enable posing the doll in a wide variety of positions. The doll is supported atop a self-propelled base by engagement of a foot or skate, such as an ice skate, roller skate, roller blade or the like, with a platform which forms a portion of the upper surface of the base. The base is supported by a front wheel and by two spaced apart rear wheels. The base is propelled by one rear wheel and steered by a replaceable profile cam-guided front wheel. The platform is rotated along with the doll about an upright axis as the base is propelled over a horizontal surface through a repeated geometric pattern defined by the particular profile cam selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Inventors: A. Edward Fogarty, Bonnie R. Fogarty, Joseph F. Skrivan
  • Patent number: 5299967
    Abstract: A model figure connected to a remote pistol grip handle has one or more activity motions for the figure controlled from the handle. Unlike other model figures which have activity motions, there is a pivot arrangement between the handle and the figure that allows the operator to easily move the figure on a surface. The model figure has a middle torso portion with a pin extending therethrough, a model limb for the figure is mounted to pivot on the pin, a rotating pulley is mounted on the pin to pivot the limb, and the remote pistol grip handle is connected to the figure through a wand. There is a linkage system from a trigger mechanism on the handle to the rotating pulley so that movement of the trigger mechanism pivots the limb on the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Inventor: John M. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 5273479
    Abstract: A doll (10) that dances by reciprocating a hip portion (20) and that simultaneously moves along a surface (S) in a generally curving path. The doll has a base (40) with a drive wheel assembly (70) and a crank (55) that reciprocates the hip portion (20). Preferably, the doll (10) also has sound emitting means (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Pei H. Chang
  • Patent number: 5259806
    Abstract: A hula dancing doll which alternately moves its hips left and right while making a forward or turning motion on a performance stage and a Hawaiian melody is heard to give a lifelikeness that compares with a real hula dancer. The doll includes a body portion, a hip portion, and a base portion. The body portion resembles the head through waist of a human; the hip portion resembles the hip portion of a human. The body portion includes a conical housing with a base, a switch, a battery, a motor, a melody I. C., a speaker, a drive gear, a cam, a push rod, a rack gear, a hip gear, a drive wheel gear, two front wheels connected to an axle, two rear wheels connected to an axle, a shaft is connected at one end to the drive wheel gear and at the other end to a turning drive wheel. When the switch is turned on, the drive gear will turn the cam and drive wheel gear. The cam will move upward the push rod and the rack gear to turn the hip gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Inventor: Kou-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 5238441
    Abstract: A roller-skating doll includes a gear mechanism operated by an electric motor. The gear mechanism provides a revolving movement to a drum having a winding, ring-shaped groove containing two pins belonging to levers that actuate the legs of the doll. These levers are linked to two other levers, articulated in the middle, which convey the movement to the arms of the doll. There is also an eccentric on the outlet shaft of the drum in order to translate the movement to the head of the doll. The winding groove provided in the drum ensures that the movements of the legs, arms and head of the doll are synchronized. In addition, there is a device that causes the mechanism to stop for a moment and then to start again, as well as a clutch which allows the motor to idle in the event the doll would fall over if blocked by an obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Fabricas Agrupadas de Munecas de Onil S.A.
    Inventor: Jaime F. Llorens
  • Patent number: 5118320
    Abstract: A roller coaster or gravity motive toy is disclosed herein having a tortuous elevated track layout and toy vehicle system including adjustable support stanchions for the track attached thereto by a universal joint. The vehicle includes rollers movably supporting the vehicle on the track with pivotal roller guide and lateral securement elements to detachably couple the vehicle to the track. An articulated figure or caricature is carried in the vehicle having pivotal extremities adapted for centrifugal actuation during travel of the vehicle. A motorized lift is operably carried on the track selectively engaging with a vehicle lifting the vehicle to an elevated starting position for gravity operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Richard G. Miller
  • Patent number: 5069649
    Abstract: A toy police car includes a two-level cam, a sound assembly, a signal control assembly, a projection assembly, and a helicopter. The two-level cam includes an upper cam and a lower cam and is driven indirectly by an electric motor and a series of gears. The upper cam drives the projection assembly to project toy figures out of the car doors and a return spring causes the toy figures to return to their original position. The lower cam urges a push rod which controls the upward movement of the helicopter and another return spring causes the helicopter to return to its original position. The sound assembly is activated by the push rod to generate several sound effects. Another cam, indirectly driven by the motor, impinges an activation arm to control signal lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Hai M. Wu
  • Patent number: 5055082
    Abstract: A convertible toy in which a device of one appearance can be change to a substantially different appearance. For example, from an apparently innocuous-looking device, such as a computer or a trash can, a figurine can be rotated up through a space left by a receding part in the top so that the figurine may appear to visually observe the surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Varner Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven R. Varner
  • Patent number: 4925427
    Abstract: A toy car having a two-level cam, sound assembly, projection assembly, signal light, and a signal light activation arm. The two-level cam includes an upper and a lower cam and is driven indirectly by a battery-powered electric motor and a series of gears. The upper cam drives the projection assembly to project toy figures out of the car doors and springs cause the toy figures to return to their original position. The lower cam urges a spring-loaded signal light activation arm to urge a signal light to be intermittently rotated into position. Another cam indirectly drives a reverberation arm to move and also causes two lights to move. The sound assembly includes a sound-generation device, reverberation hole, and sound emission hole, with the sound-generation device being driven directly by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventor: Hai-Ming Wu
  • Patent number: 4836820
    Abstract: A moving animal toy consisting of a ski member having a guide slot at the center thereof, a toy member erected on the ski member and having right and left arms holding poles, and a wheel rotatably supported by the toy member and partially projected from the bottom of the ski through the guide slot, wherein as the wheel is turned, the toy member slides resting on the ski member, and the right and left arms alternately oscillate vertically to raise and lower the right and left poles alternately, performing slalom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Iwaya Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Ebihara, Jiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 4836819
    Abstract: A skateboarding toy, wherein a mechanism frame adapted to support a toy body horizontally and rotatably is erected on a skateboard having a drive wheel and front steering wheels, and a steering rod for operating the front wheels is provided. When the drive wheel is driven, the toy body with the skateboard is advanced in a straight direction and when the steering rod is moved back and forth, the front wheels are turned horizontally toward the right and left alternately with respect to the advancing direction of the skateboard, so that the skateboard runs along a snaking path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Iwaya Corporation
    Inventors: Shingo Oishi, Shohta Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 4824415
    Abstract: A doll with articulated legs and an articulated neck is releasably connected to a motor driven, steerable, remote controlled shopping cart. Movement of the cart causes a cam driven set of handles, to which the doll is attached, to pivot from side-to-side causing the doll to rock from side-to-side alternately lifting one leg and then the other. The accessory has two motors driving separate wheel axles that are each connected through a spring clutch to independently drive the cam. Remote control of the separate motors effects turning of the accessory. As each side of the doll is lifted from the ground, the respective leg is lifted and an eccentric weight within the lifted leg causes the leg to step forwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Horst-Dieter Herbstler, Rouben T. Terzian
  • Patent number: 4708688
    Abstract: A toy having an upright toy body standing on a pair of skis to resemble a skier. Each ski is provided with a driving wheel operable by an electric motor in cooperation with a driving mechanism built within the toy body to rotate so as to enable the toy to roll on a ground surface. The toy has two hands each holding a ski pole, the two hands being operable by the same electric motor in cooperation with an alternating pivot lever to move alternatingly up-and-down while the driving wheels are caused to rotate. The up-and-down movement of the two hands causes the ski poles to alternatingly push the ground to cause the toy body to alternatingly tilt sidewardly, thus causing the driving wheels to lift alternatingly from the ground; as a result the toy turns alternatingly along a zig-zag course while it rolls, as if a skier were skiing along a zig-zag course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventor: Chung-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 4591158
    Abstract: A remotely controlled model golfer including a mobile unit and a remote control unit. The mobile unit includes a wheeled body carrying an upstanding figure at one end. The figure is in the general form of a golfer holding a golf club. The figure's arms are rigidly interconnected and pivoted intermediate their shoulders to allow the arms and thus the golf club to be "swung" through an angle of up to by an electric motor subject to the control of the remote control unit. The remote control unit also controls forward and reverse motion and steering of the wheeled body. A set of interchangeable golf clubs are provided to enable an operator to "play" a game of golf using a miniature golf ball. Servo-drive circuits utilizing pulsed signal are employed for actuating driving and steering of the wheeled body and actuation of the electric motor for pivoting the figure's arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Assignee: Ronald Samson
    Inventors: Ronald Samson, Russel J. Packwood
  • Patent number: 4507098
    Abstract: A skating doll includes a torso upon which are pivotally mounted a head and a pair of legs. The axis of rotation of one leg is angled with respect to the axis of rotation of the other leg so that each leg swings, with respect to the torso, from a rearward, outward position to a forward inward position. The legs include outwardly turned feet supported atop rollers oriented to move in a forward direction in response to the inwardly and forwardly directed force applied to the other leg. Each leg moves out of synchronism with the other and the head is powered for side to side movement so that the weight is on the forwardly moving leg. As a result the doll moves forward in a rolling, sliding, side to side, swaying motion which realistically simulates the movement of a roller or ice skater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Rouben T. Terzian, Horst-Dieter Herbstler
  • Patent number: 4493670
    Abstract: A simultaneous following device for driver and follower in a toy car which transmit the kinetic energy generated by a drive via an eccentric wheel and link and double bar-oscillating arm so that the two bars of the double bar-oscillating arm are swinging and thus to drive the spindles of the steering wheel and the follower for rotation in normal/reverse direction at a small degree so that the steering wheel and the follower are swung simultaneously to show the driving operation of the driver and the action of the follower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1985
    Inventor: Ta-Lung Wang
  • Patent number: 4453340
    Abstract: A toy has a body which is divided into a main section and a supplemental section. The supplemental section is movably mounted on the main section between a first and second position. A motor is located within the main section and connected to the motor are a set of drive wheels. The drive wheels extend out of the bottom of the main section and are positioned such that one of the drive wheels is on one side of the longitudinal center line of the main section and the other of the drive wheels is on the other side of the longitudinal center of the main section and both of the drive wheels are located on one side of the transverse center line of the main section. A guide wheel is located on the main section and is positioned such that at least a portion of the guide wheel extends below the main section and is located on one side of the longitudinal center line of the main section and is on the opposite side of the transverse center line from that of the driving wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Michihiro Kozuka, Masayuki Tonokura