Figure Patents (Class 446/309)
  • Patent number: 10166486
    Abstract: A process for self-righting an inverted remote controlled model vehicle is provided. The process includes the method of determining a current pitch angle and a current angular rocking rate of the model vehicle and accelerating or decelerating a mass on the model vehicle based on the current pitch angle and the current angular rocking rate of the model vehicle to create a rocking motion by the model vehicle. In addition, the method also includes terminating the self-righting process when the model vehicle is upright. In which, the model vehicle body contacts the ground and provides a fulcrum for the rocking motion by the model vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TRAXXAS LP
    Inventors: Wesley Ronald Erhart, Thomas Michael Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10143933
    Abstract: A robot includes a body having a torso, a pair of arms and servos configured to drive the arms. A first end of each of the arms is movably connected to the torso via a corresponding one of the servos. An opposite, second end of each of the arms is connected with a hand. A first connection member is arranged on the body. A fake gun includes a second connection member that is magnetically attractable to the first connection member, and is connected to the body when the second connection member is attracted to the first connection member. One of the arms is rotatable and the hand of the one of the arms and the fake gun are configured in such a way that fake gun is detachably connected to the hand of the one of the arms when the one of the arms is rotated to a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Xiaopeng Wu, Xinpu Chen
  • Patent number: 9789413
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-righting model vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TRAXXAS L.P.
    Inventors: Wesley Ronald Erhart, Thomas Michael Kawamura
  • Patent number: 8894464
    Abstract: A toy with folding retractable wings includes a body and wings connected to the body via snap-in pivot articulations that allow the folding of the wings in a space minimizing nesting configuration. Various springs, latches, triggers and stopping mechanisms ensure that the folded wings deploy in a spring-loaded fashion, with minimal user effort. The pivot articulations can release the wings in a non-destructive manner when exposed to high mechanical stress loads, thus preventing destructive wing breakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thinking Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Wai Tai Chan, Ka Hung (William) Ko
  • Patent number: 8808054
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an action piece for a toy play set is provided, the action piece being configured to have at least three separate engagement features configured to retain and subsequently release a portion of an action figure. In another embodiment a play set is provided, the play set having: a ring structure, at least one action figure and an action piece for securement to a portion of the ring structure. In still another embodiment, a method of launching an action figure from a play set in order to cause the action figure to fly through the air in a predetermined fashion is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Barthold
  • Publication number: 20130231027
    Abstract: In combination a toy figure and an apparatus for launching the toy figure from the apparatus is provided, the toy figure having: a main body portion; a pair of leg members extending from the main body portion, wherein each of the pair of leg members has an enlarged rounded feature at a distal end and wherein the enlarged rounded feature is provided with a mass for self-righting the toy figure into a vertical orientation regardless of the initial orientation of the toy figure; and wherein the apparatus is a vehicle having a deployable launching mechanism configured to receive the toy figure therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Mauricio Bedolla, Kwun Chung Mo, Windsor Williams, Glenn Yu, Edmond Fan
  • Patent number: 8282437
    Abstract: A set includes a launchable doll having a body portion and wings fixed to the body portion between a torso portion and a waist portion of the body portion to impart aerodynamic lift to the doll when the doll is rotated and the legs are fixed into a substantially vertical orientation when the wings are fixed to the body portion; and a launcher including a base, a tube that contains the legs and a mechanism that rotates the tube and the doll with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Genie Toys plc
    Inventors: Casey W. Norman, David Gamlin, Tony Thatcher
  • Patent number: 8109518
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a game in which players launch, shoot, or propel objects at a target, and more specifically, to a game in which players launch, shoot, or propel objects in an attempt to attach the objects to a target that may be in motion, or to dislodge objects that are hanging from the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Blagg, Janice E. Ritter, Stephen Pang Kwai Lau, Sammy Wai Nang Lam
  • Publication number: 20120021666
    Abstract: There is provided a game toy which is an intellectual education tool for infants which is not only a game toy with which a player can capture targets with ease, but also an educational tool which allows two players to have a chance to capture the target alternately, whereby the players can keep their interests, comprising a FIG. 20, a target tray 13 for storing a plurality of ball-shaped targets 18 lying above the FIG. 20, a rotating shaft 15 for supporting to rotate the target tray 13, and a catching portion 14 for hanging the target 18, wherein the FIG. 20 opens its upper part while being raised by depressing an operating button 11 and closes its upper part for capturing the target 18 while being lowered by releasing the operating button 11 and the target tray 13 is rotated through a predetermined angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: AGATSUMA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinji TODOKORO
  • Patent number: 7591471
    Abstract: A game in which game pieces in the form of acrobats are launched toward a target. The game pieces include magnets at the distal end of the extremities of the stylized acrobat game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Inventor: Steve Walterscheid
  • Patent number: 7140945
    Abstract: An action toy consisting of a vertically mounted compression spring with a weighted top, and a means for preventing the base of the spring from bouncing away from the surface on which it is standing when the spring is compressed and released. The invention includes weighted projections extending horizontally and attached just below the top of the spring and clamps or weights on the base. It also includes a spring adjustment means on the base, a means of imbedding the ends of the springs, a means of indexing the top weight and the base weight with reference to each other and finger grips on the base. A piping of light weight non-attenuating material can be snaked around the coiled spring. A closure is added to the base and a filament is attached between the top of the spring and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Jay B. Dinhofer
  • Patent number: 6860787
    Abstract: A toy having a simulated climbing figure comprises a figure including a magnet, a launching unit including a platform for receiving the figure, with the platform shiftable between a stationary position and a launch position to permit figure to be launched from the launching unit along a trajectory. A structure is placeable in the trajectory and includes a generally vertical component, with the structure having a ferrous metal element disposed generally adjacent the generally vertical component. The magnet of the figure and the element of the structure are arranged to enable the figure to be retained on the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Hampton R. Woodhouse
  • Patent number: 6808437
    Abstract: A projectile plush toy including a body portion having a mass and a first extendible link. The first extendible link having a forward end portion and a rearward end portion. The rearward end portion connected to the body portion. The first extendible link extendible between a first position and a second position. In the second position, the forward end portion defines a first release point and the first extendible link biases the body portion towards the forward end portion. In the second position, a major mass portion of the plush toy is positioned at the rearward end portion of the first extendible link. In one preferred embodiment of this invention, the projectile plush toy further includes a second extendible link having a forward end portion and a rearward end portion connected to the body portion. The second extendible link is extendible between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Senario LLC
    Inventors: George Podd, Tim Copeland
  • Patent number: 6645034
    Abstract: A mechanical swing doll has a housing having a first chamber defined therein. A seat is mounted in the housing, and has a second chamber defined at a lower part thereof. A gear assembly is installed in the second chamber. A motor is mounted between the housing and the seat for driving the gear assembly. Two sector gears are respectively provided at two sides of the gear assembly and engaged with the gear assembly. Two shanks are pivotally mounted on the seat and respectively driven by the sector gears. A cloth covering the housing, the seat, and the shanks are hung on a suspender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Tsai
  • Patent number: 6468126
    Abstract: The invention is a pop-up device adapted to allow for a number of triggering means and a number of special effects upon triggering of the device. The pop-up device may be placed in a hollow section of a cake, which is later iced over so that the candle holder is not visible. In the preferred embodiment, the base of the device supports the pop-up mechanism within a housing. The device is held in a compressed state by a release mechanism. Upon triggering of the release mechanism, the device is released and pushed through the cake or other confection, thereby providing surprise and entertainment. In alternative embodiments, the device is actuated by a drive mechanism or a fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Paul Herber
  • Patent number: 6422871
    Abstract: An educational system for teaching individuals their emotions employs a multiplicity of sets of faces. Each set of faces expresses a different emotion experienced by individuals from time to time. The sets of faces have facial expressions correlated to the different emotions. There are a plurality of states of the particular emotion that are expressed in the facial expressions of each set of faces. The states defined for each of the different emotions are subdued, normal and exaggerated states. The facial expressions on the faces employ certain facial features to express the particular emotions, namely, eyes, eyebrows, a mouth and a nose. These facial features are enclosed in a facial circle. The sizes of these facial features relative to the facial circle change from one state of a particular emotion to another and are smallest in the subdued state, largest in the exaggerated state and inbetween and balanced in the normal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Kimberly A. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 6398618
    Abstract: A toy consists of a base, a cap and a toy model. The base has stationary wheels and a movable wheel located on the bottom section thereof. The movable wheel may be driven through a gear set by battery power for moving the base around. The cap has a hollow casing located on the top section to house a motor that is driven by a battery for rotating the cap through another gear set. The base has an arched gear rack located on the top surface. By way of an elastic element and a lever to couple with the gear sets and arched gear rack, the cap may be moved to the left and right, and rotated positively and reversely to generate a wide variety of simulative motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Long Wu
  • Patent number: 6343969
    Abstract: A figure-like toy-projectile and launching platform assembly adapted to propel the figure into space by means of an elastic spring concealed in the figure. The figure whose head forms the nose of the projectile includes arms and legs extending from a torso joined to the head, and an elongated cavity in the torso whose front end is an opening in the crotch between the legs and whose rear end lies in an upper region in the torso in line with the head. Received in the cavity is an elastic spring in the form of a condom having a ring and a stretchable shank, the ring being mounted in the crotch opening. The normal length of the shank is such as to create a space between the end of the shank and the end of the cavity to allow for expansion of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 6262352
    Abstract: A music bell controlling device of a pearl box comprises a controlling device, a rotary shaft, and a gear set, etc. The gear set is installed between the bottom and base of the music bell. An elastomer is installed at the upper end of the longitudinal axis of the rotary shaft; a base end of the rotary shaft passes through the through hole to combine with the gear set. The upper end of the rotary axis is swingable. The longitudinal axis of the rotary shaft passes through the controlling device; and swinging of the rotary shaft will drive the controlling device to shift so that the controlling device confines the rotation of the music bell flywheel. As the upper cover of the pearl box is closed, the upper cover will drive the rotary axis to shift to a predetermined direction so that the swingable rod of the control device will shift. Thus, the swingable rod contact with the flywheel of music box, and thus, the music bell stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Patent number: 6247993
    Abstract: A doll includes a torso slidingly supported upon the waist of the doll and configured for vertical movement between a raised and lowered position. A pair of springs bias the doll torso toward the raised position. The doll supports a pair of arms and a cam in a rotational attachment to the torso. A pedestal supported upon the doll lower body extends through a guiding bore formed in the doll torso and supports an upwardly extending pin which operates the cam causing pivotal movement of the dolls arms between an arms-lowered and arms-raised position. A flexible jumprope is secured to the dolls hands and the upward and downward pivotal movement of the dolls arms caused by movement of the torso provides a simulation of jumprope activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Feldman
  • Patent number: 6200186
    Abstract: A candy-toy device which includes a housing. The housing includes a pivot arm which functions to move a cross-armed jack up and down along lower and upper slide tracks when forced by a pushbutton. The pivot arm activates an electrical on-and-off switch which controls an electrical circuitry which produces a desired sound as the pivot arm moves the cross-armed jack up and down along the upper and lower slides. A candy pop is secured to an upper surface of the upper slide track so that the candy pop moves up and down as the jack is moved up and down. The sounds can be made in alternation as the pivot arm closes and opens the on-and-off switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventors: Thomas J. Coleman, William K. Schlotter, IV, Princess Ann Coleman, Ann M. Schlotter
  • Patent number: 6190230
    Abstract: A walking and rocking toy device has a base seat, a transmission mechanism, a hollow cylinder casing, and an annular cover. The hollow cylinder casing covers the base seat. The transmission mechanism is disposed between the base seat and the hollow cylinder casing. The hollow cylinder casing has a center portion and an annular recess receiving the annular cover. A micromotion switch device is disposed on the center portion of the hollow cylinder casing. A cell box is disposed on the base seat. A cell box cover is disposed on a bottom of the base seat to cover the cell box. A contact starting switch is disposed on a lateral of the cell box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Chin-Jung Hou
  • Patent number: 6083077
    Abstract: A pop-up toy including a housing for enclosing a plurality of interlocking elements. The housing includes an opening through which the series of interlocking elements may be individually extracted by a child. The opening in the housing is provided with a gripping mechanism for separating a leading interlocking element from an immediately following interlocking element as the leading interlocking element is extracted from the housing. After the leading interlocking element has been extracted from the housing, the immediately following interlocking element in the series of interlocking elements is positioned and held in place within the opening by the gripping mechanism for subsequent extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Paul E. McGinn
  • Patent number: 5928055
    Abstract: In conclusion the following is to be remembered: The invention concerns a somersault toy figure with a guide-way 12 provided within a figure shell 10 and a roller body 14 moveable back and forth within the guide-way between two end positions separated from each other for bringing about a somersault movement upon placement upon an inclined plane. For achievement of a additional acoustic effect there is provided a oscillating body formed as a tubular section 16, which by the movement of the roller body 14 is mechanically brought to acoustically oscillating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Hans Heinrich Gramsch
  • Patent number: 5690330
    Abstract: A toy basketball game having a court floor, a stand attached to the floor for a backboard ring and net, an articulated player and a movable base for the player. The player contains a compressible spring in one leg which is held compressed by a lever on the player's leg, which lever releases the spring to cause the player to jump and to raise its arm having in its hand a releasable ball, which ball releases when the player's arm contacts the ring of the basketball basket. The base has a rotatable wedge-shaped plate for changing the angle of jump of the player so as to cause the player to be projected toward the ring from any location of its stand on the court. If desired, the ring and the arm of the player may be provided with adhering roughened surfaces so that the player can hang on the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Assignee: The Ohio Art Company
    Inventor: Isamu Ozawa
  • Patent number: 5458523
    Abstract: An action character figure assembly includes a character figure, an elongated base and a control and mounting mechanism for releasably mounting the character figure on one leg thereof adjacent an end of the base. The control and mounting mechanism is remotely operable from the opposite end of the base for rapidly rotating the character figure about the axis of the first leg thereof so as to cause the character figure to perform various martial arts fighting maneuvers. The character figure includes a torso portion which is pivotally mounted on the first leg and a second leg and arms which are freely pivotably mounted on the torso portion so that they are centrifugally pivoted outwardly during a fighting maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Hironobu Aoki, Minoru Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 5267887
    Abstract: A new and improved bungee jumping toy includes an elevated platform and a platform support assembly, e.g. a toy crane, for supporting the elevated platform at a predetermined height above ground level. A jumper figure is capable of selectively standing on the elevated platform or of selectively jumping off the elevated platform. A cord supply assembly is retained by the cab portion of the crane. A resilient cord has a first cord portion connected to the jumper figure and has a second cord portion retained by the cord supply assembly. A first manual control assembly, which includes a manually operated first lever, is located in the cab portion of the crane and is used for controlling a length of the resilient cord payed out from the cord supply assembly to the jumper figure as the jumper figure undergoes a jump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventors: Anthony Licata, Roy Bordes
  • Patent number: 5163863
    Abstract: An action toy for young children comprising a base that defines a pathway, and motor means on the base connected to a primary mobile object in the form of a personified animal or vehicle such as a toy shark for advancing the object forwardly along the pathway. Caming surfaces are spaced along the pathway and a matting caming surface is provided on the primary object. The caming surfaces are arranged and designed so that they engage and cause the primary object to raise upwardly at each pathway caming surface and then lower back down between pathway caming surfaces. This provides intermittent up and down movement of the primary object as it moves forwardly. Such movement could simulate the opening and closing of the jaws of the shark. Secondary objects such as small fish may also be provided for movement along the pathway; They may appear to be "swallowed" by the shark when it reaches one of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Adolph E. Goldfarb
    Inventors: Adolph E. Goldfarb, Martin I. Goldfarb
  • Patent number: 4740187
    Abstract: A toy robot having a handle, one or more small vehicle-receiving recesses provided in its head and/or on its torso and limbs and blade-like supporting posts for vehicle track members. Certain of the robot's vehicle-receiving recesses may have associated therewith vehicle-propelling means and/or track member mounting posts whereby to permit the provision of exit ramps therefrom. The robot serves not only as an independent toy and as a small vehicle carrier, but also permits cooperative play action between the robot and the small vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Russell G. Rasmussen, Harry Disko
  • Patent number: 4731042
    Abstract: The disclosed toy may be used for capturing an intended toy victim within a snare net sufficiently large when opened to fit over and around at least part of the victim. A carrier, shaped as a monstrous insect or the like, may be used for holding the net open while stalking the victim, for positioning the net over and down around the victim, and for releasing the net when desired to snare the victim. The carrier may have a body and a plurality of legs depending from the body in an array to fit at least partially down and around the victim. Corresponding free ends of the legs have means for receiving and removably holding the snare net, to hold the same opened. The net may be elongated and generally tubular in shape, having a closed end and an open end. Flexible elastic means at the open net end, may be stretched to the holding means on the legs; and when released, may resiliently close the open net end against and relative to the victim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Robert S. McKay
    Inventors: Robert S. McKay, Steven S. Starr, William D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 4689034
    Abstract: A creature figure toy having walking action capability utilizes a pair of ring members which are mounted for counter-rotation within the body. Projectile launching means is also incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Coleco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Dubois, Dominic G. Mercurio
  • Patent number: 4682970
    Abstract: A toy creature figure has an extensible neck on which is mounted a head that is thrust upwardly as the neck is propelled forwardly. The mechanisms provided are highly effective for their intended purpose, and manufacture of the toy is relative facile and inexpensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Assignee: Coleco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Dubois, Brian Fontaine
  • Patent number: 4573939
    Abstract: A toy music box including a table having an ornament. The table is journaled in a freely rotatable manner and is rotated by the mechanism of the music box. The toy music box is designed such that a rod is journaled in a freely rotatable manner on the table at a position on the side and apart from a rotational shaft of the table, a free end of the rod is projected outside of the table to mount ornaments. The free end of the rod is constantly energized in the rotational direction of the table by an interposed spring, and a protruded part on the lower side of the rod is abutted against a plurality of projected edges erected on the upper periphery of the platform. The ornaments on the turntable and the rod make interesting movements with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Inventor: Chojiro Hoshino
  • Patent number: 4515371
    Abstract: An instructional chess game comprises a square playing board of laminated construction having sixty-four individual playing squares each of which is formed centrally with a substantially square recess, all squares "black" and "white" in accordance with traditional contrasting squares configuration, such square recesses being formed to accomodate a variety of play pieces whose projecting basal configuration can be accomodated in the aforesaid play squares square recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Inventor: Licinio Basevi
  • Patent number: 4504056
    Abstract: For use with a self-propelled object, a toy can be formed having a housing with a playing surface located thereon. The playing surface includes a circular depression having a member rotatably mounted in the circular depression and capable of rotating in the circular depression. An element and gear train are associated with the member to rotate the member in response to movement of the element. The member includes a surface which is in alignment with the playing surface such that the self-propelled object can be located on the playing surface and directed toward the member. When the object moves itself onto the member, the member is rotated, allowing the object to move off of the member in a different orientation with respect to the playing surface. A retaining rib is formed on the playing surface adjacent to the periphery of the rotatable member and partially surrounding it to inhibit movement of the object. Scoring depressions deep enough to retain the object are formed in the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyuki Kanno
  • Patent number: 4480834
    Abstract: A toy has a base with a surface thereon. A portion of the surface is movable with respect to the remainder of the surface. A target is mounted on a pedestal above the surface. A self-propelled object is associated with the surface. The object is of the type having a body section and a pedestal section, with a motor located in the body section which is capable of moving the pedestal section with respect to the body section. The object further includes a hand-shaped member which is capable of locking with a post which projects upwardly from the surface of the base near the movable portion of the surface. A moving member is associated with the movable portion of the surface for moving that portion. The moving member is utilized to move the movable portion of the surface such that when the object is located on that portion as the portion moves then the object is also moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Koichi Minami