Tumbling Patents (Class 446/324)
  • Patent number: 10335698
    Abstract: A tumbling toy system where a tumble pin tumbles in a guide track. The guide track has two sides and a bottom. The two sides are a first distance apart at a first elevation height. Each tumble pin rests in the guide track and is free to tumble end-over-end. As the tumble pin tumbles, the ends of the tumble pin cyclically contact the bottom of the guide track. Each tumble pin tapers from a maximum diameter at its midplane to a minimum diameter at either end. The maximum diameter of the tumble pin is larger than the distance between the two sides of the guide track. This causes the tumble pin to cyclically contact the two sides of the guide track as it tumbles. When the tumble pin contacts the sides of the guide track, the tumble pin becomes temporarily suspended between the two sides and tumbles in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KMA Concepts Limited
    Inventor: Peter Alan Fish
  • Patent number: 8858292
    Abstract: A tumbling toy assembly that spins on a flat surface and tumbles down an inclined surface. The toy assembly has a body. A fulcrum protrusion extends downwardly from the bottom of the body. The fulcrum protrusion is aligned on an imaginary spin axis. This enables the body to spin in a stable manner upon the fulcrum protrusion. Furthermore, the body defines an internal weight chamber having a first end and an opposite second end that are aligned with the imaginary spin axis. A weight is disposed within the weight chamber. The weight is free to move between the first end and the second end of the weight chamber along the imaginary spin axis. Protrusions extend outwardly from the body. The protrusions cause deviations in the direction of tumble as the tumbling toy assembly tumbles down an inclined plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Chu-Yuan Liao
  • Patent number: 7954641
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a display package for an animated doll or similar toy product that facilitates demonstration of the toy's animated features. The display package provides an enclosure that houses the doll. The doll includes an animation mechanism that drives a portion of the toy from a first position to a second position. The display package may include a moveable display panel mounted within the enclosure. The display panel is selectively engaged by the toy when the animation mechanism is engaged. The display package may include a support member that supports the toy within the package and permits the animation mechanism to move the doll from a first display position to a second display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Lund & Company Invention LLC
    Inventors: John Calendrille, Jr., Bruce D. Lund, Michael D. Starrick, Krishnan Srirangam
  • Patent number: 7422506
    Abstract: A cartwheeling toy including an upper assembly including a torso with rigid arms and hands extending therefrom. A lower assembly including legs and a motor means for moving the assembles relative to each other to move the toy into a headstand and then return it to its upright position or cartwheel the toy as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Lund & Company Invention LLC
    Inventors: Bruce D. Lund, Michael D. Starrick, Krishnan Srirangam
  • Patent number: 7326101
    Abstract: A switching arrangement capable of being actuated by an application of an air current with a playset component, a movable member for receiving an application of an air current relative to the playset component wherein the movable member for receiving an application of the air current is movable in response to the application of the air current, and an arrangement for actuating a response to a movement of the movable member for receiving an application of the air current. The switching arrangement can be electrical or non-electrical. Where the switching arrangement is electrical, it can cause an electrical signal to be produced in response to a sensed movement of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventors: Robert W. Engel, Robert Stephen Lee, Steve G. Fouke, John Rey Hollis, William John Kelley
  • Patent number: 6776682
    Abstract: An acrobatic doll and accessory combination with an acrobatic doll body, an engaging member coupled to the doll body, a doll accessory, and an engaging member coupled to the doll accessory wherein the engaging member coupled to the doll body and the engaging member coupled to the doll accessory can engage one another in a mating relationship. The acrobatic doll can have a torso, a head, first and second arms hingedly coupled to the torso, and first and second legs hingedly coupled to the torso. The doll accessory can take many forms including a tumble baton, a tumble garment, a tumble bar arrangement, a dancing stand, a balance wand, a vertical stand, a rocker unit, a swing arrangement, a propeller driven arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventors: Robert W. Engel, Robert Stephen Lee, Steve G. Fouke, John Rey Hollis, William John Kelley
  • Patent number: 6273779
    Abstract: A toy for amusing people of all ages by flipping along a surface. The rolling toy includes a cylindrical tube having a first sealed end and a second sealed end and a weighted ball enclosed within the cylindrical shaped tube and having a circumference smaller than a circumference of said cylindrical tube allowing said weighted ball to roll along a length of said cylindrical tube. A flexible body portion is secured to the first sealed end of the cylindrical tube and a spring extends through the body portion. The body portion able to maintain the rolling toy in an upright position with the cylindrical tube positioned atop the body portion. When the cylindrical tube is tiled, the weighted ball is caused to roll along the length of the cylindrical tube from the first end to the second end. This causes the cylindrical tube to move towards the surface, the body portion to bend as the cylindrical tube moves towards the surface and the spring to uncoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Francois Boulaire
  • Patent number: 6000990
    Abstract: A humanoid toy that under the influence of gravity will travel down a vertical surface, while tumbling as sticky regions temporarily and in turn stick to the surface in known manner, the toy comprising a body and two pairs of limbs that are hingedly connected to the body. Each limb is formed in two parts that are hingedly connected together intermediate its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: T. K. Wong & Associates Ltd.
    Inventor: Tak-Ko Wong
  • Patent number: 5947792
    Abstract: A humanoid toy figure having a body with a sticky region at the end of each limb that temporarily adhere to vertical surfaces and cause the body to tumble down the surface in a manner already well-known. The sticky region is connected to the body by a resilient tie that allows or causes the body to drop vertically due to the weight of the body stretching the tie . If there is no weight on the tie , the sticky region will be held against a remote end of the respective arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: T. K. Wong & Associates, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tak-Ko Wong
  • 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: 5759082
    Abstract: A cartwheel tumbling doll has a torso and a head mounted on the torso. An axis extends generally through the center of the head and torso. A pair of arms, each arm having a shoulder end and a hand end, are mounted for limited pivotal movement adjacent each arm's shoulder about a respective axis that is generally perpendicular to the center axis. A pair of legs, each leg having a hip end and a foot end, are mounted adjacent each leg's hip for limited pivotal movement relative to the torso about a respective axis that is generally perpendicular to the center axis. A weight is releasably connected to each hand. The foot of each leg contacts a substantially planar surface to support the doll in a generally upright position with the arms extended away from the feet and carrying the releasably connected weights. Pushing one side of the doll causes it to tumble sideways or cartwheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Breslow, Morrison, Terzian & Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Brian S. Kujawski, Timothy Carroll, Donald A. Rosenwinkel
  • Patent number: 5683285
    Abstract: A toy beetle which travels down a vertical surface under the influence of gravity has four movable limbs which are arranged in pairs at opposite ends of an axle that is rotatable about a transverse axis of the beetle. Sticky materials at the ends of the limb adhere temporarily to the vertical surface in use. According to the orientation of the beetle with respect to the vertical the beetle will either, in somewhat random fashion, walk or tumble down the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: T. K. Wong & Associates, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tak-Ko Wong
  • Patent number: 5653171
    Abstract: Disclosed are improved, unpredictably tumbleable capsule structures that are loosely internally provided with weighty rollable spherical ball, whereby such improved capsule is adapted to unpredictably compete with identical tumbleable capsule structures along downwardly-inclined ramps. Such improved tumbleable capsule structures are preferably circularly symmetrical about a directionally longitudinally extending horizontal central-axis and also about a central vertical-plane, and having uniquely ratioed capsule housing and interior rollable sphere interdimensional parameter values. Ancillarily disclosed are improved topically-textured and judicially-inclined racing ramps and ramp starting gates, all devoted toward enhancing unpredictable racing capability for a plurality of identically constructed internally-weighted tumbleable capsule structures along downwardly-extending ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventors: Richard C. LeBron, Shelden P. LeBron, Dickson B. LeBron
  • Patent number: 5575702
    Abstract: A tumbling toy includes a shell or housing formed of two or more telescoping sections, providing adjustment of the length of the shell and thus the moment of inertia of the toy to affect the tumbling rate. Extending the telescoping housing increases the moment of inertia of the toy, and provides a longer path of travel for the mass within the shell, resulting in a slower rate of tumble for a given slope. The sections may be separated also, allowing the mass contained within to be exchanged for one of greater or lesser mass, which also affects the tumbling rate of the toy. The outer shell sections may be made of plastic or other suitable material, with the moving mass contained therein comprising a marble or the like, or a steel or other metal ball bearing or the like, or a lead sphere or other suitable shape. An internal mass of less than the mass of the shell structure may be provided if desired, as well as masses substantially equal to the shell, or greater than the shell, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Frances C. Silvious
  • Patent number: 5129854
    Abstract: A rolling toy is created by segments which are bound together by connectors and axles. The toy has a plurality of segments including front and rear segments. The toy declines in a revolving end-to-end motion. The segments are spaced apart with a specified distance and are rotatable to each other. This rolling toy has the capability of declining down stairways and rolling on most horizontal surfaces. The toy is of an appropriate length for revolving end-to-end while declining down stairways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventor: Joseph M. Hill
  • Patent number: 4952191
    Abstract: A tumbling toy including a housing forming a head portion, a ball disposed in the housing and a body portion being substantially more flexible than said housing and extending therefrom. A mechanism is formed in the housing for permitting the ball to pass into the housing while substantially restricting the ball from passing therethrough in the opposite direction. The toy also includes a layer of gripping material for preventing the toy from sliding on an incline without tumbling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventor: Gabriel A. Martinez
  • Patent number: 4929216
    Abstract: A cylindrical ring and a character having a number of extending parts that are circumscribed by a circle having a diameter equal to the inside diameter of the ring are readily combinable by a child to make a rotating toy. Insertion and removal of the character from the inside of the ring are facilitated by making the ring of a deformable material. The combined ring and character are placed in a vehicle in contact with the vehicle wheels so that as the vehicle is moved along a playing surface, the wheels rotate the combined ring and character. Part of the vehicle body is hinged for closing an opening through which the combined ring and character are inserted. Above the ring is a transparent dome in which a ball is positioned in contact with the ring so that as the combined ring and character rotate, the ball rotates within the dome. Other accessories provide rotatable surfaces which engage the outer curved surface of the cylindrical ring to rotate the combined ring and character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Lamont C. Morris, Wayne A. Kuna, Rouben T. Terzian
  • Patent number: 4925428
    Abstract: A toy having a rotational symmetric shape - elliptic or spherical in a section through its axis of symmetry - has an element inside which is movable along the axis of symmetry when the toy is rolling on the ground thereby causing the rolling toy to follow a tortuous path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventor: Harald V. Sonesson
  • Patent number: 4884989
    Abstract: A toy which is capable of moving on a substantially vertical surface and which is provided with separated regions of a sticky material, the regions defining at least two planes in which the toy can rotate or tumble, which planes are non-parallel to each other. Preferably the toy has two parts pivotably connected together with each part bearing separated regions of the sticky material, whereby axes of rotation defined by respective pairs of the regions can be moved relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Assignee: T. K. Wong & Associates, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tak K. Wong
  • Patent number: 4530672
    Abstract: A summersaulting toy has a housing with a motor located in the housing. A first and second shaft are located parallel to one another transverse to the longitudinal axis of the toy with the ends of the first and second shafts projecting beyond the right and left sides of the housing. A foot pedestal is attached to right and left sides of both the right and left shafts respectively. In response to rotation of the shafts by the motor, the housing rotates about the shafts such that the housing is rotated first by the foot pedestals on the first shaft as the housing summersaults up and over the first shaft, and then by the pedestals on the second shaft as the housing summersaults up and over the second shaft. This process repeats itself in a cyclic manner as the toy does summersaults across a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Company, Incorporated
    Inventor: Yosuke Yoneda