Including Facial Or Hair Feature Patents (Class 446/372)
  • Patent number: 8911278
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a toy puppet that is supportable on a manipulator's torso. In particular, a torso-supporting means typically takes the form of a sling in which the puppet figure is supported. The sling can be tied about the user or have two ends which are attachable. Typically, the ends are attached via velcro. Thus, the torso-supportable puppet has a slit into which the user can insert their hands to manipulate the puppet. The torso supportable means also comprises a slit into which the user can insert their hand. When the puppet is manipulated, the inserted hand is hidden by the puppet which gives the operation of the puppet a life-like feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Clonies, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcelino Hoyo
  • Patent number: 8684782
    Abstract: A convertible flower doll has garment including a skirt with layers that may be raised or lowered to convert the doll between a figure resembling a flower and a figure resembling a character. In flower form, the doll sits within a container resembling a flower pot. The doll has legs that wrap together and attach at the ankles to resemble a flower stem. The skirt has features resembling flower petals, and elastic in the lowest layer of the skirt bunches up the skirt layers when raised to resemble a flower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fiore Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Jeanette Marie Fiore
  • Publication number: 20130324006
    Abstract: “Little Soothers” is a plush animal that slides onto an object and plays music. It is activated (plays music) when tilted or shaken. A sound module is located inside the “head” of “Little Soothers”. Sound plays for approx. 60 seconds. Royalty free children nursery rhymes plays through the sound module. Recordable sound module, which can record music, sounds or voices of the users preference will be available. Sound module is waterproof. “Little Soothers” is machine washable. The center of “Little Soothers” is elastic. The head, arms and legs of “Little Soothers” is made out of material used in stuffed animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Renee Danielle Marshall
  • Patent number: 8506345
    Abstract: A doll is disclosed. The doll has an outer layer that is constructed of a faux fur and that includes a number of openings. The faux fur has a pile height sufficient to at least partially conceal the openings. A number of interchangeable features can be connected to the outer layer by securing connecting members in the openings. Depending on the embodiment, the openings may be buttonholes or grommeted openings, and the connecting members may be buttons or connecting bars. Some embodiments of the doll may have a removable stuffed insert. When embodiments of the doll are not stuffed, or when the removable insert is removed, the doll may serve as a puppet, a hat, or a cover for an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Jazz Tigan, Maricriz Perea
  • Patent number: 8162712
    Abstract: A personalized doll kit with computer generated photograph face which comprises a transfer paper having the computer generated photograph face printed in a mirror image thereon which is transferred to a piece of fabric by ironing. An interface sheet has a large circle and a concentric inner small circle. The transfer paper, fabric, and a padding member are stacked to form a face assembly. The face assembly is secured together at the large circle of the interface sheet. Excess material of the face assembly is cut away from a stitch line at the large circle, while the inner small circle is removed to form a circular aperture to expose the photograph face. By manually urging the bottom of the padding member upwardly the photograph face on the transfer paper on the piece of fabric will go through the circular aperture on the interface sheet to reverse the interface sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Patricia L. Uy
  • Patent number: 7946901
    Abstract: A figurine and method of use is having selectable personalization includes a doll having a head and torso, also a base disposed adjacent to the head, the base including a surrounding sidewall extending from a bottom portion to an opening defining a first interior that receives a first selected indicia. Further, a transparent cover including an outer periphery that is removably engaged from the sidewall opening. The cover having a first side and second side forming a concave profile to define a second interior portion, with the second side adjacent to the base when the cover and base are engaged, wherein the first and second interior portions form a chamber for the first indicia to be protectively and securely displayed. The base and cover engagement prevents unauthorized removal of the first indicia from the chamber by requiring a tool to separate the base and the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Furn Roberts
  • Patent number: 7641535
    Abstract: An artificial eye for use in animated plush toys has a one-piece eyeball and lid that are integrally molded. The eye further includes a shaped member and a retaining post. A crossplate of the shaped member is preferably curved to correspond to the curvature of the eye, and is operative to animate a portion of plush contiguous to the eye. The portion of plush to be animated has an attached elongated flap which includes a forked free end wherein each branch of the forked end includes a hole. The elongated flap is inserted into the doll's body or head cavity, and each branch is tucked under the curved crossplate of the shaped member. The retaining post engages the holes near the ends of each branch, thereby fixedly retaining the flap to the eye. When the eye is rotated the plush portion also moves thereby simulating movement of an eyelid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Maddocks, Eduardo J. Rodriguez, Shelley M. Smith, Jeffrey H. Olson, Lu Jian Zhong, Liu Ling Kit
  • Patent number: 7624532
    Abstract: A figurine shaped from coir base material compressed with a combination of fertilizer, paper and sawdust. The figurine includes a self-watering wick that allows water to be drawn from a reservoir to provide continuous water to the coir material. The figurine is further covered with grass seeds and nylon net to retain the seeds on the coir figurine. When water is added to the figurine, the seeds sprout grass that resembles hair. The grass can further be trimmed or grown to a desired length. Figurines or shapes can be human, animal or other shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Randy Slater
  • Publication number: 20080293326
    Abstract: Hair for toys which is constituted of filaments made of an alcohol-soluble resin is disclosed. The hair for toys may also be hair for toys which is constituted of filaments made of a composite resin made up of a core and a sheath, where at least one of the resin of the core and that of the sheath is an alcohol-soluble resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: THE PILOT INK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoya Ishimura
  • Patent number: 7422507
    Abstract: A toy figure assembly and its method of manufacture. The toy figure has a body structure with an exposed exterior. The exposed exterior of the figure includes at least one first section of fabric material and at least one second section of elastomeric gel material that are joined together along at least one common seam. The common seam can be closed using adhesive, heat bonding or sewing. The sections of the toy figure defined by fabric material are filled with dry fill. The sections of the toy figure defined by elastomeric gel material can be filled with either dry fill or a fluid fill. By forming a toy figure from both fabric material and elastomeric gel, a toy figure is obtained that has external areas having contrasting tactile characteristics, thereby increasing the play value of the toy figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventors: Mark J. Chernick, Webb T. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6966776
    Abstract: A toy for teaching sign language includes a body with a thoracic portion and a lower limb portion that are movable between rotated and stationary positions. The present invention further includes metacarpals provided with a wire frame passing therethrough, which makes them flexible for defining various sign language movements. The present invention further includes a facial section with an oral section that is adaptable to provide various expressions via a wire frame. The facial section further includes eyebrow sections that are adaptable to a corresponding position as the oral section changes shape. The present invention may further include a simulated hearing aid and fastener for removably affixing the hearing aid to the facial section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Rhonda L. Jones
  • Patent number: 6875074
    Abstract: The present invention provides one or more movable members such as an eyelid, tongue, teeth, fangs or tusks for a stuffed toy or the like that are movable between a first position in which the one or more movable member is visible and a second position in which the one or more movable member is at least partially concealed whereby the demeanor or expression of the stuffed toy or the like may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventors: Eileen Morris, Renee Faggen, Spencer Morris
  • Patent number: 6805607
    Abstract: A doll having a cloth body stuffed with pellets coated with fragrant oil has external features emulating the appearance of an aged person. These features include folds, emulating wrinkled skin, in a flexible covering extending over the head and face of the doll. The flexible covering is gathered into folds and stretched for attachment to a torso portion of the body at a narrowed neck, and folds also extend from lip and nose features of the doll face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventor: Ethel Hidalgo
  • Patent number: 6782128
    Abstract: A method for digitally editing an image of a real-life person for attaching the image to a soft-bodied doll having a generally planar face. The process includes electronically importing an image into a computer by use of a scanner, a digital camera, a compact disc, or an attachment to an e-mail, to produce a digital image file. The image is then digitally edited using any image editor. The face is masked while the neck of the person and background of the image are deleted. A portion of the person's cheek is then sampled and lightened slightly to form a neck color which then fills in the previously deleted portion. In a second embodiment, only the eyes, nose and mouth are masked while the rest of the image is either tinted to a chosen color corresponding to the color of fabric used in producing the doll, or partially erased to allow the chosen background color to blend through and create a color match between the facial images and the cloth body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Diane Rinehart
  • Patent number: 6247730
    Abstract: A book has two covers and a set of book pages contained between the covers. The covers close to form a shape which has an external appearance resembling the head of a creature, with two eyes and a mouth. The two covers are joined to one another along a minor portion of the circumference, and are connected along the remaining portion of the said circumference by a releasable fastener such as a zip such that the fastener (the zip) forms the mouth. The pages of the book can be accessed by releasing the fastener and hinging open the two covers about the minor portion of the circumference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Top That Publishing plc
    Inventors: Barrie John Henderson, Simon Peter Couchman
  • Patent number: 6244926
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for producing realistic doll heads that have the facial appearance of particular children. The customer, using ten facial characteristics set forth in a chart, selects from among a predetermined number of facial characteristics those most closely resembling the facial appearance of the child. The facial characteristics that are selected comprise seven face shapes (rounded, oval, pear, rectangular, thinner rectangular, thinner heart, and wider heart); skin tone; eye color; eyelash color; eyebrow color, thickness, and shape; hair color, cut, length., and style; and birthmarks, moles, and/or freckles. The selected characteristics are then applied to the doll head to produce a one-of-a-kind doll closely resembling the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: The Lifelike Company
    Inventors: Richard L. George, Reed N. Wilcox, W. Kenn Thiess, Lane Anderson
  • Patent number: 6183338
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is a plaything that includes: (a) a body; (b) a head attached to the body having a recessed area within the head; and (c) a band at least partially surrounding the recessed area. In a further embodiment, the plaything further comprises an appliance that fits in the recessed area. In a still further embodiment, the appliance is detachably affixed to the recessed area. In a yet still further embodiment, the appliance comprises an image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Lorretta M. Mallette
  • Patent number: 6153311
    Abstract: A soft sculpted article includes a first substantially flat surface and a soft sculpted face affixed to the first substantially flat surface. The face includes at least a muzzle portion extending outwardly of the first substantially flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards Incorporated
    Inventors: Bradley W. Springer, Ruth M. Donikowski, Anne L. Thurlow
  • Patent number: 6146722
    Abstract: A figure of an animated creature for retaining and visually displaying a picture. The figure has a body with a front side upon which means for retaining and visually displaying the picture are disposed. The means for retaining and visually displaying has a transparent outer cover for displaying the picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Thryn Slawin
  • Patent number: 6132821
    Abstract: A three-dimensional soft sculpture wall adornment is made of a pliable and lightweight material. The wall adornment has a raised relief front surface and a back that is at least partially flat. The raised relief has a minimum total relief contrast that assures a three-dimensional visual quality. The raised relief also has a maximum projection. The back has a mounting element attached to the flat portion for securing the wall adornment to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Dan A. Garr
  • Patent number: 6120340
    Abstract: A stuffed animal toy and a removable head covering accessory such as a hairpiece, a wig or a hat. The toy includes a body simulating an animal having a torso, legs and a head. The head covering accessory is removably attachable to the head and to at least one additional attaching area of the body whereby a person with an illness resulting in loss of hair can emotionally identify and relate to the toy by alternate attachment of the head covering accessory to either atop the head in a normal in-use position or to the body in a carried position. The preferred additional attaching area is a paw area of one leg to simulate carrying or holding of a hairpiece or wig by the toy, the hairpiece or wig being the preferred embodiment of the head covering accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Avis S. Zaborowski
  • Patent number: 6099378
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for producing realistic doll heads that have the facial appearance of particular children. The customer, using ten facial characteristics set forth in a chart, selects from among a predetermined number of facial characteristics those most closely resembling the facial appearance of the child. The facial characteristics that are selected comprise seven face shapes (rounded, oval, pear, rectangular, thinner rectangular, thinner heart, and wider heart); skin tone; eye color; eyelash color; eyebrow color, thickness, and shape; hair color, cut, length, and style; and birthmarks, moles, and/or freckles. The selected characteristics are then applied to the doll head to produce a one-of-a-kind doll closely resembling the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: The Lifelike Company
    Inventors: Richard L. George, Reed N. Wilcox, W. Kenn Thiess, Lane Anderson
  • Patent number: 6010388
    Abstract: A stuffed figure is provided having a detailed plastic face secured to a soft plush head. The soft plush head is formed of a fabric material and is filled with stuffing material. The plastic face includes a face body, a pair of artificial eyes, and a plurality of locking washers. A front side of the face body is contoured to form a mouth, a nose, and eye sockets. A face locking stem is integral with the face body and rearwardly extends from a rear side thereof and through the fabric material. The artificial eyes are each located in a separate one of the eye sockets and may be integral or non-integral with the face body. Each of the artificial eyes has an eye locking stem integral therewith which rearwardly extends therefrom and through the fabric material. The locking washers cooperate with the face locking stem and the eye locking stems to clamp the fabric material between the plurality of locking washers and the rear side of the face body to secure the plastic face to the soft plush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: K&M International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gopala B. Pillai, Robert T. Wuescher, Carolyn M. Tupper
  • Patent number: 5947791
    Abstract: A racially generic, gender neutral doll body that can be transformed into a person specific stuffed doll by the placement of a photographic image insert into the space between the stuffing and a bonnet of said doll body, to thereby cover over the stuffing formerly visible within the opening of the bonnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Joan Senica Taylor
  • Patent number: 5676584
    Abstract: A series of interchangeable faces is incorporated into a child's doll. The doll includes a plane and nondescript head portion extending from the main body of the doll. A series of head slip covers, with each head slip cover including a distinct facial expression, is slipped over the doll's head. Each head slip cover includes a back, crown, neck, and face panel, with the distinct facial expression formed on the face panel. The back panel includes an elongated slit to allow the head to be quickly and easily inserted into the head slip cover, and a fastener on opposite sides of the slit prevents the head slip cover from sliding off the doll's head. The doll is constructed of a polyester material held within an outer casing to allow the doll to be machine washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Joyce A. Perryman
  • Patent number: 5649848
    Abstract: A reversible plush toy which has two designs, such as two animal shapes, which turn inside-out into each other by consuming and regurgitating each other through their wide mouth, which they share.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventor: Stanton W. Clark
  • Patent number: 5549500
    Abstract: An animalian figurine (10) has an outer covering (11) which contains a body of plant life nutrient material (13) and a bed of plant seeds (14). The plant seeds are positioned adjacent a scalp portion (16) of the covering so that the grass stalks sprouting therefrom grow through a scalp portion to simulate hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Assignee: Bob Kennedy
    Inventor: Ron Manoah
  • Patent number: 5515592
    Abstract: A method of making a doll having an image impregnated thereon is disclosed comprising the steps of obtaining the image, forming an altered image that is substantially similar to the original image, copying the altered image onto heat transfer paper using a copying machine, applying the altered image from the heat transfer paper onto material, and constructing the doll with the material. A color laser copier is used to form the altered image and to make a copy of the altered image onto heat transfer paper. In particular, the color laser copier is used to reduce or expand the size of the original image, and, in addition, the mirror image function of the copier is used to copy a mirror image of the original image onto the heat transfer paper. As a result, when the altered image, namely the reduced or enlarged mirror image, is applied from the heat transfer paper onto the material which is used to make the doll, the altered image is properly shown on the doll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Kimberley A. Mills
  • Patent number: 5382187
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a specially designed doll that could accept the transfer of a computer portrait directly on its face without wrinkling. The face of the doll is shaped similar to a real face and cut out on the straight of the material to ensure that it does not stretch or wrinkle. The panels forming the sides of the head are cut on the bias of the material in order to stretch with the pressure of the heat press but not affect the face area. This allows the face to remain flat so that the picture does not wrinkle and the result is a clear picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Dorothy A. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5382186
    Abstract: A plurality of simulated toy teeth and method for making are described for use with toys including toy stuffed animals and toy dolls. The teeth include a flexible tubular casing that is expanded by placing a fill material therein. The ends of the casing are sealed to contain the fill material. At least one constrictive band is placed around at least a portion of the casing which compresses both the casing and the fill material therein thereby reducing the overall circumference of the casing underneath the band. The visual effect is to provide a plurality of teeth, one of each of the teeth being disposed on either side of each constrictive band. The flexible casing is curved as desired to accommodate the shape of the toy and is then attached as desired to the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Marjorie E. West
  • Patent number: 5368518
    Abstract: The invention relates to a puppet which is manipulated by both arms of a user primarily as a form of cheering for a person or entity during sporting and similar events. The puppet comprises a first member including a first elongated sleeve into which a first arm of the user may be inserted. A second member is secured to the first member and includes a second elongated sleeve into which a second arm of the user may be inserted. The first and second members cooperate to provide a puppet in the shape of a mascot or character identified with the person or entity being cheered. The first and second members are secured together in a manner which permits the user to impart relative motion through arm movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Elise G. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 5328401
    Abstract: In combination with a childrens cuddly toy, a facial plate which will move when contacted manually by a child. This movement will cause a light to shine through the actuating plate and then slowly dim giving the appearance of blushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Robert A. DeMars
  • Patent number: 5314370
    Abstract: Doll making process includes steps of positioning the certain person in front of a video camera, adjusting the position of the person and the camera so that the face fills certain boundaries on a monitor screen, transferring the signal from the video camera to a color transfer printer and printing the resulting image on a wax layer supported on a substrate. The wax layer is pressed and heated against a layer of natural fabric to transfer the wax layer onto the layer of fabric. The fabric layer is secured, image outward, onto the facial area of the doll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: Mary L. Flint
  • Patent number: 5312287
    Abstract: A simulation toy includes an electromagnet received in a slot on the body of the toy and attached with a permanent magnet mounted flush with the toy, a control circuit controlled by a snap switch reciprocates a reciprocating rod through the electromagnet in pushing the permanent magnet out of the slot for showing a red colored area simulating a wound and simultaneously activate a speaker for making a sound simulating the crying of a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Gary Chuang
  • Patent number: 5304087
    Abstract: A soft stuffed puppy is carried in a flexible sling with the head of the puppy exposed. The head has animatable ears driven by rotation of the head relative to the body. In addition, a protruding moveable tongue is driven by an actuator which also serves to effect the rotation of the head relative to the body. Actuation of the animatable ears and tongue may be readily accomplished while the puppy is carried in the sling by a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: Breslow, Morrison, Terzian & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Rouben T. Terzian, Shari L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5299968
    Abstract: A primary and secondary toy figure pair include a large primary figure having a plurality of hair fiber segments secured to the head thereof to provide a simulated head of hair. A secondary figure substantially smaller than the primary figure is removably securable to a necklace or other attachment supported upon the primary figure. A plurality of hair locks include attachment tabs which facilitate removable attachment of the hair locks between the head of the primary figure and the secondary figure. A ring support is also securable to the secondary figure and the primary figure to support a secondary figure and provide a ring-like structure which may be worn on the child user's finger as a decorative ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Linda K. Bennett
  • Patent number: 5215493
    Abstract: A stuffed toy generally in the configuration of a pickle having a textured body, soft curved arms capable of hugging a child or being folded in front of the body, flexible legs, and changeable facial features such as to exhibit either a sad face or a happy face. The expression being easily changed by even a very young child by merely rotating the eye and mouth members. The toy can be additionally dressed as male or female or as a baby. The pickle character lends itself to use by disturbed children to assist in ascertaining the nature of their problems, but is lovable and huggable so as to be used by all children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventors: Karen Zgrodek, Stephanie Leechow
  • Patent number: 5182844
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of producing a stuffed doll which comprises the steps of: forming elastic cloth such as rib stitch cloth, interlock stitch cloth or the like into a bag-like member; inserting shaping members formed in shapes of a forehead and a chin into the bag-like member to its inside upper and lower portions respectively; filling the bag-like member with stuffing to thereby form a head base having a predetermined shape; fixing long-haired hair members, eyebrow members, eye members, a nose member, and a mouth member on the head base to thereby form a head portion; and fixing the head portion on a body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: Akito Honda
  • Patent number: 5182845
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a three dimensional stuffed figure provides a face combining the sculptured appearance of a hard face and the softness of a plush face. The face has a front surface of stretch material and a rear surface of non-stretch material defining a stuffing aperture through which is stuffed a quantity of fiberfill sufficient to stretch the stretch material relative to the non-stretch material. Facial details of the front surface of the stuffed face are contoured by tensioning threads (extending from the non-stretch material through the stretch material and back to the non-stretch material) and optionally colored by air brushing. The inverted head is secured to the inverted body to define an inversion aperture, and the inverted head and body are re-inverted through the inversion aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: DCN Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Dean
  • Patent number: 5178574
    Abstract: An article, such as a stuffed toy, has one or more folds of material on the surface, adjacent to a feature or features, the folds being movable to alternate positions to vary the appearance of a feature. As an example, for an animal, a fold can be positioned across the head above the eyes. In an up position the eyes are fully exposed, and in a down position, partially obscured. A further fold can be positioned across the head below the nose, in a down position covering the teeth and in an up position exposing the teeth. As an additional feature, deformable members in the ears permit positioning of the ears in different ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventor: Ken Evoy
  • Patent number: 5141464
    Abstract: A touch responsive animated toy figure is fabricated of a soft or plush material and supports an internal housing formed of a rigid plastic material or the like. A rigid head chassis is supported within the head portion of the plush figure and is pivotally secured to a neck extension of the internal body housing. A motor driven operative mechanism produces a pivotal motion of the figure's head for a predetermined time interval each time the motor is energized. A reciprocating tongue motion is provided in response to head motion to cause a tongue to be successively extended and withdrawn from the head portion of the figure during head motion. A sensor located on the outer portion of the plush figure is operatively coupled to the motor control causing the initiation of an operative cycle for a predetermined interval each time the sensor is touched or manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard R. Stern, Ronald MacBain, Ben Guerrero
  • Patent number: 5141465
    Abstract: A toy including a flexible cover having a fish-like shape, a filler material contained within the flexible cover, and an engagement material attached within an indented area within the flexible cover. The flexible cover has an area at one end defining a mouth for the fish-like shape. The filler material is generally pliable. The filler material at least partially fills the flexible cover. The engagement material is suitable for contact engagement with another material exterior of the cover. The engagement material is threadedly fastened to the mouth area of the flexible cover. The engagement material is a loop material. The loop material is suitable for contact engagement with a hook material. A fishing lure apparatus is provided. The fishing lure apparatus is covered with a hook material. This hook material can engage the loop material of the mouth of the flexible cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: James H. Stellman
  • Patent number: 5129853
    Abstract: A pet animal toy has a body covered by a removable coat of long fur which can be cut and "groomed" to give a stylized appearance, then removed and replaced with another fur coat for cutting to give a different appearance. The coat covers substantially all the trunk of the body and the legs and appears to be fur grown on the animal. It may be secured by a concealed attachment under the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Mike Bowling Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Michael Bowling
  • Patent number: 5123870
    Abstract: The doll is formed by outlining a desired feature with an adhesive such as either a meltable, fuser thread or a sheet of fuser material with cutouts in the shape of the desired feature between a stretchable front and a non-stretchable rear piece of fabric. Soft material is inserted between the two sheets within the feature such as through the top of the U-shaped nose opening and through a slit in the rear piece of fabric behind the mouth. The mouth can also be formed by satin-like stitches. The lips can also be formed by running stitches forming an outline, which is then filled. Satin-like stitches then cover the protruding lips. Small heat fusible adhesive disks create the eyes. Inset eyes may be formed by placing a length of thick, elongated material, such as a cord, around the attached region and sewing the ends of the cord together. The area between the outline of the thick, elongated fabirc is inset from the raised outline of the thick, elongated material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: Mary J. Cahill
  • Patent number: 5118318
    Abstract: A security object system including a pillowcase with an opening across the back for inserting or removing a pillow and a stylized mother and father rendered on the front of the case. Removable pouches are attached at either end of the pillowcase and are dimensioned to receive one each of two dolls. The dolls are stylized to represent a son and daughter bearing family resemblances to the stylized mother and father depicted on the face of the pillowcase. Each doll incorporates a suction cup on its back so that it may be fastened to a smooth surface. The clothing for the dolls is removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Robert J. Lorizio
  • Patent number: 5046985
    Abstract: A doll is provided having a permanently imprinted doll face on a flap overlying a blank face plate. When the flap is in a down position, the doll is played-with in a conventional manner. When the flap is raised, the plate is revealed and the child can draw face designs on the plate. A first set of facial features and related decorative items such as hair arrangements, bonnets, bows and the like are displayed when the flap overlies the plate. A corresponding second set of the above become revealed when the flap is lifted. The flap includes straps which releasably secure the flap when positioned over the face plate or, over the doll head back side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Inventor: Roscoe Cearfoss
  • Patent number: 5026315
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stuffed toy configured generally in the shape of the "wishbone" of a bird. The toy includes stuffed flexible elongated legs with a face at the apex of the wishbone. The legs are curved in an arc with a convex lower side facing in a downward direction in side view so that the toy may be rocked back and forth on a support surface. The toy may be used in a variety of ways, such as a pillow or cushion wherein the legs wrap around the neck of a user. Also, the legs may be twisted pretzel-like to simulate a leg crossing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Inventor: Ramona R. Chap
  • Patent number: 5015209
    Abstract: The invention relates to a child-playing toy called the "Tooth Fairy Doll" since its basic structure is molar-shaped with two butterfly-like wings at the side. The top of the molar shape is the head and face of the doll while the two roots of the tooth shape are its legs. To complete the `tooth fairy` idea, the doll carries two arms with a wand in one, and behind the wings, there is a sack or pouch for the tooth the child has just lost. Overnight, the "Tooth Fairy" takes the tooth out of the sack or pouch and in its place leaves a gift for the child. Fairy-like apparel completes the fantasy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Theresa Ortiz
  • Patent number: 5009626
    Abstract: A three-dimensional lifelike representation of the head portion of a real life subject formed by applying flexible sheet fabric material bearing an imprint of the head portion of a real life subject in the form of a computer-generated printed representation of the head of the subject to a computer-selected substrate structure of configuration and size matched to the printed representation of the head of the subject. The printed representation may take the form of an azimuthal-type group of connected sector photographic projections, a warped photographic image, or a panoramic photographic image of the subjects head portion with the flexible sheet fabric material being of a type capable of conforming to the substrate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: Marcella M. Katz
  • Patent number: 4993987
    Abstract: A doll having a personalized, photographic face such as mother's face, impregnated in the material of which the doll is constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventors: Harold L. Hull, Karen K. Joslin