On Wheeled Vehicle Patents (Class 446/427)
  • Patent number: 10272350
    Abstract: A pulsating imitation speaker includes a fixed cover, a flexible cover, and a motor and gear assembly having a motor with a motor shah, a first gear on a first axle, and a second gear on a second axle. The motor is drivingly engaged with the first gear via a pinion on the motor shaft and the first gear is drivingly engaged with the second gear such that when the pinion is rotated by the motor, the first and second gear also rotate. The pulsating imitation speaker further includes an actuator fixedly engaged with the flexible cover and a first and second circular member each engaged with the actuator and respectively positioned on opposite ends of the second axle such that the circular members rotate with the second gear. The actuator is reciprocated by rotation of the circular members such that the flexible cover moves relative to the fixed cover, when the motor is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dynacraft BSC, Inc.
    Inventors: Huimin Lv, Bill Talios, David Castrucci, John Bisges
  • Patent number: 8944880
    Abstract: An apparatus for distributing scale ballast over a model railroad track includes a hopper configured to funnel scale ballast to a spreader assembly, the spreader assembly including a spreader aperture formed between a compactor brush and a spreader plate, a chassis and a pair of contour skirts configured to contour scale ballast along the sides of the model railroad track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony LaSalle
  • Patent number: 8888554
    Abstract: A toy playset is provided. The toy playset may include a base having a first play surface and may further include a first socket attached to the first play surface. The first socket may include a central detent configured to releasably retain a toy wheel with a portion of the toy wheel held inside the central detent. The first socket may include a pair of lateral detents configured to releasably retain a toy axle. The lateral detents may extend across the first socket and may intersect the central detent. The lateral detents may be narrower than the central detent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Finizza
  • Patent number: 8678941
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a primary stage unit configured for transport on a standard semi-truck trailer including a plurality of lateral supports that engage the ground and lift the primary stage unit off of the trailer, a pair of wheel units that engage the ground and move the primary stage unit to a desired location, a main stage floor that pivots from a substantially vertical stowed position to a substantially horizontal in-use position and moves vertically to a desired height, a roof assembly including a pair of support columns that extend telescopically from a stowed position to an in-use position, and a plurality of roof joists supporting a corresponding plurality of roof panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hitech Stages, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tom Bilsen, Johan Troukens
  • Publication number: 20130309936
    Abstract: A push toy includes a collecting mechanism and a stifling mechanism in order to enhance the play value. The push toy is comprised of a handle, a housing, and a wheel assembly such that a user may roll the push toy along a support surface. The push toy may collect objects, such as toy balls, store the objects within the housing, and subsequently release or expel the objects so they may be collected again.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jacob J. Clark, Michael Armbruster
  • Patent number: 8469767
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is provided with front and rear wheelbase mechanisms. Both are movably secured to a chassis, but the front mechanism moves two front segments positioned within two channels on the chassis and the rear mechanism moves a rear segment with a rear axle pivotally secured to a lower portion of the rear segment. The segments include rotatable wheels. There is also provided a motor and a clutch. The clutch is in communication with the front and rear wheelbase mechanisms. The motor when moved in a first direction engages the clutch to direct the front wheelbase mechanism to raise and lower the front segments. The motor when moved in a second direction engages the clutch to direct the rear wheelbase mechanism to raise and lower the rear segment and rear axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Rehco LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Ryan Kratz, Phillip Fensil
  • Patent number: 8267739
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automobile toy, including: a first chassis to support an axle of a front wheel; and a second chassis to support an axle of a rear wheel, wherein the first and second chassis are rotatably connected with each other by a rotating shaft that lies along a width direction of the automobile toy, and a spring for biasing the first and second chassis is arranged between the first and second chassis, so as to bias the front wheel and the rear wheel to an approaching direction to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Tomy Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyuki Ishibashi, Yoshio Suimon
  • Publication number: 20120129423
    Abstract: A toy playset is provided. The toy playset may include a base having a first play surface and may further include a first socket attached to the first play surface. The first socket may include a central detent configured to releasably retain a toy wheel with a portion of the toy wheel held inside the central detent. The first socket may include a pair of lateral detents configured to releasably retain a toy axle. The lateral detents may extend across the first socket and may intersect the central detent. The lateral detents may be narrower than the central detent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Finizza
  • Patent number: 7976356
    Abstract: A boom assembly for a bucket of a toy vehicle comprises at least one bucket bearer, which is articulated to a frame of the toy vehicle by a first swivel joint, and at least one telescopic support with two telescopic elements, which can be displaced in telescopic manner with respect to one another. One of the telescopic elements is articulated to the bucket bearer by a second swivel joint, the other telescopic element is articulated to the frame by a third swivel joint. Furthermore, at least one latch mechanism is provided, the latch mechanism having a latch body which is provided on one of the telescopic elements, and a counter body which is provided on the bucket bearer. The bodies of the latch mechanism are positioned with respect to one another such that when the bucket bearers are moved from a lowered basic position into a raised position, the latch body comes to rest against the counter body before the raised position is reached, the telescopic support being bent with the production of a bending tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Bruder Spielwaren GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Heinz Bruder
  • Patent number: 7717767
    Abstract: A toy vehicle design having two distinctly different methods to attach accessories. Accessories that attach to the front, sides, rear and bottom of the vehicle can connect to the chassis via a tab and slot system. Strategically positioned slots on the chassis undercarriage can accept tabs that extend from those accessories. The various accessories can be interchangeable and can be easily attached and removed without the need for tools. For front, side, rear and bottom fitting accessories, slots can be located along the outer perimeter of the vehicle chassis' undercarriage. The accept tabs can extend from the various accessories. Accessories that attach to the hood, roof and truck beds, magnets are built into the underside of the vehicle body with magnets of the opposite polarity attached to the inside of the accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Ridemakerz, LLC
    Inventors: Donald W. Amadio, James V. Mendillo, Yuk Kei Chan
  • Patent number: 7601047
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toy vehicle for collecting and conveying garbage, paper or the like, having a collection container with charging hole, and distinguished by a collecting and emptying arrangement for a garbage can, paper can or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Bruder Spielwaren GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Heinz Bruder
  • Patent number: 7597174
    Abstract: An anti-deflection structure for a chassis of a remote-controlled car includes a board which is added below a central differential gear at a center of a chassis, to strengthen a rigid structure of the chassis. A center of the board is provided with a hollow part for emplacing a gear set of the central differential gear, and an exterior side of the hollow part is provided with a plurality of pivoting holes. The pivoting holes correspond to through-holes on the chassis for locking the central differential gear, thereby locking and fixing the board. In addition, the hollow part is locked at columns of the central differential gear by transfixing screws from bottom to top into the pivoting holes and the through-holes. On the other hand, front and rear ends of the board provide for connection of two support arms, thereby constituting the anti-deflection structure for the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Daimler Chu
  • Publication number: 20090233520
    Abstract: A boom assembly for a bucket of a toy vehicle comprises at least one bucket bearer, which is articulated to a frame of the toy vehicle by a first swivel joint, and at least one telescopic support with two telescopic elements, which can be displaced in telescopic manner with respect to one another. One of the telescopic elements is articulated to the bucket bearer by a second swivel joint, the other telescopic element is articulated to the frame by a third swivel joint. Furthermore, at least one latch mechanism is provided, the latch mechanism having a latch body which is provided on one of the telescopic elements, and a counter body which is provided on the bucket bearer. The bodies of the latch mechanism are positioned with respect to one another such that when the bucket bearers are moved from a lowered basic position into a raised position, the latch body comes to rest against the counter body before the raised position is reached, the telescopic support being bent with the production of a bending tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Bruder Spielwaren GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Heinz BRUDER
  • Patent number: 7387558
    Abstract: A toy vehicle having an interactive feature, the toy vehicle comprising a body at least two wheels rotatably coupled to the body; and a tongue actuation mechanism moveably coupled to the body, the tongue actuation mechanism including a tongue extender having an engagement portion, the tongue actuation mechanism is adapted to enable selective movement of the tongue extender from a storage position to a capture position, where in the capture position the tongue extender extends downwards approaching a ground surface for capture of an object to the engagement portion of the tongue extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Swisher, Keith Hippely, Bill O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 7347763
    Abstract: The toy vehicle is characterized in that a rear excavator is fastened to the toy vehicle, that a seat boom is rotatably arranged on a receiving block which is fastened to the toy vehicle, that a support leg is mounted on the receiving block and is pivotable between a raised position and a lowered position in which the support leg rests on the ground, and that the receiving block has mounted thereon a securing hook means which in a first position locks the support leg in the raised position and, at the same time, locks the seat boom in a predetermined angular position and which in a second position secures the support leg in the lowered position and, moreover, releases the seat boom for rotation. The toy vehicle can also be operated by small children and meets high safety standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Ewringmann
  • Patent number: 7128633
    Abstract: A mechanical arm generally intended for use as a toy or game element comprises a base rotatably supporting a turret. A first link connected to the turret by a shoulder joint, a second link connected to the first link by an elbow joint, and an end effector connected to the distal end of the second link. A first lever with a handgrip drives the first link, a second lever with a handgrip drives the second link using a drive cable and pulleys mounted in the interior of the first link. The end effector is controlled by a lever attached near the second handgrip. A control cable is threaded through the hollow interior of the mechanical arm to operate the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Eric Steven Wilson
  • Patent number: 7033241
    Abstract: A toy vehicle has a chassis, at least a first drive wheel rotatably attached to the chassis and at least a first link having a first end pivotally coupled with the chassis. At least a first non-powered wheel is operably coupled with the second opposing end of the first link. The first link has two operative positions: a first, fully-retracted operating configuration in which the first link is wrapped at least partially around the chassis crossing the drive wheel axis of rotation and a second, extended operating configuration in which the first link is pivoted away and extended from the chassis. A second link can be pivotally coupled between and with the chassis and first link. Forces acting on the toy vehicle resulting from driving the first drive wheel can cause each link to pivot with respect to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Lee, Justin Discoe, Nathan Bloch
  • Publication number: 20040198165
    Abstract: A toy vehicle has a chassis, at least a first drive wheel rotatably attached to the chassis and at least a first link having a first end pivotally coupled with the chassis. At least a first non-powered wheel is operably coupled with the second opposing end of the first link. The first link has two operative positions: a first, fully-retracted operating configuration in which the first link is wrapped at least partially around the chassis crossing the drive wheel axis of rotation and a second, extended operating configuration in which the first link is pivoted away and extended from the chassis. A second link can be pivotally coupled between and with the chassis and first link. Forces acting on the toy vehicle resulting from driving the first drive wheel can cause each link to pivot with respect to the chassis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Lee, Justin Discoe, Nathan Bloch
  • Publication number: 20040162002
    Abstract: A toy vehicle which performs running control and steering control according to a signal from a radio controller, having a motor mounted on a front part of a chassis, for driving a front wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: TOMY COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Yousuke Yoneda
  • Publication number: 20040116043
    Abstract: A mobile toy is described. The mobile toy includes a wheel assembly having a hubcap for removably engaging a wheel of the wheel assembly. The mobile toy may also include a transmitter having a charging pad for charging of a radio-controlled embodiment of the toy. The transmitter comprises an indicator showing certain states of the toy as well as a storage compartment for housing items associated with the toy. Additional embodiments include an assembly for retaining the toy on the charging pad during charging of the toy. A kit for storing the components of the radio-controlled embodiment of the toy is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Applicant: RadioShack Corporation
    Inventor: Wai Hui
  • Publication number: 20040092206
    Abstract: A toy vehicle comprising a hinged, three part chassis having a first longitudinal end and a second, opposing longitudinal end and including a central chassis portion with first and second lateral chassis portions pivotally coupled with the central chassis portion on the first and second lateral side, respectively, of the central chassis portion. The first and second lateral chassis portions are coupled so as to pivot with respect to the central chassis portion in a common plane and spring biased against the central portion. Each lateral chassis portion includes a pair of road wheels at least one of which is driven by a reversible motor in that chassis portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventors: Michael John Lynders, James Michael Ferro, Noah Luther Kislevitz, Androc Luther Kislevitz, Adam Luther Kislevitz
  • Publication number: 20040082266
    Abstract: An interactive play device, method and apparatus, is disclosed which includes means to generate a plurality of interactions, entry control means, means to store responses to interactions and control means to select the next interaction based on memorized responses. One object of this invention is to provide a new class of interactive play devices, which is founded on personalizing a play device so that its current functionality is based on past interactions with a player rather than providing an identical operation or a randomly activated function each time the device is turned “on.” The invention also provides a plurality of toy devices, which operate in a plurality of states that mimic human behavior. A preferred embodiment discloses an interactive doll device, which generates interactions that require responses from the player. The responses are memorized by the doll device and are used to select the next interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Nabil N. Ghaly
  • Patent number: 6592427
    Abstract: A toy vehicle set accessory is claimed. The toy vehicle set accessory comprises a grain loader and a toy vehicle adapted for use with the grain loader. The grain loader comprises a grain elevator assembly for simulating the transfer of grain to the toy vehicle. The toy vehicle includes a movable load and a release mechanism for returning the movable load from an unstable condition to a stable condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Learning Curve International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G. Wilhelm, Gregory R. Kieso, Gary Aigner
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030040254
    Abstract: A toy vehicle designed to run on land is powered, at least in part, by a water jet. If the water jet propulsion system is auxiliary to a main propulsion system, the main propulsion system may be a compressed air piston engine, in which case pressurization of the air supply for the piston engine and pressurization of the water tank that supplies the water jet may advantageously be achieved by using a common hand pump, and the waterjet propulsion system as well as a sound effects system may be linked to the motor drive shaft to achieve simultaneous actuation of the motor, the water jet, and corresponding sound effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Greenberg
  • Patent number: 6524160
    Abstract: A toy vehicle gear shield for protecting the gears of a toy vehicle from debris. The device includes a panel having a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge and a second edge. A first flange is attached to and extends along a length of the top edge. The first flange generally lying in a plane orientated perpendicular to a plane of the front side of the panel. A second flange is attached to the second side edge of the panel and has a free edge positioned distal to the panel. A tab is attached to the free edge of the second flange which lies in a plane orientated generally perpendicular to the plane of the panel. The plane of the tab is orientated generally parallel to a plane of the first flange. The tab has a pair of openings therein for receiving fasteners from the toy vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventors: Steven A. Ismail, David Williams
  • Patent number: 6485351
    Abstract: In a toy garbage transportation truck comprising a cargo space (3) for the garbage that is to be disposed of, having an opening (4) on its rear to which an emptying casing (5) for garbage cans that are to be emptied is adjoined that has a rear discharge opening (7), provision is made that the floor (9) below the discharge opening is curved approximately in the shape of a segment of a circle, the floor (9) transitions into a slanted feeding surface (10) that extends to below a feeding opening (6), a conveyor shovel (12) is disposed above the floor (9), the conveyor shovel (12) can be swiveled along the floor (9) above the same, lifted parallel to the slanted feeding surface (16) to at least the lower edge of the feeding opening (6) and subsequently swiveled back and lowered to reach the end of the floor (9) on the opening side and repeat the conveyor movement again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Bruder Spielwaren GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Heinz Bruder
  • Patent number: 6394876
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a running toy is provided having a rear-end portion of a fore undercarriage with front wheels pivotally coupled with a fore-end portion of a rear undercarriage with rear wheels. Further, a fore toy body is attached to the fore undercarriage, and a rear toy body is attached to the rear undercarriage, where the fore toy body and rear toy body are sustained such that these car bodies move parallel toward or away from each other, and where a rear-wheel driving mechanism for driving at least either the front wheels or the rear wheels is disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Nikko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zenichi Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 6322416
    Abstract: A toy system including a housing, an ultraviolet light source provided in the housing; and a representative element comprising photochromatic material, the representative element being temporarily disposed in the housing, the representative element being exposed to the ultraviolet light source while in the housing, the representative element having a first state in which a first condition is visually simulated and a second state in which a second condition is visually simulated, the first and second visually simulated conditions being different from one another. One of the first and second states is achieved in response to the representative element having been within the housing and exposed to the ultraviolet light source, whereby a corresponding one of the first and second conditions is simulated by the representative element having been within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Brian M. Burke
  • Publication number: 20010031604
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive robotic device having a body, a transport mechanism, a drive mechanism, a plurality of inputs and outputs for receiving, delivering and/or displaying information, including aural and/or visual information or signals, a container for carrying or holding items to be delivered or dispensed to a user, and a dispensing structure for dispensing items to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Joseph L. McGowan, Timothy S. Brakensiek, David Niehaus
  • Patent number: 6165044
    Abstract: A power-operated mobile toy bulldozer that is capable of seating one person. The toy bulldozer comprises a central body frame having a front portion and a rear portion. The central body frame has a seat, a pair of mobility means mounting the central body frame, a pair of gear boxes having a plurality of gears, one of the plurality of gears mounting the mobility means, a movable blade mounted on the front portion of the central body frame, a movable ripper mounted on the rear portion of the central body frame, and a pair of brakes having brake shoes. The brake shoes press against the inner portion of the top end wheel of the mobility means when the pair of brake pedals connected to the brakes are activated. A power source on the central body frame is provided to supply electrical energy for operating the mobile toy bulldozer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Tommy Lamar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6110050
    Abstract: A toy train hopper car has a simulated load which appears to be emptied from a full load position. An electric motor drives a rotatable crank arm which engages a pivot arm connected to a load support that holds the simulated load. A second parallel pivot arm provides added support and follows the first pivot arm. A push button control actuates the motor to move the simulated load from an upper raised full load position to a lower empty load position and to reverse the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Robert F. Tammera
  • Patent number: 6110003
    Abstract: A trailer is provided including a neck adapted for engaging a towing structure. A frame is fixedly attached to the neck. A plurality of wheel assemblies are coupled to the frame. Also included is a deck pivotally attached to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Robert W. Green
  • Patent number: 5989096
    Abstract: A remotely-controllable motorized toy vehicle having a highly-maneuverable skid steering system driven by single or dual motors, having a separately motorized lift device pivotally secured to the chassis of the vehicle operative to lift and transport transportable elements, and also having an automatic tow hitch mechanism. The lift and hitching mechanism is coupled to a motorized lift gear train which provides for the sequential actuation of the lift for lifting and transport of the transportable elements and acutation of the hitch mechanism for hitching and unhitching towed vehicles. The vehicle is constructed with a particular wheel track to wheel base ratio providing improved skid steering as well as enhanced manueverability and stability. The mechanisms and gear trains have proper ratios and dimensions providing for the proper sequence of hitch actuation during upward and downward movement of the lift device whereby the hitch is operative only upon extended upward operation of the lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Rokenbok Toy Company
    Inventors: William M. Barton, Lonnie C. Pogue, Jon M. Drechny
  • Patent number: 5879221
    Abstract: A remotely-controllable motorized toy bulldozer vehicle has a highly-maneuverable skid steering system and a motorized blade lift mechanism pivotally secured to the chassis of the vehicle operative to permit the blade to free float at its lower positions but operative in the elevated position of such blade to positively hold it up at a set level. A hitch is provided for hitching to a trailer and hitch driver is responsive to such blade being lifted to higher elevations to automatically unhitch the hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Rokenbok Toy Company
    Inventors: William M. Barton, Lonnie C. Pogue, Daniel J. Aldred
  • Patent number: 5846120
    Abstract: A toy trailer for towing or hauling transportable elements including a unique tow hitch assembly and suitable for use with remotely-controllable motorized toy vehicles having a highly-maneuverable skid steering systems driven by single or dual motors, having a separately motorized loading device pivotally secured to the chassis of the vehicle operative to load, push or pull transportable elements or load same on to the trailer, the motorized vehicle having in one embodiment a hopper mounted on the vehicle, and having an automatic tow hitch mechanism with both the hopper and the hitching mechanism coupled to a motorized loading device gear train which mechanism provides for the sequential actuation of, first, the scoop for loading transportable elements into the hopper or on to the trailer and, second, for actuation of both the hopper for dumping and the hitch mechanism for hitching and unhitching of trailer vehicles, and including control means responsive, without wires connected to the vehicle, to operator c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Rokenbok Toy Company
    Inventor: William M. Barton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5816887
    Abstract: A remotely controlled vehicle that mechanically activates an action accessory. The vehicle contains a remotely controlled plunger that engages a trigger of the action accessory. Engaging the trigger activates a mechanism within the action accessory. Activation of the mechanism induces a mechanical action such as ejecting a projectile or loading items onto the vehicle. The plunger and vehicle are remotely controlled by a transmitter which emits command signals to a receiver located within the vehicle. In operation, the end user skillfully manipulates the vehicle over the trigger and then transmits a command to extend the plunger and activate the mechanism of the action accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Elliot A. Rudell
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, George Foster
  • Patent number: 5584743
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a toy road scraper having three blade members which are vertically movable between a first and a second limit position. The movement of the blade members is controlled through the instrumentality of cables slidingly engaging flexible sheathings. Each blade member is connected to one such cable, the latter being also connected to a control panel having levers for imparting linear displacements to the cables. The linear displacement of a cable results in a corresponding blade member moving from its first to its second limit position, or vice-versa. Two directional cables are connected to the front pivotable wheels and to directional handles on the control panel for steering the toy road scraper. The control panel is positioned at the rear end of the toy road scraper and at such a height to allow a child using it to stand up, walk and have unlimited access to the controls on the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Inventor: Gerald Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 5435768
    Abstract: Described is a remotely controlled miniature model trash truck with operating features that simulate those of a full size trash truck. The truck features moveable and controllable forks, fork frames, top access door, rear door, and an ejector blade. The mechanisms are remotely controllable by a direct current electric motor. The preferred motors are electric servo motors. The doors are actuable by the motors rotating eccentrics which are linked by rigid rods to the operating doors. An ejector blade is longitudinally moveable within the truck body by threadable engagement with a electric motor driven lead screw longitudinally mounted between the front end and rear opening of the truck box. The front fork frame is pivotally attached to the truck chassis and swingable between a loading position and dumping position by controllable excitation of a remotely controlled motor. Front forks are pivotally attached to the fork frame and positionable by actuation of a remotely controlled motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Daniel J. O'Neill
    Inventor: Daniel W. Dunleavy
  • Patent number: 5433645
    Abstract: A model trailer is provided of the type for hauling trash from a collection point to a disposal site. The trailer has a frame, a hitch at one end of the frame and wheels at the other end. The trailer also has a trailer body including a base, a front wall, opposite side walls and a side-hinged rear gate. Within the trailer body is a remote radio controlled pusher blade which can be moved longitudinally of the trailer body to discharge contents of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: Daniel J. O'Neill
    Inventor: Thomas C. Henning, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5413515
    Abstract: A material handling toy which can be used in three different modes--as a mobile crane, a highline carrier, or a highline hoist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: Richard F. Knox
  • Patent number: 5378191
    Abstract: A toy device picks up objects from a plane surface, where a set of wheels drives rotary blades adapted to move the objects up a guide plate toward a magazine. The blades are relatively stiff and comprise an integral hinge spaced from the axis of rotation of the blade wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Interlego AG
    Inventor: Jan Ryaa
  • Patent number: 5328402
    Abstract: A toy trailer including a hopper, with the hopper including bottom wall doors pivotally mounted and arranged for closing and opening relative to cables directed to a winding axle is provided. Trailer wheels are mounted below the trailer floor, that in turn is positioned rearwardly of the trailer hopper for simulation of a bottom dump trailer organization.A framework is provided and arranged for mounting onto and extending over the hopper. The framework includes a canopy reciprocatably mounted in the framework. Further, the trailer wheels have a support deck to optionally include lock plates slidable and selectively latched relative to the trailer floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Jon D. Hallford
  • Patent number: 5000715
    Abstract: A temporary type of surface structure for use with toy vehicles. An elongate strip of flexible material has a front surface and a back surface. The front surface has the appearance of a road, or highway or street. The back surface is provided with adhesive or tacky material which is capable of attachment of the strip to a floor or the like and which is capable of frequent removal and reattachment of the strip to surfaces such as a floor or a carpet or the like, either indoors or out-of-doors. The invention also involves a toy machine which is capable of laying a strip of material upon a surface to simulate the construction of a road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Lawrence C. Vonderhaar
    Inventor: David W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4917649
    Abstract: A toy load carrying vehicle includes a body having a cavity and a load which is movable into and out of the cavity to simulate loading and unloading. The load includes a downwardly extending tab engageable with surface tabs at the ends of a path travelled by the vehicle. As the vehicle moves from one end to the other the engaging tabs cause the load to move into and out of the body. The vehicle may be a toy fork lift truck which moves along a toy train platform from a building at one end to a train car on tracks alongside the platform at the other end. The platform includes a slotted path and a drive mechanism below the platform connected to the truck through the slot to move the truck and load along the path. The load is moved out of the truck when it engages a tab within the building to simulate the loading and is moved into the truck when it engages a tab at the edge of the platform to simulate unloading at the train car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Robert F. Tammera
  • Patent number: 4917648
    Abstract: A toy sanitation truck having forwardly pivoting arms carrying a pivotable cleaning structure mounting a sponge thereon for being pushed along in front of the truck, pivoted forwardly from mounting positions on opposite sides of the truck and with the arm pivotable rearwardly over and toward the aft portions of the body structure that embodies a cleaning brush revolvable by a power pack of batteries to power an electric motor that drives the brush and that also drives a vacuum cleaner pump having an inlet port facing the bottom rearward portions of the brush and having a dust or debris collector within the body space. The aft portions of the body have a lid portion that may be opened to gain access to the interior in which there is mounted a water container vessel in which water may drip or drain from the rearwardly-pivoted sponge and for gaining access to the dust storage structure of the vacuum cleaner inner structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Robert A. Hartje
  • Patent number: 4895542
    Abstract: A toy automobile has slot-like formations on wide various surfaces to accommodate accessories and body elements which have circular clip elements snugly receivable removably in these recesses. The recesses can be paired with the recesses of each pair lying at right angles, e.g. in the form of a Greek cross. The accessories can include antenna, fuel can, windshield, headlight, car-transporter, car-flipping windlass, light, mirror and police elements, while the body elements can include caps for the back and driver's compartment, wheels and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1990
    Inventor: Marc F. de Blanitza
  • Patent number: 4799915
    Abstract: A radio-controlled, battery-powered robot operator for interchangeable operation of battery-powered toys. The robot operator performs the operations performed by actual operators of actual vehicles and other machines, e.g., the operation of a gear shift lever and a steering mechanism.The robot operator is transferable from one battery-powered vehicle to another, and from operating a battery-powered vehicle to operating a battery-powered machine such as a battery-powered hoist mounted on a battery-powered vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventors: Roger W. Lehmann, Michael I. Satten
  • Patent number: 4712968
    Abstract: A toy mechanical digger includes a base frame member, a longitudinally-extending base beam pivotally mounted on the base frame for manually-actuated, 360.degree. slewing action relative to the base frame, a seal longitudinally slidably mounted with respect to the base beam; a primary boom having a pivoted end, and intermediate end, and a remote end, the pivoted end being pivotally mounted to the forward end of the base beam, such that the remote end can be raised and lowered, the intermediate end pivotally mounted to the forward end of the seat such that forward and rearward longitudinal sliding movement of the seat is linked to the lowering and raising movements, respectively, of the primary boom; a secondary boom having a pivoted end and a remote end, the pivoted end mounted on the remote end of the primary boom for pivotal movement relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Inventor: George C. Manning
  • Patent number: RE41284
    Abstract: In a toy garbage transportation truck comprising a cargo space (3) for the garbage that is to be disposed of, having an opening (4) on its rear to which an emptying casing (5) for garbage cans that are to be emptied is adjoined that has a rear discharge opening (7), provision is made that the floor (9) below the discharge opening is curved approximately in the shape of a segment of a circle, the floor (9) transitions into a slanted feeding surface (10) that extends to below a feeding opening (6), the conveyor shovel (12) is disposed above the floor (9), the conveyor shovel (12) can be swiveled along the floor (9) above the same, lifted parallel to the slanted feeding surface (16) to at least the lower edge of the feeding opening (6) and subsequently swiveled back and lowered to reach the end of the floor (9) on the opening side and repeat the conveyor movement again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Bruder Spielwaren GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Paul Heinz Bruder