Having Specific Body Structure Patents (Class 446/470)
  • Patent number: 10894218
    Abstract: Provided are methods, apparatus and articles for vehicles, such as or relating to a skid-plate shock absorber, body mounting, chassis assembly, component securing, engine mounting, slipper clutch, and transmission housing that may be employed in the assembly, operation, and control of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TRAXXAS LP
    Inventors: Otto Karl Allmendinger, Casey Christen Jens Christensen, Adam Cole Ewing, Jonathan Scott Wood
  • Patent number: 10335699
    Abstract: [Problems to be Solved] The present invention has been made to solve such a problem and has an object to enable a more enhancement in opening/closing stability of left and right doors in reliable abutment of a bottom area provided under the doors of a body formed by a resin on a reinforcing member formed of a metal in an ornamental minicar configured to fix the reinforcing member formed of a metal to the body having the doors configured openably. [Means for Solution] A reinforcing member 20 formed of a metal is fixed to a body 10 formed by a resin to which left and right doors 12 are to be attached openably, and a bottom portion 16 positioned under the doors 12 is fixed to a frame portion 29 of the reinforcing member 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: GATEWAY AUTOART LIMITED, GATEWAY AUTOART JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kelvin Yuetming Kwan
  • Patent number: 9636602
    Abstract: The building components of the present invention provide building components which are compatible with high-stress and/or high-impact devices or mechanisms due to at least their composition or their configuration. Consequently, the building components of the present invention provide a more robust building component. In some embodiments, the building components of the present invention are be die-cast, metal building components manufactured from any desirable metal, such as zinc. Alternatively or additionally, the building components may include a configuration that provides for at least one offset coupling configuration such that building components may be coupled together in a structurally secure configuration. Thus, in some embodiments, the building components of the present invention provide a building component for constructing toy vehicles that is compatible with wheeled boosters typically provided for die cast toy vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jebraeil Samo, Kevin Kai Cao
  • Publication number: 20150093963
    Abstract: A family of toy cars includes a plurality of external body components, which may be removably assembled into a street car, track car or dirt car by children or adult user. The toy car system includes a chassis with fastener receiving holes and each of the body components include a pair of spaced apart attachment holes, such that the corresponding holes of the body components line with each other and with the fastener receiving holes of the chassis when the body components are positioned in an overlapped configuration. The front and rear pair of wheels are attached to the chassis by corresponding wheel fasteners, wherein all the fasteners in the toy car system have the same size and shape and are easily detachable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: David E. Silverglate, Brian Gulassa
  • Publication number: 20150093956
    Abstract: A propulsion system for a vehicle or toy vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises rotary drive means for driving the vehicle along ground, the rotary drive means operating in a plane and having a peripheral ground-engagement part. The system further comprises a rotor comprising one or more rotor blades rotatable about a rotor axis for producing thrust, wherein the rotary drive means and the rotor are positioned relative to each other so that during rotation of the rotor, the rotor blades pass through the plane of the rotary drive means, inside the peripheral ground-engagement part. In this way, the rotor blades are protected by the peripheral ground-engagement part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Witold MIELNICZEK
  • Patent number: 8982541
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a protective enclosure comprising a base comprising a first continuous mating surface and at least one conveyance aperture, a cover comprising a second continuous mating surface, wherein the second continuous mating surface is configured to form a seal with the first continuous mating surface, and a clamp, wherein at least a portion of the clamp is coupleable to the base, wherein a mouth of the clamp is configured to be offset from the aperture when the clamp is coupled to the base, wherein the clamp comprises a first sealing layer, and wherein the clamp is configured to seal the aperture against contaminants. The protective enclosure may be configured for use in a remotely controllable model vehicle to protect a control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Traxxas LP
    Inventors: Timothy E. Roberts, Jon Kenneth Lampert, Otto Karl Allmendinger
  • Patent number: 8976511
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a protective enclosure comprising a base comprising a first continuous mating surface and at least one conveyance aperture, a cover comprising a second continuous mating surface, wherein the second continuous mating surface is configured to form a seal with the first continuous mating surface, and a clamp, wherein at least a portion of the clamp is coupleable to the base, wherein a mouth of the clamp is configured to be offset from the aperture when the clamp is coupled to the base, wherein the clamp comprises a first sealing layer, and wherein the clamp is configured to seal the aperture against contaminants. The protective enclosure may be configured for use in a remotely controllable model vehicle to protect a control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Traxxas LP
    Inventors: Timothy E. Roberts, Jon Kenneth Lampert, Otto Karl Allmendinger
  • Publication number: 20140378025
    Abstract: The invention comprises a toy or toy vehicle with an electronic device, including a small portable electronic device, capable of playing audio-visual images to simulate a face, and integrated into the toy or toy vehicle. The electronic device has or is connected to an LCD screen that serves as the face of a toy or toy vehicle so as to simulate the appearance of being alive. Images of live, recorded or pre-recorded talking faces stored on software would play on the LCD screen. The toy can be a simulated head, simulated toy vehicle, doll, toy vehicle, or computer monitor with fasteners for accessories to make the toy look like a person, animal, cartoon character, insect, dinosaur, robot, plant, or thing with living characteristics, such as a clock with hands and feet. The toy vehicle can be a plane, train, automobile, flying saucer, bicycle, tricycle, wagon, bus, truck, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Dyana BRADLEY
  • Patent number: 8811002
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a protective enclosure comprising a base comprising a first continuous mating surface and at least one conveyance aperture, a cover comprising a second continuous mating surface, wherein the second continuous mating surface is configured to form a seal with the first continuous mating surface, and a clamp, wherein at least a portion of the clamp is coupleable to the base, wherein a mouth of the clamp is configured to be offset from the aperture when the clamp is coupled to the base, wherein the clamp comprises a first sealing layer, and wherein the clamp is configured to seal the aperture against contaminants. The protective enclosure may be configured for use in a remotely controllable model vehicle to protect a control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Traxxas LP
    Inventors: Timothy E. Roberts, Jon Kenneth Lampert, Otto Karl Allmendinger
  • Patent number: 8777689
    Abstract: A transforming toy vehicle, includes a chassis; a motive system coupled to the chassis translating a location of the chassis over a surface, the motive system including a free drive mode and an inhibited drive mode wherein the mode of the motive system establishes a state for a mode control latch, the mode control latch including a latched state and a not latched state; a housing, coupled to the chassis and responsive to the state of the mode control latch, the housing having an untransformed mode and a transformed mode, the housing transitioning from the untransformed mode to the transformed mode when the state of the mode control latch changes from the latched state to the unlatched state; and a detector, coupled to the chassis the motive system changing from the free drive mode to the inhibited drive mode when the carriage overlies the particular environmental feature wherein the housing transitions to the transformed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Phillip H. Neal, Andrew Lewis Johnston, Derek Garvens, Scott Eckerman
  • Publication number: 20140170932
    Abstract: A toy vehicle has a body, at least one wheel associated with the body, a panel having at least one opening, and an actuation system positioned inside the body. The actuation system has a power source, a switch and a controller coupled to the switch and the power source. An eye module is positioned inside the body and coupled to the controller, the eye module having at least one eye positioned adjacent the opening, and mechanism for causing the eye to move when the switch is turned on to actuate the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: NATIONAL PRODUCTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Chun Kin Lee
  • Publication number: 20140099862
    Abstract: A multi-configurable toy vehicle is described. The multi-configurable toy vehicle comprises a cab and a vehicle body. The cab comprises a first set of one or more wheels and the vehicle body comprises a second set of one or more wheels. The vehicle body is slidably coupled to the cab between a collapsed and expanded configuration. The vehicle body comprises a floor and a platform pivotally coupled to the floor between an upright position and an open position. A trailer may be coupled to the multi-configurable toy vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Esther Levine
  • Publication number: 20140065927
    Abstract: A model vehicle in a first scale including a first body portion constructed of a polymer material, an undercarriage portion having a top surface and a bottom surface, the undercarriage portion and the body portion being secured to each other and defining an inner cavity therebetween, a plurality of wheels rotatably attached to the model vehicle, and a first amount of ballast disposed in the inner cavity of the model vehicle. The weight of the first amount of ballast is at least equal to the difference in weight between the weight of the first body portion and the weight of a second body portion constructed of a metal in the first scale, the first and second body portions having substantially similar outer dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Yuehli Su
  • Publication number: 20140024285
    Abstract: A toy carrying mechanism to carry a toy includes a carrying body, a movable deck, a support post and a holding member. The carrying body includes a housing, a lift member located on the housing and a wheel set exposed out of the bottom of the housing. The movable deck is located on the carrying body to carry the toy and coupled with the lift member. The movable deck and carrying body form an included angle between them. The support post is mounted onto the movable deck. The holding member is coupled with the support post and the toy. The movable deck is driven by the lift member to allow the included angle to be changed. The toy is held on the movable deck and swayable in a tilted movement. Thus the toy can be moved when holding on the movable deck to increase fun for children during playing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jung Kuo HSU
  • Patent number: 8588972
    Abstract: A method for creating low-cost interactive entertainment robots is disclosed. The cost of the robots is reduced by using a commodity computing device: smart phone, and by having robotic bodies use a decoder of a set of movement commands that facilitates the interoperability between a variety of smart phones and a variety of robotic bodies. Smart phones are equipped with powerful CPU, touch screen, USB, camera, microphone, Bluetooth, WI-FI, etc. They are fit for being the robot control units with the relevant robot applications installed. The cost of robotic bodies can be reduced by minimizing the amount of processing and sensing there and having them focus on mechanical movements. Furthermore, by defining and using a set of movement commands that promotes interoperability between a variety of robot control units and a variety of robotic bodies, the cost of robotic bodies can be reduced through mass production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Hei Tao Fung
  • Patent number: 8579674
    Abstract: A mobile toy which is propelled by a flywheel is described. The mobile toy includes a body member having a set of protrusions which extend beyond the body member. An axle extending through the flywheel is positioned in the set of protrusions, such that each protrusion operates as an axle cap. Alternatively, a set of axle caps are formed at the end of the axle. The flywheel is formed as a displaceable flywheel which is repositionable or removable from the body member. The flywheel may be adjusted within the mobile toy at multiple positions relative to the mobile toy for use of the mobile toy on multiple types of surfaces and for various play configurations. A set of detachably attachable extension elements attached with the axle caps alter the appearance as well as the play capabilities of the mobile toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Carlson, Michael Bernstein, Dominic Laurienzo, Dion Fields
  • Patent number: 8568191
    Abstract: A toy vehicle which may have the capability to raise and lower a spin mechanism within the vehicle to lift the vehicle up off of a surface and spin the vehicle in a top-like manner when the spin mechanism is charged. The vehicle may further include a chassis with a cavity to house the spin mechanism and a release mechanism to direct the spin mechanism to lower a spin shaft below wheels on the vehicle. Energy may be generated in a power drive system and transferred to the vehicle via a transfer gear in the spin mechanism. Another embodiment of the vehicle may also transforms between multiple configurations, including a spinning top, and utilizes a launch mechanism to spin the vehicle in a top-like manner. This embodiment may further include a sliding front segment, a sliding rear segment, two sliding side segments and a receiving cavity. When the sliding front segment and rear segment move toward one another, the two side segments are pushed outward and direct a spin shaft downward to extend below the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rehkemper, Ryan Kratz, Phillip H Fensel
  • Patent number: 8545285
    Abstract: “TOY WITH BUILT-IN SCHOOL PENCIL CASE” refers to the technical field of toys and school supplies, more specifically to a toy with built-in school pencil case (1). It is a toy with two utilities, with the characteristics and shape of a miniature vehicle (car or another), equipped with a practical case, that fits to a compartment located in its own interior. The car or another toy could be used for playing, as well as it could be brought to school, where the school pencil case (pencils, erasers, scissors, etc . . . ) will be drawn from its interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Edson Rosa Fernandes
  • Publication number: 20130244535
    Abstract: Toys according to the present disclosure include a body, at least one pivotal member that is coupled to the body and biased toward a first position from a second position, and a user release mechanism configured to release the at least one pivotal member from the second position to the first position. In some embodiments, the toys include more than one pivotal member. In some embodiments, a pivotal member is configured to resemble different elements of the toy when in the first position than when in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Ruben Leonard Martinez
  • Patent number: 8517790
    Abstract: A transforming vehicle and launch system where the vehicle transforms between multiple configurations including a spinning top. The vehicle includes sliding front and rear segments, two sliding side segments and a receiving cavity. The launch mechanism includes a rotating launch shaft in communication with a power system and a release button. The power system includes the capability to generate and store energy. When the front and rear segments move toward one another, the two side segments are pushed outward directing a central shaft downward below the vehicle. The receiving cavity receives the launch shaft and transfers energy from the power system to the vehicle when it rotates. Energy generated and stored in the power system is transferred to the second configuration via the rotation of the launch shaft when a release button is triggered such that the vehicle separates and spins on the central shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rehkemper, Ryan Kratz
  • Patent number: 8435094
    Abstract: A modular toy vehicle design having a universal mating system between the body of the vehicle and the chassis such that multiple body styles will interchangeably mate with multiple chassis designs and where electrical interfaces are automatically established between the body and the chassis simply by mating and aligning the two together. The design allows for an electrical connection to be made in the process of mechanically mating and aligning the body of a toy vehicle to its chassis thereby powering electronic features that are physically connected to the body with the power source which is housed in the chassis. When the body is properly aligned and mounted, the electrical interfaces are automatically established. There is no separate step of plugging together mating connectors where one connector extends from a wire bundle electrically interfacing with the body and the mating connector extends from a separate wire bundle electrically interfacing with the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Ridemakerz, LLC
    Inventors: Donald W. Amadio, James V. Mendillo, Yuk Kei Chan
  • Patent number: 8430713
    Abstract: A motorized toy vehicle comprising a chassis with opposing, top and bottom sides and opposing, first and second longitudinal ends and a central plane extending in a vertical direction and a longitudinal direction through the chassis and at least generally bisecting the sides and ends; first and second wheels coupled with the chassis proximal the first end so as to pivot with respect to the chassis and steer the first end, the first and second wheels being located on opposite sides of the central plane; a third wheel coupled with the chassis proximal the second end so as to span the central plane and pivot with respect to the chassis at least along an axis located in the central plane, the axis being pitched away from the vertical direction and toward the longitudinal direction in the central plane; and a steering coupling operably connecting the first and second wheels with the third wheel to simultaneously pivot the first, second and third wheels with respect to the chassis so as to steer the toy vehicle at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William Willett, Chung Ming (Bryan) Cheng, Chun Wing (Edward) Wong
  • Patent number: 8419498
    Abstract: A vehicle toy makes an imagination of an appearance of a second mode which is transformable from an appearance of a first mode difficult. A vehicle toy transformable between a first mode and a second mode includes a base member having a front surface forming part of the first mode and a back surface forming part of the second mode, at least two or more rotating members each rotatably coupled to the base member and having different features on the front surfaces and the back surfaces thereof so that the front surfaces form the first mode and the back surfaces form the second mode, and have connecting portions disposed at respective ends of at least two of the rotating members connecting to each other and retain the vehicle toy in either the first mode or in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Bandai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hokuto Furusawa, Shotaro Matsuno, Katsuyuki Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20120329365
    Abstract: A transformable toy with an alterable exterior structure. The toy is constructed to transform from a non-rollable first shape to a second rollable shape. An interior structure inside the exterior structure includes two or more exterior wall portions that collectively define a sphere, the wall portions moveably coupled relative to each and actuated by a triggering mechanism reactive to a magnetic force that is initiated external to the toy, and a biasing member that effects a force which transitions the wall portions to control the exterior structure—from a non-rollable (e.g., half-sphere or the like) first shape to a rollable (e.g., sphere or the like) second shape. Without initiation of the magnetic force, the first shape is maintained. With initiation of the magnetic force, the first shape transforms to the second shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Lewis Johnston
  • Patent number: 8315040
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a protective enclosure comprising a base comprising a first continuous mating surface and at least one conveyance aperture, a cover comprising a second continuous mating surface, wherein the second continuous mating surface is configured to form a seal with the first continuous mating surface, and a clamp, wherein at least a portion of the clamp is coupleable to the base, wherein a mouth of the clamp is configured to be offset from the aperture when the clamp is coupled to the base, wherein the clamp comprises a first sealing layer, and wherein the clamp is configured to seal the aperture against contaminants. The protective enclosure may be configured for use in a remotely controllable model vehicle to protect a control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Traxxas LP
    Inventors: Timothy E. Roberts, Jon Kenneth Lampert, Otto Karl Allmendinger
  • Patent number: 8298039
    Abstract: A two-wheel toy car includes a car body, a chassis for supporting the car body, a wheel assembly, and two balancing assemblies fixed to the chassis. The chassis includes an inner surface facing the car body and symmetrically defines two through holes. The wheel assembly includes two wheels symmetrically positioned on the chassis and two driving members corresponding to the wheels, respectively. The balancing assemblies correspond to the through holes, respectively. Each balancing assembly includes a guiding member fixed to the inner surface corresponding to the through hole, a contacting member extending from the through hole, and at least one elastic member positioned between the guiding member and the contacting member. The contacting member faces the guiding member and is slidably connected to the guiding member. One end of the elastic member abuts against the guiding member, and the other end of the elastic member abuts against the contacting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bao-Shuai Liu
  • Patent number: 8272920
    Abstract: Children's ride-on vehicles are disclosed. In some embodiments, the vehicle may include first and second mechanical members, with the second mechanical member configured to move between a concealing position, in which the second mechanical member conceals a portion of the first mechanical member, and a revealing position, in which the second mechanical member does not conceal the portion of the first mechanical member. In some embodiments, a biasing member urges the second mechanical member toward the concealing position. In some embodiments, a user input device permits a child to lock the first mechanical member in one of a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald P. Sitarski, David Grober, Ronald M. Asbach
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8216020
    Abstract: A vehicle reconfigurable between an unfolded configuration and a folded configuration includes a body having opposing upper and lower parts extending between lateral sides and ends of the body. A first wheel and a second wheel are each operatively mounted to the body to at least partially support the body for movement. A first suspension assembly and a second suspension assembly pivotally connect each wheel to the body and a linkage assembly connects the body to each wheel. The linkage assembly is adapted to pivot each wheel with respect to the body. A linear compression bias member is mounted between the upper and lower parts of the body to bias the upper part of the body away from the lower part of the body. The vehicle transforms from the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration by compression of the upper part and lower part together to actuate the linkage and compress the linear compression bias member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignees: Red Blue Limited, N.Z. Nachman Zimet Ltd.
    Inventor: Nachman Haim Zimet
  • Patent number: 8210897
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an interactive intelligent toy comprising an intelligent element configured to resemble a person, animal, vehicle or other character and an environmental element configured to resemble a related environment, habitat or object. The intelligent element is adapted to perform certain preprogrammed actions upon coming into contact with or proximity to the environmental element. In one embodiment, the intelligent element is a motive component having a drive mechanism, a control mechanism and power source. The motive component is programmed to monitor and detect user and event inputs, and detect and decode embedded codes from an environmental element and perform predetermined actions or generate predetermined sounds in response. The motive component also engages with a coupling component and supplies the drive mechanism and power source for moving both the motive component and the coupling component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cepia, LLC
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus Benson, Joseph McGowan, Michael Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8197298
    Abstract: A toy vehicle includes a central housing having first and second oppositely disposed sides. A first wheel is rotatably mounted on the first side of the housing and a second wheel is rotatably mounted on the second side of the housing. Each of the first and second wheels has a central hub. Each hub has a center disposed along a common first axis of rotation. A plurality of vanes are attached to the hub and form the first and second wheels. An end of each vane distal to the hub forms a circumferential surface portion of one of the first and second wheels. Each vane is individually and separately manually angularly repositionable about a second axis of rotation extending transversely with respect to the first axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: William Willett
  • Patent number: 8162717
    Abstract: A toy vehicle includes a body supported by a plurality of wheels. The body also includes a roof and rear window supporting a plurality of user inputs. Within the toy vehicle body, a microprocessor controller drive and steering mechanism is operative. The operation of the microprocessor is set by the user inputs. The body further supports a movable bumper mouth and movable eyes and eyebrows behind the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Hippely, Mike Andrews, Chris Down, Mark Mayer, Mark Trageser
  • Patent number: 8128450
    Abstract: A product, comprising a reconfigurable toy assembly, said assembly being reversibly reconfigurable between at least a first configuration and a second configuration; and the toy including at least one body surface with an integral thermochromic layer covering at least a portion of the body, where the integral thermochromic layer exhibits a visual change in response to temperature is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Imai
  • Patent number: 8109805
    Abstract: A wheel device for a toy vehicle, in which one of a pair of wheels rolling on a pair of metal rails attracts with a magnet to reduce resistance caused by magnetic force and suppress load on a motor. The wheel device 1 includes a first axle 2, and a first wheel 10 and a second wheel 20 provided on opposite sides of the first axle 2. The first wheel 10 includes a first wheel main body 11 rolling on one of the rails 261 and a first flange 12 guided by the one rail. The second wheel 20 includes a second wheel main body 21 rolling on the other of the rails 261 and a second flange 22 guided by the other rail. The second wheel main body 21 is formed of a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Eishindo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotsugu Hirai
  • Patent number: 8052503
    Abstract: An amusement system and method for a new toy vehicle that provides speed and unexpected actions, at least in the context of the toy vehicle paradigm. An apparatus includes a wheeled toy vehicle having a motive system coupled to a chassis wherein the chassis includes a bottom surface nearest a rolling surface over which the motive system moves the chassis; and a launching system disposed in an aperture defined in the bottom surface, the launching system including an ejecting system, coupled to the chassis and to the motive system, for holding a ramp within the aperture and for dispensing the ramp between the bottom surface and the rolling surface while the motive system moves the chassis; wherein the ramp launches the chassis above the rolling surface when the motive system moves the chassis onto and over the ramp after the ramp is dispensed from the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Andrew L. Johnston
  • Publication number: 20110263181
    Abstract: A model race car includes a body formed from a material such as wood. A number of axles are secured to a bottom portion of the body and configured to rotatably support a number of corresponding wheels. A weight receptacle system configured for selective attachment to the body of the model race car includes at least one receptacle defining at least one compartment configured to receive at least one weight. The receptacle further includes a cover receivable over the at least one compartment to secure the weight within the compartment. The receptacle system is configured to selectively adjust a weight of the model race car so as to conform to a desired weight. Moreover, the receptacle system is configured to enable to position the weight so that a center of mass is positioned rearward with respect to a front of the model race car while maintaining the stability thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Bradley J. Kreidler
  • Publication number: 20110256797
    Abstract: A rolling fluid-filled toy novelty having a transparent shell so that the fluid within the toy is visible. The toy novelty has a molded shell. A base is provided that is affixed to the molded shell. Together, the molded shell and base define a watertight internal chamber that is visible through the material of the molded shell. The internal chamber is filled with a liquid. Flotsam objects are disposed within the internal chamber that swirl within the liquid when the liquid is disturbed. A plurality of wheels are provided. The wheels enable the toy novelty to roll freely on a smooth surface. As the toy novelty is pushed, rolls and contacts other objects, the liquid within the toy vehicle becomes disturbed. The flotsam objects therefore swirl within the liquid, making the toy vehicle visually interesting to observe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: Mark J. Chernick, Webb T. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110201250
    Abstract: A finger-operated miniature skateboard toy with a release agent is provided for simulating skateboard maneuvers, commonly performed on a full-sized conventional skateboard, on a miniature level substituting a user's fingers for a rider's feet with the skateboard toy including a miniature skateboard deck and a plurality of wheels and the release agent enabling a first portion of the skateboard deck to be flexed relative to another portion of the skateboard deck to increase traction between a user's finger and the skateboard deck and further enabling the skateboard deck and at least one wheel to launch off an underlying support surface whereby a user may simulate tricks such as an “ollie” maneuver and other tricks allowing for the performance of different skateboarding tricks that are typically not successful with a conventional fingerboard skateboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: JOREMY FOX
  • Patent number: 7988524
    Abstract: A children's ride-on vehicle is disclosed. In some embodiments, the vehicle may include a body including at least one seat sized for a child; a plurality of wheels including at least one driven wheel; a battery-powered drive assembly configured to selectively drive the rotation of the at least one driven wheel; a mechanical assembly including a first mechanical member movably connected to the body and configured to move among a plurality of positions including a first position in which one or more portions of the first mechanical member are not visible, and a second position in which the one or more portions of the first mechanical member are visible; and at least one user input device positioned to receive inputs from a child sitting on the at least one seat, and configured to selectively move the first mechanical member between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald P. Sitarski, David Grober, Ronald M. Asbach
  • Publication number: 20110177755
    Abstract: An automobile toy, including, a wing member; and a stay member attaching the wing member to the automobile body with the stay member put between the wing member and the automobile body, wherein the stay member includes a bent portion bent into a front and rear direction of the automobile body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: TOMY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji NAKAYAMA, Tomohito Nagai
  • Patent number: 7950977
    Abstract: This invention sets forth a vehicle launcher assembly comprising an inner vehicle carried within an outer vehicle. The outer vehicle has movable panel components which allow an inner vehicle to be released from the outer vehicle when the panel components are opened. Operation of the toy assembly involves one actuation step to open the panels of the outer vehicle, and second actuation step to launch the inner vehicle. In one embodiment, the outer vehicle is in the form of a car and the inner vehicle is in the form of a motorcycle. The vehicle launcher assembly may also include projectile launchers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Steed Sun, Binh Luong, Peter Fan
  • Patent number: 7950979
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is transformed from a first configuration to a second configuration through relative movement of two portions of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a roof panel which closes a roof area during the transition from the first configuration to the second configuration. The closing of the roof area hides the displacement of a first seat in the vehicle by a second seat. When the first seat is mounted with a first toy figure and the second seat is mounted with a different toy figure, an illusion is created that the initial toy figure has changed appearance. The roof panel may close and reopen at a rate rapid enough to render the change of toy figures to be an instantaneous transformation. Additional deployable components such as projectile launchers, tail fins, and front bumpers may be incorporated into the toy vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Barthold
  • Publication number: 20110117816
    Abstract: “TOY WITH BUILT-IN SCHOOL PENCIL CASE” refers to the technical field of toys and school supplies, more specifically to a toy with built-in school pencil case (1). It is a toy with two utilities, with the characteristics and shape of a miniature vehicle (car or another), equipped with a practical case, that fits to a compartment located in its own interior. The car or another toy could be used for playing, as well as it could be brought to school, where the school pencil case (pencils, erasers, scissors, etc . . . ) will be drawn from its interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: Edson Rosa Fernandes
  • Patent number: 7942721
    Abstract: A toy is disclosed which is adapted to reconfigure from a simulated vehicle into a simulated toy gun able to launch actual projectiles. In one embodiment, the simulated toy vehicle is provided in the form of a semi or tractor trailer with rotatable wheels which, upon a single rotational movement by the child, can be reconfigured into a toy gun complete with trigger, sliding pump for a firing chamber and visualizing sight or cross hairs as well. In a second embodiment, the vehicle is provided as an airplane or jet which can be reconfigured into a gun able to simultaneously launch multiple projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc
    Inventor: Jared Wade
  • Publication number: 20110111672
    Abstract: A transformable toy which is transformed without any direct touching by a user, displays visual information that is invisible before the form of the toy is changed, and has a game element in addition to the form change is provided. A transformable toy reversibly transformed between a first form and a second form includes a toy main body which changes its form to form the first form and the second form, a restricting mechanism which restricts the form change of the toy main body, and a transformation activating body for detecting physical stimulation from outside and releasing the restriction by the restricting mechanism. The toy main body includes a display body having visual information thereon, and the display body is disposed at such a position that the visual information of the display body is invisible to a user in the first form while the visual information of the display body is visible to the user in the second form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Applicant: TOMY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Miyake
  • Patent number: 7927174
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is provided having a wheel base, a chassis, and a cab. The wheel base has pairs of rear wheels. The chassis is attached to the wheel base about a horizontal rotational axis which is capable of raising and lowering the chassis from a first position to a second position. The cab is pivotally attached to the chassis such that the cab is able to remain in a substantially horizontal position when the chassis is moved. The cab further includes a pair of joints that secure arms, which have at the end a wheel. The joint enables the arms to move when the chassis moves. When moving the cab, the vehicle transforms between the first and second positions, where the wheels attached to the arms are able to move with the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Kim, Ryan Kratz
  • Publication number: 20110086575
    Abstract: A toy vehicle includes a body supported by a plurality of wheels. The body also includes a roof and rear window supporting a plurality of user inputs. Within the toy vehicle body, a microprocessor controller drive and steering mechanism is operative. The operation of the microprocessor is set by the user inputs. The body further supports a movable bumper mouth and movable eyes and eyebrows behind the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Keith Hippely, Mike Andrews, Chris Down, Mark Mayer, Mark Trageser
  • Publication number: 20110070801
    Abstract: A vehicle toy makes an imagination of an appearance of a second mode which is transformable from an appearance of a first mode difficult. A vehicle toy transformable between a first mode and a second mode includes a base member having a front surface forming part of the first mode and a back surface forming part of the second mode, at least two or more rotating members each rotatably coupled to the base member and having different features on the front surfaces and the back surfaces thereof so that the front surfaces form the first mode and the back surfaces form the second mode, and have connecting portions disposed at respective ends of at least two of the rotating members connecting to each other and retain the vehicle toy in either the first mode or in the second mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Kabushiki Kaisha Bandai (Bandai Co., Ltd.)
    Inventors: Hokuto Furusawa, Shotaro Matsuno, Katsuyuki Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20110053453
    Abstract: An educational and entertaining toy vehicle that includes a body member that is designed for including a mechanical music box. The music box is designed so it is coupled via a ratchet clutch and gears to at least one vehicle wheel. The forward rotation of such wheels drives the music box. Reversing the vehicle winds a spring. This spring drives the music box and vehicle forward on release. The release of said spring is controlled by a speed regulator. The toy vehicle of this invention includes rubber like material on the surfaces of the wheels with debossed numerals, letters or symbols. These replaceable rubber like tires provide increased friction and a means for printing such debossed characters when the vehicle is moved. The toy vehicle is further enhanced by including a toy figure that is representative of the included tune.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Donald L. Green
  • Patent number: 7896724
    Abstract: A modular toy vehicle design having a universal mating system between the body of the vehicle and the chassis such that multiple body styles will interchangeably mate with multiple chassis designs and where electrical interfaces are automatically established between the body and the chassis simply by mating and aligning the two together. The design allows for an electrical connection to be made in the process of mechanically mating and aligning the body of a toy vehicle to its chassis thereby powering electronic features that are physically connected to the body with the power source which is housed in the chassis. When the body is properly aligned and mounted, the electrical interfaces are automatically established. There is no separate step of plugging together mating connectors where one connector extends from a wire bundle electrically interfacing with the body and the mating connector extends from a separate wire bundle electrically interfacing with the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Ridemakerz, LLP
    Inventors: Donald W. Amadio, James V. Mendillo, Yuk Kei Chan