The Louis B. Marx Company was known for looking at other toy manufacturers products, on the market, and perhaps, producing a similar toy that, of course, was superior in function, quality and price !!
When MARX (the designers) had an original idea, IT WAS A BLOCK BUSTER !! This brings us to our next story--THE ROCK-EM--SOCK-EM This one toy, by Marx, might be one of the most copied toys ever made. We have, over the past couple years, found at least eight variations of the -- Pugelistic Pounding Performers !! We will start with the following four toys and then add more.
Picture #1 is made by Mattel (you can tell it's Mattel-It's swell). This R&S is about 30 percent smaller than the Marx R&S. It was made around 2001 and except for size, is identical in function and assembly. The box has printing in American, Spanish and French and the toy was made in China.
Picture #2 was sold by WENDYS restaurants and called Kids Meals ROCK'EM SOCK'EM. It is a bagatelle style toy that has a spring plunger and four steel balls.The object is to try and hit atriangle (red or blue) on the backboard and when hit, the head pops up. It also has six pockets that you may count your score. It is 5 1/2 inches long and comes with instructions.
Picture #3 shows a blister package with four FINGER Rock'em & Sock'ems.It was sold by Tara Toy Company, Hauppauge, N.Y. and made in China. The idea is to place a robot on your finger and have an another person do the same. You then box each other until one head pops up. There are levers on the back to make the arms move. The instructions show one person playing by using thumbs to move the levers. The parent company is Mattel and produced in 2004.
Picture #4 is a tree ornament made by Hallmark, the card people, and is from their Keepsake collection. This is pretty neat. The heads are held on by springs (bobble heads) but it has buttons for each robot and the arms move just like the original R&S and the robots may be moved back and forth !! The ornament was sold in 2007 and had a retail price of $15.00 U.S. dollar.
We will take more pictures of other R&S toys and then take a picture of all of them including the original ROCK'EM SOCK'EM by MARX !!
do you have all of them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!