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#1 gort

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Posted 09 May 2003 - 01:54 PM

Hello everyone,

My name is Joe Markee. I have been a frequent visitor to Brian's web pages for many years although I haven't been registered until recently. My son Brian and I have been collecting toy robots for about 15 years. We have probably bought some from most of you who sell on ebay at some time or other. We collect all styles plastic, tin, old, new and repro's. Anyway I recently acquired this Big Loo prototype and I was wondering if anybody has seen anything like it before and any guesses about a value? It is molded in all silver /gray plastic. The head,arm,legs and base are a hard plastic similar to the production plastic. The chest is of a less hard plastic. It is just taped together (scotch tape) not glued. It doesn't have any of the intenal parts. It does have four wheels that are blue not green, two of the orinal light bulb eyes (but no sockets for them) and three black darts. It has a Louis Marx and company sample tag from the west Virginia warehouse on it with the number 3010 on the back and the remains of some stickers with some hand written comments in spanish with mold numbers. I got this from a guy who lives in Girard Pa where one of the Marx factories was. He said he got this and a bunch of other items which had not been previously auctioned off and had been sitting in the warehouse since the late 70's when the warehouse closed. He said there was a black one like it that is in the Marx Toy museum in Erie Pa. Anybody seen anything like this before? Any guesses of what it might be worth?

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Posted 09 May 2003 - 02:17 PM

I heard someone had bought the molds a while back & was actually reproducing big loo's..& selling them as originals for nearly todays prices & that it has been a very low key hush hush kind of thing ..that doesn't mean your robot isn't authentic nonetheless I would research the seller a bit more..& I can't say my info was 100% accurate

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#3 Mr. Jan

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Posted 09 May 2003 - 03:30 PM

Joe M. and Brian welcome to the chat. I was thinking about the possibility of Big Loo reproductions when we were voting on the most beatiful plactic robots. He has been on my want list from the beginning. Roboz has confirmed what I remember from years ago. I believe there was a few small adds in Toy Shop offering reproductions. Never did look into it. Jeez. Remenber when you could find things in Toy Shop. Times sure have changed. The above does not mean yours is not authentic. Try contacting the Marx Museum, they might have more information. If it is authentic, the value could be just about any thing you want it to be, with MIB Big Loo's going for $1500 and up.
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Posted 09 May 2003 - 07:04 PM

I remember the same add in Toy Shop. I also remember some guy at the Kain County Chicago show had them in all different colors a couple of years ago. They were exact replicas.

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Posted 09 May 2003 - 07:59 PM

I saw the toy shop adds too.The company that had bought the marx molds American Plastics Company of Florida (http://shop.marxtoys...gA7Yqg&mv_pc=56)
has reissued a lot of the original Marx playsets made from the original molds. When they first started remaking some of the playsets they ran several adds in Toy shop and other toy magazines announcing they were going to start remanufacturing Big LOO. They even took orders on their web site and in their newsletter. But after several months they cancelled the project and refunded the deposits, mine included. I have been buying robots on ebay almost from its start and have never seen anything but original color big loo's. The only place I had heard about the Cane County Big Loos was on this web page and I haven't seen any surface on ebay or in Toy shop. The guy I got this big loo from had lots of Marx toys, marx boxes that were still flat, never used. I am pretty sure this is legit.

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#6 Joe K.

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Posted 09 May 2003 - 08:58 PM

Hey Joe, here's another Marx Toy museum you may want to contact:
http://www.marxtoymuseum.com/
Their web site was just updated last month, so there should be some response to your inquiry.
And, oh yeah, welcome (you and Brian, too) to Alphadrome. What took you so long, Joe???
Joe Knedlhans - Owner/Curator
The Toy Robot Museum @ Stoudtburg Village
Adamstown, Pennsylvania

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Posted 10 May 2003 - 05:19 AM

Origional or not it looks great in silver plastic! Nice to get a post from you Gort, I mean Joe. tongue.gif
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#8 Swissplanet

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Posted 10 May 2003 - 04:54 PM

Is not possible, that that's a Big Loo conversion made by John years ago...
Who knows?
Richard @ Zürich, Switzerland