Marvin Glass was a workaholic toy inventor. So much so, that he often did not spend enough time with his wife. During an argument over Marvin's work habits, Mrs. Glass shouted "You are always working, inventing! You are Mr. Machine!". And so a great toy name and toy was invented by Marvin Glass.
By winding Mr. Machine's large metal key on his back, he would roll forward, legs and arms moving, bell ringing, and opening his mouth and "squawking". You could rotate the little wheel behind the toy to make it run in a circle or curve instead of a straight line.
Wandering around the Internet, I stumbled across this tin toy from the 1950's. His name was Mego Man, and since his similarity to Mr. Machine is apparent, I feel that Mego Man was the inspiration for Marvin Glass' wonderful toy for the Ideal Toy Corporation.
Mr. Machine as made by the Ideal Toy Corporation was first introduced in 1960. As his popularity, grew, so did his role in the Ideal Corporation. Mr. Machine became animated and appeared in Ideal's televison toy commercials.
Mr. Machine was revived by Ideal in 1978, but you could no longer disassemble him. The metal bolt for his nose had been replaced by a plastic bolt. Instead of the ringing bell and squawking, he now played a song as he rolled along.
Mr Machine was very popular and great quantities of this toy were sold. Today, the original 1960 version, with box, instructions, box inserts, and the elusive "wrench", is worth up to $300.
Original Toy Wrench
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