King Zor was designed by Marvin Glass and Associates for the Ideal Toy Corporation. Other toys designed by Mr. Glass include Mr. Machine, Mousetrap, Crazy Clock, Robot Commando, Smarty Bird, Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Gaylord, Odd Ogg and many others. King Zor is my all-time favorite childhood toy.
King Zor came with a dart gun, 5 darts, and 5 little yellow balls which Zor used as "missiles". Once you loaded Zor with the missiles and 2 fresh D size batteries, you were ready to play. When you flipped his "on" switch, he started to roll about the floor. (No shag carpets PLEASE!) There was no need to guide him, he automatically backed off, roared and changed direction when his tongue hit an obstruction.
THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION SHEET:
OBJECT OF PLAY:
Who is greater, you or ZOR? You are on equal terms if you load him with the same amount of BALLS as you have DARTS. If you can hit his TAIL each time and make him shoot all his BALLS, you win... if you miss, he wins.King Zor currently sells from about $175-$1000 in working condition - the highest price includes the box and the dart gun. A complete Zor is getting very difficult to find today. When you do locate him, he's usually at a toy auction. You can sometimes find this toy for sale on ebay.
Ideal Toys claimed that King Zor was meant to teach children a valuable lesson; if you strike out at something, it will hit back at you. Whatever the reason, this is still my favorite toy.
(Photo courtesy of Paul Reinoehl)
Scan from Sears 1962 wishbook.
They flipped the photo of the prototype toy - Zor's name plate is backwards!
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