Ramp Walkers are fun little characters that waddle down a ramp that can be raced or just walk alone. These have been many manufacturers of this traditional toy sometimes found as a folk toy but the big push was with Marx who produced primarily in the 50’s and 60’s ( this must be why Terri likes so much…toys of her childhood).
Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer from 1919 to 1978. Founded in 1919 in New York City by Louis Marx and his brother David Marx, the company’s basic aim was to “give the customer more toy for less money,” and stressed that “quality is not negotiable”–two values that made the company highly successful.
Some other manufacturers of this simple but fun toy were Fun World, Dolls Inc, Ohio Art, Educational Toys and Gantoy of England. Wilson Walkies were made with two legged cardboard body and stood 4 1/2” tall.
There are 3 sizes common sizes of plastic ramp walkers – small, approx 1-1 1/2” medium, approx 2 3/4 – 3” and large, approx 4-5” tall. There are a lot of variations and values with Disney and Comic book characters demanding more.
Reference O’Briens 12th Ed Collecting Toys by Karen O’Brien is a good source for photos and pricing guide.
The art of RAMPING 1. find a hard flat surface for a ramp 2.raise the ramp approx. 1 inch for every foot 3. Put your Ramp Walker at the top and let him go – A new way to bet the farm!