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Publication numberUS2506328 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 2, 1950
Filing dateMar 24, 1947
Priority dateMar 24, 1947
Publication numberUS 2506328 A, US 2506328A, US-A-2506328, US2506328 A, US2506328A
InventorsAlger Don L
Original AssigneeAlger Don L
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Plastic figurine
US 2506328 A
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D- L- ALGER-.

PLASTIC FIGURINE File d March 24, 1947 2 Sheets-Sheet l Inventor Don L Alger May 2, 1950 D. ALGER 2,506,328

' PLASTIC FIGURINE Filed March 24, 1947 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Inventor Don L. Alger Patented May 2, 1950 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 6 Claims.

This invention relates to new and useful improvements in amusement devices.

The objects of this invention are to provide an amusing and educational novelty device; to provide figurines of various configurations simulating a variety of subjects; to provide novel means for securing elements of said figurines in certain adjustable predetermined relation; to provide means to adjustably and removably connect various elements of the figurines simulating clothing; to provide gay colored components offering selective choice of colors thereof; to provide an inexpensive assembly of elements conducive of entertainment.

Ancillary objects and features of novelty Will become apparent to those skilled in the art, in following the description of the illustrated preferred embodiment of the present invention depicted in the accompanying drawings, wherein:

Figures 1 and 2 are pictorial views of an assembled embodiment of the present invention;

Figure 3 is a perspective fragmentary detail view showing a clamping means for joining the arm to the shoulder;

Figure 4 is a perspective fragmentary detail view showing the clamping means used to join the hand to the arm;

Figure 5 shows a second embodiment of the instant invention in exploded form;

Figure 6 shows a third embodiment of the instant invention, showing the same in exploded form; Figure 7 shows a fourth embodiment of the instant invention, illustrating an alternate friction securing means to be used between the lower and upper anatomy portions;

Figure 8 is a fragmentary upper anatomy portion of the said fourth embodiment, showing specifically an alternate friction securing means to be used between the head and shoulder portion;

Figure 9 is a perspective view of a button to be used in each of the first four embodiments of the present invention;

Figure 10 is a perspective view of a pair of suspenders to be used in conjunction with the illustrated first four embodiments of the instant invention;

Figure 10 is a fragmentary perspective view of the block keeper used in conjunction with the securing means for the above mentioned button and for the suspenders.

Referring now in detail to the illustrated preferred embodiments of the instant invention, like reference characters are used throughout to indicate similar elements.

This invention relates to a novel and improved pleasure conducive device which is both enters taming and educational. The broad operation of the invention resides in the assembly and dismantling of components to construct figurines. The preferred material of construction is commercial plastic, however other material may be used if so desired. This invention contemplates the use of fancifully painted wood components, light metal components and the like.

Referring now to the first four embodiments of the present invention, which are very closely allied, it is noted that a body portion [9 and a lower anatomy portion 12 are provided. It is clearly seen that the body portion [0 simulates the chest and shoulder members of a human being. It is further readily apparent that the lower anatomy portion l2 simulates the legs and torso of a person. It is well to note at this point, that the basic components of the figurines disclosed in the first four embodiments of the present invention, are similar differentiating only in the securing means used therewith. Obviously, the particular shape of the nose, chin and fingers, etc. of a man have no bearing on the invention.

Taking now the embodiment of Figure 5, it is noted that an arm I 4 is removably and adjustably secured to the said body member In. For this purpose a plurality of lugs l6 are provided at the upper terminal portion of the said arm. Complemental apertures l8 are provided in the shoulder portion of the said body member to receive said lugs. It is readily apparent that the arm M is frictionally received on the said body member Ill through the medium of the said lugs and apertures.

A hand portion 26 is provided with a pair of lugs 22 projecting therefrom which are adapted to be received in selected adjustable frictional engagement with the wrist portion of the said arm I 4.

A foot portion, in the form of a boot, is generally designated by the numeral 24 and is provided with a plurality of apertures 26 at the upper portion thereof. Lugs 28 depend from the said lower anatomy portion l2 and are adapted to be engaged in frictional relation with the confines of the apertures 26.

A head portion 39 has a peg 32 extending from the neck thereof. It is apparent from an inspection of Figure 5, that the said peg 32 is adapted to be adjustably and frictionally engaged within the confines of the aperture a l provided in the appropriate place in said body member to. A

3 member 36 simulating hair has secured thereto a plurality of pins 38 which are adapted to be received in suitable apertures id provided on the substantially bald head member 30. A hat 42 may be rested on the head portion or hair memher if so desired.

A plurality of buttons 45 are secured to the chest portion of the said body member It. Reference to Figure 9 discloses the preferred constructicrnof said -buttons. Further, reference ito Figure l'll discloses 'the preferred'keeper to be used as a part of the securing means for said button. It is noted that a right angular latch 46is rigidly secured to the back portion of the button 44.

Provided in the said chest portion J8 is a plurality of slots 48 adapted to receive the said latch 46 therein. It is apparent :thatthebuttons 4 3 may be inserted in the chest portion of the figurine, turned a portion of a revolution and thereby held securely thereto.

.A pl-urality of lugs :56 sareprovided "at .the %lower portion of the ---said body :member 1;!) and are adapted :tobe received in I complemental bores '52 provided in the :upper portion of the said lower anatomy 52. Received exterior of the said-lugs andaperturess'illiand 52 respectively, isaibelt 514 adapted .tonenclrclethe waist portion of these-id figurine. A-simulated buohle' 55 ;is formed. integral with the belt :56 andza tongue 58 projects .from the inner surfaceaof the :belt adjacent the :said bucklezdii. A suitable-slotfillcis provided through the portion of =the=belt at .the oppositeiend from the said buckle 56. eQbVi U-SIY, this tongue .fil "is adapted to -.go through thessaid slot. r69 thence through :a suitable, similarsslotwfiz. in the waist portion of thefigurine. 1t :isiapparent-that the belt :Ei l will herheld securely about the waist of the-figurineibyithis construction. it is here noted that a :pluralityof slots-"43 are provided adjacent the said slot 62. The said slots -48 have been described hereinabove.

Reference :is now :made to the embodiment gof the: invention -;disc1osed in Figure 6. The: :back and chestportion it :is provided with aidifferent type of shirt thereon; The ;torso.;portio n l-2:;is identical to the above described member llil with the exception gof the-t-friction securing, :means. A plurality :of slots ts are provided about the upper portion of the torso .member: :and are adaptedrteba in conjunction :thedseeperste tobe-idesc bedlat this time. :Depending from t said ebodymember 4 il' is :a plurality :of .ly rectangular :keepers :adaptedito be ng aged Within. the confines .of 1 =.the aobvionsly,zthis construction permits body and torso members.

The :arms ii ii are ;provided with single peg ,68 integral with the upperportion thereof. Arright angular lugwlfi is-Qrovided ion the saidd eg 6.8 to complete the latchmechanism. Anaperture I2 is provided at the shoulder portion of the said bod member and asuitable :slotl d provided hery thereof. It :is =quite apparent m M :is adapted to be secured to :the

said .hcdy through the :medium :of the above dc?v a rela dvely rotatable. adjustment between the said ithis-eye construction may -=.be usedgin each of the first four embodiments of the present invention. For convenience of illustration the eye member "has been disclosed as removable only in the embodiment shown in Figure 6. A suitable hat 92 may be provided on the head portion 30 of the herein described figurine.

A member '54 simulating hair is provided with a pair of legs 96 having arcuate end portions 98 thereon. A lug N39 is provided between said legs 96 and is adapted to be received in a suitable aperturewl E122 located :.iadj'acent :the mess ;of. .the said figurine. .eA'pair 11f: apertures 11M fare 'providedxadjiacent ithe :ears zforuzeceiving the said arcuate :portions 38 therein. Obviously, byithis construction the ahairzmember :.94-rmay-.:.be1removably secured to ithe headsportion :30 ain'zthis embodiment;or:the-instanteinvention.

Referring nowv to therembodiment: disclosed in Figures .7. and-.8, it is noted that :the body portion 10 ,iandx'torso ;portion'sl 2 are disclosed. .sddiacent the zwaistof the figurine-.represented-:by.:these portions, :are: screw (threaded portions 40.6 and 1.98. These threadsare-complemental and are adapted to retain the member lfiinfrictional engagement with the :said'member 1| 2. .By constructing the :threads slightly out :ofz-pitch, 'a rel.- ativelyitight :fit may :be iefiiected :thereby render.- ing .a.Ifixeduadjustment.between :said members possible.

@suitable' c'omplemental threads 1| tllqand =.I l2 areiprovi'ded son the -he'ad: portionfill and body member di'lmespectively. lihese threads may also be slightly :out'rof "pitch 1 or rendering :azstiff frice tion lock between the said .head member and body.

fliaking iznowrEigures' 1 $0.14 inclusive, another embodiment of the present invention will :be described. .Theifigurine1.-appearing:in Figures 1 and 2 are quite similar*to those' disclosedrin the hereinabove- 'des'cribedrspecies. However, .a' modified vform :oif driction securing means is .provided in joining components thereof. By way of example, securing :means between thearm and shoulderandihandzand wristere illustrated "in detail. Aztongne of substantially rectangular configuration is provided at therupperzextremity of the arm portion 2H4" randiis generally :designated by the numeral atlas; .Aspluralityofis-lots H6 crossin at aaconnnon ipointarei provided rat the upper extremity ior shonlder "portion of ":the "said member to. @It is apparentithat'iihezarm :l s may be adj ustably :and zfrictionally secured in said body member through the medium .ofxthe tongue H4 andigreove H3.

at the lowercextremity of the said arm Misc. plurality of slots "H 8 similar 1to:the slots 11 6. A tongue I213 is provided on the wrist portionxof'the saidhandizlhand is adapted-to beselectivelyenga'gediwithinethersaid slots M8.

.A pair :or suspenders l 22 areprovided with a plurality of lugs I26 at the extremity thereof. Theselugs. are adapted to be received in the. hereinabove described slots 58. .It .here .noted that thatthe suspenders are adapted tube used in. each of the above described.modificationscf.the invention. It is readily apparent from an in spection of Figure that the aperture or slot 48 is provided with a round portion I26 so that it may be universally used both with the suspenders and with the buttons 44. Obviously, the suspenders I22 are adapted to be received over the shoulders of the figurine and are adapted to be secured at the waist portion thereof.

It is here noted that the removable hair, removable eye members (including the removable iris), removable buttons, foot portion, etc. may be used in the figurine disclosed in Figures 1 to 4 inclusive.

Having thus described the instant invention, what is claimed as novel and improved is as follows:

1. A figurine simulating a human being comprising a chest and back member, a lower anatomy portion, friction means for securing said lower anatomy portion to said chest and back member, slots in said lower anatomy portion adapted to receive a belt and suspenders selectively therein, slots in said chest and back member, a plurality of buttons having arms secured thereto adapted to be removably received in said chest and back member slots, friction securing means in said chest and back member for securing arms therein in selected positions relative to said member, hand portions, means for frictionally and adjustably securing said hand portions to said arms, a head portion removably secured to said member, simulated hair removably secured to said head portion, sockets in said head, simulated eye balls, means for removably securing said eye balls in said socket, and a removable iris in each of said eye balls.

2. A figurine comprising a chest and back member, a lower anatomy portion, friction means securing said lower anatomy portion to said chest and back member, slots in said lower anatomy portion receiving selectively in removable engagement therewith a belt and suspenders, slots in said chest and back member, and a plurality of buttons having arms secured thereto disposed in said last mentioned slots removably.

3. A figurine comprising a chest and back member, a lower anatomy portion, friction means securing said lower anatomy portion to said chest and back member, slots in said lower anatomy portion receiving selectively in removable engagement therewith a belt and suspenders, slots in said chest and back member, and a plurality of buttons having arms secured thereto disposed in said last mentioned slots removably, said chest and back members having a plurality of intersecting shoulder slots, arms having tongues frictionally retained in said last mentioned slots selectively, whereby the arms may be adjusted to various steps of rotational position.

4. A figurine comprising a chest and back member, a lower anatomy portion, friction means securing said lower anatomy portion to said chest and back member, slots in said lower anatomy portion receiving selectively in removable engagement therewith a belt and suspenders, slots in said chest and back member, and a plurality of buttons having arms secured thereto disposed in said last mentioned slots removably, said chest and back members having a plurality of intersecting shoulder slots, arms having tongues frictionally retained in said last mentioned slots selectively, whereby the arms may be adjusted to various steps of rotational position, hand portions having tongues extending therefrom, a number of intersecting slots at the wrist portion of each of said arms accommodating said hand portions in selective positions.

5. In a figurine simulating a human being, a chest and member, a lower anatomy portion fric tionally and detachably secured to said chest and back portion, arms adjustably secured to said chest and back portion, hand portions detachably secured to the ends of said arms, simulated hair having pegs extending therefrom, a head portion detachably secured to said chest and back portion, said head portion having apertures therein detachably seating said pegs in said simulated hair portion, said chest portion having slots therein, buttons, arms attached to said buttons disposed in said chest portion slots.

6. The combination of claim 5 and said arms which are attached to said buttons being substantially L-shaped, whereby upon rotation of said arms in said chest slots the buttons are maintained firmly in position.

DON L. ALGER.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:

UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 423,066 Massey Mar. 11, 1890 1,283,558 Read Nov. 5, 1918

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Classifications
U.S. Classification446/98, 24/90.1, 446/100, D21/636
International ClassificationA63H9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63H9/00
European ClassificationA63H9/00