US 3090155 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
y 2 1963 c. P. GORDON 3,090,155
MAGNETIC TOY DEVICE Filed Jan. 26, 1960 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR.
cv/flnls-s P. 4%?00/1 May 21, 1963 c. P. GORDON MAGNETIQ TOY DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed Jan. 26. 1960 INVENTOR. 6/9/9215: emwa/v tats The present invention relates to a magnetic toy device and it particularly relates to a childrens game arrangement.
It is among the objects of the present invention to produce a novel, manipulatable game arrangement which may be readily packaged and which will have detachable and replaceable elements.
Another object is to provide a novel childrens game arrangement in which there are provided magnetic attachments in which the child may apply various elements in a basic structure to achieve novel results.
Still further objects and advantages will appear in the more detailed description set forth below, it being understood, however, that this more detailed description is given by way of illustration and explanation only and not by way of limitation, since various changes therein may be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope and spirit of the present invention.
In accomplishing the above objects the invention contemplates the provision of a shell-like base structure, usually a face devoid of cars, mouth and eyes.
This base structure will carry a series of magnetic elements and locator ridges or recesses which will hold and carry detachable and replaceable elements, which may consist of various shapes of ears, mouths and eyes, and other attachments or appurtenances.
For example, a pig, dog, lion or clown face may be provided with different types of ears, eyes and mouth, and even with removable beards and moustaches or other facial attachments.
A hollow shell body may also be provided with removable legs, tail, head, or other elements.
The base is desirably a hollow shell of a relatively stifi or semi-pliable plastic. This shell is recessed or ridged at the portions to be replaced, such as the eyes, mouth, ear and so forth.
Centrally of each of these elements and at the back of the shell are positioned eyeleted cylindrical magnetic elements with the eyelet fixing the central part of the magnet.
The detachable and interchangeable small shells which form the eyes, mouths and ears are desired to register with the shells or ridges and they have small armature or magnetic contact elements which are positioned so that they may be mounted and held up against the eyeleted magnetic cylindrical elements.
Desirably the attachment elements have flat back portions which fit against flat recessed portions carrying the eyelets for the permanent magnets so that the attached elements may be laterally adjusted to be correctly positioned.
The recessed eye, mouth and ear portions are so ridged or arranged as to locate the edges of the applique eyes and mouth portions, or other interchangeable or detachable appurtenances.
With the foregoing and other objects in view, the invention consists of the novel construction, combination and arrangement of parts as hereinafter more specifically described, and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein is shown an embodiment of the invention, but it is to be understood that changes, variations and modifications can be resorted to which fall within the scope of the claims hereunto appended.
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FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of a carrier structure carrying the base shell structure, together with the interchangeable attachments.
FIG. 2 is a separated perspective view of the base structure, showing the interchangeable ears, eyes and mouth removed therefrom but indicating their association therewith.
FIG. 3 is a top perspective view similar to FIG. 2 but showing the detachable ears, eyes and mouth attached thereto.
FIG. 4 is a rear elevational view of the base shell of FIG. 2.
FIG. 5 is a transverse sectional view taken upon the line 55 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 6 is a rear inside elevational view of the interchangeable eye element.
FIG. 7 is a transverse sectional view taken upon the line 77 of FIG. 3.
Referring to FIGS. 2 to 7, there is shown a base shell A having the removable ears B, the interchangeable eyes C and the interchangeable nose D.
The entire arrangement may be boxed within the box E having the recess F for the main shell A and other recesses for the various interchangeable elements.
Referring to FIGS. 2 to 7, the shell has the flat portions 10 with the side locator ridges 11 and the bottom locator ridges 12.
Centrally of the fiat portions 10 there are provided the magnet elements 13, held in position by the rivets 14.
Each of these magnets consists of a short cylindrical element with a central opening in which the rivet, of a magnetic material, has a turned over rear end 15 tightly engaged against the back face of the magnet 13 and at its forward end engaged over the base 10 of the recess which forms the socket or locator receptacle for the eye element C.
The eye element C, as shown in FIG. 6, has a forward shell 17, which may be suitably decorated, as indicated at 18, and it has a rear fiat shell 19 having the magnetic tab 20 held in position by the cars 21 (see FIG. 6) which may be welded or otherwise adhesively connected in position at 22.
The fiat face 19, sliding on the flat recess 10, will give an adjustment so that the center of the plate 20 may locate itself directly on the head of the tubular rivet 14, which will carry the magnetic flux.
In the case of the mouth portion D there is a flat 30 (see FIGS. 2 to 4) with a central magnet element 31 having the rivet 32 which is flanged over at 33 at the back of the magnet.
The armature or contact element 34 has its inturned ears turned over at 35 through the flat back face 36, welded or adhesively connected in position at 37.
The edges 38 of the removable mouth element D will rest on the curved recessed portions 39, with the plate 40 being in contact with the inside flange of the rivet 32. The ears B are held in position by the magnet elements 40. It will be noted that the ears have the ridges 41 indicated in FIG. 2, which locate them against the terminal flange 42 of the shell A.
Referring to FIG. 1, there are shown the recesses 60 for the ears B, the recesses 61 for the eyes C and the recess 62 for the mouth D.
The recesses 63 may receive alternative eye structures and the recess 64 may receive an alternative mouth structure.
At the other side of the box there may be provided long type ears in the recesses 65, different eye structures in th recesses 66 and 67 and diiferent ear structures in the recesses 68.
The entire structure is readily made of cheap plastic materials and is readily assembled and is quite attractive to children and may be readily manipulated by children over a wide age range.
It is possible to make the attachments out of cardboard or metal as well as plastic and to eliminate the backings such as 19 and 36 and have the magnet and have the eyelet or rivet 34 fastened directly to projecting nose or eye sections made flatter so that the eyelet will make close contact with the magnet 13 or 31.
As many changes could be made in the above magnetic toy device, and many widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departure from the scope of the claims, it is intended that all matter contained in the above description shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
Having now particularly described and ascertained the nature of the invention, and in what manner the same is to be performed, what is claimed is:
1. An animal face toy consisting'of an outwardly domed shell-like base structure simulating the shape and size of an animal face having relatively fiat recessed areas at the positions of the mouth and eyes with outwardly projecting ridges extending peripherally around the edges of said flat areas, annular permanent magnet elements positioned in back of and centrally abutting against the interior of said -flat areas, tubular elements extending through said annular magnet elements and transversely through the central portion of the flat areas with the ends of the tubular elements being beaded over and outwardly at their interior ends over the interior ends of the annular elements and at their exterior ends over the central exterior portions of the flat areas, and plastic shell eye, mouth and nose elements having outwardly domed exterior portions and fiat interior portions and having the same width, height and contour as said flat areas'and having central magnetizable elements at the rear faces of the interior portions.
2. The toy of claim 1, said exterior and interior portions consisting of thin plastic elements joined together at the periphery and said plastic elements having peripheral contact edges and said edges contacting and riding on said outwardly projecting ridges, and said magnetizable elements consisting of rectangular plates of less width and height than the outside diameter of the annular permanent magnetic elements.
3. A thin rigid plastic shell face for a childrens toy having replaceable eye and nose portions, said shell being provided with shallow recesses at the positions of the eyes and nose and said recesses having a flattened base, and oblique curved side edges at the periphery of the recesses, and an annular permanent magnet of cylindrical shape centrally positioned in back of each recess and a cylindrical hollow rivet of magnetic material extending through the magnet and through the flattened base and being peened over the back of 'the magnet and the bottom of the recess so as to form an annular projection in the base of the recess, and an applique having a flat base to be positioned in one of said recesses with its periphery riding upon said curved edges and being spaced above the flattened bottom of said recess and a fiat face meta-lbutton on the inside face of said applique to contact said annular projection in the base ofthe recess, said button and said'projection being positioned so as to correctly position said applique in said recess.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,465,971 Leblang Mar. 29, 1949 2,795,893 Vayo June 18, 1957 2,944,368 OBrian et a1. July 12, 1960 FOREIGN PATENTS 4,602 Great Britain 1912 1,207,369 France Aug. 31, 1959