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Publication numberUS3839820 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 8, 1974
Filing dateFeb 1, 1973
Priority dateFeb 1, 1973
Publication numberUS 3839820 A, US 3839820A, US-A-3839820, US3839820 A, US3839820A
InventorsSerman E
Original AssigneeRaymond Lee Organization Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Toy simulating gymnastic events
US 3839820 A
Abstract
A toy for simulating gymnastics events comprising a flat base; parallel, spaced vertical members extending upwardly from said base near one end thereof; a platform pivotally mounted between said upwardly-extending members near the upper portions thereof and movable between vertical and horizontal positions; a doll-like figure placed on said platform when said platform is on a horizontal position and which is launchable downwardly from said platform when said platform is moved from its horizontal position to its vertical position to permit said doll-like figure to drop from said platform downwardly toward said base; a trampoline below and in vertical spaced alignment with that end of said platform on which said doll-like figure is placed, said trampoline being inclined downwardly toward said base with its lower edge below its upper edge, the arrangement being such that when said doll-like figure is launched from said platform it drops onto said inclined trampoline and is projected by and from said trampoline toward that end of said base opposite the end at which said parallel, spaced vertical members are mounted; and means at said opposite end for receiving and retaining said doll-like figure when it is projected by and from said trampoline.
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United States Patent [1 1 Serman, Jr.

[ 1 Oct. 8, 1974 TOY SIMULATING GYMNASTIC EVENTS Edward G. Serman, Jr., Millsboro, Del.

[73] Assignee: Raymond Lee Organization, Inc.,

New York, NY.

[22] Filed: Feb. 1, 1973 [21] Appl. No.: 328,524

[75] Inventor:

3,613,300 10/1971 Seguin et al. 46/131 Primary Examiner-Louis G. Mancene Assistant Examiner-Robert F. Cutting [57] ABSTRACT A toy for simulating gymnastics events comprising a flat base; parallel, spaced vertical members extending upwardly from said base near one end thereof; a platform pivotally mounted between said upwardlyextending members near the upper portions thereof and movable between vertical and horizontal positions; a doll-like figure placed on said platform when said platform is on a horizontal position and which is launchable downwardly from said platform when said platform is moved from its horizontal position to its vertical position to permit said doll-like figure to drop from said platform downwardly toward said base; a trampoline below and in vertical spaced alignment with that end of said platform on which said doll-like figure is placed, said trampoline being inclined downwardly toward said base with its lower edge below its upper edge, the arrangement being such that when said doll-like figure is launched from said platform it drops onto said inclined trampoline and is projected by and from said trampoline toward that end of said base opposite the end at which said parallel, spaced vertical members are mounted; and means at said opposite end for receiving and retaining said doll-lilce-figure when it is projected by and from said trampoline.

1 Claim, 7 Drawing Figures TOY SIMULATING GYMNASTIC EVENTS SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A toy using one or more figures launched downward by gravity from a pivotable platform and using a trampoline, which projects said figure toward and into contact with a swing, ladder, see saw and the like whereby selected gymnastic events can be simulated without use of special mechanisms or complex manual manipulation.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS In the drawings:

FIG. 1 is a perspective of one form of my invention in which the doll performs a complete flip and ends in standing position;

FIG. 2 is a detail of a portion of the structure of FIG.

FIG. 3 is an elevation of a modification in which the doll hands engage a bar after dropping onto a trampoline;

FIG. 4 is an elevation of another modification in which the doll lands in seated position;

FIG. 5 is an elevation of a further modification in which two dolls are used;

FIG. 5a is a detail of the structure of FIG. 5; and- FIG. 6 is an elevation of yet a further modification in which two dolls are used.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring first to FIGS. 1 and 2, a doll or other figure 10 in almost sitting position has Velcro type loops 12 on feet and on seat. A platform 14 pivotable between vertical and horizontal positions about transverse horizontal bar 16 supported at selected height by engaging aligned holes 18 in parallel vertical bars 20 is disposable above downwardly inclined trampoline 22. The trampoline inclines downwardly from the bars on base 50. The figure with feet on the platform (held horizontal) faces forward.

When the platform is released, the weight of the figure swings the platform counterclockwise whereby the figure falls, landing on the trampoline and springing up, doing a complete flip and landing upright on square 24. Square 24 has mating Velcro type rug like material 26.

When the feet engage the square 24, the figure is held 2 upright.

In FIG. 3, the figure does a half flip and its arms which have hook-like end portions, engage a horizontal bar of a vertical ladder like structure 28.

In FIG. 4, the figure is launched backward, does a complete flip and lands in chair 30 on platform 32. The seat of the chair 30 has material 26 engaged by loops 12 on the seat of the FIG. 10.

In FIGS. 5 and 5A, an auxiliary figure 10A having its arms over head is swung pivotably by swing 34 connected by cord 36 to support 38. The main figure 10 is launched as in FIG. 1 and the arms of FIG. 10 engage the feet of FIG. 10A.

In FIG. 6, a seesaw 40 at two different levels cooperates with two figures 10, pivotable platform 14 and fixed platform 42 to produce the movements shown.

While I have described my invention with particular reference to the drawings, such is not to be considered as limiting its actual scope.

Having thus described this invention, what is asserted as new is:

1. A toy for simulating gymnastic events comprising a flat base; spaced, parallel members extending upwardly from said base near one end thereof; a platform pivotally mounted between said spaced, parallel members near the upper end portions thereof and movable between horizontal and vertical positions and adapted to receive thereon when in its horizontal position a doll-like figure simulating an acrobat, which figure when placed upon said platform is launchable downwardly from said platform when said platform is moved from horizontal to a substantially vertical position; a trampoline spaced from and directly below said end of said platform on which said doll-like figure is placed and which trampoline receives said doll-like figure from said platform when said platform is moved to a substantially vertical position, said doll-like figure being projected by and from said trampoline toward said opposite end of said base, said doll-like figure being provided with a Velcro type fastener on the lower portion thereof, and wherein said base is provided near said opposite end thereof with a mating Velcro type fastener which cooperates with the Velcro-type fastener on the doll-like figure when said figure lands on said Velcro typefastener on said base to retain said fig-

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Classifications
U.S. Classification446/309, 446/324
International ClassificationA63H3/00, A63H3/52
Cooperative ClassificationA63H3/52
European ClassificationA63H3/52