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The Marx Toy Museum will blog about those Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) we receive by email and also share some Facts about some of the toys we have on display at the museum. And the best part - when we don't know the answer - we are hoping you do!!! So comment...

Stutz Bearcat & Tony the Pony Battery

Marx Toy Museum - Monday, March 12, 2012

What is the Most Frequently Asked Toy Question?  

If you are a collector of anything Marx, you might never guess it.  It's not about a Marx playset, an action figure, or even a wind-up...over the past 10 years, the most common question has been asked something like this...

"I found my Stutz Bearcat (or Tony the Pony) in my parents basement and I would like to see if I can get it started for my son (or daughter).  What type of battery should I use?"


To give you some background, Marx produced a series of three battery-operated ride-on toys in the mid-1960's - the Stutz Bearcat, Tony the Pony, and the Marx-A-Kart.  I was able to find all three of these pieces in the 1963, 1964, and 1965 Marx Product Line Catalogs.  And although there wasn't alot of information included on the piece - it is confirmed that all three of these pieces operate on a Hot Shot 12 Volt Battery - as advertised.

Several years ago, I received an email which included a photo of a battery that worked in their Tony the Pony.  I don't know that there' much more information to get off the battery itself, but I included the photo of the battery below.  

I'm sure this won't be the last time I get this question, SO, if you get your Marx Battery Operated Ride-On to work, be sure to comment where you got your battery and if you take any photos with your children or grand-children, send them in and I'll add them to the blog.  

Michelle commented on 20-Apr-2012 09:01 PM
Where can I get the battery??
Anonymous commented on 22-Apr-2012 03:31 PM
The Marx Toy Museum has never attempted to locate the battery, but we know that it can be found. Happy Hunting!!!
Paul Gruendler commented on 31-May-2012 09:59 PM
8R25-2 or the 922 are equivalent according to a British website found in a Google search. Common 12v post battery for lanterns may not pack the punch?
Tim commented on 02-Aug-2012 10:36 PM
The Marx-a-Kart, Tony The Pony and the Stutz Bear Cat take the 12 volt battery either the Rayovac 926 or the Eveready 732 battery.

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