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.