I’ve always wanted one of these vintage Disney tin toys but have never been able to justify the cost. But today I found one at a reasonable price, although it has many condition issues. Let’s have a look:
This is a roller coaster that uses small individual cars which are drawn up the main ramp by a belt and then traverse the track using downward momentum alone.
Now let’s look at the whole toy:
So the first condition issue is the spring which has sprung:
Also, the wind-up key is missing as is the conveyor belt used to move the cars up the main ramp:
And… the cars themselves are missing. But here is what they look like according to an eBay seller:
But other than that, it is in beautiful condition and will make a very nice display piece!
Now let’s look at the graphics more closely and see the wonderful characters that are attending the fair today:
Nice pattern on the ‘floor’:
And here is a final shot of the bottom of the toy:
J. Chein & Co. was the manufacturer and the piece was likely produced between 1951 and 1953. I say this because Alice (in Wonderland) appears on the toy (July 28, 1951) but Peter Pan does not (February 5, 1953). Nor do characters from Lady and the Tramp (1955) or Sleeping Beauty (1959) and no characters from the 1960’s or later appear either.
The eBay seller I mentioned above is selling this piece for $150.00 US in a more complete condition than the one featured in this post. I paid just $42.50 CAN but again with more condition issues. But for me I simply want it for display purposes.
To conclude, here is some information about the J.Chein company: