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Sept. 20, 1938. 2,130,558 J. MURRAY FIGURE TOY GAME APPARATUS Filed Oct. 8, 1937 4 Sheets-Sheet l E P | | ‘jjnvenior RED J'azrzas'mrray v » Attorneys Sept. 20, 1938. I _|_ MURRAY ' 2,130,558 FIGURE TOY GAME APPARATUS Filed Oct. 8, 1937 4 Sheets-Sheet 2 Inventor ?vzas' ?arral M - By m .4 iiorneys Sept. 20, 1938. _1_ MURRAY , 2,130,558 FIGURE TOY GAME APPARATUS Filed 001;. ‘s, 1957 4 Sheets-Sheet s jzjiwez yr \ ’ \V E ' a / "v1 l A \\‘ V \\\\ \ ' z h J7 .24 40’ \ 48 .15 J/ / /' \ ‘15' V4! 47 42 1%’ -- 44’ /Y E, 3.?’ 5i l “ “I § i I l I 44 Inventor .4 iiorneys Sept. 20, 1938. 2,130,558 J. MURRAY FIGURE TOY GAME APPARATUS 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 Filed Oct. 8, 1937 .. Yl ‘ ////// (2f 3 m M J M W Patented Sept. 20, 1938 2,130,558 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,130,558 FIGURE TOY GAME APPARATUS James Murray, Newark, Ohio Application October 8, 1937, Serial No. 168,096 6 Claims. (Cl. 273—105.2) This invention relates to a novel game appa ratus of a type expressly adapted for use at carnivals, amusement parks, and the like, and the purpose of the invention is to provide a struc 5 ture characterized by a plurality of so-called dancing toys or ?gures, these being mounted on a table‘provided with a platform and functioning as dummies, at which baseballs may be thrown, under which condition the dummies constitute 10 movable or jumping targets. Brie?y, the preferred embodiment of the in vention is characterized by a stand or table whose top serves as a dancing platform for the yield ably suspended targets or ?gures.- Novel hanger 15 or suspension means is utilized for each ?gure, and operating means is coordinated therewith to agitate and shake the ?gures, said operating means embodying a power driven rotary tappet shaft. 20 ' Novelty is predicated in one instance on the particular construction of the dummy or toy fig. ure. That is to say, each ?gure is made up of a plurality of loose jointed dangling parts associ ated with a rubber shielded body constituting a 25 support for a hinged catch retained head per forming as a dropping target when struck by a baseball or other pellet hurled through the air and against it. Further novelty resides, it is believed, in the 30 adoption and use of what may be called a unique jiggling jigger so fashioned and clothed as to 40 seen in Figure 1. . Figure 3 is a transverse or vertical sectional 5 view through the base portion of the construction showing to advantage the pivoted arm and sec— tional tappet means. Figure 4 is an elevation of the twin spring anchoring means for the rear end of the hinged l0 hanger or suspension arm. Figure 5 is a perspective View of one of the sections of the tappet unit or assembly. Figure‘ 6 is a front elevation of the multiple part skeleton or carcass divested of clothing. 15 Figure 7 is a vertical sectional View through the skeleton or object seen in Figure' 6. As a matter of convenience, it is deemed ad visable to describe ?rst the construction of one of the target performing ?gures. Reference is 20 therefore made to Figures 6 and '7. Here the body of the skeleton is denoted by the numeral 8 and comprises a wooden or equivalent frame 9 of general rectangular form. Secured to the front of this is a backing plate l0 having a ‘rubber 25 facing or covering ll performing as a bumper. On the top member of the frame I provide a block of wood l2, and'this is hingedly mounted as at l3. On its target side it is provided with a metal disk [4 having a rubber facing or cover- 30 ing l5 also functioning as a ball receptive impact provide a unique constantly moving target per forming the antics of a joggling dance. Further novelty is predicated upon the adop tion and use of a standard having a walking beam type suspension or hanger arm, this serv ing as the primary holding means for the jigger with the detent E8 on the neck portion of the hinged target-head. Attached to- the shoulder 35 portions of the body are appropriate U-shaped and having adjustable spring tensioning and cushioning means cooperable therewith. appropriate companion‘ sections 2! and 22 piv Furthermore, novelty has to do with the adop tion and use of a suitably powered rotary shaft beneath the platform, this having intermittent ly operable cams or tappets coacting with pivoted arms having operating connections with the tar gets or ?gure toys. Other features, and advantages will become more readily apparent from the following de scription and drawings. 50 ted to expose and therefore illustrate its support ing means. Figure 2 is an end elevation of the assemblage In the drawings, wherein like numerals are em ployed to designate like parts throughout the views: Figure 1 is. a front elevation of the complete assembly showing two of the multiple group of 55 jiggertoys, one of said toys or ?gures being omit element or target. The numeral I6 is an ap propriate retention clip, this being engageable brackets l9 which serve to accommodate the dangling arms 20. The arms are made up of otally linked together as at 23. on the bottom 40 of the body I provide accommodation brackets or ?xtures 24 of any suitable type to appropriately hang the dangling legs 25. Here, again, the legs are made up of sections 26 pivotally linked to gether as at 21. Additional links connect with 45 the lower section to accommodate foot blocks 28. When the skeleton is properly clothed, _it con stitutes the target performing jigger such as may be unitarily referred to by the numeral 29 in Figures 1 and 2. The head portion of the struc- 50 ture is properly shielded within an imitation head 30, and the encasing or enveloping face por tion 3| is preferably of > rubber to absorb the punishment and blows from the projected or thrown pellet. 55 2 2,130,558 The base or stand forming the support proper is unitarily denoted by the numeral 32, and this embodies an appropriate table or platform 33 with suitable braced supporting legs 34. Hori zontal frame members 35 serve to support ap propriate bearings 36 in which the rotary pow ered shaft 31 is journaled for rotation. A pulley or the like 38 is on one end of the shaft and driven by a suitable power or propulsion belt 10 (not shown). The cam or tappet units are keyed or clamped on the shaft at predetermined points. Each tappet assembly is composed of a pair of notched blocks 38 bolted together around the shaft as at 39. Each block has an extension 15 40 which constitutes a tappet or cam ?nger, and this has cam. coaction with the operating arm or lever 42. The lever is pivotally mounted as at 43 in suitable brackets 44. The operating connection between the lever and the ?gure toy 20 comprises complemental rods 45 and 46 adjoined by a connecting coiled spring 41. The upper rod 45 is appropriately joined to the ?gure to provide the desired agitating or joggling motion. Attention comes now to the suspension or 25 hanger means, and this comprises, as shown in Figure 2, a perpendicular or vertical stationary standard 48 mounted on the support 32. It rises to a suitable height where it is provided with a shelf 49 to accommodate‘ a cushioning spring 53. The spring coacts with the adjacent for ward end portion 5i of the suspension arm. This arm is in the nature of a miniature walking beam and, is hingedly attached as at 52 to the upper end of the standard. The rear end portion, which 35 is ?exible, is bowed down as denoted at 53; where it joins with a turn buckle 54 which is in turn ' connected with diverging anchoring springs 55. The springs are joined at their lower ends with hooks or the like 56 on the ?oor or other‘main 40 support 51; This spring balanced means pro vides the desired resilient rocking hanger for the mechanically joggled ?gure, 29 by ' pivotally mounting the suspension arms 53 at a point be tween the center and one end provides a de 45 sirable agitated mount for the ?gure. The ad justable spring means is, however, susceptible of adjustment to regulate the sensitivity of actua tion of these parts. Thus, the toy 29 is resiliently suspended or hung from the post or standard 28 at a point above the platform 23. While thus hung, it is intermittently raised and lowered by the operating connection between said figure and the tappet shaft. Here, again, the operat ing connection is sufficiently ?exible to give the 55 indeterminate animated activity to the ?gure, especially the dangling legs and arms. Hence, while the ?gure is thus posed and dancing, it be comes a movable target found to be ideal in con nection with a ball throwing game of the well 60 known type sanctioned for use at carnivals, amusement parks, and the like. ’ It is thought that the description taken in con nection with the drawings will enable a clear un derstanding of the invention to be had. There 65 fore, a more lengthy description is thought‘ un necessary. While the preferred embodiment of the inven tion has been shown and described, it is to be understood that vminor changes coming within 70 the ?eld of invention claimed may be resorted to if desired. ' I claim: 1. In a toy ?gure construction of the class de scribed, a frame forming a body member, a back 75 ing plate attached to one side of said frame, a sheet of rubber secured to said backing member and constituting a cushioning ball impact recep tive element, adapter brackets secured to the lower portion of said frame, sectional link con nected legs pivotally attached to and dangling from said adapter brackets, shoulder brackets connected to the upper portion of said frame, sectional link adjoined arms pivotally attached to said U-shaped brackets, a hanger arm secured to said frame, a head forming block hingedly 10 mounted on the upper portion of the frame, said block being provided with a metal disk and a rubber covering forming a ball receptive target, a' detent on said hinged block, and a latch on said frame cooperable with said detent to main— 15 tain the block in a normal perpendicular posi tion as to allow it to swing to a ?opping position when struck by a ball. 2. In a construction of the class described, a table including a platform, a standard attached 20 to and rising from said table, a longitudinally bowed ?exible arm. hingedly attached interme diate its ends to the upper end of said stand ard, a cushioning spring interposed between the standard and adjacent forward end portion of 25 said arm, a toy ?gure attached to and dangling from the forward end of said arm, a turn buckle connected to the opposite end of the arm, and anchoring springs associated with said turn 30 buckle. 3. In a construction of the class described, a table including a platform, a standard attached to and rising from said table, a longitudinally bowed ?exible arm hingedly attached intermedi ate its ends to the upper end of said standard, a cushioning spring interposed between the standard and adjacent forward end portion of said arm, a toy ?gure attached to and dangling from the forward end of said arm, a turn buckle connected to the opposite end of the arm, an 40 choring springs associated with said turn buckle, together with an operating lever pivotally mount ed on said table, means for actuating said lever, and an operating connection between the free swingable end of the lever and superposed for- - ward end portion of said arm, said operating member including spring adjoined rods. ll. As a component part of a structure of the class described, a toy ?gure comprising a body member, a backing plate on said body member, r a shock absorbing ball rebounding and cushion ing member on said backing plate, legs attached to said body member, arms attached to said body member, a head forming block hingedly secured to the upper portion of said body member, said block being provided with a metal disk and a rubber covering forming a ball receptive target, a detent element on the hinged end of said block, and a latch on said body member releasably en gageable with the detent’ to maintain the block in a normal perpendicular position and to allow the same, under predetermined conditions, to swing down to a flopping position against said body member. ' 5. In a construction of the class described, a table including a dancing platform, a vertical standard attached to and rising from said plat form, a horizontal longitudinally bowed ?exible arm hingedly attached intermediate its opposite ends to the upper end of said standard, resilient 70 cushioning means interposed between the stand ard and adjacent forward end portion of said arm, a toy ?gure attached to and dangling ‘from the forward free end of said arm, and anchoring means attached to the opposite end of said arm, 3 2,130,558 said anchoring means being resilient and adjust able and attachable to the ?oor or the like. 6. In a ?gure toy game apparatus of the class described, a leg supported table including a danc c: ing platform for a toy ?gure, a horizontally dis posed shaft mounted for rotation in bearings on said table, said shaft being disposed within the con?nes of the supporting legs and directly be neath the platform, tappets mounted rigidly on 10 said shaft for rotation therewith, an arm dis posed at right angles to said shaft and having its outer end pivoted beneath an edge portion of the table with its inner end con?ned within the limits of the table and located beneath said shaft and tappets to permit the tappets to be alter nately engaged therewith, a toy ?gure, means for hanging the ?gure in a suspended dangling and pendulous manner above said platform, com plemental rods attached respectively to the toy ?gure and inner end of said arm, and a coiled spring adjoining the adjacent ends of said rod to provide an operating connection between the 10 arm and toy ?gure. JAMES MIURRAY.