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Sept. 20, 1938.
2,130,558
J. MURRAY
FIGURE TOY GAME APPARATUS
Filed Oct. 8, 1937
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Patented Sept. 20, 1938
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
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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.
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