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Here's another Halloween trick or treat pail that came in today.  I had never seen one of these before this one and now it is in our collection.

 

Mel

 

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Here's another trick or treat pail that we got yesterday that I had not seen before.  I believe that it was made by the same company as the pumpkin, as you can see, the sticker eyes are identical on both of them.

 

Mel

 

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What a lovely looking addition to your collection Mel.  May I ask who the maker is?  These pails appear to be the very same pails the company Toy Box made some years back. I think I am recalling that company name correctly my brain is aging daily. 

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The scarecrow on the left is a new arrival today and it was made by Toy Box Inc.  The other two are unmarked and they both look to have been made by the same company but I don't know what company.

 

They do look a lot like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, possibly they were designed after him?

 

Mel

 

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What a lovely looking addition to your collection Mel.  May I ask who the maker is?  These pails appear to be the very same pails the company Toy Box made some years back. I think I am recalling that company name correctly my brain is aging daily. 

 

Yes, the one in the first picture was made by Toy Box Inc.  Here is a picture of the two Toy Box ones side by side, they both have the Toy Box Inc. name molded into the bottom.  The picture is a bit grainy looking but I am tired and don't feel like taking another one.

 

Mel

 

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What a lovely looking addition to your collection Mel.  May I ask who the maker is?  These pails appear to be the very same pails the company Toy Box made some years back. I think I am recalling that company name correctly my brain is aging daily. 

 

Do you possibly know a timeframe for when they were made?

 

Mel

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Thank you Mel.  I wish I did have an answer for you regarding the year of these.  I have seen them in my years traveling but I never did purchase one.  I have always seen them listed as 60s but I have not found any solid evidence that is the time frame for these items.

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Here's one that was on eBay recently that was made by Playtoy Industries Inc. in Toronto Canada.  The description said that the previous owner highlighted some of the facial areas with a pen.

 

Mel

 

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Interesting...pulled this info up real quick about the company...seems they did a bunch of games with some plastic products..like most long since out of business.

 

Playtoy Industries was a Canada-based toy company created in 1985 in TorontoOntario, by Donald Griffin. In 1997, it moved toConcord, Ontario. They were in bankruptcy in 2001.

The company distributed a range of games in Canada for the Sega Genesis. Playtoy both developed its own games, and licenced from other. Most often they licenced from Pressman Toy Corporation. Playtoy Industries would then translate the product into French in order to ship a bilingual product. Playtoy also licenced to Pressman Toy Corporation as in the case of IQ2000.

Games were manufactured both locally at their combined offices/factory and overseas. The most notable exceptions were hoolahoops and some other plastic products which were assembled by ARC Industries (a sheltered workshop for adults with a developmental disability).

They also manufactured games based on game shows from TQSCBC Television and some other Canadian channels, and were Johnson & Johnson's infant toys distributor in Canada (and responsible for the French translation).

Playtoy's mass manufactured Co-Operative Game line was licensed from Jim Deacove (Family Pastimes), who continued to manufacture the same games in small batches. Thus the same games, with same titles, were sold in two very different forms at the same time.

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The scarecrow on the left is a new arrival today and it was made by Toy Box Inc.  The other two are unmarked and they both look to have been made by the same company but I don't know what company.

 

They do look a lot like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, possibly they were designed after him?

 

Mel

 

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LOVE the scarecrows!  Those are really, really cool!

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Another arrival today, this one is another Toy Box, Inc. scarecrow candy pail in a different color.  This one is more of a mustard color and not orange.

 

Mel

 

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