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Toy Vehicle Play Set - Patent 8152589
U.S. Pat. No. 6,780,077 B2 discloses a toy vehicle combination which includes a first, "master," motorized, chased, remotely controlled toy vehicle and a second, "slave," motorized, chasing, self-directed toy vehicle. Each toy vehicleincludes a chassis with a plurality of supporting road wheels, a motive system drivingly coupled to at least one of the plurality of road wheels to propel the chassis and a steering system operably coupled to at least one of the plurality of road wheelsto steer the chassis. The master toy vehicle includes a transmitter configured to broadcast infrared (IR) tracking signal, a radio frequency (RF) receiver configured to receive control signals from an RF remote controller, and on-board, master toyvehicle control circuit connected to the receiver and having a first output for controlling the motive system and a second output for controlling the steering system of the master toy vehicle. The slave toy vehicle includes at least one directionalreceiver configured to receive the IR tracking signal from the transmitter of the master toy vehicle, a control circuit coupled to the at least one directional receiver, first and second outputs of the control circuit connected to the motive system andsteering system of the slave toy vehicle or independent motive systems to propel and steer the vehicle. The slave toy vehicle control circuit is configured to control the first and second outputs based upon tracking signals received from the master toyvehicle so as to "chase" and "strike" the master toy vehicle with the slave toy vehicle. The operator attempts to control the movement of the master toy vehicle to prevent it from being caught and struck by the slave toy vehicle. It is believed that the play value of the above pair of toy vehicles in U.S. Pat. No. 6,780,077 B2 could be improved by providing additional challenges to control the master toy vehicle to while evading the slave toy vehicle.BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Briefly stated, th
Novelty Toy Accessory With Concealed Compartment Insert Templates - Patent 8152587
I. Field of the Invention The present invention relates generally to stuffed or plush toys and more specifically it relates to a multi-functional novelty plush toy accessory having a concealed basket compartment in its body, a compartment changeable housing insertassembly and a detachable cushion cover with an inner pocket. The compartment changeable housing insert assembly is to removably store, secure, house, package, and/or conceal gifts, arts and crafts, or novelty items therein and uses a variety ofassorted insert templates to be created, transformed, shaped or used for learning and educational settings, parties, tailgating games, sporting activities, festivals, corporate, social or cultural events. Also detachable button or patches attached onits body. II. Description of the Related Art It can be appreciated that stuffed or plush toys have been in use for years. Typically, stuffed or plush toys are comprised of different types of stuffed or plush toys with a variety of functions. Some of these functioning stuffed toys storewithin them voice modules with press-buttons stored or located somewhere throughout the body to activate the voice. Other stuffed or plush toys may consist of such as, without limitation scented fragrance cartridge, capsules, or material stored within achamber of the body, or a recording apparatus stored inside to repeat ones voice or play prerecorded stories, songs or a voice coming from a teddy bear or characters such as, without limitation to Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Sesame Street Characters,Barney, or SpongeBob, just to name a few. Whereas, a variety type of stuff toys have been used to be placed, secured, packaged, stored or concealed inside of traditional or conventional gift baskets. However, these traditional or conventional gift baskets are not placed, secured, packaged, stored or concealed inside of traditional or conventional stuff or plush toys for presentation of gifts or novelty items therein. Once presented, thesegif
Balloon Holder For Helium And Air-filled Balloons - Patent 8152588
The present invention generally relates to balloon holding devices. More particularly, the present invention relates to a balloon holding device that secures helium and air-filled balloons and also functions as a decorative centerpiece.BACKGROUND Balloons made of rubber, latex, Mylar.RTM., or other suitable material have long been filled with air and used as gifts, decorations, or toys. They are often made of reflective or colorful material, and are often imprinted with designs,depictions of characters, or slogans such as "Happy Birthday!" They are common at birthday parties, graduations, and other festive events. Balloons may be filled by normal atmospheric air (from a pump or from a person blowing into the balloon to inflate it), and are known as "air-filled balloons." However, balloons are sometimes inflated with helium, which is lighter than thesurrounding air and causes the balloons to rise, or float if tethered. These buoyant helium balloons are customarily fixed by the balloon retailer with a line such as a string, ribbon, or some kind of a decorative cord so that they may be held (toprevent them from floating away), and they are commonly secured by tying the line to a heavy or stationary object or to balloon weights currently sold on the market. Such balloon weights are structured for use with only helium balloons, so if a consumerwants to also secure and display an air-filled balloon (which is filled with non-helium gases and is not buoyant), the consumer would normally have to utilize a separate balloon holding device made specifically for air-filled balloons. Air-filledballoons, particularly reflective Mylar.RTM. balloons, are often fixed by the retailer with a balloon cup and stick apparatus instead of with a line or cord. The holding devices for air-filled balloons are also limited since they can only be used with air-filled balloons. For instance, air-filled balloons are usually held and displayed by a plastic funnel-shaped balloon cup and stic
Toy Helicopter Having Guards For Preventing Contact Of The Vertical Lift Rotors - Patent 8147289
1. Field of the Invention In general, the present invention relates to toy helicopters and other flying toys that have a propeller mounted in the horizontal plane to provide vertical lift. More particularly, the present invention relates to guard configurations that areused to protect the propellers from incidental contact and contact damage. 2. Prior Art Description Model helicopters have been in existence for over fifty years. In the beginning of this period, model helicopters required powerful gasoline engines and metal rotors in order to achieve lift. This made model helicopters expensive and highlydangerous. The spinning blades could cause serious bodily injury. Likewise, if the model helicopters crashed they nearly always were destroyed and required major repairs to fly again. Accordingly, model helicopters were used primarily by an exclusivegroup of adult hobbyists. Over the years, improvements have been made in small electric motors, batteries and plastics to enable lightweight, low cost toy helicopters to be produced for the mass market. Toy helicopters are light enough to take flight with only low powermotors. The low power motors ensure that rotors used by the toy helicopters would not cut or otherwise cause harm to a child who might touch the rotors of the toy helicopter when spinning. Due to the improvements in both cost and safety, toy helicopters have become some of the most popular toys for children between the ages of eight and sixteen. A problem associated with modern toy helicopters is that the rotors of the helicopters are made of very thin, lightweight plastic. Likewise the gimble joint that joins the vertical lift rotors to the helicopter are also made of lightweightplastic parts. As a consequence, when a toy helicopter crashes, it is not uncommon for the rotors and/or the gimble joint to break. The toy is then unable to fly until it is repaired. As is often the case, toy helicopters tend to be operated by remote control. As such
Toy Vehicle - Patent 8142254
The present invention relatesgenerally to toy vehicles and more particularly, to toy vehicles that spin and rotate on the ground.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Toy vehicles are well known in the industry. Conventional toy vehicles are often motorized to drive the wheels of the car. Often time a remote control unit is available for a user to control and drive the car. Applying various directions tothe wheels, the car can be driven in specified directions or driven to create different tricks such as "spin outs" or "donuts". However, there is always the need to improve upon toy vehicles and provide toy vehicles capable of these and other trickswithout having to provide complicated remote controls that require the user to understand and control the vehicle in a very specified manner. These improved vehicles will in all likelihood add pleasure to the vehicle when the user is playing with thevehicle.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION One or more of the embodiments provided in the present invention relates to toy vehicles. In one aspect, the toy vehicle includes a chassis having secured thereto a pair of freely rotatable front wheels and a pair of freely rotatable rearwheels. The vehicle has a motor assembly for driving a main gear and a collar upwardly extending from the chassis. The collar has a pair of arcuate flanges, being diametrically opposed and upwardly extending from a top edge of the collar. And thecollar being positioned around an aperture defined in the chassis. An annular gear is positioned over the aperture, and has teeth meshed with the main gear. The annular gear being movable around the collar, such that when the main gear rotates theannular gear will rotate around the collar. A centered wheel assembly is further secured about the aperture in the chassis. The centered wheel assembly has (a) a center drive wheel housing chassis having diametrically opposed sides with openings andopposed sides defining a channel therebetween, the opposed sides further incl
Amusement Methods And Apparatus - Patent 8142252
The present invention relates to amusement methods and apparatus, including figurines selectively secured to articles of clothing and press fitted components suitable for use therewith.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,412,197 and 6,640,467 to Krull disclose various shoe accessory methods and apparatus. An object of the present invention is to provide new and improved ways to adorn one's shoes with certain amusing objects. Another objectof the present invention is to adorn other articles of one's clothing with certain amusing objects. Still another object of the invention is to provide new and improved components that press fit together.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION One aspect of the present invention is to selectively secure a figurine relative to an article of clothing. On one embodiment, a base is configured for ornamental attachment to an article of clothing. A first connector member is disposed on afirst portion of the base, and a second connector member is disposed on a discrete, second portion of the base. A figurine is selectively connected to the first connector member, and the figurine is alternatively selectively connected to the secondconnector member. On another embodiment, a base is configured for connection to at least two articles of clothing selected from the group consisting of a shoe, a shirt, and a visor. At least one connector member is mounted on the base, and figurine isselectively connected to the connector member in a standing orientation relative to a standing person wearing each of the at least two articles of clothing. Another aspect of the present invention is to accommodate LEGO brand blocks at more than one orientation relative to one another. On one embodiment, at least one first peg projects outward from a base in a first direction, and at least onesecond peg projects outward from the base in a second direction. An angle of at least sixty degrees and at most one hundred degrees is defined between the first directi
Action Toy - Patent 8137151
BACKGROUND Exemplary embodiments of the present invention relate generally to toy figures and particularly toy figures which include movable features for simulating fighting. Examples of toy figures simulating fighting are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,235,259 and 7,475,881, the contents each of which are incorporated herein by reference thereto. Other examples of toys simulating boxing matches are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,269,095; 2,716,840; 3,106,800; 3,856,304; 4,031,657; 4,069,613; 4,366,960; 4,367,875; 4,995,610; and 5,732,953, the contents each of which are incorporatedherein by reference thereto. It is desirable to provide toys with new features in order to improve upon existing toys to provide users with more variations in play.SUMMARY In one non-limiting exemplary embodiment a toy figure for use in a game is provided, the toy having a body portion coupled to a controller movably secured to a base member that is fixedly secured to the body portion, wherein movement of thecontroller with respect to the base member causes a corresponding movement of the body portion with respect to the base member and movement of the base member causes a corresponding movement of the body portion and the controller; and a button disposedon the body portion, the button being capable of movement from a first position to a second position wherein movement of the button from the first position to the second position causes a pair of body parts pivotally secured to the body portion to pivotfrom a closed position to an opening position. In another exemplary embodiment, a game is provided, the game having a base; a first fighting figure movably secured to the base, the first fighting figure having: a body portion coupled to a controller movably secured to a base member that isfixedly secured to the body portion, wherein movement of the controller with respect to the base member causes a corresponding movement of the body portion with respect to the base member and movement
Interactive Doll - Patent 8137149
None.STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was not federally sponsored.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTIONField of the Invention This invention relates to the general field of toy dolls, and more specifically toward an interactive doll where the doll is controlled by a remote control. When the user pushes a button on the remote control, it can cause the doll and theremote control to interact via electromagnetic transmissions where both emit sounds simultaneously or at different times. The remote control can represent various items, including mobile phones and birthday cakes. Dolls have been around for thousands of years, mainly as toys for small children. As times have progressed, these dolls have become more and more sophisticated. Batteries and electronics have been added to these dolls, as well as moving parts. Children and parents continue to expect more technologically advanced features present in the dolls they purchase. With this, they expect dolls to reflect current societal interests and practices. Mobile phones have become common tools around the world. Individuals of all ages use cell phones and interact with them every day. There are even mobile phones specifically designed for young children. Many people celebrate birthdays with birthday cakes. The birthday boy or girl often gets a cake with one or more lit candles on top. The participants in the celebration sing a song, and at the conclusion, the birthday boy or girl blows out thecandles. Some dolls have been designed to represent these events. However, these dolls lack sound and lights that create a more realistic and entertaining toy. Further, these dolls are not controlled by wireless remotes that allow the user to controland participate in the social interest or practice. Thus there has existed a long-felt need for a technologically advanced doll that not only reflects current societal interests and practices, but also entertains children of various ages
Remote Control Ball Assembly - Patent 8137152
1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to a remote control ball assembly, and more particularly to a remote control ball assembly including an improved control mode or structure for allowing the remote control ball to be suitably controlled by the userand for preventing the fingers of the user from being fatigued by actuating or operating the remote control device or radio transmitter. 2. Description of the Prior Art Typical remote control balls comprise a ball or sphere, and a remote-control powered vehicle disposed within the ball or sphere for moving the remote-control powered ball or sphere on land and on water. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,438,588 to Martin discloses one of the typical remote control balls comprising transparent or color ball portions and forward-illuminating spotlight, a remote-control powered vehicle disposed within the ballportions, and provisions for determining vehicle orientation for more efficient control. For example, a radio transmitter is provided for actuating or operating the remote-control powered vehicle and the powered ball portions. Normally, theremote-control radio transmitter includes two or more switch keys or buttons for being moved or actuated or operated by the user. However, the switch keys of the remote-control radio transmitter should be moved or depressed or actuated or operated by the fingers of the user frequently, particularly the thumb of the user, and the thumb or the fingers of the user will beeasily and quickly fatigued by actuating or operating the remote control device or radio transmitter. The present invention has arisen to mitigate and/or obviate the afore-described disadvantages of the conventional remote control balls.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a remote control ball assembly including an improved control mode or structure for allowing the remote control ball to be suitably controlled by the user and for preventing the finge
Infant Toys And Novelties Using A Plurality Of Tags - Patent 8137150
The present invention relates to a novelty item or toy for infants. More specifically, the invention relates to a toy formed from a plurality of tags or strips such as those customarily found singly on stuffed animals or the like.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Often, a tag is sewn onto a stuffed animal or other infant toy in order to provide information about the toy and/or its manufacturer, such as instructions for cleaning the toy, the address of the manufacturer, or notice of trademarked orcopyrighted features of the toy. Such a tag is generally designed to be relatively inconspicuous and is not intended to be a primary feature of the toy. However, many infants seem to focus their attention on the tag more than on any other feature ofthe stuffed toy. Often, they seem to spend more time grabbing, biting and sucking on the tags than they spend playing with the actual toy to which the tag is attached. As such, even though adults typically have no idea why the tag is more compelling toinfants than the toy itself, it is desirable to give such infants what they want--a toy formed from a plurality of tags. U.S. Pat. No. 6,427,265 ("the '265 patent") apparently recognizes infants' fascination with tags, and attempts to capitalize on this fascination by providing a blanket having multiple tags attached thereto. However, while the '265 patent doesprovide an item having multiple tags, this item is not formed from the tags themselves. Instead, the item is a large article designed to serve other purposes, with a number of tags attached along its perimeter. It would be more desirable for theprimary function of the item to be small body which the infant can handle and manipulate with ease, and the primary purpose of which is to allow the infant to engage the tags. U.S. Pat. No. 5,551,687 ("the '687 patent") similarly recognizes this fascination with tags, providing a toy having multiple tags that serve a variety of purposes including amusement, education, and/or third
Modular Toy Aircraft With Capacitor Power Sources - Patent 8133089
BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE Examples of toy aircraft are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,957,230, 4,206,411, 5,046,979, 5,078,638, 5,087,000, 5,634,839, 6,612,893, and 7,073,750 and in U.S. Patent Application Publication Nos. 2004/0195438 and 2006/0144995. Examples oftoy aircraft fabricated from interconnected flat panels are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,347,561, 2,361,929, 3,369,319, 4,253,897, 5,853,312, 6,217,404, 6,257,946, and 6,478,650. Examples of toy aircraft powered by rechargeable capacitors aredisclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,568,980 and in International Publication No. WO 2004/045735. Examples of electric double-layer and polyacene capacitors are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,172,307 and 5,369,546. The complete disclosures of these and allother publications referenced herein are incorporated by reference in their entirety for all purposes.SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE The present disclosure is directed to toy aircraft, modular toy aircraft, capacitor-based modular power systems, and toy aircraft kits. Some examples of toy aircraft may include a self-contained power system and an airframe. The self-contained power system may include at least one propulsion unit operable to propel the toy aircraft and a power unit. The power unit may includea capacitor that is electrically connected to the at least one propulsion unit. The capacitor may be configured to provide power to the at least one propulsion unit to propel the toy aircraft. The airframe may include a wing, a first mount configuredto removably retain the at least one propulsion unit, and a second mount configured to removably retain the power unit. Some examples of modular toy aircraft may include a fuselage having first and second sides, a wing connected to the fuselage, a first motor unit, a first propeller driven by the first motor unit, a second motor unit, a second propeller driven bythe second motor unit, a power unit, a first motor unit mount, a second motor unit mount, and a power
Dolls And Doll Stands - Patent 8133090
BACKGROUND The present disclosure is directed generally to interactive doll stands and, more particularly, to display devices to which dolls may be mounted, where the dolls and/or the display devices include one or more associated movable components thatmay be selectively actuated so as to substantially enclose the doll within the display device. Examples of interactive doll stands and devices with selectively actuable components are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,990,668, 4,298,199, 4,995,661,6,874,833, 7,004,520, and 7,318,766. The disclosures of all the above-referenced patents are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety for all purposes.SUMMARY A toy product including a doll and a display device that may be used with the doll or other similarly configured character or persona is provided. The doll may have one or more movable features and may further include wings detachably coupledto the doll. An actuating assembly of the display device may communicate through one or more selectively actuable components with one or more movable features of the doll. The actuating assembly may be operatively connected to a folding assembly that may alternately enclose and reveal the doll releasably mounted to the display device. The folding assembly may include one or more enclosure pieces that, in someembodiments, may be in the form of flower petals and may fold over the doll so as to form an enclosure and, thereby, substantially surround the doll. Each enclosure piece may have a sleeved portion configured to matingly receive a corresponding flexiblemember adapted to bend between an extended and retracted position in response to the operation of the actuating assembly. The bending of the flexible members may be facilitated by linkage elements operatively connecting the actuating assembly with eachflexible member. The actuating assembly may include an actuator and a locking member configured to releasably retain the folding assembly in the retracted position.
Toy For Rotating And Launching An Object - Patent 8128454
(1) Technical Field The present invention relates to a toy for rotating and launching an object and, more particularly, to a ripcord-less launching mechanism for rotating and launching an object that provides for the safety of a user. (2) Description of Related Art Toy launchers are well-known in the art. Toys that accelerate and launch gliders, helicopters, cars, and parachutes are well-documented. One method of launching a toy is through a rotary motion, often utilizing a gear system to turn a shaftthat rotates the toy. An example of one launcher is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 3,701,216, issued to Smith, III et al. (hereinafter "the Smith patent"). The launcher taught in the Smith patent uses a gear rack to drive a gear train and rotate a wheel that ismounted on a shaft. As the gear rack is withdrawn from the toy, a wheel ejector coupled to the gear rack pivots to force the wheel off of the shaft and launch the wheel. The devices according to the Smith patent have several shortcomings, the first of which is the need for a separate mechanical ejector to release the wheel from the toy. In addition to increasing the cost to manufacture the toy, the wheelejector device adds to the complexity of design of the toy. Another shortcoming of the devices made according to the Smith patent is the possibility of causing injury to the user if the wheel is launched in the direction of the user. If the toy is particularly oriented, the wheel will rotate and launchtoward the user, risking injury. Therefore, a need exists for a toy launcher with a cost-effective launching mechanism built into the design of the toy and capable of preventing the toy from being launched in the direction of the user.SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention overcomes the aforementioned limitations and fills the aforementioned needs by providing a toy for rotating and launching an object. The toy comprises a housing with a launcher extending from the housing. The launcher is configured to
Building Block - Patent 8128452
BACKGROUND 1. Field This relates to a block for building a figure. 2. Background Building blocks may be connected to each other to build a figure, such as, for example, a toy, separated from each other to disassemble such a figure/toy, and re-connected in a different arrangement to build a different figure/toy. Improvementsin the devices that connect building blocks would be advantageous. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Embodiments will be described in detail with reference to the following drawings in which like reference numerals refer to like elements wherein: FIG. 1 illustrates an exemplary bicycle-shaped toy built with blocks according to an embodiment as broadly described herein; FIGS. 2A-2D illustrate exemplary blocks which may be used to build the bicycle-shaped toy shown in FIG. 1; FIG. 3 is a disassembled perspective view of the block shown in FIG. 2D; FIG. 4 is a rear view of a first case of the block shown in FIG. 3; FIG. 5 is a vertical cross-sectional view taken along line IV-IV of the first case shown in FIG. 4; FIG. 6 is a top view of a second case shown in FIG. 3; FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the second case shown in FIG. 3; FIG. 8 is a perspective view of a holder shown in FIG. 3; FIG. 9 illustrates a motion and rotation of the holder within the case; FIG. 10 illustrates a magnet installed within the holder; FIG. 11 illustrates a contact surface of a first block in contact with a contact surface of a second block; FIG. 12 illustrates exemplary embellishments on the first and second blocks; and FIGS. 13A-13C illustrate a connection sequence of the first and second blocks.DETAILED DESCRIPTION One type of block for building a figure, such as, for example, a toy may include male and female connection parts so that the male connection part of a first block may be inserted into the female connection part of a second block to connect thefirst and second blocks. Other types of blocks for building a figure, such as a toy may be equipped with rotatab
Method And Apparatus For Wing Mounting For A Model Airplane - Patent 8128451
This invention pertains to assembly components for a model aircraft and, more particularly, to a method and apparatus for wing mounting for a model airplane.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION When building a model of any kind, it is important to make sure that all of the various pieces of the model are aligned and securely attached to one another. This is important not only for aesthetic reasons but also to allow an operating modelto function properly. One of the most important sections to assemble with respect to a model airplane is the wing section. This is because the wing section generates lift and includes the flight control surfaces known as the ailerons. In order for an aircraft to fly, the wings must generate lift. Lift results from the camber in the wing causing the air passing over the top of the wing to travel a greater distance than the air traveling along the underside of the wing. Because the air on the top of the wing must travel a greater distance, the air must accelerate and flow faster than the air on the bottom of the wing. The accelerated airflow on the top of the wing results in less pressure on the top of the wing than onthe bottom, thereby generating lift. Depending on where the wings are mounted, a model airplane may have different maneuvering characteristics. When the wings are mounted relatively low on the sides of or under the fuselage, the aircraft may fly faster, be more maneuverable andsensitive to adjustments in the flight controls. However, with such a wing configuration the aircraft may also require more skill to avoid losing control. When the wings are mounted on the top of the fuselage, the aircraft may fly slower, be lessmaneuverable and less sensitive to adjustments in the flight controls. With such a relatively high mounted wing configuration, the aircraft may require less skill to avoid losing control. Thus, aircraft with wings mounted low on the fuselage may bemore desirable to experienced model airplane pilots, while airc
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