Here is one of those Japanese toys designed to self-destruct. Push the clown down into the car and close the roof until the locking lever holds the roof down. Give the car a push that makes it crash into a solid wall. And watch. The front bumper is pushed in, which releases the lever holding the roof, and the clown pops up, pushing the roof onto the trunk lid. Damage and scratches and wear just can’t be helped.
So let’s do it again-over and over. Just like a Jack-in-the-Box. You just want watch this toy work.
Size: The car is 7 inches long. When the clown is popped up, the toy is 5 ½ inches tall. The car is 3 inches wide.
Condition: There are scratches overall. Notice the back of the clown’s head where it is forced to push up the roof of the car.
The friction works well and so does the pop-up mechanism. There is soiling to the clown’s clothes and hands.
When we compared this example to other similar toys we noticed that the back of the clown’s outfit doesn’t match the front. Most likely the clothes deteriorated with play and someone made a wardrobe change.
Obviously, the clothing doesn’t affect the operation of the toy, but it does affect the value. And we have priced the toy to take that into consideration.
Maybe it’s just as well. You’re going to want to play with toy. You’re going to want to show it to children.
So have some fun and play with it—over and over again.