Here is a nice carnival ride windup toy from Yoneya, a Japanese company. Usually, their name is shortened to “Yone” on their toys. We don’t know when this toy was made, but according to William Gallagher in his book on TPS toys, Yoneya started in 1964.
Pull out the gondolas from their storage positions. Wind up the toy, and let it go. Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! The gondolas go in a circle around the base. The more you wind, the faster they go, and achieve a little inertia, causing the passengers some G pressure. The windup lasts quite a while.
Size: When pulled out the gondolas are about 6 ½ inches in diameter, while the base is about 4 3/8 inches in diameter. The toy is about 3 inches tall. Not a real big toy when compared to other carnival toys like Chein or Wyandotte. Great if you don’t have a big space for displaying your windup treasures.
When you’re done playing with the toy, push the gondolas back into the center. Otherwise the toy won’t fit in the box. Be sure to clear the windup and bell. A little paper will help keep the toy from rubbing.
Condition: There are some scrapes on the bottom of one of the gondolas and one on the red center piece. The clear plastic is really clear and doesn’t show any fogging, but does have some very light scratches. It almost looks like glass. Other than the above mentioned problems, the toy is excellent. We think the scratches on the gondola are caused either by the key wind or the bell when the toy was improperly stored.
The box is in excellent condition with some matching bends to the lid and bottom on one end. There is a small rise in the middle of box caused by the toy support.
Wind ‘er up, stand back and listen to the bell.
Yone (Yoneya) Play Land Sky Bus Ride Windup with Box