Line Mar was founded in the 1950s as a manufacturing and import subsidiary of the successful American toy manufacturer Louis Marx & Co.

The Japanese company was responsible for overseas manufacturing and distribution relationships involving the importation of mechanical and battery-operated toys made in Japan.

Marx was able to secure several important character licenses, such as Popeye and the Flintstones and had the toys made in Japan to keep the cost down. This meant huge profits when the tin toys were sold in the US. Linemar continued to produce a variety of character toys until it went out of business in the late 1960s.

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Mechanical toys produced by Linemar include a variety of licensed character toys that performed multiple actions when the toys were wound. The packaging was always colorful and eye-catching.

Nowadays, Linemar toys are highly collectible and can be expensive. If you want to know the value of your Linemar toy, write in the comments below.

The Linemar Disney characters are the most popular, followed closely by Linemar Popeye and his crew (Olive and Bluto) and the Flintstones from prehistoric Bedrock.

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Linemar value and price guide

What's your 'Linemar Popeye' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia).

See all sold items for more prices.

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Comments (88)

Marten - September 15, 2019
Hi, who has the Linemar Elegant Miniature Citroen DS solo box?

Carolyn - June 4, 2019
Hi There, I have a Dino the Dinosaur 1961 linemar mattel tin toy that winds up and he walks and growls. It is in very good condition. Found at an estate sale 3 yrs ago for $3. Saw a few online for around $300. Currently there is one on ebay for $1,500. Could this be accurate? Thank-you!
If you search for Linemar Dino you'll see some more so you can decide for yourself ;-) It is difficult to put an exact price tag on it, and also depends on auctioning on the right moment, which can be tricky.

Laura - May 4, 2019
I have a Popeye basketball wind-up toy with Wimpy
Nice! You can find more Linemar Popeye toys on this page.

Sherry - April 22, 2019
I have a red and yellow 1954 chevy belair toy car. It is in very good shape with all original parts. Small scuff on top and small scratch on one tire. The friction does not work in back tire. Says Line Mar Japan in the back window Can you tell me approx what its worth.
Hi there, approx. 20-25 USD.

Mike - April 20, 2019
Looking for values on Antimony Old Timer Miniature Wood Burning Locomotive nr. 980, hand painted, an Elvin prod. Worthpoint describes it as "VINTAGE MARX LINEMAR MINIATURE TOY WOOD BURNING LOCOMOTIVE OLD TIMER ELVIN PROD" This one is like new, never played with.Apparently Linemar Marx produced miniature toys under multiple brand names, which is confusing. I also have Elegant Miniatures and others.
Yep, I know the loc you're describing, but I can't find any info on value either... Maybe some day one will show up on eBay again.

Linda - April 18, 2019
I have a Line Mar Toys, Japan squeeze action Disney Pluto. He is missing one rear foot, both ears and his tail. Can you tell me his value?
Hi, search for Linemar pluto and see if you can find yours. You can also click on the link 'sold listings' to find ended auctions.

Craig - April 8, 2019
I have a mint condition line mar friction Military Truck, U.S.Army, J-1316,have the back cover, with box that is in good condition. Est. worth?
Last January there was one for sale on eBay for USD 30, but without box. On another website I found one for USD 60, MIB (Mint in Box).

Cecile - March 30, 2019
I have a 1950s Line Mar lady bug. It is in fair to poor condition. The battery area is quite corroded. The antennas are there, but not the red knobs at the end. The wings are intact. The paint is flaking off in some spots. Does this have any value?
I'm afraid not much... When it's in good condition, it's around USD 20-30.

David - March 23, 2019
I have a Linemar Toys Remote Control Battery Operated College Jalopy in the original box. What is this worth?
Depends which one you have :) between 175-300 USD. You can also click the link 'sold listings' in the description on this page: Linemar Jalopy for value.

3-car - February 28, 2019
This is in exception condition. very bright and shiny, barely used.wound too tight, but could probably be fixed. marked on back Line Mar Toys, Japan, Linemar Co., Inc.

Chris - February 10, 2019
I have a vintage Mickey Mouse Roller Skater. It is in excellent working condition and the Mickey figure tin toy has no marks or scratches and the colors are strong. His red pantaloons have a strong color and are in as new condition. It's a delightful piece. I look forward to hearing from you.

Brian - January 23, 2019
Battery powered Junior bulldozer brand-new in un opened box. box is complete and readable. box is bent and frayed and ripped but complet and intact. any idea what this could be worth?
About 40-60 USD.

éric - December 15, 2018
je possède un sous-marin radio commandé "Nautilus". Il est en parfait état dans sa boite d'origine. Les fils électriques doivent être remplacé,ils sont cassant.
Remplacez soigneusement les fils... Linemar Nautilus.

Cora - December 6, 2018
I have the same little blue bird described by Richard on Sept 23, 2015. It was made by LineMar Co Inc., Japan. The eyes don't have painted eyelashes like others in this series nor does it have flappable wings. Mine still works perfectly when wound although I think its little tail was meant to flip up and down and that doesn't happen. It's awfully cute and it sat on my mum's kitchen window sill for at least five decades. It will be interesting to learn its financial value, but frankly, its sentimental value is beyond measure.
Thanks for this :-) To find out value you can go to this page: Linemar bird.

Rich - November 21, 2018
Vintage Lineman metal battery operated remote Capital Airlines Vscount 321 N86532 Do u know what it’s worth
Depending on state between approx. 95 and 150 USD.

Caroline - September 23, 2018
I am looking for the value of a child's kitchen mixer by Line Mar Toys. The mixer has a single beater, is green with a red switch on the top. Thanks
Between 15-45 USD depending on state.

Mark - August 17, 2018
I just picked up a Line MAR battery operated Roy Rogers truck and horse trailer in excellent condition. No box. Can you tell me anything about it? Value?

Tanja - July 20, 2018
I have a Linemar Big Time Alarm Bell. Does any one know what it's worth? Can send photo. Thanks for your time. Tanja from Austria
Last month (July 2018) one was sold on eBay for 10 USD.

Nancy - July 17, 2018
Looking for value of Linemar Pony Express Freight Wagon Dodge City to Denver4 whells still have rubber on them Driver with whip, handle part only 2 horses with attached reins, faded red silky like material Sign hanging from tail gate - Pikes Peak or Bust (Line Mar Japan)
About 90-120 USD.

Rachel - June 28, 2018
I have a Line Mar battery operated US Army Tractor with visible lighted piston movement. Model No. J-1567. Could you tell me how much this is worth?

Joan - June 3, 2018
I have a fuzzy brown bear holding a box of Kleenex...now sure if he still works, takes D batteries....but if he does his eyes light and arms move.

Alling - April 24, 2018
I have a Linemar Music Hall dog at a piano in excellent working condition in the original box, which is also in good condition. I don't think this was ever used. There's not a scratch on the litho. I can't find another one listed or sold on eBay and I'm wondering about a value.

Daddio211 - April 21, 2018
My wife is always surprising me with cool old diecast and stamped steel automotive toys. Yeah, she's amazing!Today she handed me a box with a yellow cabover truck and car trailer made by Linemar. It's remote controlled and takes two C batteries. It's in FANTASTIC condition with just a few nicks. I don't believe it was ever played with. It seems that it came with two or more cars for the trailer as there are depressions for tires. Unfortunately, the additional cars and the box are long gone. Can you give me some history on this piece? Years made? This would never be for sale, but I'm curious what it's value might be.Hopefully the link will work and you can see the photos I posted this evening. Thanks for your time! Link to photos on Facebook.
Whoa, great find! Looks fantastic! Not sure what the value is, can't find a similar one. There are some vintage toys groups on Facebook, you could join one and post your pics there as well.

Lee - February 27, 2018
An I'm the boss bear at desk fully functional with arms and head moving with "magic machine" that lights up where bear is writing, no damage, not in box. It doesn't have the Line mar circle logo on the back. Only the words "made in japan". It Was purchased in late 50s probably 1958.
These bears go for around 50-100 USD without box on eBay, depending on state.

Pearlie - February 1, 2018
I have a tin Linemar penny bank that was used for Walgreen advertising. Can send photo.

Don - September 18, 2017
I have a Line Mar power shovel crane that says Cauldwell Wingate on the cab door. It's in excellent condition. Any idea of value?
Three years ago a boxed one was sold for 90 USD. So I guess between 75 and 125 USD.

Mark - September 15, 2017
line mar black continental very good condition, working light up battery op head and tail lights no rust.

Jesse - August 15, 2017
I have a disneyland linemar toy train. In almost perfect condition with no box.
Last month one was sold for 45 USD on eBay.

Paulette - July 19, 2017
I have a Linemar Popeye Transit Co. truck and trailer. One thing missing are the back doors and I would like to get those. Do you know of a place to purchase these and what would the toy be worth without the doors. Graphics and colors are great with all tires attached. Thank you
You could try tintoyworks.com for parts or reproductions. If it was complete the value would be around 500-700 USD. Without these parts, not sure. Around 200 I guess.

Mike - June 19, 2017
I have a linemar bear sitting at a desk and it lights a note pad on his desk that says I am the boss. Does any one know what it's worth?
Depends if it's boxed or not and state, between 30 and 200 USD.

Mary - May 17, 2017
Hello,I am writing for the Browne Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University, located in Bowling Green, OH. We just received a donation of a wind up Line Mar Toy - Popeye boxing Bluto. Bluto is wearing a sailor shirt. Can you share with us any information about this toy. What is the year and history of this particular piece. Thank you
Probably 1930s, other than that I don't have any information on this toy. If it's in good shape and still with the original box it can fetch more than 1000 USD.

John - March 26, 2017
I have a clamshell bucket crane by Linemar. The tag on the back of the cab of the crane reads Consolidated Excavating Inc. This is a battery operated toy with three control levers, raise the bucket, open the bucket, and a power lever. I have been unable to find another one of these on the net. Can you help me with what it might be worth and the rarity of the piece. Thank you.
Couldn't find it either :-( Maybe you've more luck browsing through these images on Google of Linemar crane battery op. You might find yours...

Don - March 11, 2017
I have a technical (spelled Mechanicl) hoping Billy the Bird. The toy is a wind-up toy, and it still works fine. Nothing is missing, broken, and the pain is like new. It's still in the original box. The box has some wear and tear issues, but nothing serious. Can you tell me its value, and to whom I might sell it. Thank you.
Between 20 and 40 USD. Best is to sell these collectibles on eBay.

Joe - February 22, 2017
Hi i have a linmar smoking robot. unfortunately it is missing an arm, hand, and one eye. It has the wire coming from it, and i have the red remote it came with.Any idea of value? i can email a picture if needed, thanks

Jean - January 31, 2017
I have a line mar wind up tin donkey with a tail that twirls around

Hilda - January 26, 2017
I HAVE A VINTAGE LINEMAR PINK HOPPING BUNNY RABBIT TIN WIND UP TOY JAPAN. IN GREAT CONDITION, STILL WINDS-UP AND HOPS. ANYONE KNOW WHAT IT IS WORTH?
Between 10 and 30 USD.

Dom - December 14, 2016
I've got a linemar Pluto pull toy. It is about 7 inches and it's body is divided by a spring almost resembling a slinky. Does anyone know it's value?

Joe - November 27, 2016
Have a linemar superman tank lift action with box. What is it worth?
Hi, take a look at these completed auctions for an impression.

Violet - October 31, 2016
I have a wind-up Cocoa Puffs train from the 1960's. It still works and is in great condition. Could I get an estimate of its worth?Thank you.
Between 30 and 50 USD.

David - April 1, 2016
Linemar Choo Choo Train. Wind up.
Choo Choo fetches around 20-30 USD, with box probably more.

John - February 14, 2016
I have 2 - one is the Donald Duck Gym Toy (wind up) in good shape (I found one on Ebay in worse condition listed for $225). The other I cannot find anywhere I look. It is Cowboy on a Horse push toy. The cowboy is wearing a red hat and pointing his gun. Any info on both would be great!

Eve - December 28, 2015
Anyone know what a Smokey Sam would go for? I sort of want to give it as a Christmas gift but not if it's worth an insane amount of money. It does not have its hat but has the car, etc.
Without hat and box it's difficult to say.

Janet - December 12, 2015
Have jack-in-a-box Linemar made in Japan, Catnip "LOOKOUT TABBY" interested in selling it. Any idea on forum and price please?
A few weeks ago, one was sold on eBay (boxed, but box was in bad condition) for around 50-60 USD.

Dean - November 25, 2015
I have a mar green telephone booth bank, on side it says "telephone company" Is it rare? I've seen Marx toy without printing on side. It's in great condition, any idea of value ?

Mel - November 7, 2015
We have a Linemar General Electric car. no box. 1740 on tag, "General Electric" and "33 courier" written on car. curious of value. thanks!
Hi there, no idea unfortunately... However I found your car on this Linemar collection website, maybe ask there?

April - October 18, 2015
I have a linemar MG with a driver. License plate says 8w612 1955. Do you know the value of this?

Yvette - October 7, 2015
I have a Linemar Japan Air Corps Emergency Truck and I cannot find any information on this tin type friction truck. if anyone has information, please feel free...
It could be that some are marked as a Marx toy, so you can also search for: Marx Air Corps Emergency Truck

Roxa - October 3, 2015
I have a Linemar steam engine, it's called Atomic Reactor. Would you know where I can find any information about it's worth?
Nice piece you have there. It depends on state and if it's complete with box and demand of course but certainly between 150 and 300 USD.

Richard - September 23, 2015
Dear Sirs: I have a tin toy made by Line Mar Toys. It is a blue bird about 5" tall, with yellow beak and feet, white face and breast , open red mouth and pink underside that has red teardrops on it. It is a bit rusty and the wind-up key is missing, though the key-stem can be turned manually and then the bird bobs up and down where the legs go inside tbe body.

Dale - August 30, 2015
I have a toy "Space Man" robot that is a wind up. Has been well cared for and still works. I think I received it for Christmas about 1961. I saved it and just rediscovered it last month. What is the approxmitate Value?Thanks,Dale
I think Linemar made different 'Space Man' robots so better check ebay's Completed listings to find yours.

Janet - August 4, 2015
Many thanks for your advice on the Linemar Switchboard Operator. We did put it on ebay and it finished today and got GBP93.00 for it. It has also gone to a collector of tin toys so will have a good home! Better than sitting in my loft! I remember having many hours playing with it when I was a child! It was given to me by my godmother.
Nice to hear it got a good home! I know the feeling of having stuff sitting in boxes doing nothing. Might start selling too ;-)

Gene - August 3, 2015
I have a Linemar J-1410 battery operated remote control Futuristic car in the original box (very good condition). What is the Value of this toy?
Couldn't find any info on this one, but sometimes there are a few for sale, though maybe other models.

Janet - July 29, 2015
I have a 1950s Linemar Switchboard Operator. It has it's box if a bit tatty. Wires have disintegrated but girl is in good condition. I have put batteries in and it lights up but arms don't move. Is it worth getting it working properly and would anyone be interested in it. The only one I can find on ebay is for sale for $750 and haven't confirmed it works! Have I got a gem here? Is it really rare?
Well, if the one for 750 is sold for this amount then yes, you have a gem :-) I wouldn't have it fixed though, it'll cost you, chances are you'll have more profit if you put it on ebay like it is now. Another one with box was sold for 320 USD last May BTW.

Chris - May 15, 2015
hello, Today I found a complete linemar diving sub j2063 basically new in box. Super good condition. Battery operated remote control. Nautilus 108 with light. Everything is there. Can't find much about this model for resale. Can you give any guidance on this matter.Thanks,Chris
There is one for sale right now on ebay for 300 USD (search Linemar Nautilus) but I don't think it's boxed. So you might have something really nice!

Marilyn - February 26, 2015
Need to find the head for Pluto wind up tin toy LineMar Walt Disney Productions, Japan
You can also ask Randy's Toy Shop or Tin Toy Works.

Pat - August 22, 2014
Hi! Can anyone tell me about the Elegant Miniatures? I really like them!

Carol - August 16, 2014
I have a boxed Linemar Battery Operated Jet Plane (PanAm Boeing)) with Automatic Stop and Go Action and Lighted Engine. Any idea of value?

Pam - April 13, 2014
I have A Line Mar Cocoa Puffs Train, it has an engine with 3 cars. Can you tell me about it and a value?

Torie - October 24, 2013
Hello: I have a Linear Station Wagon 1914 stamped. Any idea of the value . It is in very good vintage condition with no parts missing? Much Thanks !
I just found one on Etsy, it was sold for around 15 USD. Not sure what it can fetch on eBay though... Maybe you can also try and ask here.

Richard - October 21, 2013
looking for tires or wheels for a line mar motorcycle need four any ideas

Terry - August 15, 2013
Have a The Jungle Trio battery powered Line Mar ToyWould like info/ value/ desirability/ ect.
Thats a very nice toy you have, but I have no idea about this particular piece. Maybe you can ask the owner of this video on youtube about it.

Jennifer - May 27, 2013
I have a linemar kangaroo in box but is missing one of the antennas do you know where i might get that part,thanks,what do you think the value is.

Frank - May 15, 2013
I just got a Linemar toy called 50's telephone bear.It works but do not have the box. What is the value of this toy in great shapeFrank
Is it the "Busy Boss"? Linemar made different ones. Look on eBay to determine which Linemar bear you have.

Melissa - March 9, 2013
I have an old linemar remote controlled car its bleish green and has a plastic bubble type thing on top real cool any idea how much its worth? rust on the controller but not the car

Michele - March 8, 2013
HI I HAVE AQUIRED A 1950'S PLUTO MAJOR TIN WIND UP TOY BUT WAS TOLD IT WAS A REPRODUCTION BECAUSE IT SAYS MAR NOT MARX HOWEVER LOOKING ON THIS WEBSITE THAT APPEARS TOBE INCORRECT CAN YOU TELL ME IF THIS IS OR ISNT A ORGINAL PIECE? I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP WITH THIS THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Cheryl - March 6, 2013
I have a Pluto with red wagon toy marked Line Mar tois

Lucinda - January 27, 2013
I have a Linemar tin steam engine in working condition with all it's pieces and parts.It has the original paint but has some rusty spots on it.There is no box.Would you be able to tell me any thing about it as well as it's value?Thank you very much!
Here I found a Linemar steam engine which apparently sold for 50 USD. Here is another Linemar engine.

Jenny - January 13, 2013
I have a old tin Pluto, he is no longer in the box and I don't know much about him. Don't know if it matters or not but he has a green collar. Was just wanting to know a little more about him and maybe a value. Thanks so much!
I don't know how many different kinds of tin toy Plutos Linemar made, but here is one or try and locate your version through Google images.

Eric - December 20, 2012
I have an (unboxed) XV-3 aircraft in excellent condition. On the tail is a marking ARMY 4147. The word ARMY is on both wings below
I found more information about this toy on grandoldtoys.com.

Mark - October 1, 2012
I have an "Electric Teacher" by Linemar. It operates on batteries and contains three teaching boards: National Flags of the Principal Countries of the World, Capitals of the Principal Countries of the World, and Animals of the World. I have not been able to find any information about this Linemar game. If anyone has any information about the Electric Teacher game, please let me know.

Valerie - September 16, 2012
I have recently acquired a Linemar Japan windup tin duck fireman with a ladder. Can you provide me with any information on this particular toy and an estimate of the value. Thank you
Do you have the Disney fireman or the Mike Mallard? It depends on state and if it's complete (box, etc.) I saw one on eBay going for around 120 USD (Mike Mallard with box) Disney Donald Duck without box: 85 USD.

Eric - September 9, 2012
Found a line mar toy. A wind up kangaroo, can't find another example! Can't send photo here. If you get back to me I'll send you photos.

Sstamper - September 7, 2012
I recently bought a Line MAR US Army Crwaler(tank).Can you tell me anything about this and value??

Jon - August 14, 2012
I have a linemar jumpy bambi in original box. The toy is excellent shape. I can find no information on this toy except from one that is on eBay. The price there is $750. Is this close to the value or someones pipe dream?
It hasn't been sold yet so you might be right about someones pipe dream ;-) If you want to sell it on eBay try a much lower starting price. It will attract collectors anyway and in the end you can have a little 'bidding war'.

Mike - July 2, 2012
i have a 1962 linemar turnover Flintstone tank, with box and looks like its never been played with and works any idea on worth?
Worth selling, one on eBay fetched 130 dollars without the box. With box I am not sure, but in new condition at least twice as much.

Jessica - May 18, 2012
hi i have found an old 1961 linemar wind up soldier the box says: mechanical marching soldier from walt disneys babes in toylandit is in great condition and i was wondering where i can find out how much it is worth?
Hi Jessica, I think I saw one of those sold for about 20 bucks.

Lu - March 13, 2012
I was given two Linemar toy's today and i can not find them on live hope you can help me. One is a duck that is fun covered and with a remote control. The other is a funny remote controled rabbit with a pipe. Can you tell me about them, they are not in the best of shape but they are still cute.
Try to locate and get more info about your toys with Google images (linemar duck) and Google images (linemar rabbit).

Ashley - January 19, 2012
Hello - I have recently bought a Linmar \'Sleeping Baby Bear\' and I was wondering if you had any information on it ie date of manufacture or value regards Ashley
Here is some info I found on Linemar\'s Sleeping Baby Bear.

Cheryl - December 7, 2011
I have a Linemar remote control concrete mixer, never played with in original box , what's it worth?
Couldn't find much info on that one sorry, only this link.

Stephanie - July 4, 2011
Hi, I have a Remote controlled Police car I found in my Grandpa\'s estate.I would love to know more about it.The wheel is red with two red buttons.The car is green .Any help on this would be really fun to know.Thank you

Darrell - June 30, 2011
Hi, I have a linemar windup car \"old jalopy\". I have had this since I was a kid so I know it is aprox 60 years old. It has all kinds of sayings on it. When wound up it runs with an intended wobble. What can you tell me about this. Thanks!!!!

Melissa - June 19, 2011
Hi, I have a linemar \"flapping ears bubbling pup\" in the original box. I can\'t find that specific item on ebay. I don\'t think it\'s ever been used. It even has a tiny plastic bottle that I guess you put the bubbles in. Can you give me any information about the age and value of the item? Thank you!
I saw one on eBay which was sold for 160 USD, not working but with box (also not in good condition).

Kathe - June 17, 2011
I have a set of Elegant Miniatures Military Vehciles. I have two each of numbers 19 - 24 for a total of 12 pieces. All are in original boxes, in very good shape and all toys are in excellent condition. Looks like they\'ve never left the boxes. Any idea on the value of this collection? Thank you.

John - June 8, 2011
I have a Linemar painted Minnie Mouse pin that is attached to a matchbook cover (which is it\'s packaging). I know it\'s from the 1950s and can\'t find info on line. Can anyone help?

Sharon - March 23, 2011
I have a tin clown wind up toy, playing a zylaphone instrument. Toy is 6\" tall x 4\" wide painted with a black felt jacket. Who can you tell me about this toy?

Gary - February 13, 2011
I have a linemar toy. Jocko the drinking monkey. like to know how old is it, and it's value
It is probably from the 1950s and the value depends on state, original box and demand, between 25 and 125 USD.

Erin - December 14, 2010
I have a toy that I\'d like to know more about. It is a Line Mar pony express freight wagon (yellow) that says \"PONY EXPRESS FREIGHT WAGON Dodge City to Denver\" on both sides. Two horses are pulling the wagon, and the driver is intact with a stick he\'s using to encourage the horses to go. On the back of the wagon is a small piece hanging from the wagon\'s edge that says \"Pikes Peak or bust\" with the Line Mar Toys Japan logo next to it in small print. Any information would be helpful. I haven\'t found it on any toy sites. Thank you!

Vicki - October 26, 2010
I have a linemar mickey mouse toy that i would like to know more about. It is a tin wagon that says Mickey\'s Express on the side. Pluto is pulling the wagon. He is on a tricycle. I can\'t seem to find this toy on the internet as of yet. I would love to know more about this toy.