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Welcome our Book Section! Your Place to get FULL color Books on Marx Figures! We also have some limited posters available.

About The author

Tom Heaton

Since being a child, I have been obsessed with the old days. Old days to me by the way is the 1970s back to the pre world war II era. I enjoy nostalgia, looking back at photo's of my family, researching my father WWII days, up thru my childhood. In 1996, I was hit with the hunt for toys. Not just any toys, but more specifically Marx Action Figures. The problem I quickly found was there was little information on the toys. Most toy dealers would say Johnny who? Johnny West, I would reply. Incidently, some say my image on the left shows I have become to resemble the likeness of none other than the Johnny West action figure himself...I guess we become our surroundings.

It was soon obvious a website and book was needed to give these toys an identity. Taking the leap, I decided to go for it and do a website and eventually a book on these fine toys. In 1996 I developed an idea of The Marx toy Room website, which went live by 1997. Quickly it was changed to The Vintage Toy Room and brought my first domain, www.vintagetoyroom.com. For various reasons, the name name was changed, but in the end it allowed me to not only feature Marx figures, but Huffy rail bikes, GI joe's, games, Hot Wheels, or any other toy interest of my childhood. That is what we are about. Remembering those pain free days of being a kid. Buying penny candy at a mired of corner stores, getting doughnuts from Trivilinos bakery, grabbing a burger at Wimpys, at a local diner. All part of the past in my small childhood "city" known as Ogdensburg. City? yes, amazing 16,000 people make a city. My current suburb is a town with 100,000 people. Figure that one out and let me know. So i have digressed...

In 1999 The Encyclopedia of Marx Figures was released. this was my first book published with Krause. About 7-8000 copies were made and distributed worldwide through book stores, Amazon, Barns And Noble, and of course The Vintage Toy Room. The book was all shot on film. Thats right, film, not much digital help back then. I shot a few thousand pictures and had them all developed. These were then scanned, and unedited for the most part, picked over and added to the book.

In 2005 we continued the journey of books in the form of modules. The First module was The Johnny West Adventure series. Two more followed, and plans are on the table to do more. The modules added better images, layout and design all done by me personally. No big publisher in the mix on these. As a result, they take a great deal of effort. I also took on the pre press work, and had them in direct to press shape for printing. This saved costs so I could do small collector runs of 200 copies. It also allowed me to be more hands on and critical of what was to be printed in ink. Thats right, ink. Here is something old school, vintage, retro, something you need no internet, no mouse, no power to enjoy. Thanks for being a part of my journey. Tom-

If you ever want to buy a book, poster, module etc. you can also mail a MO. we still do things the vintage way if people prefer it. You can also email or write and send a self addressed and stamped envelope to:

Tom Heaton
P.O. Box 26901
Rochester NY 14627


Click the following link to shop for the books, add choice to cart, and check out! Easy as pie. Thanks for looking and supporting my books. All come author signed! Tom (Buy books)


Modules

Module 3

Module #3 The Canadian Differences Illustration Guide for Marx Figures

2010 delivered the THIRD of a series of ALL NEW Marx Illustration guides! MODULE #3 The Marx Figures Canadian Differences! Includes a free Canadian Marx Figures Exclusive Figure Poster for a limited time!


>> Click here to see a sample page The MOD green Johnny West
  • Now in stock with laminated cover and free MOD Canadian figure poster!!
  • For any new orders Please Paypal your option to guarantee you get a copy! You will not want to miss out!
  • The Purpose of these new Modules is to provide More Pictures and information in 40 plus pages of full Color! 44 pages in all counting the cover!
  • We strive to have the Best photo reference for Johnny West in ink! Rare Canadian Colors, Box art, accessories, north of the border information on Marx figures!
  • For orders outside of the U.S. email for options
  • Module #3, with Expedited Priority Shipping and handling incl.$35
  • Module #3, standard US shipping using media mail incl.$30
  • Please email or call for any International orders, shipping fees and options vary!!!.
  • Call 585-227-9533 with any questions.


Click the following link to shop for the books, add choice to cart, and check out! Easy as pie. Thanks for looking and supporting my books. All come author signed! Tom (Buy books)


Module 2

Module #2 The Best of the West Series Illustration Guide for Marx Figures

Feb 2007 delivered the SECOND of a series of our new Marx Illustration guides! MODULE #2 The Best of The West Series!Includes a free 3D Best of the West Poster with 3D glasses for a limited time!!


>> Click here to see a sample page The Fighting Eagle

>> Click here to see a sample page of Jane West
  • Now in stock with laminated cover!!
  • For any new orders Please Paypal your option to guarantee you get a copy! You will not want to miss out!
  • The Purpose of these new Modules is to provide More Pictures and information in 40 plus pages of full Color! 44 pages in all counting the cover!
  • Test product imagery, rare variations, and plenty of great imagery! We strive to have the Best photo reference for Johnny West in ink! Examples of Prototypes, Store Displays, Box Art are here!
  • Module #2, with Expedited Priority Shipping and handling incl.$35
  • Module #2, standard US shipping using media mail incl.$30
  • Please email or call for any International orders, shipping fees and options vary!!!.
  • Call 585-227-9533 with any questions.


Click the following link to shop for the books, add choice to cart, and check out! Easy as pie. Thanks for looking and supporting my books. All come author signed! Tom (Buy books)


Module 1

Module #1 The Johnny West Adventure Series Illustration Guide for Marx Figures(Revised pressing with Glossy Laminated cover!)

Feb 2005 brought you the FIRST of a series of ALL NEW Marx Illustration guides! This is an updated pressing with upgraded glossy cover a a few color adjustments made.


>> Click here to see a sample page of Princess Wildflower

>> Click here to see a sample page of Chief Cherokee
  • Now in stock with laminated cover!!
  • The Purpose of these new Modules as any, is to provide More Pictures and information in 40 plus pages of full Color! 44 pages in all counting the cover!
  • Test product imagery, rare variations, and plenty of great imagery! We strive to have the Best photo reference for Johnny West in ink! Examples of Prototypes, Store Displays, Box Art are here!
  • Test product imagery, rare variations, and plenty of great imagery! We strive to have the Best photo reference for Johnny West in ink! Examples of Prototypes, Store Displays, Box Art are here!
  • Module #1, with Expedited Priority Shipping and handling incl.$35
  • Module #1, standard US shipping using media mail incl.$30
  • Please email or call for any International orders, shipping fees and options vary!!!.
  • Call 585-227-9533 with any questions.

Click the following link to shop for the books, add choice to cart, and check out! Easy as pie. Thanks for looking and supporting my books. All come author signed! Tom (Buy books)


Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Marx Action Figures (Beware! other dealers may have defective books! Some are incomplete! Ours are verified!)

Here is the COMPLETE (All pages included..)Marx action figure book you all have known and love since 1999! You are buying from the real author! Thanks to collectors and fans out there that have supported my efforts! This was my first book, over 7000 were originally sold worldwide. We are getting low on stock. If you buy one book, this is the book you should start with for marx Action Figures and accessories. It is the baseline to any Johnny West Collecting.


>> Click here to see a sample page of Captain Maddox

>> Click here to see a sample page of Chief Cherokee
  • Many ask if I have these in stock. Yes I do, I keep them in inventory.
  • There are currently no other Marx Action figure books on the market like it with such detail! If you like Johnny West, Knights, Stony, etc for collecting, selling etc, you will want this Information packed guide!
  • Thanks again for all of you who have bought author direct from me. I am always ready to discuss any new findings on these cool toys and collectibles with my fellow marx fans
  • Test product imagery, rare variations, and plenty of great imagery! We strive to have the Best photo reference for Johnny West in ink! Examples of Prototypes, Store Displays, Box Art are here!
  • Encyclopedia, with Expedited Priority Shipping and handling incl.$37
  • Encyclopedia, Canadian Priority.$42
  • Please email or call for any International orders, shipping fees and options vary!!!.
  • Call 585-227-9533 with any questions.

Click the following link to shop for the books, add choice to cart, and check out! Easy as pie. Thanks for looking and supporting my books. All come author signed! Tom (Buy books)


Encyclopedia Corrections

Encyclopedia of Marx Action Figures Corrections list orig published in 2000

The following is a correction list thus far for the encyclopedia. these corrections consist of things which contain data, not really trivial typo's, and my poor grammar :) Here is goes:
  • Pg. 41, Top right photo, should be NON-quick draw version of Johnny West, QD Johnny's are light blue, can be seen on page 42.
  • Pg. 43, write-up should say for Jane West "...brown poly plastic accessories found vs. silver...", NOT U.S. silver... For whatever reason
    publisher did this a few times, must be high tech editor spell checkers.
  • Pg. 90 has the same error; last sentence should read "The blue box seems to be more desired vs. (not U.S.) BOW packaging.."
  • Pg. 47, 70, 72, The Indian accessory lists show Blanket with strap (2), and Cinch (1), it's the same accessory. The Cinch and the Pony blanket strap are the same piece. I listed it twice, disregard one of them. How I missed this one I can't explain. My web page is correct and was done 3 years ago!
  • Pg. 106, the Horse should be omitted as an accessory, 19 accessories is the total on the Buckboards. I never count the figures or paperwork as accessories.
  • Pg. 107, The Whip and wheels are poly-plastic, the seat, fencing and base are H.P. accessories. (In some cases though, I have now found them made
    of poly-plastic vs styrene. Seems to be later produced wagons)
  • Pg. 147, Fatigue hats for Sgt. Starr or Baker should be 1 not 2.
  • Mike Hazard accessory listings on page 117-118 do not list the flashlight. Instead I have the Lugar listed 2x. The accessory picture is correct, its the text list only in error.
  • Horse Stock Numbers!! For TB's, Buckskins and Comanches, The designations after the Stock Number are as follows: Thunderbolts(A Palomino, B Black, C Brown), Buckskins(A Palomino, B Brown) Comanche (A brown, B Cream), If JWA, an Extra C is added as well.
  • The BOTW Kids are 9" tall, not 7.5", Ouch! better get a new ruler ;)
  • Sorry Glenn "Ridenour" on your last name!!! BTW, Thanks to Glenn for his critics review of this book and great catches. He certainly is a Marx expert
  • The White Sheriff Figure is Bobby Bueno, from Mexico! Not a US prototype.

Find any more? Lmk, I will compile updates and revisions for the next re-issue in 5 years. Keep in mind I am not really an author, writer, or photographer. I am a collector. I wanted to share with all my fellow friends and collectors what I have seen and came in contact with. Many pieces are traded to other collectors and dealers. Items I have for trade can be found on my website. You can email or write and send a self addressed and stamped envelope to:

Tom Heaton
P.O. Box 26901
Rochester NY 14627


Click the following link to shop for the books, add choice to cart, and check out! Easy as pie. Thanks for looking and supporting my books. All come author signed! Tom (Buy books)


 

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