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U.S. Pat. No. 4,639,236: Toy vehicle and launcher.
This invention relates to a toy in general and in specific to a novel toy into which a simulated explosive charge is placed to propel the toy from the charge.
It is known in the art of toy design to provide various simulated events which stimulate the imagination of the user. Such would include simulated rocket launchers for example, or simulated guns which make noise or flash light. It would also include, for example, toy planes or autos which separate into pieces under simulated crash conditions. The present invention adds a different dimension to simulated or imaginary activity in that it creates the fanciful impression that the vehicle is being blasted on its way by an explosive charge.
1. A toy comprising:
(a) a toy vehicle having formed therein an opening at the rear of the vehicle;
(1) a spring positioned within the vehicle and compressible therein;
(b) a launcher comprising a weighted group of simulated dynamite sticks, sized to be received within said opening in said vehicle, the group containing release means for releasable engagement with said vehicle;
(c) actuator means for actuating the release means to engage and hold the group of dynamite sticks within the vehicle and to hold the spring in a compressed position, and to release the same and permit said spring to return to its uncompressed condition;
(d) wherein said launcher and actuator means are spaced apart and are connected only by an actuator cable adapted to cause said release means to release said vehicle from said launcher on actuation of said release means.
2. The toy as defined in claim 1, said actuator means being in the form of a simulated detonator for said dynamite and having a depressable plunger and further comprising a noisemaker positioned within the detonator and being activated by the plunger to make a loud noise simulating an explosion of the dynamite sticks upon a downward motion of the plunger.
3. The toy as defined in claim 2, said detonator having an outer case, and further comprising the noisemaker being formed in a generally L-shaped configuration and being pivotably mounted on the plunger and designed to strike the inside of the case to make the loud noise as the plunger is moved downwardly.
4. The toy as defined in claim 1 wherein release means comprises in part a pivoted hook-shaped member positioned partially inside the dynamite sticks with a hook portion being exposed on the outside of the dynamite sticks for engagement with engaging means on said vehicle.
5. The toy as defined in claim 1 further comprising the toy vehicle being formed as a wheeled truck.
6. The toy as defined in claim 5 wherein the group of dynamite sticks are three and the opening at the rear of the truck is shaped to receive the three dynamite sticks and also to receive the hook portion.
7. The toy as defined in claim 6 wherein the engaging means comprises a plurality of ribs being formed in the toy vehicle, the ribs being positioned to form an opening for positioning of the hook portion in the opening.
8. The toy as defined in claim 7 further comprising the release means comprising in part a cylindrical member attached to the cable and positioned in an opening within the dynamite sticks, the hook-shaped member being positioned on top of the cylindrical member and being pivoted so that upon a predetermined movement of the cylindrical member the hook-shaped member will pivot downwardly to release the hook portion from the engaging means opening formed in the ribs.
9. The toy as defined in claim 1 wherein the predetermined weight of the dynamite sticks is approximately twice the weight of the vehicle.