Marx "Sands of Iwo Jima" Miniature Playset

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  • Sold Date: Aug 23, 2010
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MARX "Sands of Iwo Jima" Miniature Play Set

Very Cool Marx Iwo Jima WWII Playset! "Made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong." I believe this item to be 1960s vintage or older. See below for a detailed list of contents and the condition of each piece. Rare to see a set with this many pieces. I believe t are also some extras that were not originally included in the set.

Original box

Box top is in extremely rough shape, to the point w it doesn’t really work as a box top anymore, but the art is really cool Bottom of box is intact, but stained and crushed in spots

Mount Suribachi

Includes flag-raising mini-diorama piece that fits on top

31 Japanese soldiers, handpainted

18 in perfect or near-perfect condition 10 with broken weapons (time was tough on the samurai swords, especially) 2 with broken arms 1 missing feet

26 American soldiers, handpainted

20 in perfect or near-perfect condition 3 with broken weapons 3 with broken hands Included are the four soldiers who fit into the flag-raising mini-diorama; unfortunately, one of them is among the hand casualties

5 Jeeps

One of them has no wheels

2 American half-track personnel carriers

One is slightly chewed up in a couple places and is missing 1 wheel

3 machine guns

These appear to be designed to hang onto the side of the half-tracks or Jeeps

2 tanks

One has no wheels and is a bit chewed up in one corner and slightly damaged in a couple other spots

4 rafts

2 large rafts 2 small rafts

4 artillery pieces

2 field guns; one of the carriages lacks notches to rest the gun in (looks like it was molded that way), but the gun still fits in snugly and it looks fine 2 howitzers; both have the wheels broken off, one is missing one of its trails

8 trucks

I’m not sure these trucks originally came with the set, but I’m including them 2 machine gun trucks: on one of them, the machine gun is broken off the turret 1 missile-launcher truck 1 radar truck 2 rocket-launcher trucks 1 searchlight truck (very cool), slightly damaged in a couple of areas 1 anti-aircraft truck, completely mangled and has no wheels

10 palm trees

Complete with coconuts 8 trees have two sets of fronds, 2 have one set

4 dead trees

2 have broken branches, and I am including the broken bits in case you are interested in gluing them back on

2 bombed-out buildings

2 pillboxes

1 has a small cracked-off piece that could be glued back on

5 sections of fence

1 has a tiny chip out of it

12 sections of barbed wire

2 large breastworks

4 small sandbag gun emplacements

14 crates

5 large crates, one is missing a top 8 small crates 1 ammo crate

9 barrels

8 brown wooden-style barrels 1 green metal-style barrel (not sure this originally came with the set)

2 spools

2 radio tables

One has both its rear legs broken off

9 sandbags

7 sacks

Not sure if these are supposed to be sand bags or soldier’s duffels

1 American flag

Crinkled up, but in very good shape No flag pole

Misc. broken/incomplete bits

Mostly cannon/howitzer carriage parts