This ought to be an obscure one — what you see below is a TootstieToy plastic battleship that was a favorite toy of mine during my very early childhood in the 1970’s. I can find little reliable information about it online … one eBay ad, for example, incorrectly lists it as an 80’s toy. Adding to the confusion is that TootsieToy seems to have been known for making primarily diecast metal products, including lots of ships, and they were doing so for half a century — between the 1930’s and the 1990’s.
Believe it or not, I think I actually have fuzzy (but colorful) memories of my older sister buying this for me at a toy store in Queens when I was a toddler, maybe in … 1976? 1977? It can’t have been later than that, because my family moved to Long Island before the close of 1977.
Dear Lord, was this thing was a treasure to me. I figure it was hardly longer than a foot, but it seemed pretty big to small hands. I’ve still got it somewhere, I think. Part of the bow is broken off. When I was very young, I held the misconception that everything hollow needed to be a bank, and at one point I tried to put nickels inside of it.
It doesn’t matter much. Even if this toy is in pretty good condition, it only fetches about $17 on eBay — more proof that not everything old is also valuable.