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Collecting Vintage Wind Up Toys from Schuco

Updated on March 13, 2015

Collecting Vintage Wind Up Toys from Schuco

The Schuco Company was once one of the great toy makers of the center of toy makers at Nuremberg, Germany. The metal wind up toys, such as toy cars, were sold and used by many boys. These nostalgic toys can still be found in excellent condition. They were made to last.

Like many German toy makers supplying the United States market, Schuco had to endure World War II, when the market dried up. After World War II, the newer toys quickly changed, and the classic wind up toys were no longer the focus they once were. The factory was rebuilt, and toys were in production, but the wind up toys were becoming obsolete.

Many men once owned one of these original toys. They would have a special place in their hearts if they had been passed down from a father, and in some cases the toys were passed through several generations.

On a special occasion, such as Fathers Day, a great gift idea would be a Schuco wind up toy. Many of us never really grow up!

Here is a collectible that can actually have the potential of appreciating in value, can be displayed, and can even be used. It could even begin the process of being passed on to another generation.

If you really want to impact dad, give a gift that he may have once owned, or may have heard about from his father or grandfather.

Intro image modified from an image found on WP Clipart at but is significantly different.

Schuco Charlie Chaplin Wind Up Toy

Schuco Antique Car Tin Toy Wind up German "varianto - Limo" Working..!!

Schuco Antique Tin Toy Wind up Monkey Antique

Schuco Solisto Wind up Tin Clown with Drum Drummer

Toy Schuco Country Girl Spinning Away

Other Tin Toys Exist

Schuco was not the only company making metal wind up toys during the era before World War I, and others are also collectible. However, the maker's name does add to the value, and Schuco is one of the best known toy makers that made tin wind up toys.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: the wind up doll is 5" has one leg missing and one is broke and one split arm

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      love the shuco toys could you advise on restoration for a possibly shuco doll

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Had some of these as a child. Now I'm 76 and moved on to computers and iPhones.

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      jennysue19 4 years ago

      I am going to a fair in a couple of weeks time and will look out for these toys. March 10th, South Downs College near Havant, Hampshire for any readers in the UK. Nice lens. What about making a couple of text modules of any examples that you personally own?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love toys

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      GabrielaFargasch 4 years ago

      I love these cute wind-up toys!

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      hungry-deer 4 years ago

      I enjoyed reading, love all vintage toys and games and wind up toys are great for the environment :)

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      Nightcat 4 years ago

      These toys are so cool and you'e put together a wonderful collection, blessed! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've never seen Vintage Schuco Toys before but I love them, especially the cars!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Vintage style tin toys seem to have become quite popular recently. And the Schuco ones are an absolute classic.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      So fun and adorable!

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      Cavedweller 4 years ago

      I love retro toys!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These toys look like so much fun.

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      Vivianpro 4 years ago

      This great lens reminds me of the childhood.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I remember wind up toys, but don't recall the name of them. They were always fun.

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      It's great watching the country girl spinning away. These toys certainly seem very well-made indeed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A vintage Schuco toy would certainly bring a flood of memories to those who once had one or wished that they had. I enjoyed the little history lesson you gave here and the videos speak for themselves. We girls enjoyed playing with wind up toys too...when our brothers let us!

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      rainykua 4 years ago

      The Charlie Chaplin toy looks so adorable!

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      CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

      They're cute, but I'm partial to Marklin trains (also from Germany).

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love the little metal wind up toys. I wish toy manufacturers would start moving away from batteries and head backwards into the wind up toy category or more toward solar power ones.

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      JGracey 5 years ago

      My husband collects old toy cars and trucks, and we've got a couple of the (very) old Schucco windup cars (no boxes though) we "found" for a quarter apiece at a garage sale. The old ones are pretty good quality toys if you can get them. I was surprised to find this lens - some collectors have never heard of Schucco before. Nicely done.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I love those old toys.

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      Corey 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      great collectibles...thanks for sharing

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Vintage toys are great collectibles. Just think, anyone can start collecting popular and unique toys now and be proud of it in 10 years or more.