In the fifties and sixties the great Marx Toys made toys of all themes and genres. They had mastered the art of turning wartime factories into machinery capable of producing plastic figures of a variety of types. From cave men to space men, if there was a mold for it the plastic accessory of any kind could be made. Sets would be centered around conflict with cowboys fighting indians, space men fighting aliens, man fighting dinosaur. It didn't matter. All that mattered was the insane of amount of play value that these playsets provided. You got a structure and characters to fight and star in their own daily adventures as you set up where everyone is suppose to be before the grand adventure began. Sigh. I miss this kind of rainy day creative play. I made up the best stories in my head as the team of the Alamo finally beat Santa Anna's army with the help of dinosaurs and space men. Sorry. I had to tip the balance of power in that one.
Look at all the pieces you would need to find to insure that your playset was loose BUT complete. The original box is always nice but the inventory of contents is so much more important. The best finds are always with the original instructions.
I even loved a good far set. I liked to collect animals that I could move them into the castle if we needed them be more safe from Indians and WWII tank operating invaders.
One of the greatest of the Marx playsets. Navarone mountain with teams of soldiers and gear to make the assault and save the way is a set with so much play value that it makes my tiny little head explode. This is meant for when your cousin is over for the summer. He's your age. You pull this out and dump the box. Five hours later we come up for supper after launching the greatest strike on a Nazi Outpost in wartime history.
They even did a Jungle set because, well, savages.