"Tin toys like this are a hit with collectors, and this one's in pretty great shape. I'd say it's worth about $165."



  • Fact 1: Manufactured by the Yonezawa Toys company, the Piggy Cook was one of many popular mechanical tin toys produced in the 1950s and '60s.
  • Fact 2: Battery powered, the Yonezawa Piggy Cook features a light-up stovetop, squeaking sounds, and surprisingly sophisticated egg-flipping action.
  • Fact 3: Yonezawa Toys, founded in the 1950s, was one of the largest toy manufacturers in Japan. After experimenting with radio controlled toys in the '80s, Yonezawa was bought by Sega in 1994.
  • Fact 4: Yonezawa Toys, known abroad for their mechanical tin toys, was more popular in Japan for their Diapet and Cherryca Phenix brands of miniature tin cars.
  • Fact 5: The mechanical tin toys of the 1950s and '60s often featured complex mechanical workings, and fully-functional pieces are highly prized by collectors.

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