Manhatten Bank

Manhatten Bank


This mechanical Manhatten Bank toy was made by the Toplay Fancy Company of Japan. It dates from around 1985.

It has to be said that the 'Manhatten Bank' does bear quite a resemblance to the Empire State Building, and what they coyly call 'the gorilla' that climbs up the side could possibly be King Kong. But maybe they hadn't cleared the use of the name, so they just called it the Manhatten Bank, with gorilla!

Having placed a coin in the slot in the gorilla's head, you wind him (surely not her?) up, and off he goes, trundling up the side of the building. When he reaches the slot near the top, he drops the coin in, and shortly afterwards he then slides back down the side of the building, ready for the next coin. Well, they do say we all need to save more!