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Action Toys

Simple and fascinating, the action of a twirling wooden ball on a string makes the bear, the favorite character of the woodcarvers, perform complex actions, such as masterfully juggling colored balls. Some of the toys are activated by a push-button action. These carvings are prized by collectors young and old. 

  • Misha the Drummer Bear Bogorodsk Carving

    Drummer Bear Bogorodsk Carving

    Drummer (Барабанщик). A classic! Finely detailed carving of Misha the Bear sitting behind the skins. Stamped on the bottom, in purple ink, "Made in USSR" (export mark), and the Zagorsk Toy Factory mark. Mid-1980's. Ball activated toy. 6" width x...

    $25.00
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  • Playful Squirrel Bogorodsk  Toy

    Playful Squirrel Bogorodsk Toy

    Playful Squirrel (Затейница). Cute squirrel resourcefully uses a hammer to crack open an acorn. Push button action, marked on the bottom, circa 1986. Zagorsk Toy Factory. 3½" x 4".  1 only. 

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  • "Misha Sharpshooter" Bogorodsk Carving

    "Misha Sharpshooter" Bogorodsk Carving

    Marksman (Меткий стрелок). Bogorodsk toy has Misha the bear taking aim and firing with his rifle at the moving target. Two wood levers are pulled back and forth to create the action. Target is pegged. Fine carving, light wood patina. Bogorodsk Toy...

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  • Masha and the Bear Bogorodsk Carving

    Masha and the Bear [Vintage]

    Masha and the Bear (Маша и медведь). A clever late 1970's carved toy. "Made in USSR" is stamped on the bottom and a style number written in green ink, which has run a little. Push button action. 5" x 5" x 1½". 1 only. Long before the hyper...

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  • Misha Rides His Tricycle Bogorodsk

    Misha Rides His Tricycle Bogorodsk

    Misha the Bear Rides His Tricycle. (Миша на трехколесном велосипеде). Misha the bear scoots around on his wooden tricycle. There he goes careening around the turn! Be careful, Misha! Nicely carved, wheels turn. Late 20th century with factory mark...

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  • "Misha the Artist" Bogorodsk Toy

    "Misha the Artist" Bogorodsk Toy

    Misha Bear Creates a Matryoshka (Миша красит матрешку). Misha the Bear steps to consider his work. His expression is one of wonder. Has he fallen in love?  Unusual carving combines painted elements with carving. Ball activated toy. Signed "Художник"...

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  • "Fish Boil" Bogorodsk Carving

    "Fish Boil" Bogorodsk Carving

    Misha the Bear Prepares Fish for Dinner (Подготовка рыбы к ужину). Chef Misha the Bear stages a fish boil out in the woods. He has lifted the cover off of the pot and proceeds to drop the fish into it. Little bits of triangular orange-red cloth...

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  • "Ice Hockey" Bogorodsk Carving

    "Ice Hockey" Bogorodsk Carving

    Misha the Bear Plays Ice Hockey (Миша играет в хоккей). All-pro Misha the Bear finds a bit of ice between two pine trees and works on his flip shot. Ball activated toy with an ingenious mechanism. Finely carved and signed by the artists. Late 1990's. 5"...

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  • Bogorodsk Bear on a Raft

    "Paddling Down the River" Bogorodsk Carving

    On The Raft (На Плоту). Misha the Bear paddles furiously on a raft made out of logs. Ball-activated toy. Excellent detail. In Russian, the piece is signed ("исп. Градова В.") and titled "На Плоту" (On a Raft), Богородск( Bogorodsk) and 1992. 5" x 4"...

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  • Good Morning! Bear Bogorodsk Toy

    "Good Morning!" Bogorodsk Carving

    Good Morning! (С Добрым Утром). A bear stands under a water tank and the action of the swinging ball causes his arms to strike the water release plug (no actual water necessary, though). A nice vintage toy with delicate carving. Bogorodsk paper label...

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