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Tick-Tock, can you tell me what time is on the Clock???? Ask Mr. Owl! :)

This big clock is perfect for small hands to play with while learning to tell time the old fashioned analog way! It works great! Time keeping is accurate and synchronized properly between the face and the numerical reading in the owl’s eyes. This toy looks great on display and is a fun learning tool! Even toddlers will have fun with it and learn about clocks and time before you know it!

Guess the time on the clock face and then press the red button on the right. The sleepy owl’s eyes flash open and reveal the numerical time to see if you’ve got it right! To change the time, you can use the red knob in the center to twist the hand to any hour and minute OR you can press the red button on the left, which advances the clock by five minute increments.

I love the vintage bright yellow and muted brown colors of this toy. The sleepy owl eyes that quickly flash open when you press the button (and stay open while you hold it down) are really cute and it makes it fun to push to see what the time says! For a toy that’s been played with for over 35 years, it is great condition overall with its normal vintage wear and seems quite durable.

See the last photo for a collage of vintage wear issues. There is a crack in the brown plastic over the right ear of the owl. There is also a water mark on the clock face at the bottom of the paper. There is some wear to the owl’s sticker on the nose and to the Answer Clock by Tomy sticker on the base. The plastic on the back has some scuffs and other marks. The cardboard on the bottom is creased and worn, but is present, despite missing one screw. Often the cardboard on the bottom is missing entirely, so I consider it a bonus. Despite the handful of cosmetic issues, being 37 years old, this toy has withstood unknowable abuse at very young hands and yet the the mechanics are so solid, I don't doubt it will be a fun toy to have and use for another 37.

And fortunately, none of the issues noted seemed to bother my little boy in the least. Every time I put this away in a box prior to listing it, he found it and dug it out again! He loves to investigate things and this toy has plenty of action. He moves the hands manually and it makes a fun noise. He pushes the button, halfway, all the way, slowly lets it go and likes to control the opening and closing of the eyes. He likes to push the other button to make it go tock-tock as it makes the minute hand advance 5 minutes each time.

It measures 9.5 inches tall, 7 inches wide and about 3 inches deep.

Marked on the back, stamped in the plastic, Tomy, Hong Kong, 1975

House of Awesome Item #1048

Vintage 1975 Time Teaching Answer Clock Owl Toy by Tomy


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: Plastic, Cardboard, Metal
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 30 reviews
  • Favorited by: 12 people