This is how the MiniCine Toy Film
Projector was displayed in
the shop window or on the
counter and it did what it says...
"It sold itself!"
Toy Film Projector
Arguably "The Best Toy Film
Projector Ever Made".
The MiniCine was sold in Britain
By Martin Lucas Ltd.,
1 Ramsden Road, Balham, London,
and at Glebe Mills, Hollinwood,
It was introduced in 1948. And seems
to have disappeared about 1958.
It was advertised in various
publications, from the Film User
Handbook to the Eagle Comic.
There were three main models
The Standard ( Black crackle finish,
with the batteries in the base ).
The Super Silver had no battery
And then there was a Red one
this one was the same as the
Silver and Black models, All three
could work off the small
transformer that was available
at that time.240 volts input
6 volts output. and they
pluged into any light socket.
Then in the Fifties came three
smaller models, a Silver MiniCine,
this model just had milled metal
controls and a MiniCine
transfer just under the lens.
Then came a Red Disneyland model
and also a Green Disneyland model
these two models had handle type
controls painted white. and they
also had a Mickey Mouse transfer
on the front just under the lens.
And not long after that came a
small black MiniCine bakealite
model and differently - shaped,
and had "EAGLE"
in the molding just above the lens
and these controls are white.
This model could be worked
from a 6 Volt battery or
The magic of the MiniCine was
that it could give a five
minute movie show with just
one foot of 35 mm film.
It achieved this with an
ingenious mechanism that moved
the filmstrip up and down
it in four positions. There were
four rows of pictures on the
strip (animated cartoon
drawings), and the sequence was
designed to give a repeat cyclic
motion. (Drawings 1,2,3,4,3,2,
1,2,3,4,3,2,1 etc).At the same
time that the strip was moving
up and down, it was also being
moved gradually along, so now
parts of the strip came into
view (a sort of motion picture
All the strip drawings, even
those based on Disney licensed
characters, were specially drawn
for the system. The result was
A particularly effective sequence
is Bambi's escape from the
forest fire. Not all strips were
"movie". some were sequences
of still pictures
(including educatioal subjects).
Loading the filmstrip can be a
bit tricky. Sometimes you
need to push down on the
advance - knob while turning
it round. Persever -
and the result is great fun!