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1. (WO1992009350) PERCUSSION CAP FIRING TOY VEHICLE AND LAUNCHER
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THAT WHICH IS CLAIMED IS:

1. For use in a percussion cap launched toy vehicle playset, a toy vehicle and launcher comprising:

a vehicle launcher having a cylinder member defining an internal cylinder bore and a closed end;

a shield having top and side surfaces
extending from said launcher;

a rollable toy vehicle having a rearwardly extending piston rod having a cross section
substantially less than said cylinder bore;

a piston having an outer edge slightly smaller in cross section than said cylinder bore and supported upon said piston rod;

cap support means for supporting a percussion cap within said cylinder bore between said closed end of said cylinder member and said piston; and

impact means for applying a sharp impact force to said cylinder member to ignite a percussion cap supported by said cap support means,

said toy vehicle being at least partially received within said shield and said piston and piston rod being received within said cylinder bore in a first alignment in which a minimum gap is created between said outer edge of said piston and said cylinder bore and a second alignment in which an increased gap is created therebetween.

2. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in Claim 1 wherein said cylinder member is loosely
supported by said vehicle launcher and defines a recess and wherein said impact means includes a striker having a conical surface partially received within said recess during impact.

3. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in Claim 1 wherein said cap support means includes an extension for receiving a percussion cap.

4. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in Claim 3 wherein said extension is generally
cylindrical.

5. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in Claim 1 wherein said piston is generally disk-shaped.

6. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in

Claim 5 wherein said piston includes generally conical surfaces extending from said outer edge to said piston rod.

7. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in Claim 1 wherein said piston defines a generally frusto conical member having a flat base facing away from said toy vehicle and a conical portion facing said vehicle.

8. A toy vehicle and launcher as set forth in Claim 4 wherein said launcher includes a spring
resiliently supporting said cylinder member.

9. A toy vehicle and launcher ,s set forth in Claim 1 further including spring means urging said toy vehicle toward said second alignment.