The poles are in one of the sealed bags. I have taken several pictures so you can decided for yourself. As I said, the set looks MINT to me.
Sorry, almost forgot- You also get a great looking Play Mat!! The item "Marx Miniature Wild Life Playset- MINT IN BOX" is in sale since Sunday, September 18, 2016. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Vintage & Antique Toys\Play Sets".
The seller is "marxtoyconnection" and is located in Moundsville, West Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.