Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fisher Price Toys

Our 'Pa' is a great treasure hunter and gatherer at estate sales, thrift stores, etc etc in the deep south of the USA. His main search is for hard to find/rare/collectable 45's and LP's, but he also has a good eye for many other wonderful things and has been steadily scoring some great vintage fisher price toys that eventually make their way over the seas here to us in the outer west of Victoria. So, as we have had some recent additions added I thought it was time to unveil the collection thus far!

1962 pull along turtle.

1961 chatter telephone. Made for more than 30 years, one of the most popular identifiable FP toys and about to make somewhat of a comeback as the chatter phone joins ranks with Buzz & Woody in the upcoming Toy Story 3 movie out soon!

1963 bouncy racer.

1970 little people fun jet plane.

1987 record player music box.

1970 peek-a-boo block.

1980 pull along plane.

We have a tonne of contemptorary FP toys and I often wonder whether I should pack them away in a box when we outgrow them to hopefully one day in the far away future bring them out and find them sentimentally old and charming, perhaps useful for grandchildren!? Are any tomorrow's classics?
OK, in a moment of spontaneous madness I have just rounded up all the contemporary FP toys I could find and threw them together for a this a ridiculas amount? Is this what most homes with two small kids would have too?!

I wish I still had mine from childhood, here are some I recall having as a kid....
little people house boat!

sesame street play set!

pull aong snoopy!

waaaah, where are they now?!
We do have one of the recent reproduction vintage Fisher Price toys made - the snoop and sniff pull along dog that appears exactly like the original from 1939...

Here is a picture of all the vintage FP toys reproduced recently that are available to buy.

Did You Know? Some FP history!
In 1931 Fisher-Price released its first product line, consisting of 16 wooden toys, at the International Toy Fair in New York City. These new toys were very successful, despite tough financial times for most Americans. The Fisher-Price values were to make durable action toys that children would want to play with and were a good value for the money. What they created were a line of whimsical push-pull toys. The wonderful characters that these original toys were modeled after were taken from books illustrated by the founder’s wife, Margaret Evans Price. She was the company’s first art director as well as an accomplished illustrator, writer and muralist.

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