Fisher Price vintage toys from my childhood

September 3, 2013

I’ve recently discovered some Fisher Price vintage toys from my childhood – did you have any of these?

Fisher Price vintage toys

Fisher Price Little People figures - fisher price vintage toysOne of the best things about going to visit our parents – apart from wine on tap, a fridge full of good cheese, and getting to spend time with them, of course – is having all the old books and toys , like the Fisher Price vintage toys – bought out for Eliza. It keeps her entertained for hours, is a bit of a nostalgia-fest, and as I said before, occasions like these are surely one of the really good things about having kids.

Among other things, Alex’s mum kept the Quadro; huge clickable building blocks you can use to make people-sized slides and airplanes. And my mum kept all our old Fisher Price vintage toys (like the Fisher Price Little People vintage figures, the little characters in the top photo, who slot into a whole world of play furniture, buildings and vehicles). We had the airport, the garage, and the camper van that was also a boat – all inherited from my cousins.

They were out again at my mum and dad’s this weekend; Eliza was fascinated and spent ages playing with them, putting them in and out of the vehicles and flying them around. I may or may not have spent ages arranging them into colourful patterns.

Vintage Fisher Price toys - Fisher Price vintage toysVintage Fisher Price toys

Looking at them now, don’t they seem ever so slightly freaky? Especially the Stepford-esque ponytailed ladies and the dog who is as big as the people. Google tells me they were called the ‘Little People’, there is now a collectors club and also a whole Buzzfeed post dedicated to them. Did anyone else have these?

The Fisher Price  retro vintage toys also make an appearance on my Instagram feed; I mention this as over on Tots 100, I’ve been named as Instagrammer of the week. I love it! I’m gill_c if you want to follow me. I’m off to find out more about the mysterious world of the Little People.


  • Clare Airey

    September 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I so remember the black and white dog! We had a tree house with the little people too. Wish my folks had kept them. They did hold on to my collection of Sylvanian Families stuff from when I was a bit older so will get to dig those out when our little one is a bit bigger.

    1. gillian

      September 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Aaah I loved Sylvanian Families! I never had any, but loved playing with all my friend’s ones. I think they’re still around aren’t they? x

  • Kim Carberry

    September 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Ohh I remember them….From when I was at nursery school…lol

    1. gillian

      September 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      We used to love playing with them when I was younger – so funny now seeing my own daughter playing with them x.

  • PhotoPuddle

    September 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Oh wow, I had most of these. Such nostalgia, I wish I’d kept them. I am going to hang on to some of our HappyLand because I know that my kids will feel nostalgic about that in years to come!

    1. gillian

      September 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      My friend bought loads of Happyland (I think from eBay) and it’s brilliant, isn’t it? Have to admit we (I) had a lot of fun looking at it 🙂

  • Karina

    September 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I really loved those cute FP figures, I wish FP would bring them back(retro cool:-)so my soon to be 18m son can enjoy them!

    Thank you, Gillian for the trip back down memory lane:-)

    Eliza is one fortunate little girl for sure:-).

    1. gillian

      September 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      They are so cute aren’t they?! I guess the nearest thing is the Happyland figures from Mothercare. Isn’t it lovely to have babies at the age when they can really start enjoying little things like this? xx

  • Shirley

    September 4, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Does this mean when you move your spare bedroom will hold all these toys for your own grandchildren? I think these play people will always entertain children and in the future still be used alongside mini ipad’s etc

    1. gillian

      September 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Yes, and free up lots of space in your loft! Although not as much fun for you x

  • Emily

    September 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I remember them but not sure what they’re called, look like a very early version of our ‘Little People’? xx

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