What are Little People Made of?
|Lithograph wrapped body. Fisher-Price introduced their first set with removable Little People figures in 1959 with the #983 Safety School Bus. These figures come 2 ways, the first was rolled cardboard with a lithograph design wrapped around it, the second are wooden figures with the same lithograph design wrapped around it.|
|Wood body and wood head (w/w). All people made from 1960 up until sometime in the late 1969 or early/mid 1970s were of this configuration. Note although the head and body were wood, other parts of the people could be made of plastic, such as some of the hats, neck collars, and the firemen's arms.|
|Wood body and plastic head (w/p). Starting in the late '69 / early '70 (after Quaker Oats had bought Fisher Price), the heads began to be molded in plastic. Note that there is not a firm cut-off date when this change occured; in fact, it most probably occured at different times for different people. These wood-plastic people were used until around '75-76, although again, the question of "which person changed when?" is impossible to pinpoint.|
|Plastic body and plastic head (p/p). The first all plastic people were the white bodied people. The white bodied boat captain for the #985 House Boat was introduced in 1972. The two doctors for the #997 village and the bald baby with yellow bib for the #761 nursery set would have followed in 1973.
Fisher-Price didn't start mass production of all-plastic people until around 1975. The first set to use all plastic figures was the #938 Sesame Street Apartment set.
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