Vintage Fisher-Price Sesame Street Playset

I had this same playset when I was a kid and I remember, along with my sister, spending a lot of time playing with it. I may have been a little younger than my daughter is now (she’s eight), but when I saw one for sale recently at an antique mall it brought back so many good memories that I decided to bring it home and see if my daughter might enjoy it as much as I did.

Morgan spent a few minutes checking things out. She opened everything that opened, moved everything that moved, and eventually emptied everything out.

Once everything was out, she began putting items one by one into each room, moving them around and arranging things the way she wanted them. Once she had everything “just so” she began playing with the included figures. Unfortunately, and this reflects a deficiency on my part, she did not know who all the characters were. I figured this out when I saw Cookie Monster in Big Bird’s nest, Mr. Hooper in Bert and Ernie’s apartment, and Oscar the Grouch running the general store.

Sadly her interest in the toy was short lived and the lure of iPads and digital cable eventually pulled her back. For thirty minutes or so, Morgan had a good time exploring and I had a good time reminiscing.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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10 thoughts on “Vintage Fisher-Price Sesame Street Playset

  1. DBenson says:

    I got one for my niece, who now has a daughter in high school. I wasn’t that big a Sesame Street fan, but I was doing a lot of theater at the time and was intrigued at how the playset could almost work as a stage set.

  2. Alphacentaurian says:

    I had this. Me and my brother would play with this for hours.
    I’m sorry to say we grew up, and then it became a stage for Cobra invasions…

  3. Danny says:

    My Mom still has the one my brother and I played with as kids. Our children sometimes play with it but not much. Probably has to do with that they don’t watch Sesame Street (which bums me out that they’re missing out on a classic).

    We also still have the old Fisher-Price Garage (w crank elevator), which was lodes of fun!

  4. I never had this, but I did have the closely related sesame street clubhouse one: http://www.plaidstallions.com/fp/fp773.jpg
    The clubhouse had oodles of interactive elements, a trapdoor roof, and interior area for both play & storage, an openable roof to access said storage, a revolving door on the front, a spinning nest/basket on top, operated by a crank which also slid figures across the roof & eventually down a slide, a merry go round, a tire swing, a crank operated jump rope deal, and some other stuff. I spent endless hours playing with it.

  5. The Clubhouse playset it one of my all time favorites. I’m pretty sure I got a Chewbacca figure stuck inside the trap door at one point in time.

  6. Pat Loisel says:

    I still have the clubhouse and the garage, and all the grandkids have gone through the stages of playing with them (and getting bigger figures stuck in the clubhouse slide!) The garage is in the middle of the floor this morning, as a matter of fact. Timeless toys, wonderful memories (some still being made.) :-)

  7. I had this set and loved it. I have to say, you found a really decent one – the lithographs look pretty in tact.

    I think your daughter’s new reality she created for Sesame Street is how it should be!

  8. Ladyjaye says:

    I loved Sesame Street as a kid, and I’m really surprised that I didn’t end up owning that playset. However, at the time, we were members of a community toy-lending service, and that’s probably how I ended up with Bert and Ernie’s beds in my own F-P castle (that’s another awesome Fisher-Price item that was impossible to break down!). Speaking of which, I remember seeing the updated castle in stores in the late 90s, and I couldn’t believe how cheap it felt, with pliable plastic. Really doubt that that version of the toy would survive up to this day…

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