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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in Fisher Price by hankinstein Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in Fisher Price by hankinstein
I made these guys about ten years ago as a gift for a longtime friend of mine, who is also a huge CSNY fan. When we were little kids, we loved the Fisher Price "Little People". Some of you are way too young to know what those are, but when I was a little kid they were my favorite thing ever. The little guys were all wooden at first, then later had plastic heads and wooden bodies. Finally in the seventies sometime they went to all plastic. They stood about two inches tall or so.

Little People were discontinued sometime in the 80s, labeled as a choke hazard because they were so small. They made new "Little People" but they just were not the same.

Anyway, my friend and I started looking for Little People in flea markets and found a few things we hadn't had as a kid and started kind of collecting them again. So for Christmas (maybe her birthday, can't quite remember) I made her CSNY Little People.

And that is the big long rambly story behind this! :)

Made from Sculpey clay, faces drawn on with Sharpie.
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Ha! I'm young and still ended up growing up with "Little People" except that's not what they were called in our household...
We always called them "Bunnums" or, "bon homme" (good man) as it should probably be spelled. That's the name my mom knew them by (she's got French Canadian in her blood), and so that's what we called them as well. Mom originally had the ones with wooden heads and plastic bodies, but we had our own set of plastic ones--they came in "jumbo jets" and I recall we also had a single-seat helicopter for them and a little play set where the chopper could land.
These look just like them! :lmao:
They're soooooo CUTE!!! :squee:

Hmmm, these do certainly bring back the memories...I think mom still has ours somewhere in the basement. (I might have to go look for them now.) XDD

BUNNUMS!!!
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hankinstein Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They were my faves as a kid! I had a Sesame Street set that I loved to bits. It had Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and the whole gang. I also had a village and a cool gas station.

The little people started out all wooden, actually. I have a couple that are wooden-head, wooden-body. Then they started making the bodies plastic, and eventually went to all plastic. I have a jet too, and a school bus (spoiled, much?) =p But the hours of fun I had, I will never forget. And I got to play with them almost up to adulthood as my younger brothers loved them too! :) We also spent hours playing with Playmobil figures too, don't know if you've heard of them, but they were similar to FP people but had bodies (arms, legs). Had a set of indians, cowboys and pony soldiers, complete with a fort, that I loved too.

Interesting name your mom gave the Little People! :)
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Ahh, I remember my mom had one solid wood one, and then 2 or 3 with round wooden heads stuck on plastic bodies. But the bodies didn't hold up well--hollow, and a rather weak plastic to boot. But the heads were very prettily painted. I remember thinking them almost looking Asian with their black hair and fine features.

We also had the large parking garage with the "slide" (ramp) and the elevator...I loved that playset and I recall using it for all sorts of toys.
Oh wait! The schoolbus! I'd totally forgotten we had one of those as well...with the little red seats, and the sides that could be taken down to be used as school room walls...*sigh*
And we had the house with the brown roof and the garage with the blue door. (Also used for other toys to "live" in.)

Ha! I didn't realize Playmobil was their official name. XDD
When we first came across them (we always got toys at yard sales or our local "3-Day Stampede" so that means they weren't in the original packaging) I could only think to call them "bunnums with arms" because at the time I didn't know about Little People being called such.
(It probably wasn't until I was like, in my early TEENS, when I realized bunnum wasn't actually a real name for them.)
...It takes me a long time to question something. :roll:

It's great to have younger siblings to play with--it seems like kids leave behind their toys a lot sooner when they don't have someone else to enjoy them as well. =p
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BluebottleFlyer Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh heh, very neat idea indeed, they're all looking the part! :thumbsup:
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Cheers Mate! You gave me a laugh. Nice one.
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PierreAndAndre Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My my.... These sure bring back memories. I had a bunch of these growing up. I remember always having them in the bathtub. So they were discontinued? Didn't even realize since I've grown up. I guess that's why I haven't seen them in a long time. Man, these things were fun. :D
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hankinstein Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah they stopped making them in this size. It was in the days when they really started to bubblewrap the world's kids ya know? I mean, we played with metal cars and trucks, stuff small enough to swallow, etc. and survived! But yeah, I had a gas station, a village and a sesame street building. Hours and hours of entertainment for me. Still have all that stuff too.
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BadCowboy69 Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol that's great
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hankinstein Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I am thinking of doing Ants ones now...
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BadCowboy69 Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

OMG you better lol 

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