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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Neighborhood of Make-Believe Playset [1977?]

This past week, Neighbor Laura sent me a few pictures off the back of the box from a Mister Rogers' Neighborhood toy from the 1970's. Above the four images shown, the box states that "these other Mister Rogers toys are also available." One of the four quickly caught my eye.

The middle image on the back of the box shows the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe Playset. How cool is this?!? According to the description below the picture, this item features "The Royal Castle complete with 20 accessories including five 2 1/4" figures from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. And it is its own carrying case so you can take it everywhere!"
As a kid, my brother and I had a similar (and more common) playset from of the Sesame Street neighborhood which is still around at my parents' house. It opened up to make the Sesame Street set and latched shut to serve as a convenient carrying case for the kid who couldn't leave home without his playset. This set seems to be much the same style and upon close inspection of the photo, the Neighborhood playset includes the castle, X and Henrietta's tree, the Museum-Go-Round and two other connecting parts that I haven't quite pinpointed yet.

As for figures and accessories, the image is small but I can make out King Friday, Queen Sara, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, X the Owl, and Henrietta Pussycat. Additionally, there appears to be the King and Queen's thrones and one of Corny's rocking chairs.

For what it's worth, the other images featured on the back of this box are the X the Owl and Lady Elaine puppets and the musical Neighborhood Trolley -- all of which will likely be showing up at some point in future posts.

On a side note, if anyone has any other pictures of this playset that you would be willing to share, please feel free to email them to me. I would love to see more detail and would be glad to share them on this site. Taking it one step further, if anyone has one of these playsets (complete or mostly complete) that you'd be interested in parting with, drop me a line and name your price.


Eric Scales said...

And I think I spy Yoshi Ito's plane! Pretty cool. Not as great as the models of the Neighborhood that Fred used, but as a kid I would have killed for this. Any way to make the picture visible a bit larger?

TL said...

Unfortunately not without distorting it. This is as large as I could get it and still maintain as much clarity as possible.

NavigatorBen94 said...

this is as close as I will ever see a playset of the make-believe land. I want a replica of the real models that mister rogers used on the show but they never made any. that would be the biggest moneymaker and could possibly raise money for mister rogers episodes to be on more than once on PBS.