In 1968, Fisher-Price introduced the first Little People playset, the famous Play Family Barn with barn doors that "moo’d". Also at this time, the figures were made with plastic bodies instead of wood. Eventually, the toys encompassed a wide range of playsets, furniture packs, and accessory packs.

In the middle 1970s, Fisher-Price produced the Sesame Street town, with various Sesame Street stores, a bridge with stop lights and Sesame Street characters such as Bert, Ernie, and the only Little People toys that have been modeled after celebrities -- Loretta Long (Susan), Roscoe Orman (Gordon) and Will Lee (Mr. Hooper). Soon after, the Little People Discovery Airport, a hospital and a school would also be released. Little People characters had by then been also produced with plastic products exclusively.

Little People Play Family BarnIn 1991, the Original Little People figures were redesigned for younger children. They were made "chunkier", were more bright and colorful, and were designed so that they could activate motion within the play sets. Most people believe that these figures were developed as a replacement for the original Little People due to the increasing concerns and pressures from parents and consumer-advocacy groups for safer toy designs. A book published in 1986 by Edward Swartz titled Toys That Kill prominently featured a trio of original Little People figures on the cover. After Fisher-Price was bought by Mattel in the 1990s, Little People reappeared on the markets, their figure significantly larger in size from the original Little People characters due to revised toy safety guidelines. These figures are called "chunky" by collectors.

Little People value and price guide

What's your 'Little People' worth? Here are some recently sold items (USA):

Picture Title Date sold Price
1987 Soft Sculpture Cabbage Patch Xavier 07/2019 $10 000.00
Soft Sculpture Boy Girl Red Hair 1985 07/2019 $1 950.99
1979 Xavier Roberts Hand Signed Soft 07/2019 $850.00
1979 Xavier Roberts Hand Signed Soft 07/2019 $850.00
1979 Xavier Roberts Hand Signed Soft 07/2019 $850.00
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Emma - September 22, 2010

Hi there, I was hoping somebody could help me. I have the Little People nursery set from when i was a child, which i'm guessing would be from late 70s?? It consists of playpen, cot, buggy, rocking horse, changing table etc, What i would like to know is, is this from a set or maybe a part of a house??? Thank you