Vintage Fisher Price Play Family
#937 Sesame Street Clubhouse
Complete + BONUS Sesame St. Characters!
Hang on to your hats!!! Here for your consideration is an STUNNING piece of Americana---Fisher Price's #937 Play Family Sesame St. Clubhouse Play Set! Produced between 1977-79, this play set is highly coveted by collectors and children alike. It's EXCEEDINGLY RARE to find one of these play sets with all of its original pieces plus two extra Sesame St. characters and in this condition (EXC++).
With a few modifications, the plastic Sesame St. Clubhouse base was essentially the forerunner of the later Fisher Price #934 Western Town. The Sesame St. Clubhouse featured 14 original pieces and innumerable play opportunities. The base included an attached tire swing, a playground with a built-in curlicue slide and merry-go-round, a rotating perch for Big Bird on top of the building, a revolving green door in the rear to help characters appear and disappear, a secret trap door for quick exits, and a moving "walk way" that propelled the Sesame St. figures down a chute to the slide. All the play pieces could be stored inside the base by lifting the blue roof flap.
ALL of the original EXTERIOR lithos are in remarkable condition (EXC++)! The lithos are bright, crisp, and fully intact. They're ABSOLUTELY FREE of any marks, tears, punctures, fading, or rubs!!!!! After repeated examinations, the ONLY "imperfections" I can detect are:
1. Two, barely detectable, light brown stains on the litho with the red crank; due to the placement of these (e.g. over the simulated, light , orangish brown bricks), they are not prominent in nature;
2. Three, thin, intermittent, vertical hairline creases on the same litho;
3. Seven, small bubbles, the largest being 3/8" L x 1/8" W", and one, vertical crease on the rear litho; most of the bubbles are clustered around the David and Maria litho on the back wall;
4. One bubble and five, horizontal, hairline creases on the litho adjacent to the red curlicue slide; and
5. Some light soiling on the main Fisher Price logo; I believe the latter will be remedied during the cleaning process.
I'm being super "nit-picky" in my description as I don't want any of my customers to be disappointed with their purchase from me. Many of these "flaws" are not apparent until you hold the base up within 3" of your eyes and rotate it in the light. They definitely do not detract from the overall appearance or function of this base.
The plastic surfaces are likewise in great shape (EXC++). I have gone over this base with a "fine tooth comb" and there are no discolorations, fading, abrasions, breaks, or repairs. The colors are ARRESTING. All moving parts operate as designed (e.g. when you crank the red handle, Big Bird's nest revolves, the walk way scoots the Sesame St. characters towards the slide, the tire swing smoothly swings back and forth, the merry-go-round effortlessly spins etc. etc.). On close inspection, I detected the following "flaws":
1. A couple of minor "nicks" on the rim of Big Bird's yellow nest at the top of the base;
2. A small, possible "chip" off the front corner on the upper level of the white plastic above the "Oscar loves trash" litho; and
3. Some soiling throughout the base; the latter should be successfully removed during the cleaning process.
Accompanying this PHENOMENAL base are some EXCEEDINGLY RARE pieces UNIQUE TO THIS SET. Topping off this DELIGHTFUL set is a full complement of all the original Sesame St. characters featured in this play set. They range in condition from VG+ (e.g. Roosevelt Franklin) to NEAR MINT (e.g. Grover, Bert, Ernie, the Count, Cookie Monster, Oscar, and Big Bird). As shown in the photos, Roosevelt Franklin exhibits rubs to both of his eyes along with some possible glue on his hair. I don't know why the glue is there; someone may have put it there to cover some chews. I honestly can't tell. Other than some extremely minor edge wear on the bottom of a few of the other Sesame St. characters, these characters are in MINT condition. I've lowered my ratings of them to NEAR MINT because of this minor edge wear. FYI, I have added Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch to this offering as a BONUS. They did not originally come with this set. I decided to include them along with the rest of the Sesame Street Gang to add to the fun!
Other VHTF or RARE accessories associated with this set include:
1 VHTF yellow slide (NEAR MINT--a few light surface scratches);
1 VHTF yellow cable drum (VG++-numerous scratches around the outer rim on one side of the drum);
1 VHTF blue barrel (MINT);
1 VHTF red barrel (MINT);
1 VHTF yellow barrel (MINT);
1 VHTF red wagon (MINT); and
1 HTF black/red jump rope (EXC--some edge wear on the black outer supports for the jump rope).
I can't emphasize enough how hard it is to assemble one of these sets with the quality pieces like I've done here for you. I've been working for almost a year to put this set together. I've scoured the United States and Canada for the best pieces possible to put together this exceptional offering.
I will be thoroughly Q-tip cleaning this base and all of its accessories prior to shipping it to its new owners. I use a variety of cleaning products (e.g. Dawn Liquid Soap with anti-bacterial ingredients, Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser, Soft Scrub, Goo Gone, Crayon Away etc. etc.). I spend a MINIMUM of 1 - 1 1/2 hours cleaning each and every Vintage Fisher Price play set I sell (except for those in my "Rough Room"). Whatever time it takes, I clean these sets till they're IMMACULATE. Some sets I've spent up to 5 hours just cleaning the base! All you need to do when you purchase one of my sets is to unwrap it and bring it out for play or display.
Remember, these Vintage Fisher Price play sets were not part of the recent recall of toys made in China. These Vintage sets were made in the U.S.A.
Children under the age of 3 or those still mouthing their toys should not be allowed to play with these sets unsupervised as they contain small parts.
Yes, you can find cheaper sets but not of this caliber, completeness, or cleanliness. This is an exceptional set--one worthy to pass down in the family! I'm not trying to gouge people but I do need to recover my costs in assembling this set.
This would make a TERRIFIC gift for a rabid Fisher Price collector or some lucky child. Don't tarry and allow this set to disappear from view.
This set weighs 4 lbs., 6 oz. UNWRAPPED. I securely pad everything in bubble wrap and I've never had a set arrive damaged in over 14 years in business. My location is: Lafayette, IN 47905.