Vintage Fisher Price Play Family
Here is an AWESOME Fisher Price Little People #997 Village play set that is 100% COMPLETE and in NEAR MINT-MINT condition! I have configured this particular play set to conform to the 1974-75 Fisher Price production run (source: www.thisoldtoy.com). The sheer number of accessories, along with the number of moving parts, associated with this base afforded the child a multitude of open-ended play opportunities. This is truly a CLASSIC Fisher Price Little People play set and suitable for the die-hard or beginning collector alike.
The set consists of two separate pieces of a village joined by a bridge with a stop light. The two halves of the village are in EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION. All of the original lithos are in place and intact. All of the original lithos have retained their original vivid coloration and entertaining graphics. After repeated scrutiny of this play base, I can only find the following "imperfections" on the EXTERIOR and INTERIOR lithos:
1. One, 1/4" in diameter bubble located under the Fisher Price trademark on the exterior Restaurant litho on the red half of the building; I just now found this; you literally have to hold the piece up to within 2" of your eyes and rotate it in the light to see it; it's virtually invisible; the other EXTERIOR lithos on the red half of the village are PRISTINE (MINT); there's no creasing, tears, rubs, marks, stains, edge wear etc. If I didn't already have a MINTY Village in my personal collection, I would grab this one in a heartbeat;
2. A couple of small rubs/edge wear on the gas pump litho; these definitely do not detract from the overall appearance of the yellow half of the village; that's it! The rest of the EXTERIOR lithos on this half of the Village are in MINTY MINT condition;
I cannot find a single aberration on any of the INTERIOR lithos in either the yellow or red halves of the village. They are PERFECT (MINTY MINT).
Believe me, folks. You'll never find another base in this exceptional condition unless you're fortunate enough to find one brand new in a sealed box!
NOTE: These are the original lithos. I do not use replacement lithos on any of my sets. If a litho is missing or damaged extensively, I occasionally offer the buyer a replacement litho free of charge. However, I do not apply these lithos myself. I do not want to acquire the reputation of selling "doctored" sets.
All parts work as designed (the fire station garage door slides up and down, all the doors open and close with ease, the fire siren works when the crank is turned, the garage lift raises and lowers the vehicles when operated, the knob on top of the police station opens and closes the jail cell door). The hinge to the set has no cracks or chips and securely latches the two halves of the village together for transporting. The gas pump still has its original "hose" and nozzle. The nozzle is free of any chews. The rubber strips adjacent to the Police Station and the Theater are intact and free of any cracks or fraying.
As far as the plastic surfaces are concerned, they are in great shape (MINTY MINT). There are no "dings," chips, cracks, abrasions, marks, discolorations or broken parts to any of the plastic pieces (e.g. no cracks between the slats of the Fire House and Garage sliding doors or on the rubber strips anchoring the stop light bridge). The only wear I can detect is some minor rubbing around the crank on top of the Fire Station. I'm being super "nit-picky" here; I hesitate to even mention this as it is so slight.
This offering also includes the following elusive accessories:
1 RARE, overpass or bridge with working traffic light (MINTY MINT);
1 VHTF telephone booth with the sliding red door (MINTY MINT);
1 VHTF dentist chair (MINTY MINT);
1 VHTF barber chair (MINTY MINT);
1 RARE yellow twin bed without original foam (VG+-- original foam has disintegrated over time; some light wear on the outside edges of the headboards; I will be inserting some hard foam to serve as a mattress for this bed; with the foam mattress, this bed will warrant an EXC-rating);
1 VHTF blue and white mail truck with red lettering and closed top and Fisher Price written on its wheels (VG+--multiple surface scratches and scuffs on the roof and sides of the vehicle along with some rust on the wheel caps; I should be able to alleviate some of this rust with a generous application of Naval Jelly);
1 HTF yellow three legged grill (MINTY MINT);
1 HTF yellow patio table with green umbrella (NEAR MINT: scallops are all intact; spring is bright and shiny; only "flaws" I can detect are a couple of scuffs on top of the umbrella; these may "buff out" with Armor All);
1 HTF small red firetruck with extension ladder and with Fisher Price written on wheels (NEAR MINT-MINT--no rust on wheel caps);
1 HTF green/white two seater passenger car w/fins and with Fisher Price being written on the wheels (NEAR MINT-a few light surface scratches in the seats of the car; car itself has retained its original lustre and sheen);
1 HTF white/green two seater car with by side-by-side seats and a luggage rack and with Fisher Price written on its wheels (VG+-VG++--dulling of white plastic surfaces; may brighten with Armor All wipes; surfaces scratches and a tad amount of rust on a couple of the wheel caps; I believe an application of Naval Jelly should eradicate the latter);
1 VHTF red/blue police car w/ Fisher Price written on wheels (NEAR MINT--some dulling of wheel caps; no rust; once again, an application of Naval Jelly should make these shine; once this happens, this vehicle will earn a MINT rating; once again, check out the sheen on this vehicle and there are no chews on the red light!);
4 yellow captain's chairs with the triangles on the back (EXC++-NEAR MINT--minor amount of edgewear on front of seats);
1 HTF yellow couch (MINTY MINT); and
1 VHTF yellow coffee table (MINTY MINT).
This set also features 7 WOOD/PLASTIC, and 3 ALL PLASTIC Little People! The figures include:
1 VHTF short, WOOD/plastic, red bodied girl with a blonde bob (MINTY MINT);
1 VHTF short, WOOD/plastic, yellow bodied boy, with a red cap facing forward, freckles, and frowning (EXC++--some dulling of yellow paint consistent with age; one teensy indentation on brim of item; quite shallow and hard to see; probably caused by some child's tooth);
1 HTF ALL PLASTIC, Lucky the dog w/ a red collar with links (NEAR MINT--white color has darkened a little due to age; may or may not brighten up after cleaning; no chews on ears);
1 HTF, tall, WOOD/plastic, blue bodied Mom w/blonde pony (MINTY MINT--check out how glossy the paint is on this piece; it looks BRAND NEW);
1 HTF, tall, WOOD/plastic, green bodied Dad with black heat stamped hair (EXC++-NEAR MINT--one pin-head size rub on left eye and a couple on the center part of his hair; also, just now spotted 1/8" L x 1/16" W mark on the back; I'm not going to aggressively go after this as I don't want to mar the glossy coated sheen of the original paint; NOTE: The original Fisher Price specifications for the Village did not include a Dad; I have inserted him as a BONUS piece);
1 RARE, WOOD/plastic, short, black bodied fireman with white hat, freckles, and red arms (NEAR MINT-MINT--some dulling of paint; otherwise, MINTY MINT);
1 VHTF, short, WOOD/plastic, gray bodied Postman (MINTY MINT);
1 VHTF short, WOOD/plastic blue bodied Policewoman (MINTY MINT);
1 HTF, white bodied, ALL PLASTIC African American Barber (NEAR MINT--some miniscule yellowing on middle of piece); and
1 HTF, white bodied, ALL PLASTIC Caucasian Dentist (NEAR MINT--very faint scratch above left corner of eye; has not permeated coloring for eye or eye brow; not noticeable at all unless you hold this piece up within 2" of your eyes and rotate it in the light; virtually impossible to see with the naked eye).
Last but not least, this play set contains all 6 RARE pieces of mail. These pieces of mail range in condition from VG+-EXC. More specifically, several of the pieces exhibit some light surface scratches, some evidence of some tiny "nibbles," and one, the #3 Theater shows some residual red marks. I do not know if the latter will come off during the cleaning process.
This set did not originally come with a box. Instead, I paired this set with a box another customer declined to take when they purchased another Village. Thus, it is a "marriage" of an incredible set with a mediocre box. The box is marred by widespread staining, duct tape, punctures, fraying, tearing, extraneous plastic tape, smushing, creasing etc. On a scale of 1-10 with a 10 being perfect, I would only judge this box as being a 1.5-2.0/10. It is not of display quality but it does safely store the pieces and gives a visual reference of what belongs with the set.
There you have it----the set of a lifetime. Don't miss out on this one! This is an HEIRLOOM quality set. It has taken me many months to assemble this set. These Fisher Price Little People Villages are getting harder and harder to find---especially in this condition.
I will be thoroughly Q-tip cleaning this play base and all of its accessories prior to sending it to its new owners. I spend a minimum of 1 1/2-5 hours cleaning each Vintage Fisher Price Little People play set I sell (except those clearly marked in My Rough Room). I utilize a variety of cleaning products. My sets are IMMACULATE!
NOTE: This play set is not part of the recent recall of toys manufactured in China. This Vintage Fisher Price Little People #997 Village play set was manufactured 41 years ago in the U.S.A.
It is highly recommended that this set not be given to children under 3 years of age or those who are still mouthing their toys. Adult supervision is strongly suggested as this toy may pose a choking hazard to children still mouthing their toys.
This play set weighs @ 6 1/2 lbs. UNWRAPPED. My location is Lafayette, IN (47905).