Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Fisher-Price Adventure People

Fisher-Price has always had great toys. Unlike Marx, Fisher Price has stayed in business and has continued to be very popular. Even still, I think the toys they made back in the 70's were better than the ones they make now. Everyone loved the old pull toys and the Fisher Price Little People or as we always called them, "round people". A lesser-known series from Fisher Price is the Adventure People, or Adventure Series.


There were many different sets of Adventure People. They were made for older kids than the little people. I did exactly what Fisher-Price wanted me to do. I went straight from loving FP Little People to loving FP Adventure People. According to ThisOldToy.com, The Adventure Series began in 1975 with four sets. They were: #303 The Emergency Rescue Truck, #304 The Wild Animal Safari, #305 The Air-Sea Rescue Copter, #306 The Daredevil Sport Plane. I had all of these sets and many others (shown above). The first one I got was the safari set, which was and still is my favorite!

They look pretty good for being over 30 years old don't they? These toys have really been played with too. They logged many hours, inside and outside. When I grew up I let my little brother and sister-in law play with them, and then my own kids played with them too - very durable toys! The saying "They don't make 'em like they used to" is definitely true with these adventure people.

I have much more that I could write about, but in case you are already bored with this post, I will save the rest for later. I do want to show you my 2nd and 3rd favorite sets though. They were the 5th and 8th sets made (both in 1976), #307 The Wilderness Patrol and #310 The Sea Explorer.



There were many other sets made. You can see them all detailed at ThisOldToy.com.

Do you remember The FP Adventure People? What was your favorite? Even if you didn't have any of the sets, chances are good that you had the Daredevil Skydiver. Remember the man in the white suite wearing a vinyl parachute with rubber harnesses. What fun it was throwing him high in the air and watching him drift down, down, down... right into a tree or on the roof!

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If you have read anything in this post that interests you or helped you bring back memories, I would love to hear from you. Please comment or send me an email.

I have many other toys that I can write about and show pictures of. Please comment or email if you have a favorite toy form the 60's, 70's, or 80's that you would like me to post about. If your favorite toy is before the 60's or after the 80's, I will still give it a shot. I have many of my Dad's old toys, and I know about the more recent ones too.

This blog is for you. It's for everyone. Together, lets talk about the Toys 2 Remember! Thanks!!

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23 comments:

Greg Scavezze said...

Oh my god I had all of these things! Definitely my favorite toys growing up! I remember the forest set had the plane that attached to the pontoon boat to make it a sea plane! Wow, what good memories of hours of fun in the backyard!

Marc said...

That was one of the great things about Adventure People - They were built tough enough that you could play with them outside. I used to jump the jeeps off of ramps from my front porch to the yard. They would fly at least 4 feet off the ground, hit the yard and roll, but they never broke. They did get scuffed up a bit, but that made them look even better! Toys these days are not made as well as back then.

Sarah said...

Do you have the whole adventure safari set pictured? Would you be willing to sell? If so, email sarahkirkpatrick3@gmail.com please!

Anonymous said...

Hey Marc! I still have my Adventure People... quite a few of the sets, plus a lot of extra people. I loved them! They've held up well and look great for their age. They sparked my imagination and triggered me to write... when I got to old (or so I thought) to play with them, I wrote stories based on the characters I created with them and have published a couple of books based on my characters!

Marc said...

I'd love to know more about your books! Thanks for stoping by.

Anonymous said...

These were hands down my favorite toys as a kid. As far as durability, my sister and I actually put them to the test. One day I took one of the people from the boat and laid them down in the middle of the street in front of my house, just where I thought a car would run over it. Within minutes, the neighbor came home in his pickup and unknowingly obliged. Aside from a few scratches from the concrete, the action figure was unscathed!
I had almost all of these sets and totally loved them. Thanks for the memories!

Anonymous said...

Hi Marc, I found this pages on Google. Great to read about a fan of this series. I am a Dutch collector of FP Adventure People, since my two sons played with the later models, the Alpha Star and Alpha Probe. Most of the 34 playsets were not released in Europe and I don't know any 'Adventure-collectors' in Holland. The internet and Ebay made it possible to collect them. My favourite set is still the Alpha Star: the one I started with! I agree on your number 2. The 307 Wilderness Patrol. Great set. I would love to correspondent about the series. My email: martien.douw@versatel.nl

Anonymous said...

These toys were amazing. My brother and I played with these guys for countless hours - we even had a little theme song that we made up for them. My mom kept them, and they are still good as new - my son loves to play with them. I wish they still made these, but if they did they probably wouldn't be as good - they'd have too many bells and whistles and they'd break after a month or two.

Anonymous said...

I was just going back and reminiscing with my kids about the toys I grew up playing with and came across this article. WOW, what a great blast from the past. I spent countless hours (truth be told...YEARS) playing with the Adventure People. I would love to get them for my kids (and maybe play with them myself, when they go to bed)...LOL Anyone know how to purchase these sets??My e-mail is sirvjr4@bellsouth.net THank you much!!

Anonymous said...

What a trip down memory lane! I remember all of the adventure people sets you show here. Regretably I didn't own any of them myself but my cousins' parents were obviously big Fisher Price fans because they had all of these sets and I spent many many happy hours playing with them too. I almost cried when looking at your photographs because I recognise the faces of all those little people like long lost friends! I didn't know they were called adventure people. We always used to call them The Rescuers. :) I found this site when searching for old Fisher Price toys. Why don't they make toys as good as this any more? I wish my daughter had these to play with. Everything is cartoon or movie character-based these days. What happened to good old-fashioned imaginative play? I get so frustrated with the choice of toys on the market today. Someone should suggest to Fisher Price reissuing this stuff. I am SURE everyone would buy it - especially nostalgic mums and dads who grew up in the 70s. I don't think these toys have dated at all. With a few fashion adjustments they would be just as relevant to today's kids. Wake up Fisher Price - there's a huge gap in the market ready for you to fill!

Thanks for the nostalgia trip, from a happy 70s kid!

jonathan H. said...

Well said sir, well said. These toys are over 30 yrs old and still hold true with children. No oversized bodies, plenty of vehicles and accessories (nothing I note that can be swallowed, all looks pretty big sized. Im still amazed at these toys even now, especially when other lines like IMAGINEXT and PLAYMOBIL are pretty much about the same thing, except FPAP looks real period. Just wish FP would come back around to it, could you imagine?

Anonymous said...

i'm darn near thirty five years old, and my boy plays happily with the jeep i played with as the third of three boys who were not easy ontheir toys. (i must admit i play with it too.) yes , the suspension is pretty well shot, but for a toy that's thrity years old, that jeep still mows em down. i gave my little cousin my daredevil biker for christmas when i was a teenager. his boy still plays with that one too. adventure people totally rule, and unlike star wars aciton figures, they allowed you to actually use your imagination, raher than just reenact movie plots.

Anonymous said...

I loved my Adventure People- I remember having the rescue helicopter in 1975, so I must have gotten it right when they came out. My old toys have long since been given away or sold at yard sales, so now that I'm about to have a kid of my own, I wanted to see if they were still making a modern version of them. I was stunned to find out they'd been discontinued over 25 years ago! Adventure People were perfect toys- they let you use your imagination, were nonviolent, and tough as nails. I broke a lot of stuff when I was a kid, but I never broke my Adventure People. Some things really were better "in the old days".

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Christine said...

These toys are incredible. My mother bought nearly all of them: Banzai Daredevils, Safari, Sea Explorers, TV crew, Mountain Rescue, Aero-Marine Rescue, etc...we played countless hours with them. Now my son, 2 1/2 years old, LOVES them. My mother keeps a set at their house and I have been buying them on eBay for our house. Why don't they make toys like this anymore?! And, anyone realize these were all MADE IN THE USA??? Very indicative of the downward spiral our country is in...I say BRING ADVENTURE PEOPLE BACK! Also, the people look realistic...boobs not too big, men not too muscular, women not too gorgeous...just normal people doing exciting things!

Anonymous said...

I had the Sea Explorers and took them in the tub with me every bath time. I don't think I ever cleaned myself, I just played until I was told to get out or the water got too cold. I remember that the dolphin had a blow hole and you could fill him with water by sqeezing him underwater. Once on the surface, give another squeeze and the water would shoot suprisingly high. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. I also have to agree with other posters, these toys were virtually indestructable.

aerialsoul said...

I just got a box my parents mailed me of my old toys and it included a few of my Adventure People. I handed one to my 18mth son today and he immediately rolled the motorcycle around with a "rrmmmm rrmmmm" sound.

I love the skydiver Adventure People. That image stuck in my mind until i was much older when I finally made my first skydive. 1300 jumps later, the Adventure People still make me smile.

airsoft guns said...

So awesome, my brother and i used to have that parachute guy and played for hours with him. Was'nt the parachute yellow red and white with blue stars?

Anonymous said...

We used to have the Sea Explorer. However, my last memory of that toy involved the trauma of my 3 year old brother pooping in the tub. I think I was 6. Thanks for posting...the parachute was my favorite.

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Anonymous said...

What memories these photos bring back. My son and I still play with the ones my brother and I used growing up 30+ years ago. They have held up so well.

Mary ann mount said...

herI was the girl model for this toy, wish I could find a picture of the whole box!!! I only have a cut out!!! Would love to have the original box!!! If u have any ideas where I could find it, I would greatly appreciate it. Mary Ann

mary ann mount said...

I was the girl model for this toy back in 1975ish!! Wish I could find the original box cover, I only have a cut out!!! If u have any ideas where I could find one, it would be greatly appreciated!!!

Anonymous said...

I had the parachute and was googling for one when i came across your blog! I've got a five year old son now and would buy it new all over again!!!!