Friday, July 12, 2013

Fisher Price Friday - Xylophone

Today on Fisher Price Friday I have a very familiar toy to share with you.  Odds are high that you either had one of these growing up or played with one at a friend's house.  It's the Pull-A-Tune Xylophone #870 which was made between 1957-1989.  So both you and your mom probably had one!  The toy came with a mallet and could be pulled by a string.  

It also included a 4 page song book with the songs Jingle Bells, Frere Jacques, This Old Man and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
The xylophone had some changes over the years such as the stickers on the side, colors of the keys or the materials (wood to plastic) but it mostly looked the same.  My version was made between 1978-1986 as it has a wood base, plastic red wheels and a plastic mallet.  This was the first version where the mallet was not connected to the string (although I went ahead and connected it so we wouldn't lose the mallet.  The mallet has a small ball on one end and a larger on the other (earlier mallets had a ball on only one side).  There is a plastic cord attached to the xylophone which can be used to pull it along.  When you push or pull the xylophone it makes sounds.

This lithograph is the same on each side and this version was on the xylophone from 1978-1989.

Here you can see the wood sides and wood base.

Happy playing!

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  1. A friend just found a Fisher-Price xylophone at a thrift shop for our grandson. Our oldest daughter had one just like this one, back in the early 70s. Thank you so much for sharing the music book, as our thrift shop toy doesn't have one. Also for the changes made over the years. Much appreciated!

    1. You are very welcome Caro, so glad you enjoyed the entry! :)