|The Fisher-Price Collectors Club publishes a newsletter
three times a year for our club members. The newsletter is called The Gabby Goose, which
is named after one of the very first wooden toys ever made by Fisher-Price. The newsletter
has a winter/early spring issue; an early July issue; and
a Fall issue. The newsletter is mailed to club members; there is no public-viewable online version. The
Gabby Goose is usually mailed out in a 6x9 envelope, and often has a label decorated with a toy on it
(yeah we like to do that!). The Gabby Goose was first published in 1993, and as of June 2018, there were
80 issues published.
The June 2018 newsletter was mailed out the end of June.
This issue also contains the form to fill out to attend the 2018 Convention dinner, plus club renewal for 2018-2019, and
also some raffle tickets. If you want to come to the annual dinner, it is $25 a person this year, and
club members are welcomed to bring their family and guests. To attend the dinner, fill out the form and
send your check to Tammy's address listed on the form. To enter the raffle, fill out your name on each ticket
and mail the signed part back with your $$ (it's $1 a ticket or 6 for $5) to Tammy (you keep the "Keep this Coupon" part).
If you just want to renew membership, just fill out that portion of the form and send back with your check.
Members can also use our Paypal Link to pay as well!
Also in this issue is "Prior Employee Spotlight" featuring retired factory workers; a look at the
Chatter Phone and it's first version, The Talk-Back Telephone; and a fun article about the dilemma: If you find
an unopened Little People box at a yard sale and buy it for a steal, do you open it????? Do you keep it sealed?
What to do??? We find out in the next issue what a collector in this exact scenario did!
We have a new editor taking over the Gabby Goose, and the club is thrilled to welcome Tammy
to the task! Her first newsletter as editor was mailed out to club members in early March 2018.
It took some time for her to get up and running, so there was a delay getting her first newsletter done, and
she apologizes for that. She hopes to send an extra newsletter or two in 2018 to make up for it!
The March 2018 newsletter contains information about the upcoming 2018 Convention (July 27 - 28, 2018);
Changes in the officers and board (the prior president has resigned); membership updates; online groups and pages;
and a multi-page feature article, an interview with a former employee from Fisher-Price, and some of his
Invitations to the club dinner and more information about selling at the sale will be mailed out
to all club members in the spring. Stayed tuned!
The July 2017 newsletter was mailed out around July 21st. Apologies for mailing the newsletter so close
the convention; the editor simply had no free time to work on it, and the print shop had equipment breaking down
which delayed the job for 4 days. For the first time in years, the Gabby Goose is a 12-page newsletter (usually
it's 8 pages). This newsletter contains the following articles: the straight-ahead July 2017 Convention with
info on events (the Convention 2017 webpage also has details);
Online Facebook pages and groups; Well wishes for 2 former club members; a new vintage playskool Facebook group;
Meet the new Soft Li'L Snoopy; Possible changes to future Toy Sales; the feature article "Focus
on an Obscure Toy" looks at the #72774 Chatter Phone, the only push-button chatter phone made (no rotary dial!);
and our very special 4-page article by long-time member Gloria, who writes about her entire life with
Color photos from this newsletter can be found at the
Gabby Goose July 2017 Page. Gloria is selling her collection and
color photos can be found there. Gloria, as a 20+ year member of the club, has some amazing toys!
The April 2017 newsletter was mailed out around April 8th. This newsletter featured the following
articles: all about the upcoming July 2017 Convention (see Convention 2017 webpage for
updates as they come); 3 new miniature Fisher-Price toys made by World's Smallest (school bus, chatterphone and rock-a-stack);
an article answering the question "Did Fisher-Price make an alcohol-themed toy called the Happy Hour Playset"?
(Well, I will tell you now - NOOOOO THEY DID NOT!!); online Facebook groups and blogs; membership news update; and
this issue's "Focus on an Obscure Toy" looks at the very rare 1970's #765 Humpty Dumpty Pocket Radio!
|Past Newsletter - December 2016
The December 2016 newsletter is one that is very special, as it is dedicated to long-time club member
Sandy Rose, who passed away after complications from surgery in November 2016 at age 71. Sandy and her
husband were club members for over 20 years, and the club will always cherish the memories we have with them.
The newsletter articles include: a dedication to Sandy along with photos of her and her family throughout
the years with the club; the Little People FINALLY make it into the Toy Hall of Fame; write-up of this past
July's convention; new Mickey Hallmark Keepsake ornament that looks very familiar; Dept 56 Fisher-Price ornaments;
online blogs and groups; and the Adventure People and their Crossword Puzzle - solve the puzzle by
using your knowledge of Adventure People sets and figures (you know who Brainoid is, right???).
For club members who need help with the Adventure People Crossword Puzzle,
see the solution click here!
|Past Newsletter - July 2016
The July 2016 newsletter featured the following articles: Everything about the upcoming Convention 2016 -
the dinner, sale, raffle, social hour, plus maps to the venues; Online FP Facebook groups and blogs;
Renewing Membership; "Help the Husky Trucks Find their Garage" Maze; The new Basic Fun Tuggy Tooter reproduction toy;
and a new feature article "Focus on an Obscure Toy", which takes an in-depth look at the super duper obscure 1961-1962
|Past Newsletter - February 2016
The February 2016 newsletter featured the following articles: Details about the upcoming 2016 Convention
(with new venues for the dinner and sale); Round-up and photos from last July's 2015 Convention;
Photos from the Fisher-Price Little People display at the Cincinnati Children's Museum;
Long-time member Sandy's thank-you letter; The club's youngest member becomes a big brother;
Fisher-Price Facebook groups and blogs to visit; and an in-depth look at the new reproduction
"Chunky" Ferris Wheel, made by the company Basic Fun!
|Past Newsletter - July 2015
The July 2015 newsletter featured the following articles: The club's online sites, blogs, and Facebook groups;
Information about the upcoming 2015 Convention; One member's experience
with 3-D printing compatible FP parts (and how things did not go exactly as planned); upcoming Little People display at
the Cincinnati Museum; new Paypal service for club members;
two members show collection photos;
and the "Set The Table" quiz, where you name the set that each Little People table came from!
|Past Newsletter - April 2015
The April 2015 newsletter featured the following articles: The club's Facebook groups and pages; the passing of author
Brad Cassity; Convention 2015 news; Disney/Pixar's use of Fisher-Price toys in one of their Toy Story cartoons; A message
from long-time member Jacquie;
Basic Fun's new replica of the classic Snoopy pull toy; and a word game called "Name that Lithograph" from classic
Little People toys!
|What's in the newsletter?
|The Gabby Goose newsletter is usually between 8 - 12 pages long filled with
articles about the club (upcoming events, toy sales etc), and also about the Fisher-Price toys we love. The
articles are written by club members themselves; and we encourage
club members to submit articles about their favorite topics - write about your displays; your favorite toys; or what
got you started in toy collecting! Most newsletters also have historical articles about the Fisher-Price company or
a line of toys. We also share news about members (new grandkids, weddings in the family, sadly the occasional
obituary, etc.). The newsletter is
usually printed in black and white, but occasionally we do a color publishing. Most recently, the newsletter
has also included word games and puzzles like the "Pull-Toy Crossword Puzzle" and a "Classic Little People Word Search"!
Some recent issues of the Gabby Goose newsletter, along with a Little Person editor