Last Updated: June 1, 2023

The Fisher-Price Little People Toys (also called the Play Family) were produced from around the late 1950's until current times. The toys made from the beginning up until 1990 are known as the classic Little People toys, and they are the ones most valued by collectors. These toys consisted of many round figures made of wood or plastic, along with many different sets and pieces. There were over 120 different classic Little People sets made. Most were made in America, with "East Aurora NY" stamped on them. These were some of the best toys ever made throughout the history of mankind (yes, really!).

Sadly everything changed around 1990. The Little People toys made after 1990 had a whole different look and feel. The figures were made bigger and rounder (nicknamed the "Chunkies") and there were far less pieces, and the sets were made out of cheaper light-weight plastic. After 1996, the Little People toys evolved into ones made of some rubbery-plastic material with an entirely different shape and faces, with sets made out of cheaper thinner plastic. The sets are made overseas now, not made-in-America like the original ones. The Little People made after 1990 are not generally not sought after by collectors, though some boxed Chunky sets could bring a decent price (like the McDonalds or Space Shuttle ones). The Fisher-Price Collectors Club does have a few members who collect the "Chunky" Little People (1990-1996), plus the newer ones (1996 - on), but as of this writing (2023), these Little People sets aren't desired by most collectors.

The Fisher-Price Collectors Club does not maintain any websites or have written any books that serve as Little People set guides. But below are some resources created by others to help people ID their favorite sets!

Little People Toy Guides:

The sources below are well-known in the collector community. Both authors listed here were involved with the Fisher-Price Collectors Club and worked with the Fisher-Price company. Check them out!

WEBSITE: ThisOldToy.com

This Old Toy is the original site of Fisher-Price toys, absolutely filled with all sorts of information. This site is HUGE! It doesn't have just Little People toys, it has almost ALL older Fisher-Price toys. The site has an older-style navigation, so it can take some time hunting through to find information, but definitely worth the effort.

Click here to go to the list of classic Little People sets.

Click here for their Little People and parts identification guide - it covers just about everything!

BOOK: Brad Cassity's Fisher-Price Toys

Brad Cassity's Fisher-Price Toys was published in the year 2000 and covers many Fisher-Price toys made from 1964 to 1990. It shows all the Little People sets and their pieces, plus some variations through the production run. Many of the toys shown in the book were owned by members of the Fisher-Price Collectors Club. There are some errors in this book (hey we are all human and stuff like that happens!) but the book is terrific as an overall guide. Also in a nice paperback which makes it handy to carry when out at flea markets or yard sales!

BOOK: Fisher-Price: Historical, Rarity and Value Guide 1931-Present 3rd edition (The Purple Book)

Fox and Murray's Fisher-Price: Historical, Rarity and Value Guide 1931-Present (also known as the "purple book") was produced in 2002. It covers Fisher-Price toys by year, in group photos. Little People sets, plus other Fisher-Price toys are covered - click on the link above for more detail about this book!

Fox and Murray also have a first and second editon of this book, which get into more detail about the older toys. To read about the first-edition released in 1987 (aka the "tan book") click here!.

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