Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wendy's Personality Card

I noticed that on (TOT) they don't have pictures of all of the personality cards for the Precious Places figures, so I thought I'd do a few posts filling in the gaps. First up, Wendy and Her Ice Cream Cart.

Front of Card:

Back of Card:

Just in case you can't read the print in the picture, here's what Wendy's card says:

Wendy and Her Ice Cream Cart Meet Wendy! Wendy is very popular. She sells ice cream in the Precious Places Village. Wendy sells all kinds of delicious ice cream - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, even cookies and cream! The tinkling of the bell on Wendy's cart is the favorite sound in Precious Places on hot summer days. All the kids come running when they hear the bell. Wendy loves to see all the kids smile as they eat their ice cream. Birthday: November 18 Favorite Ice Cream: Double scoop cone of chocolate ice cream with pink sprinkles! Yum! Copyright 1989 FISHER-PRICE

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pretty Penny Wishing Well Key Litho

The Precious Places parts lists on (TOT) don't have a picture of the key litho for the Pretty Penny Wishing Well. Here is what I believe to be the correct key:

The heart motif on the key clearly matches the lithos on the wishing well itself.

I'm pretty sure I'm right about this, but anyone have any objections?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gazebo Swans

So here is my next question about the (TOT) Precious Places parts lists: How many swans were originally included in the Twirling Melody Gazebo set?

The reason I'm wondering is because on ebay you always see the set being sold with one swan, never two. However, the TOT parts list for the Twirling Melody Gazebo says the set came with two swans.

Has anyone bought a new in the box Twirling Melody Gazebo recently? Did it come with one swan or two? Or maybe you have the original box. Does it say on the box how many swans are included? Please let me know! Thanks!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Poor "Mom at Work"

Does anyone else feel sorry for "Mom at Work"? Not only is she perpetually stuck vacuuming everything in sight, but she doesn't even get to have different colored accessories like every other Precious Places figure. Rollerskating Sara gets a pink wagon and an aqua wagon, Jenny on her Trike gets to decide between riding her white trike and pink trike. But not Mom at Work... nope, she just pushes around the same pink vacuum all day long. Poor Mom at Work.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Furniture Set Key Lithos

Before I get into a discussion of the furniture set key lithos, here's a little background on the sets themselves: of the eight Precious Places furniture sets, four of them were manufactured for the course of the two years the line was in production. These are the Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom and Baby's Nursery sets. Two sets were manufactured only in 1989: the Dining Room (but see my earlier post) and the Bedroom. The remaining two sets were manufactured only in 1990: the Canopy Bedroom and the Playroom.

I think this background is important for understanding the key litho situation of the furniture sets. You see, (TOT) has each PP set listed with a description of the key litho. For the Kitchen, Living Room and Bedroom is says that the key "has no litho". However, for the Bathroom, Baby's Nursery and Playroom it says "unknown description of litho". I would like to suggest that the Bathroom and the Baby's Nursery sets should also be listed as "has no litho" and here's why...

I believe that for whatever reason only furniture sets that were put into production in 1990 (Canopy Bedroom & Playroom) have key lithos. I agree with TOT that the Canopy Bedroom key looks like this:

and I would like to propose that the following key is the Playroom key, since the balloon motif matches the litho on the Playroom puppet show:

Other than these two keys, I have seen no other lithos that could possibly belong to the Bathroom or Baby's Nursery furniture sets, so unless I am wrong about the balloon key belonging t
o the Playroom or if there are lithos out there I've never seen, I will continue to assert that the Bathroom and Baby's Nursery (along with the Kitchen, Living Room and Bedroom) never came with lithos for their respective keys.

Have you ever seen any lithos that you don't know what sets to which they belong? Do you have a key with a litho for any of the furniture sets besides the Canopy Bedroom and Playroom? As always, I would love to hear about it so I can complete my Precious Places collection!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mother and Baby Sets: Pink vs. White

As I have been working on my collection I have become curious about the mother and baby sets in regards to the variation in the color of the baby/babies that came with each set. I personally have two sets with white babies (Ponies and Puppies) and three sets with pink babies (Puppies, Kittens and Bunnies). In addition to these, I have seen on e-bay Mother and Baby Kitten sets that come with white babies. All of this put together seems to verify the (TOT) listings where they state that the Mother and Baby Kittens and the Mother and Baby Puppies can come with either white or pink babies.

I'm wondering two things. One, why didn't the Mother and Bunnies also come with white babies? It seems like if all the other sets came in two colors (pink and white) the bunnies should too. As far as I know though, the bunny babies only come in pink. TOT says they only come in pink and I've never seen them in white.

The second thing I'm wondering is about the Mother and Pony set. The picture on the Mother and Pony box shows a pink baby and TOT says the set can come with a pink or white baby, but I've never actually seen a pink baby in person or for sale in an e-bay auction. Is it possible the picture on the box shows a pink baby, but the set was never actually produced that way? I think it could be.

What do you think? Should the Mother and Bunnies set have come with white babies just like the others? And have you ever actually seen the pink baby pony other than in the picture on the box? Please let me know!