Fisher Price has a line of toys called Little People. It's a large line--small plastic people and animals that fit in everything from a Little People school bus to the Little People Noah's Ark. Here's one example of the merchandise (Little People Lil' Mover SUV):
But I was thrilled when my mom got out the Little People that my siblings and I used to play with, so that Chickie and Zoodle could play with them. I get a warm, happy childhood feeling when I see the old-style Little People and their accessories.
As I examined the old toys, I realized they tell a story, a story about how toymaking has changed. Some of the Little People (presumably the oldest) are made mostly of wood, with just a bit of plastic (such as hair.)
Others have wooden bodies, but plastic heads. (You can see the wooden body on the dog which, appropriately, was chewed up by one of our dogs years ago.)
And some are entirely made of plastic, such as this handsome cowboy, and the Sesame Street characters.
Today's Little People appear to be plastic and/or rubber, depending on the character. They are cute and made with lots of detail...but seeing our old toys, I miss their simplicity. I suppose that's just nostalgia...and I suppose Fisher Price is counting on lots of nostalgic parents who grew up in the 70s and 80s, because they've come out with some old-style Little People that they're currently selling. (The Little People are bigger these days, even the old-style ones...probably to prevent choking.)
How long do you think I'll hold out before I buy the old-style schoolhouse? We'll see.