Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1970s Vintage Fisher-Price Medical Kit

Fisher-Price Medical Kit from 1977.
I was never one of those kids who wished they were a doctor and I honestly don't recall ever claiming, "When I grow up, I want to be a nurse." Stay tuned - Friday I will 'fess up about an 8th grade career goals discussion gone wrong thanks to Sr. Frances Dorothy.

Remember this vintage doctor kit toy?

Yeah, so I never planned on pursuing a job in the medical field. However in 1977, I friggin' LOVED this Fisher-Price Medical Kit. Ah empowering one to play doctor with a cute young neighbor boy -- okay, so maybe we didn't have a cute neighbor boy, but just go with it... Toys providing the "power to pretend" were always my favorite kind of toy growing up. We could always rely on Fisher-Price to do just that.

I remember gripping the plastic handle of my Fisher-Price Medical Kit and toting it from my little brother's room to mine. After all, I believe this actually was his vintage doctor toy and not mine. Proudly I would unveil each colorful doctor instrument one by one. Carefully placing the orange, blue and yellow stethoscope around my neck, I would lay out the plastic thermometer, blood pressure monitor gauge thingie, and medical knee reflex hammer jammy and prepare to give free check-ups to all of my ailing stuffed animal and Barbie doll patients. Oh what fun!

 Today's Fisher Price Medical Kit
available at Toysrus.com

Today's Fisher-Price Medical Kit goes for $14 and is obviously much more modernized and although it includes a cool Band-Aid and environmentally-friendly tote bag instead of the bulky plastic case, I still say the 1970s or 1980s version was much cooler. What do you think? A quick search on eBay prices this vintage bad boy at $35. 


View this vintage commercial spot for the Fisher-Price Medical Kit.





*Photo credit: Vintage Fisher Price Medical Kit item is currently unavailable, but please visit the link to see other items for sale by this Etsy user. Her photos: http://www.etsy.com/listing/52847749/vintage-fisher-price-medical-kit

15 comments:

Shannon said...

I totally had the medical kit. And I was one of the kids who actually wanted to play doctor and not "doctor".

Oilfield Trash said...

I used to have one of those and I used to love it. My dog was always my patient back then since I didn't have any siblings yet.

Bossy Betty said...

This looks just like what my current doctor uses. Hummm.....

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I had something very similar and I loved it! I felt like such a grown up, an important grown up at that.

Belle said...

My daughters loved that doctor kit. It brings back happy memories of stuffed animals lined up on a bed with casts on their legs.

pika23 said...

My sister had this...her's was a 1988 model. I used to wear the fake cast as a "cool" bracelet! I thought it was badass with the names and heart drawn on it.

Marlene said...

Ah yes, my sister had this kit. She was constantly making me be the patient.

Ms. A said...

I still have that older one and a newer one for the grandkids.

Bestie said...

omg, can i just tell you that every toy you post brings back so many memories! we must be exactly the same age. keep em coming!

Ada said...

Those things were an unfortunate fast-track to sex education if you played in mixed groups...

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I loved the kits with the shots that had little candies inside. I never wanted to be a doctor either but I always wanted to stick that needle in my mouth.
xoRobyn

~ Noelle said...

i remember the items IN the kit, but not the kit...
hmmmmmmm... lol, wonder what that was about!

Black Smith said...

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Kimmie said...

At some point (late '70s- early 80's) a FP "Doctor Kit" was offered as a premium of some sort. It had some of the same equipment, but came in a plain red plastic box abt. 6x8"

Kimmie said...

Abt. Early-mid '80s a FP "Doctor Kit" was offered as a premium of some type. It contained many of the same supplies, but came in an unmarked small red plastic box abt 6"x8".

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