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#400 Tailspin Tabby
Years Made:
Fisher-Price Toy Department
Department 8:
Push, Pull, & Floor Toys
1931-1938


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Description: Tailspin Tabby is one of the 16 very first toys that were made by Fisher-Price in their beginnings in 1931. Tabby is one of the Fisher-Price patented Pop-Up Kritters (Patented October 5, 1926-No. 1,601,983) that are made of bead and string construction allowing the Kritter to spring to life when the strings are pulled tightly, squirm and sway around as the strings are loosened, and laying flat when the strings are loosened all the way. Pop-Up Kritters are mounted on a paddle and the control strings have metal loops on the end to allow easy maneuvering. The Pop-Up Kritters had become so popular that the 1935 Fisher-Price dealer catalogue boasts that one store sold over 1,000 Kritters in one day without any special promotion. Over 500,000 Tailspin Tabbys were sold in 1934!
Accessories:
  • 1931-1933 - FPT4171 - Black wooden bead cat with a yellow face, yellow "feet", and a yellow bead on the end of it's tail (made of beads with string through middles). Mounted on a round red wooden paddle. Measures 4-1/2" tall, tail 4" long, 13" long paddle. *See "Variations" below.
Variations:
  • 1931-1933 - FPT4172 - Black wooden bead cat with a yellow face, yellow "feet", and a yellow bead on the end of it's tail (made of beads with string through middles). Mounted on a guitar-shaped red wooden paddle. Measures 4-1/2" tall, tail 4" long, 13" long paddle.
  • 1934-1938 - FPT19819 - Black wooden bead cat with a yellow face, yellow "feet", and a yellow bead on the end of it's tail (made of beads with string through middles). Mounted on a guitar-shaped red wooden paddle. Measures 6" tall, 10" to 10-1/2" long paddle.
Other Information:
  • 1931 retail price was $1.00.
  • 1932 retail price was .75¢.
  • 1933-1935 retail price was .25¢.
  • Sold in a 13-3/4" long, 4-5/8" wide, 1-3/4" deep four-color lithographed box.
  • Patent No. 1,601,983. Pat date Oct. 5, 1926 by Ed Savage, who later sold the patent to Fisher-Price.
  • Tailspin Tabby poem printed in 1931 Fisher-Price catalogue:

    Tailspin Tabby is my name-
    Action is my claim to fame.
    Who can resist
    My tail to twist
    To pass me up would be a shame.

  • Also see 1939's #455 Tailspin Tabby.
  • Also see 1947's #600 Tailspin Tabby Pop-Up.
  • Also see 1948's #610 Tailspin Tabby (sometimes labeled #600).
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