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#979 Dump Truckers
Years Made: Fisher-Price Toy Department
Department 7:
Playsets
1965-1970

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Description: This little people set was the first that had a masonite base. The Little People sets prior to this were either pull toys (such as the Safety School Buses and Snorkey Fire Engines) or toys without a base, such as the #932 Amusement Park and the #719 Fisher-Price Choo-Choo.

When one of the accessory trucks back up to one of the 3 loading station buckets on the top level, an automatic trip makes the tilt-bed truck dump a ball into the bucket. When a truck backs up to one of the loading docks on the bottom level, it dumps the ball back into the truck bed. The back of the base has a small service station. The side of the base has a mini-gas station with a molded-in gas pump. The gas pump has a red and white braided hose with a white plastic nozzel on the end that fits perfectly into the accessory truck gas hole.

Accessories:

  • 1965-1967 Fisher-Price Dealer Catalogue:
    • B979B - Dump Truckers Warehouse - This base has a Yellow #1, Red #2, Blue #3. *See Variations Below.
    • 3 white plastic 1-seat 4" long dump trucks with a colored tilting bed. The truck's bed shape and color match the loading station shape and color on the dump trucker base described above:
      1. FPT419 - Dump truck with a yellow squared tilting bed.
      2. FPT417 - Dump truck with a red rounded tilting bed.
      3. FPT418 - Dump truck with a blue triangular tilting bed.
    • 3 each - FPT259 - Solid wood black ball that measures 1-1/2" diameter. See our Replacement Reproduction Wooden ball: TOT100.
    • 3 Straight-sided Original Little People boys. All figures have a wood body and a wood head:
      1. PWW - Light blue boy with a frowning face and freckles.
      2. RWW - Light blue boy with a smiling face, freckles, and "" eyebrows.
      3. QWW - Light blue boy with a smiling face and red heat-stamped hair.
  • 1968 Fisher-Price Dealer Catalogue:
    • B979B - Dump Truckers Warehouse - This base has a Yellow #1, Red #2, Blue #3. *See Variations Below.
    • 3 white plastic 1-seat 4" long dump trucks with a colored tilting bed. The truck's bed shape and color match the loading station shape and color on the dump trucker base described above:
      1. FPT419 - Dump truck with a yellow squared tilting bed.
      2. FPT417 - Dump truck with a red rounded tilting bed.
      3. FPT418 - Dump truck with a blue triangular tilting bed.
    • 3 each - FPT258 - Hollow plastic black ball that are made with 3 lines (one of which is a seam) running around the middle. The lines are about 1/8 inch apart, and there is also one hole about the size of a pencil point along the side of the 3 lines. Measures 1-1/2" diameter. See our Replacement Reproduction PLASTIC ball: TOT105.
    • 3 Straight-sided Original Little People boys. All figures have a wood body and a wood head:
      1. PWW - Light blue boy with a frowning face and freckles.
      2. RWW - Light blue boy with a smiling face, freckles, and "" eyebrows.
      3. QWW - Light blue boy with a smiling face and red heat-stamped hair.
  • 1969 Fisher-Price Dealer Catalogue:
    • B979F - Dump Truckers Warehouse - This base has a Blue #1, Yellow #2, Red #3. *See Variations Below.
    • 3 white plastic 1-seat 4" long dump trucks with a colored tilting bed. The truck's bed shape and color match the loading station shape and color on the dump trucker base described above:
      1. FPT427 - Dump truck with a blue squared tilting bed.
      2. FPT428 - Dump truck with a yellow rounded tilting bed.
      3. FPT426 - Dump truck with a red triangular tilting bed.
    • 3 each - FPT258 - Hollow plastic black ball that are made with 3 lines (one of which is a seam) running around the middle. The lines are about 1/8 inch apart, and there is also one hole about the size of a pencil point along the side of the 3 lines. Measures 1-1/2" diameter. See our Replacement Reproduction PLASTIC ball: TOT105.
    • 3 Straight-sided Original Little People boys. All figures have a wood body and a wood head:
      1. BAWW - Dark blue boy with a frowning face and freckles.
      2. BCWW - Dark blue boy with a smiling face, freckles, and "" eyebrows.
      3. BBWW - Dark blue boy with a smiling face and red heat-stamped hair.
  • 1970 Fisher-Price Dealer Catalogue:
    • B979B - Dump Truckers Warehouse - This base has a Yellow #1, Red #2, Blue #3. *See Variations Below.
    • 3 white plastic 1-seat 4" long dump trucks with a colored tilting bed. The truck's bed shape and color match the loading station shape and color on the dump trucker base described above:
      1. FPT419 - Dump truck with a yellow squared tilting bed.
      2. FPT417 - Dump truck with a red rounded tilting bed.
      3. FPT418 - Dump truck with a blue triangular tilting bed.
    • 3 each - FPT258 - Hollow plastic black ball that are made with 3 lines (one of which is a seam) running around the middle. The lines are about 1/8 inch apart, and there is also one hole about the size of a pencil point along the side of the 3 lines. Measures 1-1/2" diameter. See our Replacement Reproduction PLASTIC ball: TOT105.
    • 3 Straight-sided Original Little People boys. All figures have a wood body and a wood head:
      1. BAWW - Dark blue boy with a frowning face and freckles.
      2. BCWW - Dark blue boy with a smiling face, freckles, and "" eyebrows.
      3. BBWW - Dark blue boy with a smiling face and red heat-stamped hair.

Variations:
  • 1965-1967 - FPT259 - The black balls were made of solid wood. See our Replacement Reproduction Wooden ball: TOT100.
  • 1968-1970 - FPT258 - The black balls were make hollow plastic. See our Replacement Reproduction PLASTIC ball: TOT105.
  • There are 6 different variations of the base for this set! The top part of the 3 loading stations on the lower level are shaped to match the shape of the truck bed. When looking at the front of the base, the three "loading stations" (buckets) are labeled #1, #2, and #3 (left-to-right). From left to right, loading station #1 is square, #2 is circular, and #3 is triangle. These shapes always remain the same, but the color of the buckets vary. The six possible bases you could have are:
    1. B979A - Square stall #1 yellow, circle stall #2 blue, triangle stall #3 red.
    2. B979B - Square stall #1 yellow, circle stall #2 red, triangle stall #3 blue.
    3. B979C - Square stall #1 red, circle stall #2 blue, triangle stall #3 yellow.
    4. B979D - Square stall #1 red, circle stall #2 yellow, triangle stall #3 blue.
    5. B979E - Square stall #1 blue, circle stall #2 red, triangle stall #3 yellow.
    6. B979F - Square stall #1 blue, circle stall #2 yellow, triangle stall #3 red.
  • As the bases are varies, so are the trucks colors and shapes. Your truck color and shape should match the shape and color of the loading bays on the base. The variations are as follows:
    1. FPT430 - Circular blue truck bed.
    2. FPT427 - Square blue truck bed.
    3. FPT418 - Triangle blue truck bed.
    4. FPT417 - Circular red truck bed.
    5. FPT429 - Square red truck bed.
    6. FPT426 - Triangle red truck bed.
    7. FPT428 - Circular yellow truck bed.
    8. FPT419 - Square yellow truck bed.
    9. FPT431 - Triangle yellow truck bed.

Whew, that's alot of variations for a set that was made for only 5 years!

Other Information:
  • Retail price in the 1971 J.C. Penneys Spring and Summer Catalogue was $4.99.
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