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#991 Play Family Circus Train
Years Made: Fisher-Price Toy Department
Department 7:
Playsets
1973-1986

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Description: Fisher-Price had produced alot of popular Circus sets over the years, dating back to their first year in business, 1931's #201 Woodsy-Wee Circus. So it seemed inevitable there'd be a Little People circus set sooner or later, which finally came along in 1973. The well-crafted, attractive animals (decendants of their #915 Farm cousins) helped make #991 a smashing success with kids, leading to a long run as well as a few spin-offs in the #135 Animal Circus and the #2581 Express Train.

In 1979, for no apparent reason except to save money, #991 was redesigned and downsized for the remaining seven years of it's run. The flatcar and the giraffe-who would later show up in the Animal Pals series--were omitted, and minor changes were instituted on two of the remaining cars and three of the remaining animals for a less appealing package.

Accessories:

1973 (4-car version):
  • 4-Piece Train:
    • FPT280 - 2-Seat train engine with a YELLOW "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a 3-side PAPER LITHO (covers front and both sides).
    • FPT707 - Green cage car with a yellow top, a yellow fold-down door on the side, a lion litho on the sides, and no clown litho on the ends.
    • FPT705 - Blue flatcar with a lion head litho on the sides.
    • FPT708 - Red caboose with a yellow top, white ends with stairs, yellow opening doors on each end, and a monkey litho on the sides.
  • 5 Animals, each with a jointed head, arms, and legs:
    • XC - Giraffe with black horns and orangish brown spots on neck and legs.
    • XS - Lion with a black mane and tail.
    • XA - Blue elephant with dark grey ears and a long curled trunk that is designed to hold a Little Person.
    • XY - Brownish-orange monkey with a long curly black tail.
    • WB - Orangish-brown bear with a tan tummy and snout.
  • 3 Original Little People Figures - All figures have a wood body and a plastic head:
    • JHWP - Short light blue train engineer with a moustache, light blue "Puffy-style" engineer's cap, and an orange non-triangular scarf.
    • OWP - Short black body ringmaster with a thin moustache, a black top hat, and a white bib collar.
    • DUWP - Red circus clown with a yellow pointed hat and a yellow ruffled collar.
1974-1976 (4-car version):
  • 4-Piece Train:
    • FPT280 - 2-Seat train engine with a YELLOW "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a 3-side PAPER LITHO (covers front and both sides).
    • FPT706 - Blue cage car with a yellow top, a yellow fold-down door on the side, a giraffe litho on the sides, and a clown litho on the ends.
    • FPT704 - Green flatcar with a lion litho on the sides.
    • FPT708 - Red caboose with a yellow top, white ends with stairs, yellow opening doors on each end, and a monkey litho on the sides.
  • 5 Animals, each with a jointed head, arms, and legs:
    • XC - Giraffe with black horns and orangish brown spots on neck and legs.
    • XS - Lion with a black mane and tail.
    • XA - Blue elephant with dark grey ears and a long curled trunk that is designed to hold a Little Person.
    • XY - Brownish-orange monkey with a long curly black tail.
    • WB - Orangish-brown bear with a tan tummy and snout.
  • 3 Original Little People Figures - All figures have either a wood body and a plastic head or a plastic body and a plastic head:
    • JHWP or JHPP - Short light blue train engineer with a moustache, light blue "Puffy-style" engineer's cap, and an orange non-triangular scarf.
    • OWP or OPP - Short black body ringmaster with a thin moustache, a black top hat, and a white bib collar.
    • DUWP or DUPP - Red circus clown with a yellow pointed hat and a yellow ruffled collar.
1977-1978 (4-car version):
  • 4-Piece Train:
    • FPT280 - 2-Seat train engine with a YELLOW "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a 3-side PAPER LITHO (covers front and both sides).
    • FPT292 - Green cage car with a yellow top, a yellow fold-down door on the side, a giraffe litho on the sides, and a clown litho on the ends.
    • FPT705 - Blue flatcar with a lion head litho on the sides.
    • FPT708 - Red caboose with a yellow top, white ends with stairs, yellow opening doors on each end, and a monkey litho on the sides.
  • 5 Animals, each with a jointed head, arms, and legs:
    • XC - Giraffe with black horns and orangish brown spots on neck and legs.
    • XS - Lion with a black mane and tail.
    • XA - Blue elephant with dark grey ears and a long curled trunk that is designed to hold a Little Person.
    • XY - Brownish-orange monkey with a long curly black tail.
    • WB - Orangish-brown bear with a tan tummy and snout.
  • 3 Original Little People Figures - All figures have a plastic body and a plastic head:
    • JHPP - Short light blue train engineer with a moustache, light blue "Puffy-style" engineer's cap, and an orange non-triangular scarf.
    • OPP - Short black body ringmaster with a thin moustache, a black top hat, and a white bib collar.
    • DUPP - Red circus clown with a yellow pointed hat and a yellow ruffled collar.
1979-1986 (3-car version):
  • 3-Piece Train:
    • FPT4540 - 2-Seat train engine with a YELLOW "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a SILVER heat-stamp (circle within a circle).
    • FPT292 - Green cage car with a yellow top, a yellow fold-down door on the side, a giraffe litho on the sides, and a clown litho on the ends.
    • FPT708 - Red caboose with a yellow top, white ends with stairs, yellow opening doors on each end, and a monkey litho on the sides.
  • 4 Animals, each with a jointed head, arms, and legs:
    • XS - Lion with a black mane and tail.
    • XA - Blue elephant with dark grey ears and a long curled trunk that is designed to hold a Little Person.
    • XY - Brownish-orange monkey with a long curly black tail.
    • WA - Grayish-brown bear with a tan tummy and snout.Grayish-brown bear with a tan snout and tummy.
  • 3 Original Little People Figures - All figures have a plastic body and a plastic head:
    • VPP - Short light blue train engineer with a moustache, light blue "Angled-style" engineer's cap, and a non-triangular orange scarf.
    • OPP - Short black body ringmaster with a thin moustache, a black top hat, and a white bib collar.
    • DUPP - Red circus clown with a yellow pointed hat and a yellow ruffled collar.

Variations:
  • Train Engine Variations:
    • 1973-1978 Version - FPT280 - 2-Seat train engine with a YELLOW "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a 3-side PAPER LITHO (covers front and both sides).
    • 1979-1986 Version - FPT4540 - 2-Seat train engine with a YELLOW "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a SILVER heat-stamp (circle within a circle).
    • 1979-1986 Version - FPT280 - 2-Seat train engine with a RED "push-button" on top that makes a "toot-toot" sound. Rolls on 4 black wheels with piston-rod action. Has a hook on back to attach other train cars. The train can be pulled by a plastic plastic pull string. The pull-string attaches to a hole in the front "cow catcher". Train's headlight is a SILVER heat-stamp (circle within a circle).
  • WPP - 1981 catalogue shows a tall light blue engineer.
Other Information:
  • 1973-1978 - 4-train-car version:
    • FP991BOX1973 (Box ONLY) - 4-train-car version sold in a 34-1/4" long, 3-1/2" wide, 6" high box.
    • FP991SET1973 - Complete set (4-train-car version) in original box.
  • 1979-1986 - 3-train-car version with no giraffe:
    • FP991BOX1979 (Box ONLY) - 3-train-car version sold in a 18-9/16" long, 3-9/16" wide, 13" high box. WFL: 07-AG-10-5-C
    • FP991BOXb1979 - 3-train-car version box liner (holds accessory pieces in display position). WFL: 07-AG-10-5-B
    • FP991SET1979 - Complete set (3-train-car version) in original box.
  • The train engine, flat car, and caboose were modified for 1987-1990's #2581 Little People Express Train.
  • Also see the #135 Animal Circus.
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