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#481 Play Friends National Park
Years Made: Playskool Toy Department
Department 7:
Playsets
1975-1975

Box Front

Box Back

Full Set

Full Set


Playmat


2 Island


National Park System Booklet


Canoe


Campfire


Backpack Side View

Description: This fun playset takes you on a journey through a national park: Play with 9 lovable animals, camp out in the woods with camping gear, canoe down the river with canoe and backpacks, and meet the Park Ranger in his tower, and more.
Accessories:
  • Playmat - PSK105 - 29-1/2" x 20-1/2" vinyl playmat with a blue river, light and dark green grass area, and a short orange curved road in one corner.
  • Islands - 2 flocked, reversible islands:
    • PSK143 - Large green leaf-shaped island with a thin sliver of tan along the near whole edge of one side.
    • PSK144 - Green island with a curve in the middle of one side, and a thin sliver of tan along part of the other side.
  • National Park System Booklet - PSK145 - 24-page booklet, titled "National Park System, reprinted from The World Book Encyclopedia".
  • Park Information Booth - PSK146 - Small white rectangular info booth with a red roof. The front has a large rectangular open window and a large colorful park map on the wall behind the window (has an open doorway on each end of the walkway between the front window/wall and the map wall). The back of the info booth has a small rectangular "room" area.
    Park Information Booth Lithos:
    • Park Map - Large green rectangular park map litho (map resembles the PSK105 playmat design).
    • Tree Identification - Square blue litho marked "TREES", pictures and names 3 leaf types: elm, maple, pine, and includes a "NO SMOKING" sign at the bottom.
    • Wildlife Identification - Square blue litho marked "WILDLIFE", pictures and names 6 animals: deer, bear, skunk, rabbit, beaver, turtle" and includes "DO NOT FEED BEARS" at the bottom.
  • 2 Vehicles:
    • Car - Squared 4-seat red/blue car. See Variations below for color options.
    • Canoe - PSK91 - Small red 2-seat canoe with 4 support bars inside (holds 2 square figures in place within the canoe).
  • Tent - PSK92 - Yellow plastic tent with 3 panels. The tent can fold flat, or open to a triangle (end pieces latch together to form triangle).
  • Feed Bucket - PSK133 - Red plastic bucket/pail with 2 small handles (near top rim on opposite sides of bucket).
  • Backpack - 2 each - PSK93 - Small brown plastic backpack with a squared "body", round towel roll at the top, and 2 stiff arms (clip on end of each arm) to attach the backpack to a square figure.
  • Campfire - PSK106 - Small round grey campfire with "rocks" on the edges and red "firewood" in a pile within the center of the rock circle.
  • Take-Apart Ranger Tower:
    • 2 each - PSK107 - Red flat rectangular tower side piece with 4 rectangular cuts outs. The top center edge of the 2 middle bars have a rectangular hole (to attach tower connector piece).
    • PSK108 - Red flat rectangular XXX-shaped tower center connector piece. The edges of the connector fit into the rectangular holes on the tower side pieces.
    • PSK109 - Tower Floor - Square yellow platform with a wood-simulated "floor" and a 1/2" tall wall around the edges. The center of the square floor has 2 long "holes" (to edge of each tower side piece fits into the holes).
    • PSK110 - Tower Building - Small square yellow tower building with a red roof.
    • PSK142 - Ladder - Red 6-rung plastic ladder with thin rails.
  • Animal Habitats (Homes):
    • Take-Apart Tree - 4-piece plastic stacking tree (Animal Homes):
      • PSK111 - Tall brown tree trunk with a tree branch "stump" on 2 sides a hole on one side (animal home). One of the branch stumps is hollow with an open hole on the end. The top has a raised 6-sided "lip" on the top (to attach other tree pieces). The bottom has a recessed 6-sided hole (to attach other tree pieces). Measures 3-7/8" tall x 3" wide (including branch stumps) x 2" deep.
      • PSK112 - Short brown hollow tree trunk with a tree branch "stump" on one side and a hole on the other side (animal home). The branch stump is hollow with an open hole on the end. The top has a raised 6-sided "lip" on the top (to attach other tree pieces). The bottom has a recessed 6-sided hole (to attach other tree pieces). Measures 2-3/8" tall x 2-3/8" wide (including branch stumps) x 2" deep.
      • Green 2-piece Tree "Leaves" - 2 halves snap together and form an open 6-sided hold in the bottom when snapped together.
        • PSK113a - Green tree top half with molded "leaves" on one side, a large hole in the center (1-1/4" tall x 1-1/8" wide animal home hole) and 2 large round pegs (7/16" diameter) on the "inside" to attach other half. Measures 3-7/8" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep.
        • PSK113b - Green tree top half with molded "leaves" on one side, a small hole in the center (1-1/8" tall x 1-1/8" wide animal home hole ) and 2 small tall round pegs (1/4" diameter) on the "inside" to attach other half. Measures 3-7/8" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep.
    • PSK152 - Bear Cave/Mountain - Tan hollow rock "mountain" with a molded bird nest (sticks in a circle) on the top, a large cave hole on one side and a small cave hole (above a step) on another side.
    • PSK153 - Beaver Dam - Small round tan beaver dam (shaped like an igloo) make of "sticks" (molded stick design on sides of dam).
  • 9 Animals:
    • PSK114 - Bear - Dark brown bear with 4 jointed legs and jointed head (turns from side to side). Bear has a tan belly, tan inner ears, a tan snout, and white/black eyes.
    • PSK115 - Beaver - Small dark brown beaver with a flat tail on back and white/black painted eyes.
    • PSK116 - Eagle - Dark brown eagle with yellow feet on the bottom, a white head and yellow beek, and wings on his back.
    • PSK117 - Raccoon - Light brown raccoon with a white face and black "mask" over eyes. Has a large light brown jointed tail (tilts up and down) with black rings.
    • PSK147 - Rabbit - Light brown rabbit with 2 jointed back legs (attached to side of bunny's body), 2 thin long bunny ears on top of his head, a white snout and white/black painted eyes. Also has a white tummy and white paint on round tail.
    • PSK148 - Owl - Grey owl with a squared body, round head, and triangular bottom/tail. Owl has a white chest, white face, black beek, and yellow eyes.
    • PSK149 - Deer - Light brown deer with 4 long legs (attached to sides of deer's body), a long neck (neck tilts up and down), tall black antlers on top of his head, small ears with white inner ear, white snout, white/black eyes, and black hooves.
    • PSK150 - Squirrel - Grey squirrel with a large grey tail on back (tail tilts up and down), a whote strip down front of face, white/black eyes, and a slit between his arms and feet (to attach squirrel to Information Booth walls or to the Ranger Tower).
    • PSK151 - Skunk - Small black teardrop-shaped skunk with a large black tail on the back (tail tilts up and down). The skunk has a white stripe on top of it's tail, a white dot and 2 white stripes down it's back, a white stripe between it's white/black eyes, and a small white nose on the tip. Skunk has 4 short round legs on bottom.
  • PSK120 - Ranger Hat - Square brown ranger hat with a square hole on the bottom (to fit onto a Playskool figure's head), a small brim on the edges, and the squared top is pointed in the top center.
  • 5 Square "Blockhead" Play Friends Figures:
    • PSK5 - Blue base, brown hair, chest design: Triangle Collar, Polka-dot Tie
    • PSK121 - Green base, brown hair, chest design: V-Collar, Tie w/ 2 tie clips
    • PSK122- Green base, yellow hair, mouth open, chest design: Wide curved collar, 3 buttons within U-shape "bib" area
    • PSK9 - Red base, black hair, African-American, chest design: Triangle Collar, Polka-dot Tie
    • PSK154 - Yellow base, yellow hair, mouth open, chest design: Wide curved collar, 3 buttons within U-shape "bib" area
Variations:
  • Car Color Options:
    • PSK34 - Blue top, red base squared car. The red interior is square with a seat backrest divider in the center (can seat 4 figures). Rolls on 4 black wheels marked "Playskool". Wheels have red center rivets. Bottom of car is marked, "PLAYSKOOL, INC., CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ITEM NO 480, 351902-#. (# = any number 1-9)". Measures 3-3/4" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/4" tall.
    • PSK35 - Red top, blue base squared car. The blue interior is square with a seat backrest divider in the center (can seat 4 figures). Rolls on 4 black wheels marked "Playskool". Wheels have blue center rivets. Bottom of car is marked, "PLAYSKOOL, INC., CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ITEM NO 480, 351902-#. (# = any number 1-9)". Measures 3-3/4" long x 3-1/8" wide x 1-3/4" tall.
Other Information:
  • Featured in 1975 Wards Christmas Wishbook (page 316) - price $11.97.
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