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Vintage HAPPY APPLE Musical Chime Toy by Fisher Price in 1972, #435. Apple has a smiley face, bright eyes & makes a nice musical chime sound when apple is played with & toppled about. Apple has a brown stem & green leaves, is about 6" tall.
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Rene', 32yo F - March 09, 2007 - Report this comment
My parents still have the one they got for me. It's survived my little sister and I, plus my son. We kicked it around the playpen, threw it out of the crib, carried it around by the stem till it broke off, teethed on the stem and leaves, and later played "soccer" with it in the living room. It's one of two toys that are associated with the most memories for my preschool years. (The other is the Fisher-Price Little People Sesame Street Clubhouse.) And I just found one this afternoon at Goodwill for a whopping $.99!!! I'm giving it to a couple of friends who are expecting their first baby later this month, and hoping their little boy will get as much fun out of it as every baby who's ever been to my parents' home.
Lorraine - March 30, 2007 - Report this comment
My mom and dad dug out our 30 year old apple and my 8 month son LOVES it. It's his favorite.
Vasella - April 27, 2007 - Report this comment
SO in 1981, my family used to call me Apple Head and well, it sat on my walker everytime i got in it...mean right
breezy - May 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I think my mom still has this somewhere and it's still in pretty good shape after all 8 of us kids played with it.
Courtney - May 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember these! I don't remember if I actually had one, or if I just remember it from friends or preschool or something. I loved the chime sound.
Rosie - May 07, 2007 - Report this comment
My grandma bought this apple for me when I was a little girl. I didn't play with it much because I didn't want to break it. I thought the chime was so neat. My mom saved it for me and just brought it to me this weekend. I'm 28 now.
daisy - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
my friends mom has a Happy Apple in her car and when she drives us places, we take turns playing with it!
Aileen - July 08, 2007 - Report this comment
I just bought one used for $10, just so my daughter could know what it's like to have one!! I loved playing with this thing!
Kathy - August 01, 2007 - Report this comment
That stupid apple! OK, I loved the apple and the chime, but that darn stem! I used to chew on it, and one day I was chewing on it in the bathtub and went to pull it out of my mouth. Darn thing split my lip open! My whole bath turned blood red. Ouch.
DaShon - August 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I vaguely remember the apple, but I remember the charm. Maybe we had one in preschool... Hmmm....
Beth - August 20, 2007 - Report this comment
My mom still has ours and my nieces play with it now and love it!
Gram - August 28, 2007 - Report this comment
My Son born 1976 had a Happy Apple. It was his favorite toy for years. He loved it and it traveled the world with us. Now he has a new Daughter and recently asked if they still made the toy.I'm so sad they no longer make it, I hope to find my Granddaughter her own Happy Apple!
jess - September 11, 2007 - Report this comment
I used to play with this all the time at the church nursery I was in from ages 3-6...it was so much fun and I loved it! A toddler toy they totally need to bring back(along with the ball that had the little rocking horses in it)!
Deb D - September 11, 2007 - Report this comment
My brother is profoundly mentally retarded.. he got one of these when he was little and its all he responds to... the sounds thrills him and he can hold it in his hand.. He broke his last one and my mom found a few on ebay.. just visited him this weekend.. played them all for him he loved them... Hope they are around as long as he is.. they are the most important thing in his life.
leah - October 21, 2007 - Report this comment
I had this apple in 1985. My parents bought it for me after My 2 month shots...I remember playing with it for hours. My dad is going to put it up on the mantle when he gets their fireplace finished. Im currently looking for another one in good shape to give to my 6 month old daughter since my dad refuses to return mine back to me. :)
jen - November 03, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember playing with this toy so well--that would have been right around 1980. It makes the sweetest, prettiest chiming sound, almost like a zen gong. When you think of all the annoying electronic noises that baby toys make nowadays, it makes you wish they still made them like this.
Sarah - November 12, 2007 - Report this comment
I have just borrowed a Happy Apple from our local toy library for my 6 mth old son, he LOVES it! This apple has been played with for over 30 years and is no worse for wear! Sad that todays toys would never last that long!
joy - November 14, 2007 - Report this comment
i had a pet rabbit who loved to play with the happy apple she would shove it with her nose all over the place hysterical!!
Carmen - November 17, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember either my daycare had one or one of my friends had one, I was only about 3 when I remember this, so I'm not sure where it was exactly, but as soon as I saw the picture, I could hear the chimes!
Nimble - November 21, 2007 - Report this comment
This is one beloved and DURABLE toy! My mom still has the one that we kids played with and now the grandkids are enjoying it when they go to visit too.
Sharon - December 01, 2007 - Report this comment
My eldest daughter's face looks just as round and cute as the happy apple. I have a picture of my daughter in a walker with the happy apple next to her - and they are both smiling. I wish I still had it - my other two daughters loved it as well and it was sadly passed on to younger neices. I wish I had it again. I can still hear the lovely chimes!
Emily - December 09, 2007 - Report this comment
Has anyone ever taken a Happy Apple apart to see how the sound is made? I'd be interested in knowing specifically how it's built without having to take mine apart.
Christy - December 16, 2007 - Report this comment
I had one when I was young (1981). I took that thing everywhere. Beat the living daylights out of it. Teethed on the stem...all of that. Also my brother and sister did the same after me. I kept it, and now have a 4 month old son of my own. He LOVES it too! It's now his favorite toy! Even with all the beels and whistles of the other toys today, that apple is still tops on my list! :o)
Chele - December 17, 2007 - Report this comment
My son played and played with his and it got lost in a move. I wish I could find one to give his daughter! There are no toys today that have the same "magic"
Odette - January 11, 2008 - Report this comment
The Happy Apple was my first Christmas present. I had it until I was about 15 or so and it just came up missing. I was very lucky to find on at a Goodwill Store and I bought it to replace the one that I lost. I am planning on giving it to my first child as his or her first Christmas gift just like my mother gave it to me.
Jenn - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
The Happy Apple is one of the best toys Fisher Price made. The Happy Apple was played with heavily in our house growing up since it was first purchased for me nearly 30 years ago. The Happy Apple is now enjoying a second happy life as my two sons and a little niece roll it around at Mommomm's house. It is one of their favorite toys.
Hannah - February 28, 2008 - Report this comment
This was a toy of my brother's from when he was a baby. He's now 29 and we still have it!
Diane Zabel - April 04, 2008 - Report this comment
We pass the happy apple around cube land. Anyone that is in the crabby corner gets a visit from happy apple. CC Girls and 2 guys
Rae - April 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I got mine for Christmas when I was 2 years old! I still have it and my children actually fight over who gets to play with it. They really don't make toys like they used to...
Daddy - April 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Happy Apple as a kid (I'm in my mid 30s now) and my little brother did too. Now my 2 month old daughter is starting to learn the joys of Happy Apple. My little brother (late 20s) now wants to fight over custody of Happy Apple - although he doesn't have kids yet. My only hope is that there isn't any lead paint involved. We all chewed on the stem and survived!
Brytta - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I got the Happy Apple for my 1st Christmas!
Asley B - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
I remenber this very well. The daycare center my siblings and I went to had a bunch of these. all the kids would go crazy over them. Man I miss those days. SCDC ( Southern Childcare Development Center) YESSSS, Man I love New Orleans and all that it still has to offer.
Carly - July 26, 2008 - Report this comment
the happy apple was the first toy me and my twin sister ever laughed at. good times.
Paula - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
That used to give me nightmares. LOL.
Jennifer - August 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a happy apple. it used to sit on my dresser. It ended up in th e gar age and sold at our yard sale . the stim was broken off by then.
Karee - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I recently was given a Fisher Price Happy Apple for my 14 month old grandbaby in mint condition, from a neighbors garage. Worrying about Lead Paint, I called the Fisher Price recall hotline. The representative said that this toy is a vintage toy and it was produced before the Consumer Safety Commission was formed. He said that there were no recalls on it because of this, but they do not recommend it being played with by any baby that could chew on it, just to be safe. They said not to give it to any baby that is teething or would put it in his/her mouth.
Leanne - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have mine the stim is short know but I can't tell if it was meet to be short or if I broke the long steam off as a baby.
SZA - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Leanne, sounds like you got the "re-issued" version of Happy Apple - the one with a shorter stem. The redesign came after it was discovered that babies were chewing off the longer stem and otherwise generally injuring themselves with it. Stupid babies!
Tammy - October 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where to get a "new in box" one of these?? I would really like to get one for a friend who is expecting.
SZA - October 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Check out ebay listings ... you're bound to find something eventually.
80sBaby - October 16, 2008 - Report this comment
My brother (born in 79) had one of these toys. I think it probably remained in pretty good condition, but it's hard telling where that apple is now.
Muriel - October 17, 2008 - Report this comment
My mom got her Happy Apple, when she was a kid. It was her favorite toy. That same Happy Apple, was also my favorite toy, and my little sister, and I would fight over it, all the time. I don't remember just how, but the stem did fall off, sometime over the years. But, my new little sis, doesn't mind. She loves to play with that same Happy Apple.
Cindy - November 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I had this same toy when I was a kid but I wouldn't recommend it for children now. I LVOED palying with it but the reason they no longer make them is because they were weighted with lead which is very poisonous and very heavy. My younger sister dropped this on her head when she was a year old and left a pretty hefty scar.
Rachel - December 11, 2008 - Report this comment
My younger brother and had two of these in our bathtub and used to float them back and forth to each other. One day I threw my happy apple at him and clonked him in the forehead and mom took them away. I still remember the sad, sinking feeling watching my mother storm out of the bathroom carrying a happy apple in each hand, while we sat forlornly in the tub. I just found one at a goodwill. The damn thing is hypnotic! I was going to give it to little bro for Chanukah, but now I think I might keep it! I'm 35 now, and he's 32.
Randi - January 09, 2009 - Report this comment
My 33 year old son got this as a gift for his first Christmas in 1975 and it was one of his favorite toys. His son is 4 months old and I brought it with me from SC to Ohio as a gift for the baby's first Christmas and he absolutely loved it. After all these years it was still in great shape. The chime is very melodic and soothing.
Jesse - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
My son thinks the happy apple rocks! It's the most Zen like thing we have (with the exception of my Tanuki).
Barb - January 28, 2009 - Report this comment
my 23 yr old son had one when he was 2. My 67 yr old father lived with us at the time, and very late one night he woke us up with my son under one arm, the apple under the other. It seems that my 2 yr. old had got out of his crib, woke my dad up by getting right down in his face and staring at him until he opened his eyes. My 2 yr old then dropped the apple on grandpa's head, fully waking him, and he was as mad as a wet hornet...this is now one the stories i like to tell my grandson ( the apple bandit's son) about his father, and I'm sure as nathan gets older, this story will get funnier...
Tam - January 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I don't know about the lead content in these: but, I have had one in my house since my oldest was about 1(now 13) with 4 more kids after that one, and all lead tests done at drs. have come back normal....yes they teethed on it, even tried putting apple part in their mouth.
Vanessa - February 02, 2009 - Report this comment
My aunt had it in 72, my father had it in 74, i got it in 93 and my baby sister got it in 08. its surrvived sooo many years. its the best toy ever. i wonder how much it will go for now.
Roseanne - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I bought my first Happy Apple in 1973 for my daughter. I have since started collecting them and have over 30 of them now. Whenever a baby is in the house a Happy Apple is likely to be played with
Dee - June 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember clonking my sister on the head with the Happy Apple once or twice back in the early 70's. (in my late 30's now) I also remember chewing on the (short) stem as a child and trying to eat the apple. Hey ... lead paint or not, we're still okay! I rescued one sad looking Happy Apple from a garage sale twenty years ago, and my children now are fascinated by it. I hope this cherished apple will last many more years.
Beth - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was a little girl my mom gave me my happy apple i LOVED it. Now I have two little girls and i recently passed it down to them and they also appreciate the apple as much as I did....thanks mom
Ben - June 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I just went to a jumble sale and picked up one of these dating from 1972, for 50p! I bought it just to keep my daughter quiet in the pram but didn't realise it was a 30 year old classic. In good nick too. What a beautiful toy.
Melissa - August 08, 2009 - Report this comment
My aunt gave me a Happy Apple toy when I was a baby. I loved that toy so much. I teethed on it,kicked it around and kept it on my moms shelf she kept her special "what nots". My brother tore it up when I was eleven. I found one at a yard sale today for $1! I am like a kid again. I let my kids and niece play with it and they love it too.
Erin - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
On the 2009 album "Middle Cyclone" by Neko Case, Case is credited as playing "Happy Apple" on the song "Fever" ... I recognized the lovely little chiming at the very beginning of the track, and it brought back some memories. My grandmother had one of these toys at her house, and I just loved pushing it around the carpet with my baby brother.
Nancy - September 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Happy Apple was the first thing I pulled from mom's attic when I got pregnant! It's the long stem one and my 11mo old loves it. That stem was the first toy she started chomping on!
Carrie - September 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have mine and passed it to my son. But the stem seems to be a bit short :) P.S., did you notice it says "made in U.S.A." ?
SZA - September 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Carrie, the original Happy Apple had a much longer stem, but there were problems/concerns about choking ... hence the shortened stem version!
Jessica - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I am the oldest of 3 daughters and a baby boy. I had one of these when I was younger and after the birth of my baby brother, my grandma dug this out. Wow am I glad that she never throws things away. When I saw it, I said, "Oh woowww" I was in awe. "I loved that thing!" Now 21, I still couldn't help but softly push it over and hear the magical notes chime around. The charm of this toy is unforgetable. :) My children will have this toy one day!
ml - November 27, 2009 - Report this comment
My brother got one of these in 72 and it has survived six children (who all have even tried to break it with a hammer) and now three dogs, this thing is indestructable.
Sarah L - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
My apple has survived for 31 years. I recently moved and found it when I was packing. The leaf is bit (you can see my little teeth chew marks on part of it...lol) but I decided to let my 4 year old have it and I'm pretty sure it will survive for another 31 years. That thing is sturdy!
Grandma Beck - February 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a Happy Apple for my 3 kids, first one born in 1978. That apple was EVERYWHERE! In the pool, in the crib, the bathtub, in the yard, playmats, etc. I now have 2 grandchildren that play with it and a third on the way that I would love to find one for. WHY would Fisher Price stop making such a unique lovable toy??? I would buy it as a baby gift for every one I know. Are you listening F-P?
BIANCA - April 21, 2010 - Report this comment
MY MOM BOUGHT THIS APPLE FOR MY BROTHER HE IS FROM 1979 IT SURVIVED MY SISTER AND ME THE BABY OF THE FAM. I LET MY GODCHILD PLAY WITH IT SIX YEARS AGO AND HE DROPPED IT RIGHT INTO THE CONCRETE IT CRACKED BUT NOW I HAVE A FIVE AND TWO YEAR OLD THAT LOVE IT AND DONT MIND THE CRACK AT ALL.I STILL ENJOY THE SOUND OF IT.
Deborah - May 04, 2010 - Report this comment
My husband and I have apples in our kitchen so we now collect the happy apples.we have 28 our grandkids really enjoy playing with them when they come to visit.we also have a happy apple bank which comes from Medina.NLB
Mike - May 23, 2010 - Report this comment
We found one of them at a thrift store is Ca. A few years ago. I gave it to my lab pupy when I first got him. It was like having a bell on his collar. Where ever he whent you could hear it. He is about three now and we have played with it every day. It just shattered and he is heart broken. :( I would love to find another one. I cant imagine how it lasted this long. Best toy ever. Sorry Charlley.
diane - May 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I'd love to see if f.p. re-issues the happy apple real soon. it would be a great money maker for the company. I'd buy a dozen of them! are apples cheaper by the pound?
SpecialMommy - July 17, 2010 - Report this comment
After a bit of searching, my daughter's "new" apple arrived today! She is 2 and profoundly delayed/disabled. Several of her therapists have Happy Apples in their offices and state that the response to this toy is unlike any other toy they've found. My daughter is just in love with this thing - better than the thousands of $ I've spent on so many other toys... FP are you listening? Bring back the Happy Apple PLEASE!
JaS - September 15, 2010 - Report this comment
My daughter was born extremely early. After a long haul in the NICU we made it home. She now has physical therapy once a week, and the toy she responds best to is the Happy Apple. She has rolled towards it, wiggled towards it, and had a conversation. These are some things we never thought we would see from her. Thankfully, we have been able to find a happy apple thanks to Ebay. 3 of them, actually - and she loves each of them!
Kurlz - October 21, 2010 - Report this comment
This was my favourite toy as a baby would love to buy one as mine was stolen. :(
SZA - November 22, 2010 - Report this comment
F.P. Happy Apple up for bid on Ebay right now! Bidding starts at just a buck!!
Luke - December 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I just recently found a happy apple in a thrift store, I never had one when I was little but I think they are so simple yet soothing. And speak to the quality of how things used to be made.
Lisbeth - December 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Is there someone that will sell their Happy Apple? That's my one-year-old son is favorite toy, but he lost it. He's always asking after is Apple. Get you help me to bring him back to smile?
Stacie - December 12, 2010 - Report this comment
My mother received a happy apple at her baby shower when she was pregnant with me in June 1974, and it was always one of my favorite toys, there are teeth marks on the leaves, and half the stem is missing from when I chewed it while teething, per my mom, but it has survived, and is one of the few toys I still have from my childhood, and now my 8 month old daughter plays with it and seems to love it as much as I did. I treasure my happy apple more now than I ever have!
Heather - April 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Just brought one from a charity shop for 50p- woop!
Rochelle - August 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I was just given a pile of used items by my husbands aunt for my 4 month old son. It was the only toy I kept. Auntie was pulling things out of the bag and I looked away for a second and while I was still looking away I heard the chime and instantly my head popped up and I looked to see what it was, It was a happy apple (Reissue I think because the stem is a short one) As soon as I saw it I could swear I'd played with one before, either we had one or it was at preschool or sunday school. The only damage on this was some paint missing from an eye and a few marks on the back. I washed it up and alot of the marks disappeared, there are still some marks left though. I shook it for my son and he was imediatly inthralled with it, He laughed like crazy at it when my Husband shook it for him as well. I knew it was a Vintage toy as soon as I saw it, but wow I never dreamed it was quite so popular. I wonder if there's other happy fruits.
Jennifer - December 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I got a Happy Apple for Christmas shortly after I turned 2 in 1975, the one with the long stem. I still have it and I am 38. It sits on top of my China Cabinet and I still get it down and listen to the chimes sometimes. It has been through more moves than I can count, both when I was growing up, to college, overseas to several countries, around the USA... and I still love it. I would not sell it for anything. I read through these comments and they make me smile and laugh to know so many other people grew up loving this toy as much as I did and still do. I certainly do not see the majority of the plastic garbage on the toy shelves today having the same status 30+ years fro m now and that is too bad.
autumngirl - January 14, 2012 - Report this comment
Brings back sooo many memories. My cousin and I actually played with this until we were at least 8 I think. Wonderful toy, I still remember how heavy it was and the music that came from it when you rolled it. Aaahhh bliss.
Ariel - January 31, 2012 - Report this comment
My science teacher said that we should bring them in if our parents had any and she has one on her desk... everytime I see it I play with it! :) I just love the sound... So if we brought in enough we could do this little prediction and stuff to see what the inside of it looked like, but no one brought any in so far so I just looked it up in google images and saw. It's SO cute and I really want one!!! :)- WHEW! I'm done now.
mblockhart - April 25, 2012 - Report this comment
We call ours The Dingle Apple. Is there any hope of getting another one?
Amy - June 05, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember playing with one when I was little. Our house burned down in 90 and we lost it. Happened to go to a yard sale the other day and found one for a swooping 25 cents. I have an 8 1/2 month old little girl and she loves it. So glad I found another one. The memories something so small can bring back are priceless.
Suzanne - November 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I noticed looking at photos that some of the Happy Apples have short stems, medium lengthy stems and long stems. Does anybody know the story behind this? I just bought one for my new grand baby and noticed this detail. Thanks!
SZA - November 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Suzanne, the original Happy Apple came with a very long stem, but it apparently presented a choking hazard due to detachment, so they shortened it. Hope that helps! :)
jen - January 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I found mine in the attic (I had chewed off the stem) and gave it to my baby son. He LOVES it, just like my brother and I did as kids!
jaysun - February 23, 2013 - Report this comment
lol im 34 had it since i was born still sits on my dresser
AWESOME - January 01, 2014 - Report this comment
How much is the 1973 version worth? because we want to buy one but we want to get the best price.
Jen - January 14, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow... this thing. I was a baby when I got hit by this on the head when my brother tried to share it with me. Now all I remember was being scared of it. xD Big hard chuncky "Ball". Not a great toy idea. Great for clobbering.
Olympianbabe - March 26, 2014 - Report this comment
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