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Big Yellow Teapot

The Big Yellow Teapot was based on two founding principles: little girls love dolls houses, and they also love playing with tea sets. This must-have iconic toy of the 80s combined both these loves so was always going to be a hit when it was released by the now-defunct Bluebird Toys in 1981.

The name said it all, really. The Big Yellow Teapot was a large, plastic, yellow teapot that opened up to reveal a play house inside. It came with little plastic, peg-like (a bit like primitive Playmobil people) family figures and various pieces of furniture. You could have hours of fun playing with Mum, Dad, two little girls, a boy and a dog, positioning them between the four little chairs, a table, a bed, a bedside cabinet and printed cardboard walls to make the place seem more homely. There was even something that resembled a dog's bed! The hidden roundabout under the teapot's lid was a brilliant addition, as was the slide spout our figures could whizz down. The only thing that wasn't in this Big Yellow Teapot was tea - much to the disappointment of those girls hoping to serve some invisible tea to their Barbies.

It wasn't too long before a rival to the teapot was on the scene - Palitoy's Family Treehouse, which worked along the same design principle but looked a little more advanced and attracted an older, more sophisticated crowd of kids. There was also a house for Smurfs that was shaped like a toadstool, a Big Yellow Shoe (well, girls love shoes just as much as tea sets), Mr chimney and Big Red Fun Bus.

The great thing about the teapot, was its bold design - the yellow and red duplo-esque design still scream out 'childhood memory' to many 80s kids, rather like it does that other household staple - the A La Carte Kitchen, which was released by Bluebird Toys only a year later than the teapot. Really, the only thing letting it down was the name - couldn't Bluebird have come up with a better one? After all, it's not even that big...


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Big Yellow Teapot Last post by remember
07 April 2009
Big Yellow Teapot Last post by remember
27 March 2008

Do You Remember Big Yellow Teapot?

Do You Remember Big Yellow Teapot?

  • Anonymous user
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    how can I get this yellow teapot any ideas
  • Anonymous user
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    We bought the big yellow teapot when our daughter was 2years old,she is now aged 30 and we still have it. Lots of kids have played with it over the years and now our two grandchildren play with it and have lots of fun. Hardy 22nd march 2014
  • Anonymous user
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    And if you were that type of creative young person and were playing at being a game show host, it could also convert into one of those rotating stages with the prizes on that they used to have on things like Every Second Counts. Providing the prizes were small enough.
  • Anonymous user
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    where can i buy it from I loved this, my son loved it and now I want one for my god daughter
  • Anonymous user
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    I'm a guy and had one. It was possibly the best, and campest toy I ever owned.
  • lokirat
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    yay i had one of these! it all eventually got hard to open. the lift up top, and the little garage at the bottom :) i kept my crayons in here. i wonder if the crayola carousel is in here......
  • Anonymous user
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    I only wish I knew what became of my beloved big yellow teapot. Absolutely fantastic toy!
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember that you put the figures down the spout of the teapot and they would shoot down like a slide, and the lid would spin round like a roundabout!
  • Anonymous user
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    Still have my Big Yellow Teapot in the loft at Mum and Dads, complete with characters, tea boxes, car and the box. It?s like sacred stuff as I loved this toy when I was little.
  • Anonymous user
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    the big yellow tea pot was amazing, i loved it when i was little. i am now gonna buy one for my niece so she can have as much fun as i did.