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Chic a Boo

Chic a boo was one cheeky little monkey who though it was fine to encourage kiddiwinks to keep on sucking their thumbs, while their frustrated parents insisted it would give them buck teeth. Well, i suppose it never did Chic a boo any harm.

Originally developed in Japan in 1974, the Chic a boo toys were originally developed by Koichi Sekiguchi as a way of teaching children to be loving and respectful to each other and came in boy/girl pairs. It was called Monchhichi until it came over to British shores in the 80s. In Italy, it became Mon Cicci, Virkiki in Spain, and in France it was called simply, Kiki. But I digress. The line reached North America in 1979, where Mattel bought the license for the toy line.

Chic a boo was an incredibly cute little toy, with perfectly formed plastic feet, hands and face sticking out from a so-soft brown furry body - complete with monkey tail. But the real selling point of this toy was not its fluff, but rather than it could insert either of its thumbs into a hole in its mouth, with a little guidance from owner.

There was also a range of accessories that could be bought to complement the cuddly, with various cute outfits being a big seller. As the advert played on:

"Chic-a-Chic-a-Chic-a-Boo Furry and cuddly we love you Chic-a-Chic-a-Chic-a-Boo It's such fun to dress you up too"

The characters were best-loved in Japan (and are still big today), with two television series being produced based on them: the Japanese anime series Monchhichi Twins in 1980, and the American cartoon series Monchhichis in 1983, produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on ABC. Monchhichis were monkey-like creatures who lived in the forest land of Monchia at the top of tall trees well above the clouds. The tribe's leader, Wizzar, was a magical wizard who could make up spells and potions to defeat their enemy, the evil Grumplins of Grumplor. The show didn’t catch on as well as Hanna-Barbera's other hits, The Smurfs and Snorks, and aired for just one season on Saturday mornings.

For all our monkeying around, the manufacturer decided to expand the Chic-a-Boo range to incorporate other animals in the same thumb-sucking way, including gorillas and rabbits. They all sucked! No, really.


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Do You Remember Chic a Boo?

  • Anonymous user
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    Oh I did love my little cute boo! I didn't have any clothes for him but there he was on my bedside table and when I'd read my book chapter and reached out to turn off my lamp I'd pick him up, pop his thumb in for him and snuggle him down with me to sleep.
  • Anonymous user
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    I have found one that I bought for .50 cents; one with the rabbit suit and a carrot to stick in his round mouth. Does anyone know when exactly these were made?
  • Anonymous user
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    Ahhhhh, Chicaboo, the memory is still so fresh in my mind regarding just how desperate I was to buy one. My local newsagent had them tantalisingly hanging from a string at the counter, priced £2.50. However, I came from a poor family, so I couldn't buy one outright and I had to suffer for weeks on end until I saved enough pocket money. Mine was dressed in white shorts, with a dark red stripe and I was in seventh heaven. Looking back though, I wonder whether I just had a cheapo Chicaboo as mine didn't quite look like the original version!
  • Anonymous user
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    I've still got my chicaboo and i'll never let him go again (there's a whole story behind that) he's the one that sucks the banana his nose is slightly rubbed but apart from that he's perfect.
  • Anonymous user
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    I wish i had saved mine it sucked his thumb and i had a red rockin chair for him ohhh
  • Anonymous user
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    I got one of thease after the craze I think as it was from a cheap shop. Unless it was a fake! I remember it came with a little booklet showing all the other dolls and bits, but of course mum never saw them again.
  • EDDIE1
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    REMEMBER THE ADVERT? FURRY AND CUDDLY WE LOVE YOU!!!! SAD I KNOW.
  • Anonymous user
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    i love chicaboo and i used to have one that can grip hold of your clothes if you squeezed its arms,like a lapel clip, if anyone knows were i can get one pleeeese help, im desperate to get one again
  • Anonymous user
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    i have a 1974 chicaboo in a blue addidas track suit. i got him from toy&hobby.i also had kittyboo but not sure what happened to her.
  • Anonymous user
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    These were monkeys that came in all different sizes. They had either a big thumb or a banana the went into the whole in there mouths! I loved my chic-a-boo..