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So, you've had your eye on the latest Barbie doll, or perhaps the newest, shiniest Transformer, so where do you keep all those carefully counted pennies safe? Kids never had there own bank accounts, so in order to keep the thiefs (ie, brothers and sisters) at bay, they used to have to resort to rather more underhand tactics. So, thank you Tonka Toys for Finders Keypers!

Modelled on various animals, Finders Keypers were marketed in the 80s as part toy, part treasure chest - and something every little princess needed in her life! There were snails, kangaroos, swans and more, and each came with its own plastic key so you could store your valuables (read: fuzzy stickers, Gold Rush Bubble Gum, and as many friendship bracelets you could stuff inside). This secret compartment was hidden in their bellies, cleverly concealed by cutesy, coloured decoration and combable hair that made Finders Keypers far too innocent-looking to have any secrets of their own.

The original series of Keypers comprised six different characters, and was followed up by a more advanced second series, sporting glittery eyes and long, colourful hair. Some even glowed in the dark, like Glo Friends toys! New characters came with accessories and included bears, cats, squirrels, rabbits, dogs and ponies. Given the success of the Keypers toys, it's hardly surprising that the 80s also brought a cartoon with it.

Even younger children were catered for, when Tonka Toys released Baby Keypers (shown in the photo), which came with a snappable inner compartment rather than a lockable one. Small keys and small mouths don't go well together, after all. But everyone has something to hide...


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Do You Remember Keypers?

Do You Remember Keypers?

  • Anonymous user
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    Not only were they insects, I distinctly remember having a pink swan type keeper - and a lilac turtle thing that was a 'Baby keeper' which didn't have keys but were flexible rubber and you could twist open a slot at their back to fit things into. I truly expected my keeper to keep my brother out of my sweets and secret things - It didn't!
  • Anonymous user
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    I had loads of keepers... rubber ones that had slits in the back, I had a penguin and dolls that turned into gems. I remeber having a cocke can that turned into a dog... I'm sure they were keepers too?
  • Anonymous user
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    Aww the finders and keypers. I had loads. Happy memories.
  • Anonymous user
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    i had keyboard he was a penguin with music notes on his wings, and a top hat.
  • Anonymous user
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    I had the swan and I had Tango the orange tortoise. My sister had Fancy the snail. They're long gone, but I'm trying to get a hold of them on eBay - for myself or my daugher, I'm not real sure, LOL.
  • Anonymous user
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    I remember these! I had the snail and the horse. They don't make toys now like they did back then...
  • Anonymous user
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    Little plastic animals that came with a key and you could lock all your little precious things in there.
  • Anonymous user
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    Keypers were magical looking horses who's saddles unocked with a special key, so u could hide all ur secret things in safely!
  • Anonymous user
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    I used to have the pink snail purse. Had to get rid of stuff when we moved. Wish I had kept her.
  • Anonymous user
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    Hi, this is Mary, yet again, and I went on ebay, and found the Adult Cat Keyper. She doen't come with her key, but she has a Finder. This Keyper's name is Cassie, and she is a beauty. I bought her about two weeks ago. She has a purse( or knitting), and has a blue front with hearts. I can't for wait for her to come. I also put in an order for the Keyboard Adult Penguin Keyper. this Keyper has dark pink wings, with musical symbols all over herself, and comes with her blue key. She has purplish glittery eyes, and has whitish hair, with a tad of pink. Cassie has bluish glittery eyes, and has bluish white hair. These Keypers are beautiful, and i can't wait for them to come. The next Keyper I plan to get is Tango. Have a great day.