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Monchichi

It's something of a dark secret that, during the 80s, children were given toys that sucked their (gasp!) thumbs! Yes, monchicis and their predecessors, the chickaboos, were renowned for their thumb-sucking prowess when, today, in an era when parents are meant to stop children from sucking anything - whether it be dummies, lollies or thumbs, they'd be cursed...

How anyone could ever contemplate cursing such a cute, furry little thing is beyond me. Looking even more cuter with thumb in mouth, monchichis resembled something in between a monkey and a chipmunk - though wearing a T-shirt! Awww!

The Japanese originally spawned the monchichi toy in the mid-70s, and when Hanna Barbara got its mitts on the idea in 1980 and joined up with Mattel, the monchichi's popularity rocketed. With the previous success of The Smurfs, Hanna Barbara knew it was onto a good thing, so there was also a cartoon to accompany the toy.

The cartoon series gave kids a bit of context behind their latest cuddly friends: monchichis, which came from the land of Monchia, lived high in the trees in an attempt to steer clear of the grumplins of Grumplor. Helped by wizard in residence, Wizzor, the monchichis (which consisted of Moncho, Tootoo, Parchitt, Kyla and thumkii) used various spells and potions to stay safe from the enemy.

Despite the cartoon series being shelved after one run, the shelves of monchichis were left barren by little girls on their quest for the latest toy.


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Monchichi Last post by remember
23 March 2009

Do You Remember Monchichi?

Do You Remember Monchichi?

  • Anonymous user
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    I love monchichi's. They are so soft,and cuddly. I wish I had one to myself.I have the theme song stuck in my head all of the time.
  • Anonymous user
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    I WANT FIND THE CARTOONS TO SHOW MY KIDS BECAUSE I ALWAYS CALL MY SON MY MONCHICHI AND I WANT TO SHOW THEM WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I CAN GET THEM PLEASE LET ME KNOW
  • Anonymous user
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    I have 4 Mon Chi Chi that belonged to my daughter who is now 33 years old. My grandchildren now play with them. They love them. I am trying to find more clothes for the Mon Chi Chi for Christmas presents. No luck.
  • Anonymous user
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    It seems alot of people had monchichis but lost them over time,I had one as a little girl and of course lost it but in the past year was at a garage sale and found one.Now I keep him in a special box and when I'm having a bad day I take him out and just look at him and it puts me in a good mood.I'm weird or what?
  • Anonymous user
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    Monchichi song - "Monchichi... Mon chi chi... oh so soft and cuddly... put the thumb in the mouth, she's really neat... fun to wiggle it's little feet... yeah, yeah, yeah... YEAH, YEAH, YEAH... HAPPY, HAPPY MONCHICHI... I LOVE YOU MONCHICHI!!!!"
  • Anonymous user
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    i had a few chicaboos but was also forever losing them. Was telling my 4 year old about them this morning brought back alot of memories lol! I cried for hours one day after dropping mine in the street.
  • Anonymous user
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    the monchichis were first called chicabooi got mine in late 70s the song for the advert went chica chica chicaboo cute and cuddly we love you chica chica chicaboo
  • Anonymous user
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    i loved my monchichi i called him chikaboo but unfortunately i think i lost him, he was sooo cute.
  • Anonymous user
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    When I was 9 I remember finding my monchichi in my house after it burnt down. Luckily my monchichi only had a little smoke damage I actually cleaned it up and kept it. I've still got it. I don't care what anyone says I love monchichis.