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What is a Monchhichi Doll

Updated on November 25, 2013

Stuffed Monkey-like Animals

If you've never heard of a Monchhichi doll, I am happy to introduce you. I had a one as a young child in the early 80's. I knew they were cute back then but at age 3, it was still just another toy. As I grew up, I loved my stuffed monkey and took him everywhere. Today, I am an even bigger fan.

So, what is a Monchhichi Doll?

Monchhichi Dolls are stuffed animals who resemble monkeys. They have a plush body and an adorable face. Their thumbs are made to fit into their mouth which gives them a thumb-sucking appearance. These plush monkeys are cute unique gifts for anyone. Children love to play with them and a few adults love to collect them.

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Origin of the Monchhichi

Monchhichi Dolls were first released in 1974 by a popular Japanese doll company known as Sekiguchi Corporation. They were a huge success throughout Japan. They became even more popular in 1980, when an animated television series called, Futago no Monchitchi (or in English, Monchhichi Twins) was launched.

The line began appearing in Germany and Australia in 1975 and they were eventually exported to Western Europe.

In 1979, the Japanese monkey plushies finally made their debut in North America and into our hearts forever. We have Mattel, who also owns Barbie, to thank for purchasing the license and marketing Monchhichi's to families of the United States.

Kids of all ages couldn't get enough of these lovable toys. In 1983, after much success Hanna-Barbera started production on a new cartoon series called Monchhichis .

The monkey-faced cuties are still being made today and can be found at many online retail outlets.

7.75" Tall Girl Monchhichi Doll with Red Bid

Boy in a Yellow Bib

Today, the toys come in a variety of looks and styles, some are even dressed in costumes. You can't go wrong with the classic look of this Monchhichi boy wearing a yellow bib.

Sekiguchi Monchhichi Boy Yellow Bib Monkey 8" Doll
Sekiguchi Monchhichi Boy Yellow Bib Monkey 8" Doll

Who can resist that face? Based on the classic Monchhichi monkey doll, he will melt your heart!


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Vintage Commercials

As a product of the 80's, I love viewing vintage commercials. Watching these are especially nostalgic because they transport me to another time. A time when toys were my main concern!.

Monchhichi of Another Name

In the United Kingdom, they are known as Chicaboo dolls.

Mon Cicci is what they are called in Italy.

In France, they call them Kiki dolls.

Hungary refers to them as Moncsicsi.

They are Virkiki in Spain.

Denmark calls them Bølle.

World Costume Scottland Girl Plush

Monchhichis Cartoon

I remember my older brothers and I would wake up early on Saturday mornings and race to the TV just to catch this awesome show. This was long before DVRs, so you had to be seated in your favorite spot before the show began!

The catchy theme song will stick with you for hours (if not days!). I still remember every word after all these years.

In the cartoon, the Monchhichi are a tribe of highly developed monkey-like animals who live in the fictional forest of Monchia. They dwelled high among the treetops reaching into the clouds. The tribe was lead by a magical wizard named, Wizzer.

They were constantly threatened by the gloomy Grumplins of Grumplor. Wizzer conjured potions and magic spells to defeat the evil Grumplins.

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon aired on ABC-TV from 1983-1984. It may have been short-lived but it will never be forgotten.

For On-The-Go

One of my favorite discoveries was found in keychain form. If you are a big fan, they make them small enough to take with you everywhere you go. With so many to choose from, you may be like me, and own a lot more than one!

I have had several people recognize the character on my keyring, they always ask "where did you get that!" I've even given them to friends as gifts. Afterall, who can resist those little faces? I know I can't.

What is Your Favorite Toy From the 1980's (or any other decade)?

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      SimplySara LM 3 years ago

      I loved these Monchicis! The Lite Brite was another favorite. Let's not forget about Cabbage Patch dolls! Thank you for creating this lens. It brings back fond memories.