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- Vintage Fisher Price Play Family #993 Castle Comp./VG++-EXC! (I)
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Vintage Fisher Price Play Family #993 Castle Play Set COMPLETE/VG-EXC! (I) Vintage Fisher Price Play Family #993 Castle Comp/VG-EXC! (I) (More photos below) Here for your inspection is a highly desirable toy, the ORIGINAL Fisher Price Little People Play Family Castle #993 play set (circa 1974-77). This is an AWESOME set!!!! It comes COMPLETE with ALL 21 pieces! This toy personifies Fisher Price's reputation for imaginative, durable toys. This particular Fisher Price Little People #993 Castle comes with a blue flag jauntily waving in the breeze and a pink banner saying Play Family Castle #993 on its front tower. The castle base consists of a drawbridge that really works (e.g. goes up and down and emits the ratchety sound), a trap door to capture unsuspecting invaders, a dungeon for dangerous "prisoners," a cave for a "friendly" dragon with a back escape hatch, and a moving staircase that conceals the castle's occupants in a hidden room during an attack. All levers, doors, and trap doors work as designed. The EXTERIOR lithos are in VG-EXC condition. They have retained their original bright coloration and whimsical graphics. The only "flaws" I can discern are: 1. The moat litho displays some mild soiling, seven intermittent, vertical creases, approximately six bubbles of varying sizes, and some mild edge wear; there is also some minor loosening of the litho on the far left hand side of the moat. I'm confident the soiling will be eradicated with a gentle cleaning. In addition, I should be able to re-secure the litho with some Rubber Cement. I know this description sounds horrific; however, I'm being super "nit-picky" because I don't want to disappoint any buyer. Past buyers have often commented that my sets appear much better in person than when described; 2. There are numerous hair-line wrinkles on the front, right hand tower towards the base of the tower; these are virtually invisible; I found them via touch. There are also two minor rubs on the banner and a stray red mark above and to the right of the banner on the tower's stone lithos. The latter is hard to spot due to the mottled coloring of the stone lithos. I may be able to remove this mark with some careful cleaning; 3. One horizontal crease at the top of the "stained glass" litho along with four, faint, intermittent, horizontal creases further down on the same litho; I did not spy the intermittent creases until I held the set up within 3" of my eyes and rotated it in the light; and 4. Three, faint, intermittent, vertical creases on the main Fisher Price logo. The INTERIOR castle lithos, with the exception of the floor and fireplace lithos, are free of any tears, stains, marks or creasing. I would gauge these lithos as being in EXC condition. As is common with these floor lithos, there are some scrapes, rubs, and narrow bubbles on the litho where the stairs slide over the floor. The most pronounced wear is located at the hub of the revolving staircase. The floor litho, in my opinion, warrants a GOOD-VG rating. The fireplace litho shows some hair-line wrinkling over the bottom of that tower. Once again, these are basically only apparent via touch. The staircase litho exhibits four, narrow, horizontal creases and some slight loosening of the litho on the top edge near the bottom stair. I will be applying some Rubber Cement to re-anchor this corner. NOTE: THE LITHOS CRITIQUED ABOVE ARE THE ORIGINAL LITHOS. I DO NOT USE REPLACEMENT LITHOS ON MY SETS. IF A LITHO IS MISSING OR DAMAGED EXTENSIVELY, I OCCASIONALLY OFFER THE BUYER A REPLACEMENT LITHO. HOWEVER, I DO NOT APPLY THESE LITHOS MYSELF. I LEAVE IT TOTALLY UP TO THE DISCRETION OF THE BUYER WHETHER THEY WISH TO UTILIZE THESE. ONCE AGAIN, THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL LITHOS APPLIED AT THE FACTORY. FYI, I HAVE INCLUDED A REPLACEMENT LITHO FOR THE FLOOR LITHO IN CASE THE BUYER WISHES TO "UPGRADE" THEIR CASTLE. YOU CAN SEE HOW THESE REPRODUCTION LITHOS CLOSELY RESEMBLE THE ORIGINAL LITHOS AND RESTORE THIS CASTLE BASE BY CLOSELY EXAMINING THE PHOTOS I'VE PROVIDED. THESE LITHOS ARE SUPPLIED TO THE BUYER FREE OF CHARGE. I OBTAIN THESE REPLACEMENT LITHOS FROM THE FINEST AND MOST EXPERIENCED SELLER ON THE MARKET. SHE'S RESIDES IN CANADA AND HAS BEEN PRODUCING THESE FOR OVER 5 YEARS. SHE PROCURED SOME ORIGINAL UNUSED LITHOS FOR MANY OF THESE VINTAGE SETS FROM THE FISHER PRICE FACTORY. THEY HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY STORED IN LIGHT RESISTENT PLASTIC SLEEVES. SHE UTILIZES A PROFESSIONAL GRADE PRINTER AND HAS SUCCESSFULLY CALIBRATED IT TO CREATE MASTERFUL REPRODUCTIONS OF THE ORIGINAL LITHOS. ALL THE LITHOS ARE PRINTED ON HEAVY-DUTY, STICKY BACK PAPER AND ARE WATER PROOF. THERE ARE OTHER SELLERS OUT THERE THAT ARE TRYING TO PASS OFF CHEAPER IMITATIONSOF HER LITHOS. THEY ARE NOT WATERPROOF AND THE QUALITY IS FAR LESS THAN WHAT SHE CONSISTENTLY PROVIDES. Other than a few isolated stray marks, scuffs, and some light soiling, the plastic surfaces are in TREMENDOUS shape (NEAR MINT). I'm confident that the extraneous marks will come off with cleaning and that the scuffs on the green base will be ameliorated with an application of Armor All wipes. There are no chips, cracks, breaks, or repairs on any of the plastic surfaces (base, towers, roof). All of the plastic surfaces have retained their vivid, original hues. Basically, other than the stray marks and one tiny indentation (e.g. 1/8" L x 1/16" W) on the green plastic on the right side, I cannot find anything amiss on the plastic surfaces. The masonite base under the Castle id devoid of any residual water stains, gouges, or abrasions. It does show some minor wrinkling and one small black mark near the edge of the Masonite base. Once again, I found the wrinkling through touch. It is virtually invisible. Because of the aforementioned wear on the castle's floor and moat lithos, I've downgraded this base from EXC to VG -EXC. This particular Fisher Price #993 Castle also features the following RARE and VHTF accessories: 1 RARE Large red bed w/crown headboard with some replacement firm foam (NEAR MINT-MINT; I have not glued this replacement mattress in place in case the owner chooses to remove it at a later time); 2 RARE matching twin beds with crown headboards with replacement foam mattresses (NEAR MINT-MINT); 2 HTF tall red thrones w/crown emblems (NEAR MINT); 2 HTF small red thrones w/crown emblems (NEAR MINT--one has a black smudge on the bottom of the piece; I believe this will come off during the cleaning process); 1 VHTF round red table with steak litho (EXC-some minor edge wear around the perimeter of the litho); 1 VHTF black horse w/both ears and tail (NEAR MINT--slight bowing of front legs; horse can stand unassisted); 1 HTF brown horse w/both ears and tail and a circle on its belly (EXC-coat a little dull, especially on horse's flanks; minimal wear on white stockings and hooves); 1 EXTREMELY RARE pink dragon (EXC-some minor soiling; tail is a little loose but other joints are fine; blue scales on tail show some faint "bleeding through" of underlying pink color; 99% of the yellow dots are intact; both ears are present and devoid of any cracks, repairs, or chews; a dragon of this caliber can cost you up to 30-35 alone); 1 VHTF yellow saddle blanket (EXC--vestiges of some black marks on both sides of the blanket; I am not sure if these will come off entirely during the cleaning process; in any event, they are not prominent in nature); 1 VHTF white scalloped castle harness (MINT); 1 HTF yellow bottom, white top castle coach or carriage (NEAR MINT-MINT--some light soiling which will be alleviated during the cleaning process). No castle would be complete without its own set of "royals." This set includes 4 WOOD/plastic Little People characters: 1 HTF King (NEAR MINT-minor paint loss on back rim of piece); 1 HTF Queen (NEAR MINT- faint paint loss around middle of piece consistent with age); 1 HTF Prince (EXC--some dulling of body paint consistent with age); 1 VHTF Princess (MINT); 1 VHTF Woodsman w/yellow star collar (EXC-NEAR MINT--couple of teensy indentations on the body; paint has not been displaced; these do not appear to be CHEWS); and 1 VHTF ALL Plastic Knight (EXC--small melt mark on upper edge of body; rest is MINT). I will be thoroughly Q-tip cleaning this play set and all of its accessories before sending it on to its new owners. I spend a MINIMUM of 1 - 1 1/2 hours cleaning each and every vintage, Fisher Price Little People play set I sell (except for those listed in My Rough Room). Some play sets have required up to 5 hours of cleaning time before I'm satisfied with them. My sets are IMMACULATE! Remember, this Vintage Fisher Price Play Family Castle play set is NOT part of the recent recall of toys made in China. This set was manufactured in the United States 40 years ago. Purchasers should refrain from allowing children under 3 years of age to play with these toys without adult supervision or to offer these toys to children who may be still mouthing their toys. ****NOTE****Please check out my other listings for other COMPLETE, VINTAGE Fisher Price Little People play sets. This set weighs approximately 8 lbs. UNWRAPPED. My zip code is 47905 (Lafayette, IN). Due to the size of the base, it will probably require an oversized box. I'm more than willing to combine listings whenever possible and I search for the cheapest shipping alternatives available for EACH and EVERY customer. If you purchase multiple items, PLEASE combine all of your purchases on one invoice. Otherwise, I will be charged multiple Bonanza and PayPal transaction fees and you may be overcharged on shipping. Of course, I refund any shipping overcharges in excess of 1.00; however, it's much easier on both of us if you check out all of your items at the same time. I'm finding that Fed Ex Home Delivery is OFTEN running about 33% cheaper than UPS or the USPS for larger and heavier packages or ones that travel longer distances to their destination. Fed Ex's quotes also include up to 100 worth of FREE insurance. Additional insurance may be secured for a nominal fee. In order to ship via UPS or Fed Ex, you MUST have a residential or business address---NOT A P.O. BOX, and must supply a home, work, or cell phone number. I'm willing to ship to Canada using the USPS Priority International Mail. Buyers are responsible for all shipping costs. Insurance is highly recommended. I cannot be responsible for packages once they leave my possession. Similarly, Canadian residents are responsible for any Customs fees, duties, brokerage charges. Remember, international shipping is expensive so please check with me for shipping quotes before purchasing this set. See my other listings for more great items! Prince and Princess hiding in "safe room." Replacement floor litho. PayPal is the preferred manner of payment. All payments are due within 5 business days of the listing's conclusion. I also accept bank-issued Cashier's Checks and Postal Money Orders. Due to my bank's policies, I am unable to ship your item until these forms of payment clear my bank (usually within 3 business days). Please contact me if you would like to pay via a Cashier's Check or a Postal Money Order. Shipping Policy The price listed is for the item itself. The total amount due will be the purchase price of the item the ACTUAL shipping cost to deliver your item to you. All shipping costs or extra fees (in the case of Canadian shipments) are the responsibility of the buyer. I will do everything in my power to find you the cheapest shipping rate—-whether it’s the USPS (First Class, Parcel, or Priority), Fed Ex, or UPS. I DO NOT PAD MY SHIPPING COSTS—-NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL! I SHIP WITHIN 48 HOURS OF A CLEARED PAYMENT. I primarily utilize Fed Ex Home Delivery for items exceeding 5 lbs. in weight, measuring greater than 12 inches in any dimension, or traveling longer distances. I’ve been finding Fed Ex has been running @33% cheaper than the USPS (including Parcel Post) and UPS Ground. FYI, another benefit of using either Fed Ex or UPS is that their quote includes up to 100 worth of FREE insurance. Additional amounts of insurance may be purchased for a nominal fee (that is much less than the USPS). Fed Ex also provides automated tracking updates re: your parcel’s whereabouts directly to your personal e-mail account. In order to ship Fed Ex (or UPS for that matter), I MUST have a residential or work place address, NOT a P.O. Box number, as well as a home or cell phone. Otherwise, they will not accept the shipping paperwork or transport your item. Since Bonanza's shipping calculator does NOT offer Fed Ex Home Delivery as a shipping option, PLEASE DO NOT SEND PAYMENT UNTIL I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MANUALLY CHECK THESE RATES AND INSERT THEM INTO YOUR INVOICE. Otherwise, the shipping calculator may overcharge you. Packages traveling to Alaska or Hawaii will be shipped Parcel Post via the USPS. Insurance and delivery confirmation are required. I’m more than willing to combine multiple purchases into one box whenever it is safe to do so to decrease your shipping costs. Once again, PLEASE wait to check out until I can combine your purchases on ONE INVOICE and can calculate their combined shipping rate via Fed Ex. If you pay for these items separately, I get charged multiple transaction fees by PayPal plus you get over-charged on your shipping. Of course, I will refund you any amount over 1.00 that you've overpaid on shipping. However, it's easier on both of us if you wait until I can send you the correct amount. I’m more than happy to ship selected play sets to Canada. Remember that shipping to Canada can be quite expensive so please contact me for a shipping quote before you purchase an item. I will attempt to find the cheapest shipping rate possible. Canadian customers will be responsible for any brokerage fees, Custom’s duties, or VAT’s imposed by your government. I am not responsible for these charges. Insurance is required for all international shipments. Last, but not least, I offer a 10% discount for orders totaling 125.00 or more. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO RETURNS ARE ACCEPTED. I have attempted to bring any noted "imperfections" to your attention prior to your purchasing the item. However, I'm only human. If I have missed something or you have a problem with your purchase, please contact me prior to leaving feedback. 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