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What is a Monchhichi?? It’s a LOVE MONKEY!

What is a Monchhichi?? It’s a LOVE MONKEY!

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what is a monchhichiI have seen them for years, I even had one as a child (and so did my sister) but I always wondered What is a Monchhichi? Obviously, they are a stuffed animal… but where did they come from? And how did they become so popular?

What is a Monchhichi?

A Monchhichi is a “sweet little monkey” with a funny name that comes from combining the word Mon “mine” in French  and “Chhichi” which is the Japanese onomatopoeic sound for the noise a pacifier makes when a child sucks on it. These animal babies were developed in Japan by Mr Sekiguchi of the Sekiguchi company after he visited Germany. The story goes, he saw some similar doll babies in German Toy Stores, and brought the idea home, where it was combined with a beloved Monkey Doll that was very popular in Japan. These little “Love Monkeys” were created to inspire love and respect between old and young in Japan.

Monchhichi in Germany

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Before long, the dolls were exported to Germany and Austria, where their popularity took off. And when the Monchhichi Boutique opened in 1978… providing hundreds of different styles of clothing, collectors went crazy! More Monchhichi dolls were sold in Germany than in Japan! The merchandise line took off as well, T-shirts, games, school bags, bedding and furniture were snapped up by collectors and Monchhichi lovers all over

In 1974, the first Monchhichi twins were born. They were designed to be soft and cuddly, but with plastic feet and hands with a thumb that fits just perfectly into the mouth.  Each wore a bib that said Monchhichi. The first major design change came in 1980, when a pacifier was placed in hand to suck, instead of a thumb.
In the United States, the Little Monkeys were a little slow to take off. Mattel picked up the line in 1980, and Hanna- Barbera even produced a tie-in cartoon to help promote them, but by 1985, Mattel stopped production because of lack of sales. They did, however, reintroduce the toy in 2004 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary.

How to Recognize Vintage Monchhichis

The most obvious trait to the early Monchhichis is the eyes… from 1974 until 1985, they all have blue eyes. After this, the eyes were painted brown.

The earliest Sekiguchi Monchhichis were around 8 inches tall, made with a matt dark brown fur, and had a tail about 3-4 inches long. Their plastic parts are soft, not hard. And they have 5 freckles under each eye… with 3 more across the bridge of the nose.

The first Monchhichis did not have pacifiers, they sucked their thumb. After 1980, a permanent pacifier was added.

Another obvious way to identify modern Monchhichis… look at the foot. The modern ones have the signature embossed in it.

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Did you have a Monchhichi??

Since 2016 was the Year of the Monkey, I wonder if they will be making a huge comeback?

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Monchhichi Clothing

Don’t forget to dress your Monchhichi! You can even get a DIRNDL!

Baseball OutfitBaseball OutfitCLOTHING for MONCHICHI Gr. 20 2x Hoodie + pants Monchhichi personalized with NAMECLOTHING for MONCHICHI Gr. 20 2x Hoodie + pants Monchhichi personalized with NAMEMONCHHICHI Wedding Costume clothing Monchichi Sekiguchi Monkey Parker New in Original Package 1980 Bride Groom Unopened package old stockMONCHHICHI Wedding Costume clothing Monchichi Sekiguchi Monkey Parker New in Original Package 1980 Bride Groom Unopened package old stockKnitted clothes for Monchichi monkeyKnitted clothes for Monchichi monkeyCLOTHING for MONCHICHI Gr. 20 Dirndl + apron OctoberfestCLOTHING for MONCHICHI Gr. 20 Dirndl + apron Octoberfest

 

Monchhichi Commercial

Oh, how I remember this Commercial…I will have the song stuck in my head all day…

Monchhichis Today

Today, over 40 years after they were introduced in Germany, Monchhichi’s are still popular among collectors and fans in Germany. (My cousin still has one in her car). Fansites are devoted to Collecting Monchhichis, Customized Monchhichis, Monchhichi Artwork, and even designer Monchhichis!

Loads of accessories and collectibles are on the market, so now, a whole new generation are being introduced to these sweet little monkeys.

Rhinestone Crystal Monchhichi Doll Keychain, Bling Keychain, Bag CharmRhinestone Crystal Monchhichi Doll Keychain, Bling Keychain, Bag CharmMonchhichi PillowMonchhichi Pillow

Monchhichi Figurines!

You can even get sweet little collectible Monchhichi Figurines! Who collected these?

Monchhichi Tennis Player FigureMonchhichi Tennis Player FigureVintage Monchhichi Figure with PillowVintage Monchhichi Figure with PillowVintage 1979 Sleeping Monchhichi Sekiguchi Mini PVC Miniature Figure Toy FigurineVintage 1979 Sleeping Monchhichi Sekiguchi Mini PVC Miniature Figure Toy Figurine

What is a Monchhichi? It’s A LOVE MONKEY!

 


Big-headed Monchhichi Plush Doll Keychain M size (Boy)

from: Strapya Inc.

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Comment(2)

  1. I bought a vintage monchhichi today. It has a tag with black writing stating it was made in Germany. It says 1974, but I understand that’s not the case as it has a pacifier to suck on. It has the correct number of freckles, a paper , orange,black and white tag on it’s hand. It’s in really good condition. No signature on the foot. It is wearing a plaid dress that’s nicely made and in good shape. My question is, mine has closed eyes and a tear on it’s cheek.

    What year do you think this is? What is it worth? It is 8″ tall with a tuft of hair tied in a bow, matte brown hair, the correct number of fingers and toes, and a peachy colored base on the pacifier.

    Thank you,
    Leslie

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