Keypers :: Tortoises

"Far off in a land of magic and fun live the Keypers and the Finders. Keypers keep treasures locked safely inside, while Finders travel about seeking to find! Meet each of the Keypers and their new friends, they have special ways to keep your secret treasures safe."

Keypers were produced by Tonka from 1985 to 1992. They were large, hard plastic bodied adults and small softer plastic bodied babies. The adult Keypers had a key (with their name on) which locked and unlocked a door somewhere about their body, and the baby Keypers had a slit in their backs where you could store things. Along with the plastic toys there were large plush adult Keypers, books, games and other items.

Images on this page are either mine or thanks to various eBay sellers, including albion96 and fairygirl3!


The adult tortoise was one of two characters to change gender and name from series one to series two (the other being the kangaroo). The Finder, which could glow-in-the-dark, also changed names. Shelldon's shell can fade from purple to beige over time.

Shelldon Mishelle

Poke Poke Nitelite Finder Nitebright Finder

Tortoises [Series 1]

The first series tortoise was male. I've seen the blanket pictued below sold with Poke a few time, but can find no packaging images of it being sold with any of the Keypers, so it remains a mystery!

Sheldon's accessories:

  • Purple Nightcap
  • Purple Neck Warmer
  • Purple Key, Brush & Keyring
  • Nightlite Finder

Poke's accessories:

  • Bonnet with Blue Ribbon
  • Flower Bottle
  • Purple Brush

Tortoises [Series 2]

The series two adult tortoise changed names and gender from Shelldon to Mishelle, and the Finder changed names from Nightlite to Nitebright (Poke's name remained the same). They all now had glittery eyes and long tri-coloured hair.

Mishelle's accessories:

  • White Frilly Night Hat
  • Pink Neck Warmer
  • Purple Key, Brush & Keyring

Poke's accessories:

  • Purple Night Cap
  • Purple Brush