"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.
The first series of adult and baby Keypers had six different animal types, with several colour variations being introduced soon after (probably only in UK & Europe). They all had non glittery eyes and short, mono coloured hair.
- Ladybirds (+ 1 colour variation)
- Kangaroos (+ 1 colour variation)
- Penguins (+ 1 colour variation)
Each adult came with a Finder, brush, key and keyring plus one or two other small accessories. Each baby came with a brush and one or two small accessories.
The second series of Keypers were produced around 1987, and had glittery eyes and long, multi coloured hair.
There were 12 different animals, with 5 pairs and one adult (kangaroo) returning from the first series and 6 new pairs.
Each adult came with a Finder, brush, key and keyring plus one or two other small accessories. Each baby came with a brush and one or two small accessories. Some of the second series Euro colour variations are quite hard to find second-hand.
This back packaging image show all the twelve new second series adults and babies (but not the returning ones).
This back packaging image shows all second series animals but the cats, dogs and adult kangaroo.
The third series of Keypers were produced around 1990-92, and were adults characters only The line included Music Keypers and Jewellery Keypers. There were no new characters, but rather several colour variations of the swan and pony plus one of the rabbit, and a new pony pose too. They were now produced by Kenner, purely for the European market.
This back packaging image is European and shows the squirrel, rabbit, cat and dog, along with colour variations of the penguin and swan, and two colour variations of the musical horses.
This German leaflet show the Jewellery Keypers and Music Keypers.