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Episode 1567

Topic: Playthings
Air Date: November 25, 1986
Previous Episode: 1566 - Playthings
Next Episode: 1568 - Playthings
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Mister Rogers arrives with a toy tricycle which he takes along to the factory where similar toys are made. Inside the factory, Mister Rogers meets Doug Turman who takes him on a tour of the factory. Viewers see many aspects of the factory from the design department to the assembly line. Chuck Aber is working in the storage area where he mentions that he will be stopping by later when Ella Jenkins is at Mister Rogers' house.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely has delivered a package for Queen Sara and King Friday wants to open it up. Instead of doing it himself, Lady Aberlin convinces the King that asking Sara to open her own package would be best. Opening the package, they find that it is a bicycle that Queen Sara had ordered for Prince Tuesday. As King Friday recalls learning to ride a bicycle, Lady Aberlin sings You've Got To Do It.

H.J. Elephant arrives at the castle in search of a key that will open any door which he would like to give as a gift to Mr. Aber. At the school, Neighbor Aber is demonstrating various toys for the children. Neighbor Aber steps out for a minute and H.J. Elephant steps in with a message for Prince Tuesday from King Friday: "Life is good." Daniel notices Mr. Aber who is controlling H.J. Elephant. Realizing that H.J. is a toy, the children wonder if they are toys as well to which Mr. Aber responds: "You could be...You see, in Make-Believe, toys can be real if you want. Anything is possible in Make-Believe."

Back at the house, Ella Jenkins and Chuck Aber stop by and demonstrate a collection of toy tops on the backyard sand table.


With a subtle clap and a slap on his thigh as he talks to Chuck Aber, Mister Rogers make reference to an earlier visit from Ella Jenkins in Episode 1548.

The factory visited by Mister Rogers makes Little Tikes toys. One of the toys demonstrated by Chuck Aber in Make-Believe is a miniature version of the Cozy Coupe -- a popular Little Tikes product.

This episode is included on the DVD Kindness Collection.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Doug Turman




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Ella Jenkins, Carole Muller, Bob Trow, Douglas Turman
Special Thanks to The Little Tikes Company
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producers: Sam Newbury, Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1986 Family Communications, Inc.

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