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The first line of Sesame Street die-cast cars was made by Hasbro in 1981. When Hasbro acquired Playskool in 1985, the line continued under the Playskool label. In 1992, the toys were rebranded under the Child Dimension label, and again under the Kid Dimension label from 1993 to 1995.

Starting in 1996, a similar line of Sesame Street cars was released by Tyco/Matchbox, and continued under the Fisher-Price label.

1981

The original line included six cars:

Ernie's Fire Engine is the only car to remain continuously in production from the first set of cars in 1981 until the end of the line in 1995.

1982

Hasbro added six cars to the line in 1982, and a Sesame Street Car Case that could fit all 12 cars. Count von Count, Herry Monster and Mr. Snuffleupagus cars were added. Herry's car and Snuffy's boat were only produced for this line, and were retired by 1985.

  • Bert's Pigeon Patrol Wagon
  • Big Bird Convertible
  • Big Bird Mail Truck (new)
  • Cookie Monster Dessert Delivery (new)
  • Cookie Monster Express
  • Count's Countmobile (new)
  • Ernie's Fire Engine
  • Grover's Helicopter
  • Herry Monster Gym-Mobile (new)
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Can Roadster
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Delivery (new)`
  • Snuffle-upagus Dingy (new)

1983

In 1983, Hasbro made a track playset for the cars, Big Bird's Around Town Roadway. The set has 20 parts, including a roadway track for toy cars, flats representing scenery on Sesame Street, trees, and the famous Sesame Street signpost. The track came packaged with the Big Bird Convertible car.

1985

In 1985, Hasbro continued the line under the Playskool label. Three new cars were added, and several were retired. Playskool also began selling sets of three cars as "Sesame Street Mini Muppet Motorcade". The line now included 10 cars.

  • Bert's Pigeon Patrol Wagon
  • Bert's Taxicab (new)
  • Big Bird Convertible
  • Big Bird's Popcorn Machine (new)
  • Cookie Monster Dessert Delivery
  • Cookie Monster Express
  • Count's Countmobile
  • Ernie's Fire Engine
  • Grover's Speedster (new)
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Delivery

Big Bird Mail Truck, Grover's Helicopter, Herry Monster Gym-Mobile, Oscar the Grouch Trash Can Roadster and Snuffle-upagus Dingy were retired from the line.

1986

In 1986, Playskool added six new cars to the set, making a total of 16:

  • Bert's Pigeon Patrol Wagon
  • Bert's School Bus (new)
  • Bert's Taxicab
  • Big Bird Convertible
  • Big Bird's Dump Truck (new)
  • Big Bird's Popcorn Machine
  • Cookie Monster's Cookie Mixer (new)
  • Cookie Monster Dessert Delivery
  • Cookie Monster Express
  • Count's Countmobile
  • Ernie's Fire Engine
  • Ernie's Sports Car (new)
  • Grover's Airplane (new)
  • Grover's Speedster
  • Oscar the Grouch's Bulldozer (new)
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Delivery

1987

1987 package back

In 1987, Playskool released six new cars:

  • Bert's School Bus
  • Bert's Snow Plow (new)
  • Bert's Taxicab
  • Big Bird Convertible
  • Big Bird's Dump Truck
  • Big Bird's Music Car (new)
  • Big Bird's Popcorn Machine
  • Cookie Monster's Cookie Mixer
  • Cookie Monster Dessert Delivery
  • Cookie Monster Express
  • Cookie Monster Van (new)
  • Count's Countmobile
  • Ernie's Fire Engine
  • Ernie's Sports Car
  • Ernie's Tub Car (new)
  • Grover's Airplane
  • Grover's Prairie Wagon (new)
  • Oscar the Grouch's Bulldozer
  • Oscar's Junk Yard Heap (new)
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Delivery

Bert's Pigeon Patrol Wagon and Grover's Speedster were retired, making a total of 20 cars.

1992

In 1992, Hasbro reissued the toys under the Child Dimension label. No new cars were added, but the line was cut from 20 cars in the 1987 set to only 8 cars:

  • Bert's School Bus
  • Big Bird's Dump Truck
  • Cookie Monster's Cookie Mixer
  • Ernie's Fire Truck
  • Ernie's Sports Car
  • Grover's Airplane
  • Oscar's Bulldozer
  • Oscar's Junk Yard Heap

1993

In 1993, now under the Kid Dimension label, Hasbro released its first Elmo car, which was actually a previously released car with a different character. The line now included 9 cars.

  • Elmo's Taxi Cab (previously Bert's Taxicab)

1994

In 1994, Hasbro released three more new versions of previously released cars, with Elmo and Zoe taking the place of Bert, Grover and Big Bird. Bert's School Bus, Grover's Airplane and Oscar's Junk Yard Heap were removed from the line, keeping the total at 9 cars.

The new cars:

  • Elmo's Flyer (previously Grover's Airplane)
  • Elmo's Fun Bus (was Bert's School Bus)
  • Zoe's Melody Mobile (was Big Bird's Music Car)

1995

In 1995, Zoe's Melody Mobile was replaced by Elmo's Melody Mobile. This was the final line for Hasbro; in 1996, the Sesame Street die-cast car line moved to Tyco and Fisher-Price.

The final line of 9 cars was:

  • Big Bird's Dump Truck
  • Cookie Monster's Cookie Mixer
  • Ernie's Fire Truck
  • Ernie's Sports Car
  • Elmo's Flyer
  • Elmo's Fun Bus
  • Elmo's Melody Mobile
  • Elmo's Taxi Cab
  • Oscar's Bulldozer

Complete list

  • Bert's Pigeon Patrol Wagon (1981-1986)
  • Bert's School Bus (1986-1993)
  • Bert's Snow Plow (1987)
  • Bert's Taxicab (1985-1987)
  • Big Bird Convertible (1981-1987)
  • Big Bird's Dump Truck (1986-1995)
  • Big Bird Mail Truck (1982)
  • Big Bird's Music Car (1987)
  • Big Bird's Popcorn Machine (1985-1987)
  • Cookie Monster's Cookie Mixer (1986-1995)
  • Cookie Monster Dessert Delivery (1982-1987)
  • Cookie Monster Express (1981-1987)
  • Cookie Monster Van (1987)
  • Count's Countmobile (1982-1987)
  • Elmo's Flyer (1994-1995)
  • Elmo's Fun Bus (1994-1995)
  • Elmo's Melody Mobile (1995)
  • Elmo's Taxi Cab (1993-1995)
  • Ernie's Fire Engine (1981-1995)
  • Ernie's Sports Car (1986-1995)
  • Ernie's Tub Car (1987)
  • Grover's Airplane (1986-1993)
  • Grover's Helicopter (1981-1982)
  • Grover's Prairie Wagon (1987)
  • Grover's Speedster (1985-1986)
  • Herry Monster Gym-Mobile (1982)
  • Oscar the Grouch's Bulldozer (1986-1995)
  • Oscar's Junk Yard Heap (1987-1993)
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Can Roadster (1981-1982)
  • Oscar the Grouch Trash Delivery (1982-1987)
  • Snuffle-upagus Dingy (1982)
  • Zoe's Melody Mobile (1994)

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