Fort Cheyenne playset

Submitted by Michael Ely June 25th, 2010
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This is a Fort Cheyenne playset manufactured by Ideal toys (circa 1960’s). Ideal was competing with Marx’s popular tin litho “carry-box” Fort Apache playset, and so they decided to create their own vinyl version, a vinyl suitcase / travel box for fun on the go. When the box is opened up, it reveals a vacuformed plastic Indian village on one side (with a tepees and running river) and a fort on the other side. Of course, the set also came with plastic Indian and cavalry figures. As you can see, the graphics on this set are bright and colorful and quite wonderful, a perfect playest to stir the imagination of a little boy.

Okay, when I was a little boy I would have rather played with a Barbie wardrobe suitcase, but that is another story.

5 Responses to “Fort Cheyenne playset”

  1. Allee Willis

    Totally great and in beautiful condition. I was never into cowboys or Indians but would have loved this set for the vinyl suitcase alone. I’m also insanely in love with vacuforms.

    I commend you for your excellent documentation!

    I hope that in your later years you finally acquired a Barbie wardrobe suitcase!

    • Michael Ely

      I do have a few collectible Barbies (my favorite is the recent Tippi Hedrin from “The Birds” Barbie), but the funny part is, now that I’m an adult I find myself more interested in cowboys and Indians. Go figure.

    • Michael Ely

      Hey Denny. Yeah, the colors are wild, just as bright and saturated as they look in the photos. Found this playset for sale in a junk shop while on vacation in Lordsburg, NM. The guy only wanted a couple of bucks for it. Think the only thing missing is some of the plastic figures and horses.

  2. gatorfan

    I know this post is quite old and I dont know if anyone will see this but I happened to be just browsing around the internet when I decided to look for this toy. I had this as a kid. I was maybe 7 or 8 years old at the time. Circa 1969-70 maybe?

    It looks like it’s in great shape. Most of the few on ebay are missing the tower caps or are pretty beat up. Do you still have this? Is it something you’d ever consider selling? Really brings back some memories. Thanks for posting it.