Zippy the Monkey

Zippy the Monkey ('Zip the Monkey', 'Mr. Bim Monkey', or 'Zip the Chimp') is a stuffed rubber faced chimpanzee doll that was introduced in the 1950s on the TV show Howdy Doody.

The chimp doll was produced in the 1950s, with reissues in the 1960s and 1970s by a number of toy companies but most notably by the Rushton doll company.

Zippy has a shirt on with Zip on the front and was fashioned after Zippy from the Howdy Doody show.

Knock-offs

Because Rushton made the doll a bit expensive, several other companies (like Dakin Company and Beloved Toys co.) made Zippy monkey dolls like Mr. Bim (recognizable by the banana in his hand) that looked very similar but were cheaper.

See also: Howdy Doody dolls.

Updated: 6 Oct. 2020

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Zippy Monkey value and price guide

What's your Zippy Monkey worth? Here are some recently sold items.

Picture Title Date Price
mr bim zippy rubber faced plush monkey gund train Mr Bim Zippy Rubber Faced Plush Monkey Gund Train... 07/2021 C $61.84
zip zippy monkey 1984 fun farm dakin plush howdy Zip Zippy Monkey 1984 Fun Farm Dakin Plush Howdy... 07/2021 C $154.62
zip monkey zippy doll rushton company howdy doody Zip Monkey Zippy Doll Rushton Company Howdy Doody... 07/2021 C $148.45
zip monkey zippy doll rushton co howdy doody show Zip Monkey Zippy Doll Rushton Co Howdy Doody Show... 07/2021 C $37.05
rushton zip zippy monkey rubber face plush 16 arm Rushton Zip Zippy Monkey Rubber Face Plush 16 Arm... 07/2021 C $148.38
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Comments (19)
Dwayne - July 23, 2021
I remember having a stuffed monkey in the 1960's it looks like the ones on here, but I swear his name was Jo Jo. Any ideas
It could be a Gund dolls, they made a monkey with the name Jo Jo. Have a look here: Gund Jo-Jo.
Sheree - February 26, 2021
Did this monkey ever come with a fur face?
Donita - January 3, 2021
Have you ever seen the pink and black version? My brother who is special needs had one that he probably got in the early 60's. He played with it so much that our mom had to repair it multiple times. My brother is now 58 and I would love to find the pink and black version.
I only found one on eBay: Zippy Monkey Pink.
Liz - December 22, 2020
zippy monkey doll
My "JoJo" what we called him has a story. Not sure when he came into my family but I was told my Grandfather won him at a carnival at a game. As a child I can remember JoJo always there. My 6 other cousin always played with him growing up. He was our baby, our pet monkey. My grandmother passed away from cancer in 2006. It was a very hard time but JoJo was always there for a hug and comfort. My grandmother loved German Shephards and she had a stuffed one so when she passed we put her in the coffin with her. Dec 20 2018 my grandfather passed away very suddenly. Everyone but me said it was only fair to put JoJo with Pap Pap. I wanted to keep him for myself. I would love to have him back as well as my grandparents. <3 Not sure which "model" he was... So many out there look so different. I know my JoJo is missing his banana and no longer has his suspenders. And I am ok with that. Would love to have a matching one someday. Attached is a picture of him (I have more, but only allows one)
Thanks for your story Liz! I can't give you the exact model of your JoJo, but there are so many Zippy Monkey dolls made, that I'm convinced that one day you'll find yours. Meanwhile, stay healthy and... Happy New Year!
Jim - November 16, 2020
Looking for a zippy stuffed monkey baseball out fit banana in one hand plastic glove in the other and for was all black 50s 60s I think sorry dont have picture
Sorry, I can't help you with that. You could search for: Monkey Doll Baseball.
Tonya - September 20, 2020
I purchased this zippy monkey he is black yellow shirt red suspenders holding a banana looks as if he is wearing two left white shoes tag was torn off didn't notice at time of purchase trying to see if zippy is worth anything? And year of copyright
There were so many Zippy Monkeys made, it's really difficult to say, sorry.
Becky - July 15, 2020
I have a Mr. Bim Zippy and as someone else mentioned, the only marks are a rectangle on the bottom of each shoe. How do I clean it? Can I put it in the washer in a garment bag on hand wash and let it air dry? If not, what is the best way to clean it? What are the insides made of. It almost feels like saw dust.
Hi Becky, I don't think you should put it in the washer but gently hand wash it. Not sure what's inside though. There are some websites with instructions on how to clean vintage plush dolls.
Lee - April 7, 2020
I have found you all sharing wonderful stories. I have this stuffed monkey. His name is Stanley a n a me my brother gave him when I was 3. I am 65. I have had him with me my entire life I love him more than anything. My grandma gave him to me. I never got to know her she passed that year she was born in 1899 Stanley has promised not to b tell all and we will go together
Thanks Lee for your story!
Melissa - April 24, 2019
I've just looked into this monkey as I have one from 1968 (regal toy limited) and had never looked into it. It was my great grandmothers and I always played with it so she gave it to me when I was approx 10 years old. She's been gone 15 years just recently so wanted to do some research. Thank you for the information.
Beth - April 9, 2019
Kathy, My sister had one just like the one you are describing. Red and white checkered dress but I remember she had black removable shoes/boots. Did you find any more info on her? I would love to surprise her as she is turning 50 in a few weeks.
Hi Kathy, sorry, this will be very difficult. You could try and search for the: Rushton Tippy doll.
Kathy - March 5, 2019
Does anyone know if there was produced a zippy monkey as a female, my sister had one she called Gwendolyn and had a red and white checkered dress, rubber shoes on the feet and rubber hands/face and no banana
Donna - April 20, 2018
Is the zippy monkey still produced new
I'm afraid not, though there are of course a lot of monkey dolls which look similar but are not quite the same.
Lillie - April 4, 2018
I had a Mr. Bim when I was a child. Found one for sale and couldn’t resist. I have no idea what happened to mine years ago. I think my Mom got rid of it. I still think he is adorable.
Thanks for sharing!
Dee - August 26, 2017
I recently came across a zippy/Mambo monkey doll. I am curious mine has a circled C at the front of the neck close to the hairline and to the left on the C i can make out the letters possibly ON? (Rushton?)and in the upper palate of the mouth are the capital letters BT (bijou toys?) which are not raised letters but scribed into the rubber and do not contain any of the color used to color the inside of the mouth, as in the stamped letters contain no coloring. Which little guy am I holding right now. Based on the information I read-I am not even sure? I would appreciate any help or information you can supply me with.Thank you, Dee
The circled C is probably the copyright sign, so if there is enough space before the ON letters to put RUSHT you probably have a Rushton
Darrell - May 22, 2016
My older sister Denise had a ZIP the monkey doll which she got as a present from our parents in 1961 when we lived at Stead AFB in Reno Nevada. She lost it when we moved to Cigli AFB in Izmir Turkey in 1963, and has lamented the loss of ZIP in recent years as we recollected our memories of growing up as Air Force "brats" She also had a Chatty Kathy doll and another walking doll which I destroyed by dismembering and decapitating both dolls. To assuage my guilt I decided to buy her a ZIP doll now 54 years later and to atone for the wanton destruction of her other two dolls.And the moral of the story is that younger brothers who were brats as children grow up to be good, compassionate adults.
Great story Darrell, thanks for sharing :-)
Susan - September 18, 2014
Is there a kid's book about Zippy? I have the doll from childhood and would like to pass it along to a cousin but would love a book to go with it
Here is a nice vintage book for sale on Amazon: Zippy, the chimp book I couldn't find new books though...
Kathy - September 2, 2013
I have an original Zip and love him to death. He has been my best friend since my father pasted away in 1962. A neighbor hood friend had him and didn't care for him at all so she pasted him down to me> Now my grandchildren play with him. It gives me great pleasure to see their delight in playing with him. I have requested that when I pass on he be buried with me. He has seen me through so much. Its too bad kids can't find that attachment in something these days besides game stations.
Thanks for sharing your story Kathy!
Karen - March 13, 2013
After my sister passed away I found a zippy the monkey type doll but cannot find a makers mark on him only a raised rectangle on each of his feet but no printing on him he stands about 17" he doesnt have any clothes just yellow and black fur with red ribbon 'braces' he's in good condition a little dirty tho bless him does anyone know where I can find out more information about him please
Johanna - January 27, 2013
When I was a small child in the 1950s I saw Zippy in a neighborhood toy store. I loved it and wanted it for Christmas so badly, but my parents said it was too expensive. To my delight and surprise, and I'm sure with a great deal of sacrifice, they bought it for me. I still have it today (sits at the end of the bed). It has one hand and one ear missing and has been sewn up many times. Since it will probably survive me, my daughter has agreed to give Zippy a home next.
Thanks for your story Johanna :-) !