Jacko Monkey

Were you lucky enough to own a Jacko Monkey? Do you still have one?

Jacko Monkey, originally native to Woolworths, was a popular choice of toy in the 60s and 70s. With his plastic hands and feet and stripy t-shirt and trousers, he has been cherished for years on end.

Most people took Jacko everywhere – to bed, on holiday, to the dentist… And some regret leaving their monkey behind when moving to a new house!


Members of the Spring Chicken community have been sharing their memories:

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‘I bought one for my son, but he now lives upstairs in my house. Every time my son comes to see me, he leaves it behind. He says he doesn’t want to take it with him as his kids would wreck it. I think he still secretly has feelings for Jacko!’

‘I bought my daughter one when she was two. We were on holiday and there was a man with a monkey and people were having their photos taken with it. She kept saying how she wanted her own, so I saw Jacko in the shop and bought it for her. She decided it needed a dummy, so I ended up making a slit in its mouth for the dummy.’

‘I’ve asked Father Christmas for one every year, but no luck.’


Some Jackos spoke if you pulled the string on his back: he’d either say, ‘Have a banana, munch munch munch’ or, ‘Come to my tea party!’

When was the first time you saw Jacko? Was he swinging amongst the other toys in Woolworths? Did yours end up with one ear, chewed toes and a wonky eye?

Does your Jacko now live in the attic?


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  • My parents bought me a Jacko monkey when I was about 3yrs old. It terrified the life out of me. Apparently it took me about 3 days to even touch it. Eventually I grew to love him. Although my prize possession it my Teddy who is just 3mths younger than me. Teddy lives by my side of the bed so I see him every day.

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