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This thread explores the light hearted history of the dinosaurs in the public psyche. A visually nostalgic tour of the evolution of the very popular toy, the plastic dinosaur . Focusing on film, illustration, sculpture, vintage photography and of course our prehistoric plastic playmates. I hope it invokes some very happy memories from our childhoods Story starts here, Megalosaurus jawbone - in 1824. It was acquired by William Buckland (1784-1856), For the University of Oxford, after being found in a slate quarry in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire. The names of of both Megalosaurus and Dinosaur were coined by Richard Owen. In the UK in 1974 the Megalosaurus figure by Invicta Plastics was the best selling museum dinosaur. The first ever dinosaurs sculptures exhibited in the world are the fantastic Crystal Palace Dinosaurs. Displaying a series of sculptures of extinct animals. However, these are very misguided to modern standards, housed in London’s Crystal Palace, the sculptures were designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins under the scientific direction of Richard Owen.