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Bobby Rico

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

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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.

 

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In the UK in 1974 the Megalosaurus  figure by Invicta Plastics was the best selling museum dinosaur.

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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. 

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Bobby Rico

In film

Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) - World's 1st Keyframe Animation Cartoon by Winsor McCay beautifuly drawn and lots of fun. 

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King Kong 1933

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Whilst on the subject King Kong I went to visit the big man in Leeds last year. This sculpture was originally part of an exhibition that was in Birmingham city centre when I was a child. Great memories of standing next to it as a small child and as an adult last year. 

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 A few of my favourite dinosaur films .

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My very first dinosaur collection was from Inpro Toys who did a series called How the World Began with Chivers Jelly in 1977.

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My next inspiration is from a book my sister gave to me, published in 1979 - Prehistoric Animals and Plants by Josef Benes illustrated by Zdenek Burain. Even thought the dinosaur illustrations aren't accurate to the science of modern standards, I saw some of the same images painted on canvas in the National Museum in Prague when I visited in 2008.

 

 

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Mold-a-Rama have produced some of my most treasured plastic dinos figures to date. Originally their machines grew in prominence at the 1964 NY Worlds Fair they can still be found (as most of out members from across the pond will know) in many museums and zoos in Florida and Illinois. I had a pocket full of dollar bills ready to spend on watching those brilliant machines make them just for me. 

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Dinosaurs on their way to the 1964 New York World Fair via barge on the Hudson River.

 

Next is the Invicta Plastics line of 23 dinosaur and prehistoric animals toys, produced in conjunction with the British Museum of Natural History starting in 1974. These I believe were distributed world wide and are recognised by many as the ones they owned as kids. Ironically I have ended up living no more than 5 miles away from where the factory was. 

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In in our garden 

 

 

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  • Have a few of these not from my younger childhood but from my older childhood.

 

Very cool but have to step in..since we are here for accuracy.

Not a Dinosaur :Dimage.thumb.jpeg.1a9fb26c2a48eb4bc6ef75fd19f366d9.jpg.8dbeecdff01ced313b466586e781cf82.jpg

 

Alienosaurus bobbi

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Tidgy's Dad

I would NOT allow any sail-backed reptiles to sit on MY sofa.! 

Cheers, Bobby, brings back a lot of memories.:)

 

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Peat Burns

My first dinosaurs was a bag of plastic dinosaurs produced by Tim-Mee Toys and purchased for me by my parents in the early 1970s.  That bag of dinos (not all dinos - mammoth and Dimetrodon - I played with those separately so as not to mix eras :rofl:) was my very favorite toy.  I still have 5 from the original bag.  Then, a couple years ago, in a fit of nostalgia, I did a careful search for original Tim-Mee dinosaurs from the early 70s and found and bought a whole bag of them with all three colors (yellow, green, and red) for each species.  Not as easy as it sounds, because the original molds for these were used for quite a while, and the molds have recently been resurrected.

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I think my favorite movie was the 1977 film, The Last Dinosaur 

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Great thread!

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50 minutes ago, Troodon said:
  • Have a few of these not from my younger childhood but from my older childhood.

 

Very cool but have to step in..since we are here for accuracy.

Not a Dinosaur :Dimage.thumb.jpeg.1a9fb26c2a48eb4bc6ef75fd19f366d9.jpg.8dbeecdff01ced313b466586e781cf82.jpg

 

Alienosaurus bobbi

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Sorry Frank that was sloppy I will take myself of to the naughty corner. Thanks for spotting this. Lets see your  Plastic Dinosaur or prehistoric animal then. :D

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35 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

- I played with those separately so as not to mix eras :rofl:

 

I completely understand, toy company’s have a lot to answer to with there tomfoolery but your principles was strong and true. Them dinosaur and prehistoric animals are really cool. I am :envy:  

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36 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I would NOT allow any sail-backed reptiles to sit on MY sofa.! 

Cheers, Bobby, brings back a lot of memories.:)

 

Thanks Adam I have been think a lot about my childhood recently you know. So I thought making a post may be nice . Also the Crystal Palace sculpture must have been a complete revelation at that time.:)

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1 minute ago, Bobby Rico said:

Thanks Adam I have been think a lot about my childhood recently you know. So I thought making a post may be nice . Also the Crystal Palace sculpture must have been a complete revelation at that time.:)

This little fellah arrived from @JohnBrewer

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He has since travelled on to visit Jay @DevonianDigger and John is currently thinking up a name so he can have his own thread and become an international traveller and be posted on from member to member. 

John, come up with a good name yet? :D

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Found throughout my collection

Rex with Rex, Trike with Trike etc

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Bobby Rico

Thank you @Troodon very fun. I am glad I am not the only big kid around here. :D you got to love them plastic dinosaurs.

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Chewits were first advertised on television in 1976 with a very fun stop motion footage of a Dinosaur eating his way though some very  well-known international landmarks such as Barrow-in-Furness Bus Depot, a London block of flats, London Bridge, the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Empire State Building. The Dinosaur’s hunger could only be quelled by a pack of Chewits. 

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Let's get serious here guys!  What dinosaur movie fan can say their life wasn't changed by this classic.

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Which according to the title would roughly put it taking place in the early Pleistocene.  Completely accurate depiction I think.

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Let me introduce you to Spike II. Spike was a fodder of tricks between my sister and I many years ago. Every so often he would be found tucked down between the sheets of one another's bed to be an unexpected surprise when you slipped in for bed. Or perhaps waiting to get you when you hurriedly put on a shoe. He was utilized for many years and unfortunately the original Spike the first was lost to the sands of time. So this guy I purchased a few years back and the games go on. :muahaha:

I do have several other small dinos dispersed amongst my collection here and there.  Some recieved in trades packages, some obtained from purchases. 

No matter what you collect and display, they just seem to fit in.

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Yep lots of plastic there

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caldigger
15 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I would NOT allow any sail-backed reptiles to sit on MY sofa.! 

Just ones with hard shells, right Adam?

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A friend gave me a Mold-A-Rama Tyrannosaurus (dark green) a few years ago.  He was in Seattle when he got it.

 

 

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On 5/8/2018 at 10:01 AM, siteseer said:

A friend gave me a Mold-A-Rama Tyrannosaurus (dark green) a few years ago.  He was in Seattle when he got it.

 

 

I love them, picture please if you still have it. 

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3 hours ago, caldigger said:

Just ones with hard shells, right Adam?

And herbivorous. 

(though some of the sailbacks were as well, i think, so i might waver with them. )

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Tidgy's Dad
4 hours ago, caldigger said:

Let's get serious here guys!  What dinosaur movie fan can say their life wasn't changed by this classic.

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Which according to the title would roughly put it taking place in the early Pleistocene. 

Were there dinosaurs in that movie ?

Can't say i noticed them. 

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Peat Burns
11 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Were there dinosaurs in that movie ?

Can't say i noticed them. 

:o:trilosurprise: :shrug:  :rofl:

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@caldigger Doren I think your movie poster is getting the most attention probably because the dinosaur are painted so much nice than in the posters I offered.  :D

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Every time I saw that movie when I was young and Raquel would introduce herself ( Uwana) I always responded "you betcha!"  Besides, Tumack wasn't good enough for her anyway.

As for the dinosaurs, I think there were a couple of them in there somewhere.

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Last year Mrs Rico and I wanted  to make something fun for the house. So here is what you can do with a lot of plastic dinosaurs . Stupidity indeed but fun. :D

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Love it!  Dino Decor.

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