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Tidgy's Dad
10 minutes ago, Bobby Rico said:

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

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Brilliant, simply brilliant! :)

A masterpiece! 

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Bobby Rico

@caldigger @Tidgy's Dad

 

Thank you both . In the immortal words of the weatherman Brick  Tamland  "I love lamp" :D

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caldigger

Guaranteed, you are the only one in the neighborhood that has one!

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Bobby Rico
5 hours ago, Jesuslover340 said:

@Peat Burns funny you mention those Tim-mee toys...my brother-in-law had a lot of them that my brother and I used to love playing with! I was just thinking of them the other day, too, and how I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a few for nostalgia purposes.

 

Alas, the only plastic dinosaurs I have anymore are modern cheap ones @Ash and I used for wedding toppers for the groom's cake at our wedding:

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Tim-mee toy are very cool . I think I had some or copys of them when I was a kid. I also like to get some more . 

 

Fanatic wedding cake, nice idea. Thank you for sharing, well pictures of the cake anyway .  :D

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Peat Burns
18 hours ago, Jesuslover340 said:

@Peat Burns funny you mention those Tim-mee toys...my brother-in-law had a lot of them that my brother and I used to love playing with! I was just thinking of them the other day, too, and how I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a few for nostalgia purposes.

 

Alas, the only plastic dinosaurs I have anymore are modern cheap ones @Ash and I used for wedding toppers for the groom's cake at our wedding:

 

 

13 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

Tim-mee toy are very cool . I think I had some or copys of them when I was a kid. I also like to get some more . 

 

Fanatic wedding cake, nice idea. Thank you for sharing, well pictures of the cake anyway .  :D

The few from my childhood that remain in my collection are among my most treasured items.  Keep an eye out on that auction site for vintage nostalgia satisfaction via tim-mee toys and others  :)

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Bobby Rico
24 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

In the early 1980s, these "dinosaur" erasers were all the rage at my elementary school in northern Indiana and were traded among my classmates.  These are what remain in my collection of youth memorabilia. 

 

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This set of large plastic "dinosaurs" also dates to the early 1980s.  If I remember correctly, I think I bought these at the grocery store as a child with my own money.  This is a complete set.

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You have a plastic fanatic dinosaur collection. Thank you for adding to my silly post. :ighappy::ptero::dinothumb:

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Peat Burns
1 minute ago, Bobby Rico said:

You have a plastic fanatic dinosaur collection. Thank you for adding to my silly post. :ighappy::ptero::dinothumb:

Not silly, but rather fun.  Hopefully it keeps going.  I am looking forward to seeing more members chime in with their antiquated dinos.  

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Bobby Rico
42 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

Not silly, but rather fun.  Hopefully it keeps going.  I am looking forward to seeing more members chime in with their antiquated dinos.  

Thank you, btw I really like your blue Megatherium.  :)

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siteseer
8 hours ago, Peat Burns said:

Here's another one of my favorite dinosaur toys as a kid.  These were sold as a "Prehistoric Playset".  The page of that circa 1979 JCPenney Christmas catalogue where this set was marketed was quite worn by the time Christmas arrived.  But to my joy, arrive this did on Christmas day!

 

Here are representative species from what remains of my prehistoric playset.

 

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Something of what the ad looked like in the JCPenney catalog  (although not from 1979):

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I've since lost all the iridescent blue mountains as well as the palm trees.  

 

These molds were being used at least as early as the 1950s.

 

 

Oh yeah!  That was the ultimate dinosaur play set of the early 70's.  I got that for Christmas around 1973.  After learning about dinosaurs in first grade, I was hooked for life.  I wanted to read because of dinosaurs and my parents and aunts and uncles encouraged me to read by giving me all the books they could find on dinosaurs at the time.  I became good at spelling because if you can spell Pachycephalosaurus, you can spell anything.

 

The play set was oddball as it had animals rarely made into a toy like Diatryma, the Eocene bird, and Ceratogaulus, a Miocene rodent, and a dire wolf.  I liked it because of the variety.

 

I don't have anything left from that play set.  An excavation of the backyard of my childhood home might uncover some of the pieces as well as some army men, cowboys, Hot Wheels, and Matchbox cars. 

 

Jess

 

 

 

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Bobby Rico

More retro fun with Dino- Gleiter . Highflying Styrofoam reptiles gliders. I had hours of fun with them in the garden. :D

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Bobby Rico
1 hour ago, Peat Burns said:

I love the background in that first photo.  That's the famous 1947 mural "The Age of Reptiles" in the Peabody Museum.  I have a very old 10-ft-long canvas print with an associated interpretive booklet of that in my collection.  It looks like this (although not a photo of mine - mine is rolled up in a tube at the moment).

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Wow I have only seen it in old magazines. I have never been to the Peabody museum I will put it on my list. You really are a dinosaur collector. The Dinosaur canvas have you got it framed and hung? Thank you so much for chipping in on this thread. 

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siteseer
On 5/10/2018 at 1:27 AM, Peat Burns said:

 

This set of large plastic "dinosaurs" also dates to the early 1980s.  If I remember correctly, I think I bought these at the grocery store as a child with my own money.  This is a complete set.

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These "dinosaurs" (Dimetrodon and Moschops, the red one above, are synapsids) go back to at least the early 70's.  I would swear there was also a "Brontosaurus" but I'm not sure.  Each one came in different colors.  I remember my mom used to buy them for me at the local TG&Y, a chain of drugstores that became extinct in the early-mid 80's.  They were cheap-looking, mostly hollow and the Triceratops had bigger teeth than the Tyrannosaurus but I loved them - bigger than the average plastic dinosaur (5-6 inches long as I recall)

 

I don't know what happened to mine.  I had at least one of each.  Then, maybe three years ago I found two Moschops (both cream-colored) at a flea market.  Yeah, I had to have them and the guy wanted only a buck a piece.  I gave the other one to a friend who's a paleontologist who also likes dinosaur toys.

 

 

 

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Thank you @Bone guy yeah I never had Lego but I am with you they are very cool. I do have a nano block dinosaur I think it is a brachiosaurus but I am not very good at identifying building block toys. @siteseer thank you for your stories much appreciated 

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Tidgy's Dad
17 minutes ago, Bobby Rico said:

Thank you @Bone guy yeah I never had Lego but I am with you they are very cool. I do have a nano block dinosaur I think it is a brachiosaurus but I am not very good at identifying building block toys. @siteseer thank you for your stories much appreciated 

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It looks more convincing than some of the fossils for sale on certain well known auction sites. 

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Bobby Rico
5 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

It looks more convincing than some of the fossils for sale on certain well known auction sites. 

You not wrong indeed but this brachiosaurus is probably a composite, :( thanks Adam 

 

I just want to thank everyone who has enjoyed this post . I really hope some more  members will take a trip down memory lane.:D

 

 

 

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Captions please :D

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10 hours ago, siteseer said:

 

These "dinosaurs" (Dimetrodon and Moschops, the red one above, are synapsids) go back to at least the early 70's.  I would swear there was also a "Brontosaurus" but I'm not sure.  Each one came in different colors.  I remember my mom used to buy them for me at the local TG&Y, a chain of drugstores that became extinct in the early-mid 80's.  They were cheap-looking, mostly hollow and the Triceratops had bigger teeth than the Tyrannosaurus but I loved them - bigger than the average plastic dinosaur (5-6 inches long as I recall)

 

I don't know what happened to mine.  I had at least one of each.  Then, maybe three years ago I found two Moschops (both cream-colored) at a flea market.  Yeah, I had to have them and the guy wanted only a buck a piece.  I gave the other one to a friend who's a paleontologist who also likes dinosaur toys.

 

 

 

Hey Jess, I too purchased a couple from TG&Y. The only drug store within 10 miles.  Ours disappeared sometime in the early 70's.  As I recall they were quite expensive at that time somewhere around 30-40 cents. I think I remember earning that money doing chores for neighbors. The Dimetrodon was and always will be my favorite.

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Peat Burns
15 hours ago, siteseer said:

 

These "dinosaurs" (Dimetrodon and Moschops, the red one above, are synapsids) go back to at least the early 70's.  I would swear there was also a "Brontosaurus" but I'm not sure.  Each one came in different colors.  I remember my mom used to buy them for me at the local TG&Y, a chain of drugstores that became extinct in the early-mid 80's.  They were cheap-looking, mostly hollow and the Triceratops had bigger teeth than the Tyrannosaurus but I loved them - bigger than the average plastic dinosaur (5-6 inches long as I recall)

 

I don't know what happened to mine.  I had at least one of each.  Then, maybe three years ago I found two Moschops (both cream-colored) at a flea market.  Yeah, I had to have them and the guy wanted only a buck a piece.  I gave the other one to a friend who's a paleontologist who also likes dinosaur toys.

 

 

 

It's interesting how long some of these molds were and continue to be in existence.

 

A bit of history of the Tim-Mee dinosaurs et al. can be found here.  Interesting read : 

 

Tim-Mee

 

My Tim-Mee shown above are the 70s "smooth series"

 

The rebirth of Tim-Mee dinosaurs made from vintage molds and available for purchase here:

 

Tim-mee USA

 

The large hollow dinosaurs were made by Ajax and Tootsie Toy originally in the 50s and 60s, but have been re-issued, presumably by other companies thereafter.  You are correct that the original sets came with an Apatosaurus.  Unfortunately, mine did not, or I lost it and forgot...

 

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This thread has gotten me interested in collecting some of the dinosaurs issued by Sinclair to go along with the rest of my Sinclair collection :)

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Bobby Rico
9 hours ago, caldigger said:

The Dimetrodon was and always will be my favorite.

One of my favourite creatures of all time, I do have quite a few Dimetrodon toys dotted around the  house. I hope you liked the little fellow I send you.

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A Dimetrodon with my very prized Dimetrodon claw .

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