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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #405 on: January 31, 2017, 09:05:28 AM »
I'm still working on the Dell/Gold Key Turok run. Today I received Golden Comics Digest #31 in FN condition. Here's the eBay pic:

That Golden Comics Digest looks really nice for a FN!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #406 on: January 31, 2017, 04:59:33 PM »
That Golden Comics Digest looks really nice for a FN!

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Yes, I agree. The seller had it listed as FN but when I inspected it in person it looks more like FN+ (6.5). Of course, most dealers would call it VF or better but you know how that song and dance goes.  :laugh:
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #407 on: January 31, 2017, 07:31:24 PM »
A friend of mine sold this dinosaur set this week over in the UK - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Chivers-Jelly-How-the-World-Began-The-Age-of-Dinosaurs-1977-Inpro-Vintage-Set-/232214292637?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&nma=true&si=cRI6E4or2W0fovK64pfWnjJ00Os%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

I remember having a few of these growing up and never knew where they came from so it was nice to find out. I could have picked them up but let them pass due to funds at the moment but thought I'd share what was on offer in the UK during the late 70's.

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #408 on: February 04, 2017, 03:11:14 PM »
Picked up a couple more Best Plastics Corporation dino flats from an eBay seller:



The Iguanodon is a nondescript little thing but I needed it to complete the collection. The Trachodon is a weird shade of slightly translucent pink and is a duplicate that was in the same auction listing.

Just need an Ankylosaurus and Smilodon to complete the set of 14. When (if?) I complete it I'll post a pic of them all with duplicates and my two Horror Monsters Grab Bags including contents.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #409 on: February 04, 2017, 03:29:12 PM »
Just need an Ankylosaurus and Smilodon to complete the set of 14.

No collection is complete without a Smilodon or two!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #410 on: February 13, 2017, 01:17:08 AM »
Finally finished my Turok run. Here's a scan of my #3 from 1956. It's actually the first issue of Turok's own title. The first two appearances were in the Dell Four Color title.



I still want to upgrade a couple of really low grade issues but I'm glad to have the run complete.  :)

I may eventually tackle the Forgotten War issues of DC's Star Spangled War Stories featuring dinosaurs as tank chomping monsters. But, that's a whole different mountain to climb. I just want to enjoy the view from Mount Turok for awhile.  ;)
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #411 on: February 14, 2017, 01:26:39 PM »
Finally finished my Turok run.

Yay, a fine achievement. Congratulations!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #412 on: February 14, 2017, 03:10:16 PM »
Yay, a fine achievement. Congratulations!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #413 on: February 19, 2017, 12:15:12 AM »
My friend Count Zero is hooking me up with a Best Plastics Ankylosaurus!



He also threw in the Best Megatherium. Thanks, Andrew!

Now I'll just need a Best Smilodon to complete the set of 14 Best Plastics prehistoric animals. Those little critters are a beyotch to find.  ;D
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #414 on: February 19, 2017, 09:11:25 AM »
Those little critters are a beyotch to find.  ;D

They're magnificent though so the effort is more than worthwhile!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #415 on: February 19, 2017, 02:46:37 PM »
They're magnificent though so the effort is more than worthwhile!

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It's ironic that the cheapest of the cheap has become some of the most sought-after dino toys. The Best Plastics figures are nearly-flat crudely sculpted toys based on the sculpts of Ajax and Marx product and sold in nickel grab bags. But, because of the combination of fond memories of the Horror Monsters Grab Bags and the scarcity of the Best prehistoric animal figures, they are now valued much more highly than the toys they were based on. The reason they are so scarce is because kids dismissed them back in the day as not worth taking care of the way they did their Marx and MPC dinos. Also, I'm sure there were many more dino figures produced by Marx, MPC, Ajax, and Timmee than by Best Plastics. That 14 figure Best Plastics set is tough to complete. Evidently there were warehouse finds of the Best monsters and cavemen which is why those are plentiful in the marketplace.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #416 on: March 01, 2017, 05:06:10 PM »
These cavemen and MIP dinos arrived today from eBay seller Joe DeMarco:





The main reason I bought the cavemen lot is for the Best Plastics light blue caveman, and because it was dirt cheap. The Best caveman is the older flat plastic which I prefer over the newer shiny "Heritage" plastic. It's a dupe for me but I like the color. The others I'll throw into the stash and some of them may help me complete playsets down the road. The little bagged Timmee set dates back to the '70s probably (maybe the '60s). The header card says "Made In Hong Kong for Louis Greenberg & Sons Inc." and gives a N.Y. address. It also says "Mammals..." which is wrong  :laugh:. These have been available on eBay for years since evidently there was a warehouse find or three over the years. I've been wanting an example for my dino collection but sellers usually want to sell them in bulk or want too much for one. Joe sold this one for $4 and combined shipping with the caveman lot so this stuff was very inexpensive as it should be. Joe even threw in a newer MIP bag of tiny dinos I didn't have as a bonus. Joe's an old time dino collector and a good guy.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #417 on: March 01, 2017, 05:30:47 PM »
(Louis didn't know his mammals from his reptiles!)

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #418 on: March 09, 2017, 05:09:29 PM »
This carded Ajax set arrived today.



The card art is from the mural by famed dino artist Rudolph Zallinger.

Probably '60s or maybe '70s, the back of the card has the look of age. Nice shape, unused, with price area blank. I now have carded examples of Marx, MPC, SDC, Timmee, Ajax, Starlux, and Jaru. This stuff gets harder to find all the time, especially in nice condition.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #419 on: March 10, 2017, 11:50:10 AM »
Oh wow! Carded sets are king!

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About how expensive was the Ajax to buy?

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Would the Ajax be third after Marx and MPC when it comes to overall quality of the figures? Or would that be the Timmee figures?

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