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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #75 on: July 31, 2014, 10:20:06 PM »
This thread is for dinosaur playsets or pieces, or pretty much anything having to do with dinosaur toys. I'll start us off with one of my favorite dino playsets.

Marx Prehistoric Mountain Playset #3414 (1975)













In the '70s Marx "went vertical" with three of their playsets: Comanche Pass (western), Navarone Mountain (war), and One Million B.C. (dinosaur, 1974). This playset came out in 1975 to replace the One Million B.C. set with identical contents but a different box (sorry, no Raquel Welch figure in the One Million B.C. set). Shown above is the playset, instruction sheet, color booklet, postcard to be returned with customer info/evaluation, and photo box. The One Million B.C. box was drawn in bold simplistic lines as most of the older Marx playset boxes were.

#3414 contents:
29 Prehistoric Animals: 1 PL-750 Medium Mold Group(6), 1 PL-755 Small Mold Group(7), 1 PL-977 Revised Mold Group( 8 ), 1 PL-1083 Second Series Mold Group( 8 ), all in the shiny "Heritage" type plastic (lead paint free). (note: most collectors prefer the older lead paint based plastic for the individuality and variety it gave to the dinosaurs....and it had "that" smell that assailed your olfactory sense and took you back to when you were a kid)
18 Cavemen in 6 poses
5 Piece Mountain including Land Bridge and Walking Bridge
5 Metal Screws & Nuts for Mountain Assembly
4 Palm Trees with 7 Fronds & 4 Ferns with 4 Bases
Playmat
Instruction Sheet for Mountain Assembly
Color Booklet
Postcard for customer info/evaluation
Photo Box (The box is 26" tall. The ones that survived usually have extensive damage.)
Mine was just like this but the rock mountain was grey.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #76 on: July 31, 2014, 11:20:15 PM »
Mine was just like this but the rock mountain was grey.

I have the one you are referring to. It's the Marx #4304 Giant Prehistoric Mountain Playset (1977) with the mountain pieces in gray plastic. I checked Google to try to find a pic but only found the pic below of the box (ignore the playset in that pic, it's just a Comanche Pass mountain and some mixed dinos- some MPC, at least the walking bridge is in the gray plastic). The Giant Prehistoric Mountain is very scarce and there is very little info on it. When I get a chance I'll set mine up and make a couple of pics. Anyway, here's the pic I grabbed off the net of the correct box.


This is the playset that mountain in the above picture came from. The gray walking bridge IS from the Giant Prehistoric Mountain.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #77 on: August 03, 2014, 08:41:11 AM »
Dino toys on my shelves:

The two bottom shelves have Sinclair dino items.



3rd shelf up is Invicta/British Heritage Museum pieces and cheap dimestore dinos from the '60s (Ajax/Tootsietoy). 4th & 5th shelves contain Carnegie Safari dinos and some other various. Top shelves have Carnegie Safari, Marx Cavemen, Marx and MPC carded dinos from the '60s.

Do you have a dinosaur chess set? I got one a few years ago at the Indianapolis Museum.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #78 on: August 03, 2014, 11:06:33 AM »
Do you have a dinosaur chess set? I got one a few years ago at the Indianapolis Museum.
No, but we would like to see it. Post a pic if you get the chance, please.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #79 on: August 03, 2014, 03:25:03 PM »
Yes, indeed! Talk's cheap. We want pics!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #80 on: November 24, 2014, 05:17:38 PM »
Here's a scan of a cool page from the 1979 Sears Christmas Catalog featuring an ad for the Prehistoric Dinosaur Playset #4208 (Marx, 1978) in the upper left. I bought one in 1978 from Big K and I still have it in like-new condition. It's the only dinosaur playset I didn't have to go back and replace when I started collecting them several years ago. The Marx prehistoric playsets from the mid to late '70s (like the mountain sets) are actually more scarce than most of the early ones.



Also shown are ads for the Marx Iwo Jima vertical type playset and the Shogun Warriors Godzilla which is very desirable among monster collectors.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #81 on: November 24, 2014, 06:51:01 PM »
A You Tube video featuring the Marx Flintstones Playset and parts from some other prehistoric playsets:

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #82 on: November 24, 2014, 10:53:03 PM »
Here is another catalog page, this time from Alden's, of an MPC Dinosaur Playset. Not sure of the date but judging by the price I'd guess early '70s.


   
  I had this same playset. I got it in 1972.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #83 on: November 25, 2014, 03:37:56 PM »
This is one of my squarebox sets, Prehistoric Times #3394 (Marx, 1959). My parents bought me one of these at a small Mom&Pop strip mall hobby shop in Athens, Ga. back in 1963 when I was 4 years of age. We didn't have much money and my Mom saved for several weeks to get this for me on my birthday. I kept most of the pieces for all those years through several moves but the box was gone pretty quickly back then. When I started building my dino toy collection a few years ago I was anxious to score one of these with a nice box and booklet. Got this one off eBay and added the original parts needed to complete it including color matched dino mold groupings. These things are never actually complete when you buy them, you always have to add parts and it takes some knowledge to know what parts to add. I've played with/collected toy dinos all my life so this stuff is second nature to me.



CONTENTS:
1 Large Dino Mold Group (PL-749) (in different colors) (lt. gray Pot Bellied T-Rex, green Brontosaurus, metallic silver Kronosaurus)
1 Revised Dino Mold Group (PL-977) (8 dinos in marbled gray)
1 Medium Dino Mold Group (PL-750) (6 dinos in gray)
2 Small Dino Mold Groups (PL-755-7) (7 dinos in brown, 7 dinos in green)
31 Dinosaurs Total
1 set of 6 cavemen in crème color
4 Terrain pieces (Cave, Lake, Flat Rock, Curved Rock)
4 Palm Trees & 4 Ferns
1 16 page Booklet (P-56-1)



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Some information sources claim there were no cavemen in the squarebox sets unless you purchased the Montgomery Wards exclusive Prehistoric Times #48-2748 (Marx #3393, 1959), but the regular Marx #3394 I received in 1963 had the set of 6 cavemen so when I reconstructed this set I added the set of 6 matching color cavemen.

Note that the metallic silver Kronosaurus in this set is a premium figure of which Marx usually added one to each set, usually one of the Large Mold Group Dinos in either metallic silver or the much rarer metallic green. Also, the 8 marbled dark gray dinos in the Revised Mold Group are highly sought after by collectors. Marbled Marx dinos bring a premium, the more marbling the more valuable. When Marx switched to the waxy looking "Heritage" plastic in the '60s (probably '64) all of the unique variations in colors went away, so most collectors prefer the dinosaurs made from the older flat colored leaded plastic.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #84 on: November 25, 2014, 06:45:16 PM »
This is one of my squarebox sets, Prehistoric Times #3394 (Marx, 1959). My parents bought me one of these at a small Mom&Pop strip mall hobby shop in Athens, Ga. back in 1963 when I was 4 years of age.




That is a really cool looking set!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #85 on: November 27, 2014, 08:08:37 PM »
Love these sets

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #86 on: November 27, 2014, 11:03:09 PM »
Love these sets
Thanks, jimm. I know not many people are interested in them but if only a few enjoy seeing them I'll keep posting.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #87 on: November 28, 2014, 09:11:07 AM »
Only unperceptive philistines fail to appreciate dinosaurs and Marx playsets!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #88 on: November 28, 2014, 04:05:41 PM »
Only unperceptive philistines fail to appreciate dinosaurs and Marx playsets!

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I thought they would generate more interest here on a message board full of Monsterkids.  ???

Oh well, you can never predict what people will appreciate. I'll eventually post the sets I have and try to give contents and background info. I think enough people enjoy it to make it worthwhile. Too bad that guy who was supposed to be writing the book just did a few drive-by posts trying to get free advertising and never really posted much info or actually set up his sets for us to see. I guess he wants us to pay for it. Capitalism strikes again.  :laugh:
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #89 on: November 28, 2014, 07:32:33 PM »
Did he or did he not publish the book though?

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His last post on the book was here:

http://www.universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=23582.msg427525#msg427525

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