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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #45 on: November 14, 2013, 12:48:11 AM »
Wow those carded Dino's are quite the collection on their own!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #46 on: November 14, 2013, 09:24:26 AM »
Some are hard to see, as they are stacked (especially carded sets, which I tend to store laying flat to avoid sagging over time!)



Oh man, I never even noticed the carded dino sets at the bottom! Who made them? Can you post better shots of some of the cards?

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #47 on: November 14, 2013, 03:00:51 PM »
I have a vague, fuzzy recollection of a playset I had as a kid............grey "rocks" that fit together to form a mountain and such. Can't for the life of me remember what they went to, since I had a ton of different dinos and cavemen figures. One of those things I would know if I saw, but can't even adequately describe.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2013, 09:30:35 AM »
That is an awesome collection!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #49 on: November 29, 2013, 09:22:40 AM »
Awesome!  I see two Prehistoric Times, are they different or are just lucky to have two?  I actually still have mine from whenever..1964 or so.

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #50 on: November 29, 2013, 10:40:14 AM »
I actually still have mine from whenever..1964 or so.

Cool! Do you ever set it up anymore?

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #51 on: January 16, 2014, 11:50:59 PM »
Neat collection! How long has it taken you to put it together?

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I have been collecting for about 8 years or so now. I have just finished writing a book on Marx and MPC prehistoric playsets (off to printers now) and it is fully illustrated and the only real way to get hi-quality, first gen pics was to acquire the sets so I could get pics! A rather expensive way to do it but I would have wanted the sets anyway! Luckily, some other collectors have donated pics of some of the sets that have escaped me :-)

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #52 on: January 17, 2014, 12:09:24 AM »
Awesome!  I see two Prehistoric Times, are they different or are just lucky to have two?  I actually still have mine from whenever..1964 or so.

Marx produced several versions of some of their sets, generally with different model numbers and some changes in piece count. For example, along the top you can see (I believe) 5 different versions of the large Prehistoric Times sets. The original one was the Series 1000 (model number 3390), and is the one you see the most often. It had the original marx logo, and came with the vacuform terrain piece, Palm Tree Group, 23 dinos (the Large, Medum, and Small Mold Groups, plus a second Small Mold Group), 12 cavemen (2 sets of 6), and the Dead Tree/Stump group. Another very simlar set was the Series 500 (model number 3389), which was usually found as a plain-box mail-order form. The only real difference between it and the Series 1000 was that the Series 500 had both sets of cavemen in cream, while the Series 1000 had one set in cream and one set in tan. Both these sets came out in 1957.

In 1958, both sets were reissued with different model numbers. The new Series 1000 had the model number 3392 and the new Series 500 had the model number 3391. The only real difference between these two sets and their originl counterparts from '57 is that these new sets did not contain the Dead Tree/Stump group.  All these sets contained among their dinosaur count two Small Mold Groups, one in gray & one in green. In 1959, Marx introduced brown as a standard color. Also in '59, Marx again reissued the Series 1000 set, model number 3392 (and possibly the Series 500 as well, although I can find no record of this set being reissued). There were several differences once again. In this new set, the dead Tree/Stump group was again absent. Unlike the earlier sets, one of the Small Mold Group dinos now came in the new brown color instead of gray. The other Small Mold Group remained in green. Marx redesigned their logo in '59, and the new logo (along with the Marx mascot, Magic Marxie) appeared on the box in place of the original logo.

And all this is just the versions of the large Prehistoric Times sets, with the vacuform terrain piece. Marx also put out another set, also called Prehistoric Times, in the perfectly square boxes, sometimes referred to as the "square-boxed" sets or the "pizza box" sets. And these guys have their OWN different variations and model numbers. These are fiarly commonly seen on eBay, in various degrees of completeness.

As you can guess, the Marx dinosaur playset output was rather convoluted and can be confusing I am hoping my book will help clear up some of the confusion surrounding these guys (cheap plug, I know! lol).

ANd the story is almost as confusing for the various MPC sets as well!


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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #53 on: January 17, 2014, 12:11:42 AM »
Oh man, I never even noticed the carded dino sets at the bottom! Who made them? Can you post better shots of some of the cards?

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Yes, I will try and dump some of the pics of carded sets onto photobucket and post some of them soon!

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #54 on: January 17, 2014, 01:35:22 AM »


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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #55 on: January 17, 2014, 09:20:21 AM »
As you can guess, the Marx dinosaur playset output was rather convoluted and can be confusing I am hoping my book will help clear up some of the confusion surrounding these guys (cheap plug, I know! lol).

ANd the story is almost as confusing for the various MPC sets as well!

Wow! Just wow.

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #56 on: January 17, 2014, 07:46:59 PM »
A cool ad from a Sears catalog, probably 1974 since the One Million B.C. mountain set came out that year. Found this on Google Images.



I don't have this set but I do own the Marx Prehistoric Mountain (1975) and the Marx Giant Prehistoric Mountain (1977) (gray mountain pieces). I find it strange that the Sears ad shows no plastic playmat, or Marx box, and only lists 12 Cavemen where the other two sets contained 18 Cavemen. I wonder if Sears repackaged the playset in a Sears shipping carton and altered the contents, or did the One Million B.C. set lack the playmat and only have 12 Cavemen? It also doesn't list the color booklet, or ferns, present in the Prehistoric Mountain set. Inquiring dinonuts want to know.  ???

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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #57 on: January 18, 2014, 02:16:09 AM »
Let's try this again..



Anyone ever see these dinosaurs?
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #58 on: January 18, 2014, 11:58:08 AM »
Let's try this again..



Anyone ever see these dinosaurs?

Yes. I bought a bag of those in the '80s or '90s. They interested me because those are really some Dungeons & Dragons monsters. The yellow one is a Rust Monster and the crawling one in the middle is a Bulette, or Land Shark. I don't remember a manufacturer but I think they were made in China. My set was a cheap rack toy in a plastic bag w/header card.
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Re: Dinosaur Playsets
« Reply #59 on: January 18, 2014, 12:02:01 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.

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