There you go...a recent find. No date, but part of me wants to assume 90s...probably around the time of the Jurassic Park craze due to the typeface used on the box. As you can see, all the old classics are here! Some standard dinos, a few monstery guys, and even a couple of dragons. Pffff...love the whole "realistic" thing they push...yeah, right! I don't remember seein' no dragon skeletons hanging in the Smithsonian!
The back shows different product...all standard dinosaurs, no dragons or monsters. Hmmm...and no, I don't think some weirdo just stuck the freaks in there. The plastic tray is shaped to hold the monster types!
Now whattya know about that!
I've got that dino with the weird foot in green.
I found it relatively recently in a pack of other strangely molded dinosaurs on a trip to Walmart. The mold looks like it might have been altered a little bit, the one in the other picture looks taller than mine.
Mildly surprised no one ever really talks about these, but anyone ever have or seen these guys before? Sure, you did, you just might not have remember ed you did!
Kinda hard to find info on these given their "generic" nature, but these little plastic monsters from the 80s and beyond were awesome!!! I remember these usually came in plastic poly bags with cardboard headers...usually referred to (incorrectly) as simply DINOSAURS. I've seen these molds and designs used about a zillion times with many different color variations and even size variations. Yes, even materials variations...usually made of hard plastic, but I've also seen 'em done up in rubber...sometimes glow-in-the-dark. I've seen these creatures in circulation up until about the early to mid 90s. The creator of Dungeons and Dragons (Gygax, I think) famously ripped a few of these monster designs off for use in his role-playing game! He even admitted it! The so-called rust monster and Bullete were clearly inspired by these nameless beasts. Supposedly other monsters from this collection inspired other D&D enemies, but I don't follow the game mythos well enough to know for sure. Since they have no name finding info on these is tough. Then again, there probably ain't much to tell, just random monster designs by some sculptor in a cheap Hong Kong toy company we'll likely never know of...*sigh* So, anyone have a collection of these they wanna share? Anyone out there have a sample of packaging, for the sake of curiosity? Anyone know of any more obscure monsters similar to these? I was at a birthday party when I was young and some other kid won a door prize of a bag of little plastic monsters. Naturally, I the monster lover, won a freakin' R/C car!!! ARGH! Anyway, I curbed my jealousy but at least wanted to see what they looked like so I could bug my folks to find me a bag. Sadly, I never got to see the bag close up in the excitement of the party, but did remember one bright yellow Chinese style dragon in the front! I've seen some pictures somewhere at some point on the internet during my "research" so I know this bag of other monsters exists! Hope! Any help on that angle?
I have a full set of these Chinasaurs they are awesome and really absurd looking. I also pick up one every once in a while at a charity shop. Never seen 'em in a bag though... I'll post up a photo of my set, they aren't glossy and come in a different color