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Playskool DEFINITELY DINOSAURS and CAVESTERS INDEX

6 Apr

Definitely Dinosaurs by Playskool

Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs

Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs is a set of  dinosaurs and cavesters made in the 1980’s by Playskool.

They are made of plastic and they all have some moveable parts: necks, jaws etc. The moveable parts vary from dinosaur to dinosaur. Originally each dinosaur came with it’s own caveman or cavewoman, (these are also called cavesters).
The dinosaurs came in a variety of colors and sizes, from about 9″ to over 25″ long!! The largest of them are quite HUGE!
These were not ‘cute’ dinosaurs-but very realistic in presentation! Many of the dinosaurs, especially the large ones came with saddles would enable the cavesters to ‘ride-on’ the dinosaurs! Super cool! These accessories are rare! They are occasionally for sale but tend to be expensive.

These beloved dinosaurs have a cult following of adult collectors unlike any other dinosaur toys ever! They are rare and hard to find. If you are looking to ad to your collection I have compiled links to toys that are for sale on the web.

If you enjoy thrift stores and yard sales, occasionally but very rarely you may come across one of these great dinosaurs! Always look for the image of an imprinted dinosaur on the belly or leg. This will indicate to you that you are indeed looking at a genuine Playskool Definitely Dinosaur!

This is the imprinted image on Definitely Dinosaurs under carriages.

This is the imprinted image on Definitely Dinosaurs under carriages.

Wendy’s Definitely Dinosaurs

The figures were used by the Wendy’s chain as children’s meals premiums. The dinosaurs were released in a variety of different colors. The figures are hollow and have either a tail or head that moves. These figures hold up well and are easy to clean.

Large Definitely Dinosaurs

The animals included:

Anatosaurus (both large and small)
Ankylosaurus (both large and small)
Apatosaurus (both large and small)
Brachiosaurus (small only)
Ceratosaurus (small only)
Deinonychus
Dimetrodon (not a dinosaur)
Leptoceratops (small only)
Moschops (not a dinosaur)
Pachycephalosaurus
Parasaurolophus (both large and small)
Polacanthus
Protoceratops
Psittacosaurus
Spinosaurus
Stegosaurus (both large and small)
Struthiomimus
Triceratops (both large and small)
Tyrannosaurus (both large and small)
Ultrasaurus

Parasaurolophus

Parasaurolophus

Pachycephalosaurus

Pachycephalosaurus

mochops

mochops

Polacanthus

Polacanthus

Psittacosaurus

Psittacosaurus

Struthiomimus

Struthiomimus

Triceratops

Triceratops

Spinosaurus

Spinosaurus

Stegasaurus

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Ankylosaurus

Protoceratops

Ultrasaurus

Ultrasaurus

PROTOCERATOPS

PROTOCERATOPS

These figures were made to play alongside the dinosaurs. They are made of plastic and have move-able hips, shoulders, and necks. They are 3.5″ tall.

They have different skin tones and facial features to simulate different ethnicities. Some of the cavesters had names. Most Cavesters were male, but there is one cavester named Lexa that is female.

As far as I know there are 14 different cavemen (pictured below). Their names are as follows (left to right, top to bottom):
1. GREL
2. KRONAR
3. ZINDAR
4. GRAK
5. DRON
6. ZORG
7. SHINDAR
8. ??
9. REEVE
10. DRUZE
11. BRIN
12. ??
13. THRAX
14. LEXA

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1980’s Wind in the Willows plush by Fiddler’s Elbow

30 Mar

1980’s Wind in the Willows plush by Fiddler’s Elbow

In 1981, Fiddler’s Elbow collaborated with Ariel Books to produce bean bag toys based on the classic children’s story The Wind in the Willows illustrated by Michael Hague. The toys were featured on the cover of the American Express Christmas catalog.

These are bean filled plush dolls all about 7” in height. They are meant to look like the illustrated versions depicted by Michael Hague.

Mr. Badger: He is a kind but lonely figure who simply hates society and crowds. He has a big black and white head and is strong. Mr. Badger is seen as the wise one who always advises and guides the other characters. He is friendly and hospitable as he takes care of those who come to house. He is the quiet, steady friend who prefers his own company but will also come and help if you need him. He is a good planner as he plans the attack to get back the Toad Hall from the Wild Wooders.

Mole: The Mole is a mild mannered, home loving animal. He is shy, hardworking and enjoys sunshine and loves the river. He is keen to swim and wants to learn how to row a boat. The rat teaches it a few things of the river. The Mole is happy and eager and readily learns how to swim and row a boat

Ratty: He is hardworking, relaxed, kind and friendly. He loves the river and teaches the Mole many things about the riverside. He teaches the Mole how to swim and row. Ratty enjoys the simple pleasures of food and gossip. He has a brown little face with whiskers, bright eyes, small ears and thick shiny hair. The Rat knows a lot about the river and many stories of life on the river which shows how knowledgeable he is. He even plans a picnic with the Mole and warns him about the Wild wood. The rat likes to sing songs and knows how to row a boat.

Rabbit and Rodent: Described as goof or a mixed lot.

 

Mr. Toad: He is the richest character and the owner of Toad Hall. Although he is good natured, he is impatient and likes adventure. He is always trying something new and gets bored quickly. He never learns from his mistakes. He is crazy about cars and wants to drive forever even though he does not want to take lessons. He is a reckless driver and has been twice to the hospital and at least three to four times has been arrested for dangerous driving. His interest develops from houseboats to caravans to motorcars. He drives like a madman, is rude to the police and is caught for stealing. He escapes from prison dressed as a washerwoman. His friends finally reform him and win back Toad Hall from the Wild Wooders. The toad is good hearted but thick headed. He is boastful, strong and fearless but once he changes his ways, he becomes more humble, more sensible, thriftier (spends less money) and soon forgets about cars.

The Wind in the Willows is the original version, written by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1908.

Sequels include:

In 1983 Dixon Scott published A Fresh Wind in the Willows, which not only anticipated Horwood’s sequels (see below) by several years but also includes some of the same incidents, including a climax in which Toad steals a Bleriot monoplane.

William Horwood created several sequels to The Wind in the Willows: The Willows in Winter, Toad Triumphant, The Willows and Beyond, and The Willows at Christmas.

Jan Needle’s Wild Wood was published in 1981 with illustrations by William Rushton (ISBN 0-233-97346-X). It is a re-telling of the story of The Wind in the Willows from the point of view of the working-class inhabitants of the Wild Wood. For them, money is short and employment hard to find. They have a very different perspective on the wealthy, easy, careless lifestyle of Toad and his friends.

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