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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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At Katrina’s Toys we are constantly scouring all of our great local suppliers amassed over the years looking for those coveted and rare Definitely Dinosaurs, Cavesters, and accessories so that we can offer them up for you in ‘one’ convenient location!
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1996 Olympic Games Izzy mascot

18 Dec

Izzy was the official mascot of the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. Named Whatizit (What is it?) at its first introduction at the close of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the computer animated character with the ability to morph into different forms was a departure from the Olympic tradition in that it didn’t represent a nationally-significant animal or human figure.

Izzy

In 1991, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) began a search for a mascot with a competition of twenty design firms as well as suggestions from the general public. The selection, Whatizit, was designed by John Ryan, senior animation director of Atlanta-based design firm DESIGNefx. Whatizit originally appeared as a blue, tear-shaped “blob” with rings around his eyes and tail. He wore high-top sneakers and had star-shaped pupils. His arms and legs were also short with a toothy grin showing both rows of teeth. He was later modified to have longer limbs to give a more athletic look.

After a very critical reception to Whatizit’s introduction during the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, ACOG began work to reshape the character specifically focusing on children, who were far more attracted to the character than adults.

Conception and introduction at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

His greatest change came about after he lost the bottom row of teeth and gained a nose. He was then referred to as Izzy. Also, his tongue became visible, and his limbs became longer, skinnier, and more athletic in appearance.

Izzy’s Quest for Olympic Gold

ACOG commissioned an animated television special entitled “Izzy’s Quest For Olympic Gold” to promote Izzy and expand his backstory. Produced by Film Roman, the special aired on TNT on August 12, 1995.

Video game

He was also the star of his very own video game called Izzy’s Quest for the Olympic Rings. It was released for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis systems.

Merchandising

Izzy became a popular collectible. There are Izzy pins, pvc figurines, coin banks and more!

 

Katrina9799s Household Variety shop has many Izzy collectibles for sale! We have thousands of other vintage toys, dolls, bears and puppets for sale as well.

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