Marx dinosaurs (and other prehistoric creatures), some might
say, are the "granddaddies" of all prehistoric figures.
Marx toys began in 1919 and, by the middle of the 20th century,
was one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world. Based in New York City, the company lasted for 52 years before the
aged Louis Marx sold it to Quaker Oats in 1972. In 1975, Quaker sold to Dunbee-Combex of England. From here the company fell
into a downward spiral, finally going bankrupt in 1980. In the late 1980s, American Plastic Equipment of Florida purchased
the company's assets from the Chemical Bank of New York.
By this time, the popularity of vintage Marx toys was apparent; the classic toys were selling
for big bucks in the collector markets. Several of the classic Marx toys were reissued at this time at more reasonable prices.
In 1995, a new Marx Toys (not affiliated with Louis Marx & Co.) was formed. They offer several reissues of original Marx toys, but have yet to
resurrect the prehistoric line. Maybe some day...
Well I, being a dinosaur collector, just missed out on the Marx figures by a hair, having
become interested in dinos in 1980. So I never acquired any of these guys. I don't even remember seeing them in stores
back then, as a matter of fact. Thanks to Ebay (Yeahhh Ebay!), I now have a complete collection of these figures. You
gotta have the Marx figures if you're a die-hard dino collector, don'tcha know...
If you want to read about these figures in a lot of detail (and I do mean a lot) Realm of Rubber Dinosaurs is where you want to click to. The RD guy really goes in-depth about molds, different versions of figures, etc. Good stuff.
Another one to check out is Rick Fulton's PaleoPlastic site.
As for me, I am just going to show you some pictures and offer my thoughts about these dinos.
I threw some facts in there too, for kicks. So here we go...
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To the left is a shot of the booklet that came with the "Prehistoric Times" playset. It's
a fun read.