I'm still around! I've been really busy and haven't had a lot of time to post anywhere. On the plus side - I have continued collecting!
Anyway, I think it's time for the lovely Linde Kaffee/Coffee dinosaurs to make an appearance.Linde Coffee Premium Dinosaurs - Austria
Linde dinosaurs were issued as a product premium in the 1950's. There are eight retro styled figures in the set and I love them to bits! They're probably my favourite monochromatic figures. They're made of a soft plastic with a similar texture to Marx or Danone figures but the best thing about them is that the plastic is a random mix of colours which gives an attractive marbled effect. The 1950's issued figures range in colour from pale green through, orange, brown, red, blue, grey to black. More usually they're a mix of darker green/grey. Each figure is marked with the animal name and Linde but no date is present. The figures were reissued for a very short run in the 1990's to coincide with Jurassic Park but these figures were solid primary colours similar to MPC figures. The later 1990's issued figures seem to be incredibly rare and I don't have any examples of those.
The figures are known to have been issued individually and in bagged sets however I only have individual figures and no examples of the bagged sets. I would imagine that they were similar to the Linde wild animal sets.
The Rhamphorynchus is unusually rare. I'm not sure why that would be. Perhaps this figure was not included in bagged sets. I only have one example of this figure and it took me a long time to eventually win one in auction.
I have obtained all of my figures in Austria but they're sometimes available on German Ebay and every now and then elsewhere on Ebay. They appear to be less common than they were but prices for most figures are usually between £4-10. Figures in unusual colourings or dramatic marbled effects command higher prices. The Rhamphorynchus is a tougher one to find and ofen sells for between £15-30. I have never seen these with much marbling of colours and they are usually a green/grey colour or sometimes, a pale green.
I'm so attached to these figures that I find it extremely difficult to part with doubles! This is because the marbling and colouration is so variable and attractive!
The eight figures are:
Here is my collection of these beautiful figures:Tyrannosaurus Rex[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Triceratops[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Stegosaurus[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Brontosaurus[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Dimetrodon[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]Sphenacodon[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] Rhamphorynchus [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
So there you go. Some fantastic oldies well worth searching out.