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PostSubject: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyTue Aug 05, 2014 12:15 pm

No Timpo prehistoric animals? Lets remedy that one!  Wink 

Timpo prehistoric animals date from the 1950's. They seem to have been in irregular production at least into the 1960's and some have been briefly reissued since then (Brontosaurus was the last in the 1990's). I remember having the Tyrannosaurus as a small boy late in the 1960's.

These  figures are solid molded figures in a waxy plastic. The commoner figures are unpainted and can be found in solid earth colours such as yellow, brown, black, grey and green. Some are sometimes found with a degree of marbling. Original Timpo prehistoric figures were issued painted. Each figure is marked as Timpo and with the animal name.

Timpo prehistoric figures have now become extremely scarce and are rarely found, especially in decent condition. As with most plastic figures, they often have heavy play wear, bits missing or child chew marks. The stegosaurus is particularly scarce and very rarely seen, let alone in good condition.

There were six figures in the set:

Tyrannosaurus
Triceratops
Brontosaurus
Stegosaurus
Dimetrodon
Megatherium


I have five of these figures. As yet, the Stegosaurus eludes me.  Sad 

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Triceratops

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Brontosaurus

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Dimetrodon

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Megatherium

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyTue Aug 05, 2014 1:55 pm

Perfectly presented amd not only missing om forum as well om wiki. cheers
i didn't know Then amd it is good that you're presenting then to us. Very Happy I hope you can find the missing stego to complete this small but very nice collection. bounce
it confirms also that dimetrodon is by far the most popular prehistoric animal fromm those before the era of the dinosaurs. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyTue Aug 05, 2014 3:54 pm

Fantastic oldies !!! I never heard about them either, so thankyou for presenting them here Very Happy

It is so fascinating to see old models of orehistoric creatures, - some are really strange looking !
Like those T-rexes ! I suppose they are not made like that on purpose, at least not THAT cartoony, compared to the others ? They are ever so charming Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyFri Aug 15, 2014 9:47 pm

Nice oldies!! Congrats

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyMon Sep 01, 2014 9:23 pm

These are great, I really like the sculpts on these. That must be where Miller copied their Megatherium from? Certainly looks the same.

Thanks for the blanket permission on using your images in the Wiki. I have been adding a copyright for you to the images and posting them there today. Your help is appreciated :)

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyFri Oct 24, 2014 6:20 am

I love the dancing megatherium Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptySun Dec 21, 2014 6:50 am

I think when you want to bring them to life again, they will need those Duracell batteries!

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptySun Dec 21, 2014 7:11 am

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I think when you want to bring them to life again, they will need those Duracell batteries!

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Then I would like to watch the smiling Trex and Megatherium dancing together Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyMon Dec 22, 2014 4:41 am

Yes that would be fun i guess... Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyMon Dec 22, 2014 9:24 am

Creataceous night fever afro Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyMon Dec 22, 2014 10:02 pm

The Bee Geeganticussus... Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyWed Jan 13, 2021 9:35 pm

According to me this smiling Timpo Ty-rex with froggy eyes is inspired from this draw:

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from this U.S. book (here in french):

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyWed Jan 13, 2021 10:01 pm

That is true Shocked
What a great find  Applause

How old is that book ? It looks wonderful Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyWed Jan 13, 2021 11:31 pm

1952!.. When I was a child, at the time of primary school, one of my friends had it, but I think it spent more time in my home than in his one! I was very interested by paleontology, zoology and found strange the focus on american fauna and plants!

A few years ago, I found it in flea-market and was very happy to get it for few cents! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 1:31 am

Great find cheers

It’s fun to read how these old books built us and how we still love them now.
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 9:28 am

You're perfectly right and I realised not a long time ago, that my choices of some  figurines renditions were drived by these old illustrations like for Smilodon for exemple:

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on the same page, 3 of my loves! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 9:55 am

What an amazing looking and old book! Must be so special to you! Very Happy cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 11:53 am

Yes Bonnie! moreover, these "oldies" which were far less common than nowadays editions, are very interesting to find inspirations of vintage figurines! :)

.. and about that, the Timpo triceratops shows the same pose and face than the one of this same illustration of the fight with the Ty-rex. The only difference is its open mouth!..


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Yes definitely! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 12:24 pm

also same face and high back sail as the ones of this Dimetrodon:

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 12:36 pm

Oh yes- I think I have this figure too! cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyThu Jan 14, 2021 1:14 pm

Congrats

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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyFri Jan 15, 2021 1:34 pm

What a wonderful find!!I love old books like this as it also shows how much progress has been made in understanding dinos and other prehistoric animals and that this also influences the models that are made.
I have two of the Timpo models-the Brontosaurus and the Megatherium.My Megatheriums however are different as one is plain and the other is painted.
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyFri Jan 15, 2021 2:02 pm

Two wonderful vintage models! cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Timpo Prehistoric Animals.   Timpo Prehistoric Animals. EmptyFri Jan 15, 2021 2:57 pm

Thank you Taos for sharing these rareties.. there is one unpaint one, on ebay, for only.. 52 euros! without shipping coast! :)
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