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Definitely Dinosaurs was a collection of dinosaur toys produced by Playskool in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Each figure was branded with a distinctive stamp on its underbelly or leg to indicate authenticity. All of the figures in the series were dinosaurs, with the exception of Dimetrodon and Moschops. Each figure came with a caveman counterpart and comic book. Additionally, larger figures often included saddles or other accessories. The cavemen varied by gender, race, and other features, such as hair and clothing. Cavemen were also available as two-packs on blister cards. Smaller versions of the main series of dinosaurs as well as new dinosaurs were included in the Wendy's kid's meal and on blister cards. A total of three series were produced representing twenty-one different prehistoric animals:
Serial #Series #DinosaurDinosaur NameDinosaur DescriptionCaveman NameCaveman DescriptionAccessories
30001AnkylosaurusLozarRed Back with White BellyThraxWhite Bald Male with mustache; yellow clothing None
30011ProtoceratopsCeraGreen fading from dark to light with spots on frillZindarWhite Curly Brown-haired Male; green clothingNone
30021StruthiomimusStrimusBluish/purple fading from dark to light GrakWhite Light Brown-haired Male; light blue clothingNone
30031DeinonychusDragarGreen Back with Yellow BellyDruzeWhite Blonde Male with no beard; red clothingNone
30052MoschopsElgarPink Back with Purple BodyShindarWhite Brown-haired Male with Beard; yellow clothingNone
30062PsittacosaurusTakorBlue fading from dark to lightUnknownWhite Reddish-brown haired Male with goateeNone
30072DimetrodonTrodarGreen fading from dark to lightNoneNoneNone
30132PolacanthusGlutronDark Blue back with Light Blue Body; cream spikesBisorWhite Brown-haired Male with mustache; purple clothingNone
30142PachycephalosaurusZalmarOrangish Back with light Brown BodyReeveWhite bald Male with unshaven face; blue clothingNone
30201AnatosaurusAnaOrangeZorgWhite Blonde Male with no beard; light blue/green clothingGreen Swing Saddle
30221TriceratopsDozerDark Brown with dark brown spots on frill/cream hornsBrinBlack Dark Curly-haired Male; red clothingDark Red Saddle with spikes
30231StegosaurusSpikeGray Back with White Belly; cream platesDronWhite Bald Male with mustache; blue clothing Protoceratops mask
30252SpinosaurusSpineyOrange Back with Yellow Body2 cavemenUnknown/Unknown2 seat basket saddle
30262ParasaurolophusParaxPurple Back with Lavender BodyRomurBlack male with beard; yellow clothingGreen Saddle
30501ApatosaurusPatBlue2 cavemenUnknownWhite Saddle
30551TyrannosaurusTyroGreen fading from dark to lightLexaWhite Brown-haired Female; red dressBlue Saddle
30562UltrasaurusUltrarRed Back with Yellow Body2 cavemenUnknown/UnknownLarge saddle with frame and roof piece
31133TyrannosaurusNoneGreen fading from dark to lightNoneNoneNone
31173TriceratopsNoneBrownish Blue/Green Body with Blue/Green spots on frill; cream hornsNoneNoneNone
31183StegosaurusNoneDarker Gray Body with White Belly; cream platesNoneNoneNone
31193AnatosaurusNoneGreen Back with Yellow BellyNoneNoneNone
31223DeinonychusNoneYellowish/Green fading medium to lightNoneNoneNone
31303ProtoceratopsNoneGreen fading from dark to light/no spots on frillNoneNoneNone
31313PsittacosaurusNoneBlue fading from dark to lightNoneNoneNone
31323DimetrodonNoneReddish/Purple Back with White BellyNoneNoneNone

Series 3 1992 The third series marked a departure from the original two. In this series, an assortment of various figures from the first two series were repainted without cavemen or props. Some figures had a dramatic color change while others were subtle or practically non-exisent.

Blister-carded and Kid's Meal Dinosaurs 1988 and 1991 These figures were released in three waves; they were released both as blister packs and kids meal toys in 1988 and again in 1991. Instead of reproducing the original two series' figures in miniature, new molds were created for some of the figures, while others were never reproduced. However, three animals were created just for the these lines: Brachiosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Leptoceratops. No cavemen or accessories were available for these figures.

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Dinosaur Name Year Color Notes
1. Ankylosaurus Thondor 1988 Rust colored/Orange None
1988 Green fading from dark to light 2nd series promo
1991 Yellow/Brown None
2. Anatosaurus None 1988 Yellow/Orange 1st series promo
1991 Gray/Brown None
3. Apatosaurus None 1988 Blue fading from dark to light 1st series promo
1988 Pink/Purple 2nd series promo
1991 Cream/Brown None
4. Brachiosaurus Trimor 1988 Yellow/Green None
1991 Lime/Green None
5. Ceratosaurus Zune 1988 Tan/Mustard Yellow None
1988 Green fading from dark to light 2nd series promo
1991 Green/Yellow None
6. Leptoceratops Jexar 1988 Blue fading from dark to light None
1991 White/Blue None
7. Parasaurolophus Flexar 1988 Pink/Purple None
1988 Blue 2nd series promo
1991 Blue fading from dark to light None
8. Stegosaurus Massor 1988 Green fading from dark to light None
1988 Green/Yellow 2nd series promo
1991 Lavender/Purple None
9. Triceratops None 1988 Green fading from dark to light 1st series promo
1988 Brown/Orange 2nd series promo
1991 Brown fading from dark to light None
10. Tyrannosaurus None 1988 Blue/Lavender 1st series promo

Cavemen Nine caveman two-packs were released. Of the cavemen offered were exclusive to these two-packs.

Set Caveman 1 Caveman 2
1 Fleb Trozar
2 Korex Poldar
3 Kronar Dron
4 Lomex Shrag
5 Nazaar Zolox
6 Shonar Erg
7 Thrax Grak
8 Zindar Druze
9 Zorg Thrax

Collectibility

For collectors, the majority of these figures are relatively easy to find and inexpensive; however there are exceptions. Many of the props are becoming harder to find. From the first series, the stegosaurus is often considered a prize due to the fact that many of them that are available are missing plates. From the second series, the moschops and the polacanthus are interesting pieces but not necessarily more scarce or harder to obtain than the other pieces. The ultrasaurus is harder to find; it's size and lateness (it was the last new piece in the regular series) has made it a desirable piece. The majority of the smaller pieces are easy to find, including the cavemen. Harder to find are the individuals from the third series. However, several of them look exactly like the originals; only the serial number is an indication of which series it is from. Rarest of these is the green and yellow anatosaurus. The hardest piece to find is the regular sized ankylosaurus with the backwards leg joints. In the majority of the pieces, the elbow faces toward the tail and the knee faces toward the head. However, in a few individuals, the elbow and the knee both faced the tail, resulting in a figure that lies down differently from the regular one.

Trivia

The stamp is similar to the Jurassic Park stamp that Hasbro used for their dinos in decades to come.

Videos

80's Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs Commercial00:31

80's Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs Commercial

Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs Commercial 198800:32

Playskool Definitely Dinosaurs Commercial 1988

Sources

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Definitely_Dinosaurs

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