Last fall I began going through some of my childhood toys that my parents have been kind enough to let me leave at their house all these years. My first project had been cleaning up my small collection of My Little Ponies and Fairy Tails. Next is a much bigger project: going through my ridiculous amount of various plastic animals and dinosaurs.
I'm starting small with these tiny neon-colored Panosh Dino Brights. Some of them actually say © 87 on the bottom - I would've been five years old in 1987 but I know I was older when I began collecting these. I remember it being more around when I was in second or third grade. My brother was also collecting them at the same time, which is why there are doubles of most of them. In fact, some of the doubles have permanent marker dots on the bottom, because, you know, heaven forbid I get my dinosaurs mixed up with the ones my little brother touched.
I think I remember these being sold in small sets. I'm also pretty sure they had human names rather than being identified by species, which I found to be very annoying at the time for the ones I wasn't familiar with. I really wish I still had any of the original packaging.
Some of them are numbered on the bottom and say Panosh with the copyright symbol and year. Some of them are numbered and say China. Some are blank on the bottom. I'm wondering if the blank ones are knock-offs, or maybe some just weren't marked? I couldn't find much reliable information about these guys online. Also, you can kind of see in the photo above with two of the same model (supposed to be Styracosaurus I think), one is more of a matte finish and slightly different color, but both have the same markings that would suggest they're authentic. There are several of the doubles where this color and finish difference is apparent.
Like all of my dinosaurs, these were pretty much played with to death in the mud, sandbox, pool, etc, and quite a few aren't in the best shape. The two above (some sort of spinosaurid?) are both a bit rough, but all the yellow ones in general are showing the most dirt and wear.
I'm not sure what these are supposed to be with such a tiny head, but they do appear to be feathered. They won't stand up on their own. The waving green Ouranosaurus in the background was one of my absolute favorites.
Just look at that winning toothy smile! So proud, as any good T-Rex should be.
These toys have great sculpted detail for being so tiny and there's such a nice variety of different dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and other prehistoric critters. I also love the bright neon colors rather than realistically painted detail for a change. Sadly, I can't seem to find one that I remember being a favorite of mine: a terror bird. Maybe it'll turn up as I keep going through everything.
I plan to soak these guys in some soapy water awhile to see if I can clean them up a bit and then take some better photos. We'll see if I get around to that in the not-too-distant future.