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Plesiosaurus (Mini Dinosaurs I by Bullyland) – Dinosaur Toy Blog

This small Plesiosaurus toy belongs to the primary line of dinosaur figures produced by Bullyland starting in 1980, just a few years after the German toy firm was based in 1973. The road of seven miniature dinosaurs (and different prehistoric creatures) is informally generally known as Mini Dinosaurs I, to separate it from a later line of mini dinosaurs launched by Bullyland in 1993 (Mini Dinosaurs II), and different separate Bullyland dinosaur traces.

Though there’s no date marked on the determine, the underside is embossed with the nation “W Germany”, which provides away that it was produced previous to German Unification in 1990. Additionally embossed on the underside is the corporate title “Bully”, a copyright image, and the quantity “5”. The quantity 5 suggests that is determine 5 of the complete set of seven.

It’s additionally attention-grabbing that Bullyland shortened its title to simply “Bully” – it isn’t excellent for a kids’s toy firm to share a reputation (in English) for an individual who purposely hurts, intimidates, threatens, or ridicules one other! Though “Bullyland” will not be a lot better – is that the place all of the bullies stay? I jest, there’s a special however much less extensively used constructive which means for the phrase “bully” – it might probably imply “glorious” (as in “bully for you!”). In order that’s a constructive! Nevertheless, there’s deeper and extra particular motive behind the title! My spouse is German and she or he did some analysis for me… she discovered that “Bullyland” was derived from the corporate founder’s French bulldog, named ‘Bully’! Nonetheless, it’s an uncommon and considerably unlucky title selection!

The toy is actually monochrome, apart from the eyes, which have been picked out in black. I usually like monochrome figures, however I’m not keen on the yellow color. This appears to be considered one of solely two colors this determine was produced in – this unpainted yellow model (product quantity 11735) and an orange-red model, which is a similar sculpt however with a special product quantity (11708). It’s a small determine, solely 7 cm lengthy, which makes it roughly 1:45 scale.

I gained’t spend an excessive amount of time inspecting the anatomy, it’s a typical out-dated, hump-backed, swan-necked depiction of Plesiosaurus, however there are just a few facets of this little toy worthy of point out. Firstly, there’s a row of creases alongside the flank of the physique, which could possibly be meant to signify the ribcage. Second, the flippers have striations working alongside the highest. It additionally has a very spindly noodle-like neck. These distinctive options differentiate this determine from different related mini plesiosaur toys, whether or not or not they’re correct (they in all probability aren’t).

Bullyland subsequently produced a number of different mini Plesiosaurus fashions, together with the Animal World Dinosaurs version previously reviewed on the blog, however this specific Mini Dinosaurs I toy was discontinued in 1989. It’s not too troublesome to seek out on Ebay today, however that is solely actually one for completist collectors like me!

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