Sunday, June 14, 2015

Toy Street, Inc. Dinosaur Playset

Jurassic World, the latest installment in the the Jurassic Park franchise, opened in theaters this past Friday and I thought it was high time to do a dinosaur post. I chose this playset for one good reason - it was easy to get to. The Cave has been a construction/destruction zone since January (and is likely to be that way for many more months because I don't have the time or energy or ambition to get out there and work every day) but this playset was still sitting in the kitchen after having bought it a few weeks ago. What attracted me to the set were the four mountain and volcano backdrops as nearly everything else in the set is common. The playmat is also unique to the set but I don't see me using it again for anything else like I plan to do with the backdrops. The set came without original packaging and includes:

-Playmat 24 1/2" x 19"  In general I really like playmat art and this one too is nice, although a tad cartoony. Playmat's almost all suffer from the same drawback, being just large enough to cram the playset contents onto but not large enough to really give someone a decent play area to work with

-4 heavy cardboard backdrops

-7 Palm trees

-32 dinosaurs:
       8 Pteranodon's (Late Cretaceous)

     8 Dimetrodon's (Early Permian Epoch)

      8 Plateosaurus (Late Triassic)

     8 Cynognathus' (Early and Middle Triassic)

-7 Palm trees

The dinosaurs and trees are essentially repos of old Marx offerings and most pieces in the set are well done, but the casting quality for the Pteranodon's and Dimetrodon's is pretty poor with lots of flash, cavities, and mold plugs sticking out. About 20 minutes with a hobby knife and box cutter cleaned them up well enough for play. Here's a couple of shots of the playset set up with all it's pieces:

Next, I took out the display board I made last year and started goofing around with the contents then taking the photos and having a little playtime in Photoshop. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

A Pteranodon's eye view of the landscape


  1. The banner image is looks like a 1970's tonal zerox of a 1960's Bob Bard catalogue page!

    1. Thanx Hugh!! This was a fun project, I need to break out more dino's and do some more Photoshopping :-)

  2. Do you have a Toy Street Fortress Assault Playset, "ICE"?

    1. Nope, sure don't. This was my first Toy Street purchase and came upon it by accident in one of my eBay searches.