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Topps Dino Toys with Candy Eggs - like GPK Cheap Toys but dinosaurs!


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#1 fkro6784

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Posted 27 August 2016 - 01:00 PM

Ever since I was really little, I've had a light green plastic dinosaur mini that I wasn't able to identify. Recently, after stumbling onto some photos online, I discovered that it's from a set by Topps released in 1988 as "Dino Toys with Candy Eggs," and was able to track down a full set of figures as well as packaging! These are pretty awesome dino minis that I haven't seen discussed here, so I thought I'd post about 'em. I've also featured them on Little Weirdos.

 

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This release was very similar to Topps' GPK Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy, except with dinosaurs instead of GPK figures. Like Cheap Toys, they were individually blind bagged along with a checklist and pack of cheap, chalky candy. The individual packs were sold out of a box that's also similar to the Cheap Toys box. 

 

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There are 12 different sculpts, each made in 3 different colors -- brown, gray and light green. They're made of hard plastic. 

 

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I also have some close-up pics of all the sculpts in the blog post linked above.

 

These have quickly become some of my favorite dino minis. The sculpts are really nice and the similarity to Cheap Toys makes them even more fun. I'm surprised they haven't gotten more attention. Anyone else into them/remember them?

 


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 01:53 PM

those brown=NOICE!!!


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 02:06 PM

Someone threw an unopened one of these in with some trade stuff I got, about a year ago, or so.
I got a grey ankylosaurus, and was very impressed with the sculpt, being as these were just freebies that came with candy.

The candy was terrible though.
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Posted 27 August 2016 - 02:54 PM

I want the toys and the candy. F**k, I had a gob of these when I was a kid.
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Posted 27 August 2016 - 03:05 PM

Yup. Plesiosaurus is easily my fav as well because there are so few mini representations of him.
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Posted 27 August 2016 - 04:10 PM

These are cool, I got some packs from Soupie years back. Still sealed I believe
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Posted 27 August 2016 - 04:14 PM

The candy was terrible though.

 

I would think that after a quarter of a century it would age like fine wine.  :p


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 04:46 PM

Great stuff, I have had a green plesiosaur for ages and now I know where it comes from.
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Posted 27 August 2016 - 05:19 PM

I know for a fact I've seen these in my childhood! I don't think I was ever lucky enough to get one unfortunately, but I may have handled one of these dinosaurs at some point. They would also have been right at home alongside my many variations of Tim Mee dinosaurs from back then.


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Posted 27 August 2016 - 06:41 PM

I have never seen these. God how many of these were hidden in dino job lots that I. Bought of the years.
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:58 PM

I know it's been a while since this thread was active but I wanted to post my little collection of these. I still remember being pissed at getting so many steggies!

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 04:23 PM

I know it's been a while since this thread was active but I wanted to post my little collection of these. I still remember being pissed at getting so many steggies!


Nice lot! Can't beat that Plesiosaurus in green.
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