I collected these back in the early 1990s, and they were all purchased from Wisbech Museum in Cambridgeshire (East England); my grandparents lived in the nearby town of March. The first one I acquired was actually the "Trachodon" (below), I believe in 1993 (when I was five years old). I remember being convinced that it was a Baryonyx when I saw it in the shop, based on the long snout alone. Of course, Rexy (above) will always be the favourite - with his rather large, dark, wet, puppydog eyes, he's actually surprisingly cute.
|Never you mind those suspiciously humanoid arms.|
Over on Facebook, Billy Sands mentioned getting some of these when he went to see The Land That Time Forgot, which came out in 1975. The postcards certainly have more than whiff of the old-school B-movie about them - the ultra-generic desert landscapes remind me a great deal of Hammer's 'prehistoric' films, which were inevitably filmed in more barren regions of the Canary Islands. The lack of imagination displayed in the scenery seems to extend to the models themselves. They're beautifully sculpted, but you'd have thought that they could've at least given the "Trachodon" and Iguanodon different colours...
That said, they still would have looked fantastic in a dinosaur book from the '60s. They are very typical of that era, from the Louis Dollo/Neave Parker-style Iguanodon with permanently flexed elbows, to the Godzilla-pose Rexy and extremely squat, short-tailed Ankylosaurus (above). This isn't the entire set, of course - I remember there being a Triceratops, a Triceratops v T. rex scene, and more. If any of you have some of these cards, or know more about them, please let me know - I'd love more information about where they came from and who was behind them. Besides Toyway.
And finally...this Triceratops postcard comes from a different (seemingly later) Toyway series, featuring a number of similarly stylised illustrations of dinosaurs. It appears to be heavily based on the Invicta toy, which isn't too surprising; today, it'd be a Papo instead. The trees look a bit like they're out of a Playmobil set.
But that's enough for this little diversion. Next time, whenever I can be bothered: a proper Vintage Dinosaur Art!