1970s Pre-historic Dinosaur Caveman Play Set

My brother (who was five years older than me) had one of these as a toy. I am not sure which set he had because when I started playing with it many of the pieces were missing. The only thing that survived after I had grown up was an orange colored Stegosaurus.

Like most kids my age I had a huge fascination with dinosaurs. I had lots of fun with the pieces that I had, but sadly many army men died a glorious death protecting civilization from the dinosaur invasions. Calvin and Hobbes would have been proud.

Prehistoric Play Set from Aldens 1972
Prehistoric Play Set from Aldens 1972
One Million BC Play Set from Sears 1975
One Million BC Play Set from Sears 1975
1976 Pre-Historic Dinosaur Play Set from JCPenny
1976 Pre-Historic Dinosaur Play Set from JCPenny
1979 Pre-Historic Dinosaur Play Set from Sears
1979 Pre-Historic Dinosaur Play Set from Sears
Martha

My brother and I would have loved a set like this! It would have worked well with our own bunch of army men. We certainly had a lot of imagination back then, didn’t we?

Caesius

I was looking for this One Million B.C. Play Set online – but didn’t know what it was called. I just had a memory flash of the cavemen figures. I really liked those. The one holding a rock over his head, and I recall one skinning something like a rabbit. I am so grateful for your posting these. Ah, the memories.

WebDebris

Hi Caesius and thanks for stopping by! I wished I had more of them. I would love to pick one of these sets up in the future just for the nostalgic memories. I played with that orange stegosaurus for years. I remember and episode of Land of the Lost where they got the stegosaurus to breathe fire, so of course in my mind, my stegosaurus could too. Great times.

GonzoWolf

I had this entire playset when I was a kid. I remember the caveman squatting and skinning a rabbit, the one with rocks on his head. My set wasn’t all those bright colors they were grey,brown, and greenish, much more muted. I was a dinosaur purist and appreciated the accuracy and detail on the figures and their names and size on their bellies. I was happy to overlook the fact that the cavemen and mammals were from a later era, I just played, I kept them in good shape and was careful with the big box they came in, but eventually my mom, thinking me too old and wanting me to act more like a young lady, gave them to a younger cousin who lost a lot of it., but I still think about it and wish I still had it.

WebDebris

Hi GonzoWolf and thank you for posting a memory! As I had mentioned in the post, I didn’t have many pieces left by the time the set came to me. I do remember that what few dinosours I had left, I used to display them in a shoebox scene. You are probably familiar with the concept, where you cut one side of a shoe box off and add plants, rocks, and paint a background on the remaining three walls. I used trees and grass from our HO scale train sets. I had a lot of fun creating those.

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