The complete collection of Hasbro Dinosaurs action figures from 1991.
Fran Sinclair (the Mother)
Baby Sinclair (the baby)
As the character was only shown on the TV show sitting behind his desk, this figure was the first time fans got to see what his legs, feet and tail looked like! I thought the puppet of B.P. Richfield was awesome and he was my favourite character on the show.
Around the same time that the Hasbro Dinosaurs figures were in the stores a series of "Sport Dinos" figures appeared in selected toys shops. Essentially these were bootleg Dinosaurs figures as they were all based on the Hasbro Robbie Dinosaur figure with minor sculpting modifications and changes to paint colour. There were at least three or four different figures in the series. I bought one just as an example. It's shown on the card next to the Robbie figure. The same card was used for each of the figures. Unfortunately a figure of Grandma Ethyl wasn't included in this series as it was produced during the first season before the character had been introduced on the TV show.
Here are the McDonald's "Dino-Motion" toys from 192. Each has a puppet like control that makes the figure do a specific action: Earl turns his head and moves his arm (I was going to say "swings his lunchbox" but that just sounds wrong!), Fran tilts side to side at the waist, Charlene lifts the phone to her ear and tilts her head towards it, Robbie spins at the waist to simulate playing the guitar, Baby tilts his head side to side and move both of his arms, and Ethyl wags her tail and moves her legs (which also sounds wrong!). I've shown the toys in the original baggies below.
This small PVC figure of Fran is from Subway restaurants. I've never seen any of the other figures that were available in this collection but I assume that the five family members were made.
Baby Sinclair quickly became the star of the show. He was so popular that Hasbro made a large talking doll. It has a soft rubber head and a soft-sculpted body (similar to Cabbage Patch dolls). The same head was also used for a hand puppet, which is less common than this doll.
Here is the original box for the talking Baby Sinclair doll. The back view is shown below.
Here are some wrappers for the Dinosaurs collector cards from 1991. I'll post a photo of the actual cards eventually (once I find them!). I ended up getting quite a few of these cards and there was a mail away offer to get a special checklist, which I have, so I'll post a picture of that someday too! I also have a sticker book and sticker packages and a TV guide with Earl Sinclair on the cover.
Here is another very large box. This is a 550 piece puzzle with a few special pieces in the shape of dinosaurs.
This is a 100 piece puzzle of Robbie Sinclair and Baby Sinclair made by Milton Bradley in the early 1990's.
Another item from the early 1990s, Kid's Choice/Centura Brands Inc. produced Dinosaurs bubble bath with "Rocka Berry Fragrance".
The Witches (Movie), 1990
Starburst Magazine, Vol 12 No 9, May 1990 showing Jim Henson's The Witches on the cover.
Starburst Special, No 11, March 1992 showing Medusa from Jim Henson's Storyteller: Greek Myths series.
Jim Henson's Creature shop made the dinosaurs for the 1994 Flintstones movie. Most of the merchandizing was centered around the human characters, so I was glad to find this PVC figure of Dino. In the movie, Dino was a puppet in close up shots and animated in far shots.
I'm not sure if these Flinstone movie stickers are also from the Kraft cheese slices or from Post ceral boxes.
The Jim Henson Creature Shop did an excellent Pinocchio movie in 1996. This is a 12" talking doll based on the film. The doll comes with a small poster of Jonathan Tayor Thomas who did the voice for Pinocchio and appeared at the end of the movie when Pinocchio becomes a real boy. A marionette was also made of Pinocchio, as well as a smaller 9" doll. Here is the front and back of the box for the 12" Pinocchio doll...
Here is the 9" doll next to the 12" doll.
Bear in the Big Blue House (TV Series) 1997 - 2006
These are the smaller 5" sized plush toys by Fisher-Price that were available at the same time as the larger plush toys shown above. This is Tutter and Treelo (a lemur). Bear was also available along with Ojo (a smaller bear) and Luna the Moon.
The smaller sized Fisher-Price/Mattel plush toys were later reissued around Christmas with each character holding a gift. Here is Tutter and Bear from that set. Treelo was also available.
This is the 1999 store display box for the smaller sized plush toys. It has two levels for displaying the toys.
Here is a large 17 inch (12 inches sitting) fuzzy plush Bear that was sold at the Disney store in the late 1990's or early 2000s. Below is the side view to show the shape. The nose on this Bear is a vinyl-like fabric rather than plastic.
This box of Valentine cards was made by Carlton Cards. There is no date on the box. I bought this in the early 2000s. There are 34 cards and envelopes. Below is the back view.
Pan (Live Theatre) 2000
Here is "Entertainment Design" magazine from Aug 2000. The Jim Henson Creature Shop was involved in the design for "Pan", a live theatre production based on Peter Pan. It was performed in Australia at Sydney's Capital Theatre. The magazine has several awesome photos of the puppets in production, including the crocodile, as well as some concept artwork.
Hoobs (TV Series) 2001