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Re: Tyrannosaurus posture in students' art

In the 1940's and 50's, AMNH used to sell small, heavy, solid bronze dinos that were very satisfying to play with although the brontosaurus (the name used in the store at the time) tail was perpetually subject to breakage. They turned greenish pretty quick, too.

Jerry Alpern
AMNH Ed. Vol.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Raptorial Talon" <raptorialtalon@gmail.com>
To: <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
Cc: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2013 3:13 PM
Subject: Re: Tyrannosaurus posture in students' art

Actually, nearly all of the old-school (i.e., kangaroo-posture)
theropod toys I had as a kid were mostly or partially hollow. Some
(most?) of the quadrupeds were as well - I think it's more of a way to
save on plastic than to produce a specific posture. Just cheaper to

Come to think of it, I can't recall any dinosaur figures (and I had a
*lot*) except for my Carnegie collection that *weren't* hollow to some
degree, despite the rampant postural (and other) inaccuracies. The
bargain-bin ones, the "Playskool" ones, the Dino-Rider toys . . . all
hollow to at least some degree. I guess the small trinket-type ones
were the only exception.

On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM, Richard W. Travsky <rtravsky@uwyo.edu> wrote:

It seems unfair to include the figurines. Since they are solid and of
the same density throughout the figure, concessions are made to produce
a figure that will not fall over. I wonder if anyone has marketed one
that's, say, hollowed out?