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1971 736   732   730 731 734     729 733     735      
1972 736   732 738 730 731 734 739 740 729 733   742 735 741   743
1973 736   732 738 730 731 734 739 740 729 733   742 735 741   743
1974 736 744 732 738 730 731 734 739 740 729 733 745 742 735 741 746 743
1975 736 744 732 738 730 731 734 739 740 729 733 745 742 735 741 746 743
1976 736 744 732 738 730 731 734 739 740 729 733 745 742 735 741 746 743
1977 736 744 732 738 730 731 734 739 740 729 733 745 742 735 741 746 743
1978                                  
1979                         6042   6040 6043 6041
1980 6044 6045                   6046 6042   6040 6043 6041
1981                                  
1982                                  
1983                                  
1984
1985                                  
1986                                  
1987                         6076   6074 6077 6075
1988 6078           6079         6080 6076   6074 6077 6075
1989                               6077  
1990                                  
1991                                  
1992                                  
R-G
1992 6474 6477 6475 6473 6472 6471 6470 6476
glow 6481 6484         6482         6480 6479   6478   6483
1993                                  
1994 6336 6337         6335               6338 6339  
1995

minis
4640           4641         4639 4638   4637 4636  
1996                                  
1997                                  
1998
1999                                  
2000                                  
2001                                  
2002                                  
2003                                  
2004                                  
2005                                  
2006                                  
2007 6512 6510         6515         6511 6514   6509   6513
2008 6512 6510         6515         6511 6514   6509   6513
2009 6512 6510         6515         6511 6514   6509   6513
2010                                  
 
2011 4001
2012 4001
R-G
2013                                
2014          
2015 6474 6477 6473 6472 6471 6470  
2016 6474 6477 6473 6472 6471 6470  
 
 
The 8 kits issued in 1971 all came with color instruction sheets and the thin timeline (see the
"
maps and inserts" section). They also had a montage picture on the side panel.


In 1972 the next six kits came out. The box sizes changed slightly on the original 8. The picture
on the side panel was changed to pictures of all 14 kits. (usually 7 on each side). Some of
artwork had some modest changes as well (see each kit for details). The instruction sheets on
the new kits are black and white. Not sure if the instructions on the original 8 were all changed to
this style or not. The thin timeline is replaced with the Make-A-Scene pamphlete (see the "maps
and inserts" section).

1974 the last 3 kits are released. The side panels of the new kits have all 17 kits pictured. I don't
know if the original 14 had their side panels changed or not. The Make-A-Scene pamphlet is
replaced with a one page map containing all the kits except the T-rex. This new map has yet
another version of the timeline on the reverse side (see the "maps and inserts" section).

1979 Monogram (which purchased Aurora) produces reissues of some of the line. There are 8
kits known to still exist. The rest are believed to have been destroyed. I know for sure 7 were
reissued in 1979. I haven't seen any evidence of the Flying Reptile yet.
Edit : Actually it seems some were produced in 79, while the Allo, Armored, and Sailback were released in 1980.

1987 Monogram reissues all 7 kits again. 6 that were previously issued in 79-80 and the Flying Reptile that wasn't. They left out the Armored Dinosaur this time though.

1992-3 Revell (which merged with Monogram) reissues some of the kits. In the same year, Revell-
Germany also reissues all 8. I'm not exactly clear on how both companies put out the same kits
at the same time. Either they were produced in one location and shipped elsewhere to be
packaged and sold, or the 1993 date on the boxes is just the copyright date for the box itself and
the kits were actually sold in different years.

1993 Skilcraft (a division of Monogram) releases a Dinosaur Duo. Which is the Allosaurus and
Flying Reptile packaged together with a special display backdrop. Wish I could find out if they
put out any other sets.

1995 Revell produces 6 mini dinosaurs, which are miniature versions of the old Aurora kits.

2007 Revell begins issuing the kits again. Starting with the Armored Dino and Sailback Reptile.
Eventually reissuing 7 of the 8 known remaining kits. Leaving out the T-Rex.

1971 Aurora model box

Side panel of 1971 box

1972 Aurora model box

1972 side panel

1974 Aurora model box

1974 side panel

 
One thing I thought I should put here to clarify things a little bit.
You might see some models for sale that say Aurora Dinosaurs. They might even be marketed as
reissues, even though they don't look like anything in these pages.

They are nothing like their 70's counterparts, except that they are snap
together dinosaurs that have an Aurora logo on the box.
Polar Light had aquired the rights to use the Aurora logo for a few years.
That is also why you see the Addar POTA models out there with Aurora logos
now.
The dinosaurs are completely new sculpts. And aren't that bad to build.
Especially considering the price these go for most of the time. No matter
what some ebay sellers might claim, these are NOT reissues.
Polar Lights dinosaur model Polar Lights dinosaur model Polar Lights dinosaur model
These 3 models have nothing at all to do with the prehistoric scenes line of kits.

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