8 kits issued in 1971 all came with color
instruction sheets and the thin timeline (see the
and inserts" section).
They also had a montage picture on the side
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
this style or not. The thin timeline is replaced
with the Make-A-Scene pamphlete (see the
and inserts" section).
1974 the last 3 kits are released. The side
panels of the new kits have all 17 kits pictured.
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"
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,
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
Eventually reissuing 7 of the 8 known remaining
kits. Leaving out the T-Rex.
Side panel of 1971 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
together dinosaurs that have an Aurora logo on
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
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.
These 3 models have nothing at all to do with the
prehistoric scenes line of kits.