Saturday, January 26, 2008

Prehistoric Pack

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Name of Toy Line: Prehistoric Pack
Production Company: Novo Bonbon Inc. via manufacturing in Hong Kong
Distributors: Novo Bonbon Inc. Montreal, (Quebec), Canada
Characters and Elements: Novo Bonbon Inc.
Years of Production: 1980's
Countries/Regions Available: Canada
Size/Scale: 1.5"
Figure Trade Markings: None
Approximate # of Figures: 12

Details: Very little is known about this toy line. It was produced and distributed in Canada sometime in the 1980's by Novo Bonbon, which also released the 2nd series of Garbage Pail Kids Cheap Toys in the 1980's. It's interesting to note that like Topps, which released the 1st series of GPK Cheap Toys, Novo Bonbon was primarily a chewing gum company.

A quick perusal of the 2nd series Cheap Toys entry will reveal that Novo Bonbon seems to have used near identical formats for releasing the two toy lines.

Both consisted of a tiny, solid-colored baggy, candy, a figurine made of hard, brittle plastic, and a checklist. Unlike the Cheap Toys, however, the Prehistoric Pack figures came with a cool sticker card too! One might also assume perhaps that the bagged figures came in a box similar to the 2nd series Cheap Toys box.

Unfortunately, so little is known at this point that I'm not even sure what variety of colors these figures were produced in. However, Griswold of the GPK Underground forums reports that he owns green, brown and grey figures.

Let's take a look!

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Foto courtesy Griswold

Here's a closer look at what appears to be the grey color Griswold mentioned. What a gorgeous sculpt of the Stegosaurus!

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Foto courtesy Griswold

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Foto courtesy Griswold


Brontosaurus
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Foto courtesy CheapToyMan

Parasaurolophus
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Foto courtesy CheapToyMan

Plesiosaur
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Foto courtesy CheapToyMan

Here's a look at the packaging and its other contents.

Note the French writing on the packaging, which, of course, is not uncommon for products released in Canada. This seems to indicate an Eastern release of the toy line.

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Foto courtesy Griswold

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The checklist which could be found on the back of each sticker!

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And finally a look at a few of the stickers!

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Special thanks to Griswold for all the original pictures and all the information!

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