Marx Triceratops Dinosaur Toys

The Marx Triceratops Appeared in 1955

(and changed the world)

Marx Triceratops Dinosaur Toys1955 saw the introduction of the Marx Triceratops and the Small Mold Group of which it was a member. It appears that the Triceratops was based upon the one in the "Age of Reptiles" Mural by Rudolph Zallinger in the Peabody Museum at Yale.

Marx Triceratops Dinosaur ToysThe Marx model comes in two flavors, the original from 1955 and the revised model from 1959. I will get into the differences in a moment but as can be seen from the weigh-in they are each about one-half (0.5- 14 gm) ounce in weight and three and a half inches (3.5"- 9 cm) in length from tail to horn tips. Considering that the real Triceratops was about thirty feet in length this little fellow is in 1/103 scale size.
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The original (1955) and the...

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... revised (1959) are very much the same.

And also quite different.

Marx Triceratops Dinosaur ToysThe most obvious difference is in the head where the horns on the original (left) are much more robust while the horns on the revised edition (right) are thinner. In fact, the original is more robust all around as can be seen Marx Triceratops Dinosaur Toys in this photo of the two, side by side, on their backs with the original (green) and the revised (gray). You can readily see that the original is broader, with wider feet and cross-section, more 'detail' and a round 'mold-circle' on the bottom of his right rear foot.

Want to see other Triceratops than the Marx Triceratops?

Marx Triceratops Dinosaur ToysWhen the Marx Triceratops start making pests of themselves by getting up on the counters it's time for them to go outside Marx Triceratops Dinosaur Toys...and even as the Marx Triceratops gather to head outside...

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...they face daunting obstacles...

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...and their footsteps are shadowed whether in large herds...

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...or small.
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Once outside
they break up into smaller groups... Marx Triceratops Dinosaur Toys


...someone is watching.

Hungry Tyrannosaurs begin to bully our little Triceratops. In large groups they are quite capable of taking care of themselves...

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But in smaller groups...

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...or when separated from from their herds individuals can find themselves in deep trouble.Marx Triceratops Dinosaur Toys

As evening falls the herd returns home...

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and heads to the couch for a rest

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(Break for a dramatic interlude.)

Back in the 1950s Tarzan was one of my favorite comics and in every comic there was a continuing story about a "lost world" in which Dinosaurs still existed. The land was ruled by a tribe that rode on Triceratops and my imagination was forfeit to that idea. Here then is my paean to Tarzan and The Lost World:

(This is a dramatization.)

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The end of the page about The Marx Triceratops-

(original end in green, revised end in gray)

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