The 1971 release of the Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Cave was a bit disappointing when I got it as a child. I didn’t know what to expect, but the flat walls, roof and central stalagmite were hard to keep together, and it made it difficult to assemble and play with. Today I think this is a classic. Aurora pushed the limits with turning model kits into complete playsets. Also the comic book combination of dinosaurs and cavemen were fun, despite the scientific inaccuracy. Later, Aurora rereleased the Cave, Neanderthal Man and Allosaurus in packaging that was historically accurate.
Late issue Prehistoric Scenes, like Sail Back Reptile (Dimetrodon), display a more realistic portrayal of the creature’s features, yet still were produced in the Aurora’s colorful plastics. This kit was molded in a metallic-copper and clear green.
This is one of the more interesting Prehistoric Scenes kits. Itself was a mini-diorama with assorted small creatures. Several of the pieces were also able to integrate into future kits that were produced, like the large tree and Dimetridon. This was the only kit released without a nameplate. A custom nameplate was later made by Primeval Plastics
Around the same time in 1971 when I got the Tar Pit and Flying Reptile, my brother got Allosaurus and Sabertooth Tiger. Then, in 1972, Allosaurus got a base and Sabertooth Tiger got an expanded base. Aurora also added a non-drool tongue option as well. Of course we had to have those too. This is a built up kit from the 1990s Monogram release, and the 1972 Aurora releese.
The coveted T-Rex. I remember seeing it at Toys-R-Us when I was about 11-12 years old and wanting it so bad. But it cost $25, which in 1973 was a big chunk of change. Thanks to reissues by Monogram and Atlantis, I was finally able to get the kit.