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MPC Home
Allosaurus
Ankylosaurus
Brontosaurus
Cavemen
Ceratogaulus
Cynognathus
Diatryma
Dimetrodon
Dire Wolf
Glyptodont
Kronosaurus
Macrauchenia
Megatherium
Moschops
Parasaurolophus
Plateosaurus
Pteranodon
Smilodon
Stegosaurus
Struthiomimus
Styracosaurus
Trachodon
Triceratops
Tyrannosaurus
Woolly Mammoth

MPC (Multiple Products Corporation) is the company probably best known for "pirating" the Marx figures from the 50s. MPC dinos and prehistoric mammals came along in the 1960s, and are  often confused with Marx-osaurs, but surfing around the Dino-Connosieurs o' the Internet will get you Marx/MPC savvy faster than you can say Ceratogaulus.
 
As Randy the Dinosaur Collector says, a major difference is color. While Marx went with more subdued browns olive greens, grays and browns, MPC went for the electric blues, atomic reds, bright greens, and retina-damaging yellows (okay, those aren't official color-names, I made them up myself).
 
I should note here that those atomic red dinos are really hard to get good photos of. Every picture I take of one seems to have a very 'glowy' quality about it, making the features hard to distinguish...
 
Another good way to tell Marx-osaurs from MPC-osaurs is that MPC tended to skimp on plastic on many of the figures. Parasaurolophus is a prime example here. Marx's Parasaur, while rather slight in build, looks like he's on steroids compared to MPC's wispy creature. Another good example is MPC's Glyptodon; while not a Marx copy, Glypto is completely hollow-bodied.
 
MPC figures were, you might say, the "poor man's Marx." While not as high in quality, however, they are still a big collector's item--some of them carrying rather hefty price tags these days. MPC also did cover some animals (namely, mammals) that Marx did not: Dire Wolf, Glyptodon, Diatryma, Macrauchenia, and Ceratogaulus.
 
Use your navigation bar there at the left to browse through the MPC pages, or click below to start through the list alphabetically.