Monday, 9 July 2012

#842 of Year 3 Dino Riders Ankylosaurus with Sting

It's been a while since I did a theme week - OK, so it was Justice June last month and MotUC month in April, but I think I'll have to go back to February to see a themed week of sorts with Strawberry Shortcake.  This week, I'm gonna call it Dino Rider week for obvious reasons!

First up is Ankylosaurus.  He's a nice small creature in a mid size box.  The box is German, so I can't read it, but it doesn't really matter.  The artwork is superb, both on the front and on the back.  The use of a diorama image to show the other riders in the line is ingenious.

There is a flap on the box which opens up to reveal a window, from where one can see what' sinside.  And there's quite a bit there.

The box contains the instruction sheet and a mini-comic.

The minicomic is in German, so I couldn't reach it, but the 80s artwork look good.

Besides the dinosaurs and the figure, there's also the harness, the huge crossbow and a bunch of accessories.  Assembly was easy.  The dinosaur has 4 points of articuation on the legs and is sculpted with a bunch of details including scales along its back.  The paint is also rather nicely done and it brings out the details of the sculpt.  The figure has the usual 7 points of articulation - shoulders, hips, knees and neck, but it seems a bit odd.  The paintwork is good though.  The unpainted magenta harness seems very out of place at first glance, but it does make the whole thing stand out - sort of.

I have no idea what to feel about this.  I never did have any Dino-Riders in my childhood so I'm looking at this from an adult point of view without any nostalgia strings.  I like what it represents - great sculpts and paints and great playability, but I think toys in general have moved beyond this.


  1. I love Dino Riders! Especially the Rulons with their Brain Boxes! Great stuff. The Tyrannosaur is the best though, there is like a whole city mounted on that thing!

  2. Never had any Dino Riders but they always looked fun to me.

  3. If I had more money and space I'd chase these toys...awesome stuff.

  4. I got these for change back in the early naughties (2001/2002). I can't believe how expensive they are now.


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