While checking out the various aisles at my local Target, I was floored the other day. I’m always happy to check out what Fisher-Price has to offer in the way of DC Comics characters, but I didn’t expect to find an awesome Imaginext version of one of my fondest childhood toylines.
I’ve always been intrigued by the various Imaginext lines. With the various characters, monsters, vehicles, and playsets that are all compatible, it’s definitely one of those toy lines that I wish had been around when I was a kid. With the addition of the DC license I’ve been envying the sets even more lately, but I still hadn’t pulled the trigger on a purchase until last weekend. Sitting in the aisle were various dinosaurs wearing mechanized harnesses that could carry passengers. Dino-Riders had returned!
Mattel bought Tyco in 1997, but this isn’t exactly the Dino-Riders we knew as kids. There are no Valorians or Rulons, and the dinosaurs have a simplified and cartoony look to them. But there’s no doubt that the spirit of Dino-Riders has influenced this line.
Imaginext doesn’t really give a specific storyline, but you can infer from the various figures that the humans are using the dinosaurs to help mine for crystals. Some of the humans are dressed in darker colors with more sinister designs and can easily be considered the bad guys of the sets. Interestingly, another big difference from the original line is that all the dinosaurs are wearing helmets, not just the bad guy’s dinos.
I picked up one of the cheaper sets, the Raptor, to try out the line. From what I can tell, it looks like he’s a completely new mold and not just a reuse of some of the older Imaginext dino lines. He’s got a pretty detailed sculpt to him with plenty of scales and even a repeating diamond pattern running down his back. He’s been molded in that dark red plastic with bits of black speckled throughout and then painted yellow on his underside. He’s got basic movement with his mouth and tail being hinge joints, while his arms and legs are swivels. But you can still get a couple of really nice poses out of him. Continue to page 2…