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Imaginext Raptor…
and the return of Dino-Riders?

The human he comes with is a basic Imaginext figure. His body has been molded in red, while his head, arms, and legs are molded black. There are some painted yellow designs to make his suit look like techno armor. I was surprised to discover his shoulders are swivel hinges, but unfortunately his legs are on the same hinge and move together. His head and wrists are swivel joints.

The human comes with three accessories. First is his translucent red armor that his chock full of sculpted details and makes him look much more menacing. Then there is his futuristic pickaxe weapon and chunk of crystal, both of which are molded from the same translucent red as his armor.

The Raptor’s accessories are his shiny chrome helmet which clips onto his head, and his dino-riding harness which also clips in place. Both the harness and helmet have some nice sculpting on them with plenty of armor plates, rivets, and even the cushions to the driver’s seat. The harness seems to be mostly for transport as there’s a large basket in the back to hold the crystal. But then there’s also this strange clamp in front that doesn’t seem to open wide enough to hold anything.

The Raptor costs about $10, which is really great considering how much you get with him. The toys themselves are basic and durable enough for the young children they’re meant for, but not so simple that they don’t appeal to older kids like me. I’ve been waiting years for a line like Dino-Riders to return, and these are close enough that I’ll definitely be buying more. Hopefully in the future, since Mattel does own rights, we’ll even see some of the bad guys sporting ant, snake, and shark heads.

-Vault

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25 comments to Imaginext Raptor…
and the return of Dino-Riders?

  • RageTreb

    Dude I love the look of these figures. And I think the return of Dino Riders might push me over the edge. I’ve been eying the T-Rex they have…

  • Lemmy

    These are pretty awesome! Not exactly my cup of tea, but I have been picking up a few of the Imaginext toys for my son. Its awesome that he can have a dinosaur and a fireman playing alongside Batman and Superman. My wife absolutly loves the Imaginext Clayface toy! You gotta check that one out!

    Hmm… You got me thinking about that t-rex now… Mabye it’ll be under the xmas tree for my son. Dad can always give it a quick “play test” for him while he’s asleep…

    • AdventureVault

      lol, nothing wrong with giving the toys a “quality check” before allowing the kids to play with them.

  • I think I recognize that crystal: I do believe it was used before as green Kryptonite with Superman and Krypto. But I think my Youngest might end up with some of these, too.

    • AdventureVault

      I think you’re right. Which is a great bonus for anyone looking to add some multi-colored kryptonite to their DC Imaginexts.

  • dayraven

    the imaginext line has all kinds of pieces that would be blazingly awesome for the adult collector… did anyone see the big mechs? they have two craft, one in black on it’s own, and a target exclusive white mech in a huge docking bay setup that is just SCREAMING for some glyos and OSM figs to take over. these look like they could likewise accommodate some buildmen.

  • Braystreet

    I’ve always been interested in the Imaginext lines too. You should have seen my face when I found out about the DC Comics Imaginext Killer Croc…

    Since you don’t know me, it looked exactly like :X. Never bought it though.

    Any chance you could tell us or show us how the dinosaur looks like next to G.I Joe or Marvel Universe figures? I’m trying to find some non-transforming cartoon-y versions of most of the heroic Beast Wars cast and he’d do a great job as Dinobot.

    Thanks.

    • Are you planning on moding him to look more like the Dinobot? I’d be interested in seeing that.

      Here’s the Raptor with a few different 3 inch figures. Hope this helps.

      • Braystreet

        Thanks, that picture was a huge help.

        Yeah, I am planning on repainting him to make him look more like DInobot, adding the stripes, darker colors and redoing the eyes to be more reptilian. I’ll be sure to get you a link when I’ve got the whole team built.

        Thanks again.

  • Battle Catman

    DUDE! I thought the EXACT same thing this weekend when I saw the big T-rex with all that extra cyber armor! I was tripping out.

    • AdventureVault

      Yeah, that T-Rex really has similar armor to the old Dino-Rider Rex. He’ll be fun to review when I eventually get him.

  • wesitron

    Hell yeah! I love Imaginext! Best toys on the market today as far as fun and playability. I’ve been wanting to get the Triceratops, but for some reason the good guy in this size class has been calling my name lately. They’re so much fun and totally compatible with Glyos! Nice review dude!

  • stack32

    I was barely able to pass these up the first time I saw them in Target. My nephew is definitely going to be getting a few of these for Christmas, assuming I can give them away once I have my hands on them.

    Lemmy is right about Imaginext Clayface, I picked it up on sale at TRU last weekend and it’s a great toy.

  • Ive been eyeing them for awhile now. I finally picked up a guy with an exosuit fomr the space version on clearance. pretty impressive toys. Marvel universe figures can even fit in the exosuit as long as they sit indian style.

  • imaginext is one of the best lines out there right now the quaility price and coolness cant be beat. been reviewing a few of them lately myself

  • Beedo Sookcool

    As much as I love dinosaurs, and never had any Dino-Riders when I was a lad, I think I can pass on these, nice though it is to see another return to 1980s nostalgia. A bit too cartoony and dated-looking in style for my taste.

    If they made scientifically-accurate dinos, though (like the better Jurassic Park ones), I’d be in a right pickle. I would have to sell a couple of important organs (maybe even a couple of my own) to finance any new purchases, and the storage space in which to keep them.