I had five dollars of Geoffrey Bucks burning a hole in my pocket, so I headed down to Toys R Us to see what I’d find. But our TRU’s been lacking in decent restocks lately, and I didn’t want to buy anything too expensive. Hello Imaginext Triceratops.
I’m a bit behind on my Imaginext Dino-Riders reviews. Between the exclusive K-Mart Gift Set and an Ankylosaurus sitting on my desk, I probably should have held off on the Triceratops. But this little guy is so fun and frustrating that I felt compelled to do him first.
The largest Dino-Rider dino I had as a kid was the Triceratops. He towered over the tiny figures of the line and slowly lumbered through any obstacle with his battery powered movements. I still have a few scattered pieces of his robotic armor, but sadly the figure itself is long gone. But with my nostalgic fondness of the old figure, I’ve been eagerly anticipating his newer counterpart.
The Triceratops is an entirely brand new figure. Now that I have a few different dinosaurs from this line, I’ve noticed they all share a similar design pattern. Running down the backs of the animals are raised areas that have a jagged pattern to the edges. These patterns also appear on the shoulders, hips, and sometimes the tops of their heads. This design choice brings a nice sense of cohesion to these newer dinos, but it’s also one more thing that makes them stand out from the older Imaginext prehistoric reptiles. This could be a negative for those who want to mix and match.
Like most Imaginext toys, the paint jobs are at a minimum. The only parts that are painted on the Triceratops are his eyes, beak, head spikes, and toe nails. Everything else, including his armor, is molded the color it needs to be. One nice touch is the dark flecks that have been added to the plastic itself. It adds a sense of depth to the mostly cartoony design.
The figure in this set is one of the good guys. He uses the basic Imaginext male “buck” with a gray and neon green uniform. Nothing too different from the norm. Continue to page 2…