Mattel kinda sorta revives Dino-Riders
I've been watching the premiere of <i>Green Lantern: The Animated Series</i> on Cartoon Network and saw a quick commercial for Imaginext's "teched up dinos".
Here's a more complete commercial Mattel has up on Youtube under their Fisherpricebrand channel:
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I'm rather surprised Mattel didn't go ahead and use the Dino-Riders name for this iteration of Imaginext Dinosaurs since they bought Tyco, and it would keep the trademark active.
These Imaginext Dinosaurs aren't exactly like the Dino-Riders toys but the designs are very close -- close enough that they would fit nicely in a proper relaunch.
Dino Riders: A couple decades late to the prehistoric party...
Anyone else collected these? I missed out back in the day (limited college student budget went to MOTU back then), and only recently broke down and started picking them up. I've always loved anything dino related, way back to when Aurora was making their Prehistoric Scenes model kits (where the models were actually posable after you built them, basically the first dino action figures), and just never went back and got these even when I went on an 80's toy spree back in the late 90's. Fortunately, I'm a loose collector, so piecing the figures together is an option. These things are a lot cooler than I had thought with the armor and weapons. I have some of the dinos in their re-done forms from the Smithsonian line and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, and the originals are just as good, if not better. The odd proportions of the humans (mainly coming from the strangely stubby arms and short torsos) takes some getting used to, but you can chalk it up to them being a bunch of aliens, even the human looking guys.
Any thoughts on the line?