Our affections to these giants that used to roam the earth seemingly never fade. It seems that in every generation, they always found a way to bring these wondrous monsters back to our attention, be it in their near accurate form (Jurassic Park) or their fictional form (Toy Story, Godzilla) and every time they done it, the kid in my heart jump with joy and start looking forward to what kind of toy they’ll came up with.
My amazement with them started long ago (those who grown up in the internet-less time, might have experience this similar situation); is when my parents bought me a encyclopaedia about Dinosaurs. Mind you, at the time I was already expose to godzilla, so a book about giant lizards that used to roam our earth? Capture my heart immediately
Growing up, there is always some involvement with them due to my hobby, from desiging the hit Indonesian arcade game Dino Duel and it’s sequel Dino Duel:Masters, and also from my habit of collecting toys.
These toys are what I had from when I was a child and to adult:
1. Random Dinosaurs in a bucket
In the 80s, these toys are plentiful, you can find them in local department stores, supermarket, even bookstores (at that time a toy speciality store are non existence, except for hoya, but that is another article for the future). Usually you bought them in a plastic tub, the content is random, and at that time, they're mostly unpainted and made of rubber. This was a time where scientist though Tyrannosaurus Rex stand upright.
2. Dino Riders
Dino riders was a line of dinosaurs toys by Tyco, it was a line of Dinosaur toys scientifically accurate (at least at that time) complete with cartoon and comic book. The story is that some humanoid species from the future, Valorians & Rolans, got teleported to prehistoric earth and do battles using dinosaurs as their ally. I always though the Rolans is a much cooler with their dinosaurs because how they fit the dinosaurs with some kind of brainwashing device that makes them look like they're wearing armors. The Peace loving Valorians on the other hand, befriend them and communicate with the dinosaurs telephatically (kinda lame if you ask me).
These toy line was exceptional for their accuracy, in fact, the mold was use for the toys (sans armor) in smithsonian museum.
3. Bone Age
In the last years of Kenner (of M.A.S.K., Silverhawk, real Ghostbuster toy), before they were bought by Hasbro, Kenner launch a toy that combines building toys and dinosaurs called bone age. The idea is that you can disassemble the dinosaurs bone and turn it into base, vehicles, even weapon! You can actually learn about dinosaurs anatomy and have fun at the same time (lame reason to have my parents get it for me, eh?). The sad thing is, bone age toy performance was underwhelming, if M.A.S.K. & Silverhawk have a strong story and cartoon, bone age was relatively unknown. Without any marketing effort and a tv show, the series quickly dies after one wave and 3 years later Kenner became part of hasbro
4. Jurassic Park Toys
Of course, this article are not complete without a passage about the line that rekindle our interest to DInosaurs, the first series of Jurassic Park toys was still under Kenner Brand, but when Lost World was released, it was released under Hasbro to complete their acqusition. The toys features almost scientifically accurate dinosaurs (except for the velociraptor. see below). One of the highlights, at least for me, was at 2011, they were going to released a jurassic park dinosaurs with human figure using the same mold as G.I.Joes. The plan ultimately failed, but you can find the figures all over ebay.
List of all the line can be found here
5. Schelich (S)
Schelich is a german company specialise in creating simple and relatively cheap pvc toys of lifelike animals. Lately however, they've been branching to fantasy monsters like dragons and gryphons and also a scientifically correct dinosaurs. The toys come in various sizes, depends on the size of the dinosaurs, which means the diplodocus is one of the largest toy in the collection and also beautifully sculpted and painted with care.
And we come to our last piece of the article. David SIlva, a once sculptor of McFarlane Toys, (you can see his work at some of the spawn figures and especially the Dragons line) launch a kickstarter featuring a scientifically accurate velociraptor. You see, what we though we know about velociraptor from the Jurassic park movie, isn't right at all. Even Michael Crichton admit that. The raptor we know from the movie is suppose to be Deinonichus and the raptor suppose to be more bird like with feathers and all
Right now the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series Action Figures campaign already way past their target of $125,000 and already offering stretch goal. If you would like a accurate raptor in scale with your 6" figures, go back them now because as of this writing, the campaign ended in 30 hours.
And I will review the figures once it is released so stay tuned to www.nevemoc.com!