This time I’ll present the Styracosaurus, which is very similar to the Monoclonius. First, notice that both dinosaurs have exactly the same body, legs and tail, and only differ in the head and in the color scheme.
Another difference is the filiation, The Styracosaurus is ridden by Valorians, while the Monoclonius belongs to the Rulons. Interestingly, in cartoons and comics, both factions ride Monocloniuses.
The first dino-riders wave is completely balanced: Valorians and Rulons have equivalent dinosaurs in size and weaponry, and there is the same number of figures from one and the other side. From the second wave on, the Valorians are much better equipped, with bigger and most numerous dinosaur types, and more figures too.
This time, I’d like to talk about the boxes of dino-riders’ dinosaurs. Personally, I think these boxes are one of the best packages ever made for toys. The only flaw I can find is that they are sometimes very big for its content. With this exception, let’s analyze all good points I find in them. To illustrate my words, I’ll use pictures of the Styracosaurus’ box (first wave).
1) Amazing artwork on front
2) Even better artwork on back
3) Flap that allows the buyer to see the actual toy
4) “Highlights” of the toy and content of the box on the inner side of the flap
5) Dinosaur’short description
6) (Not expressely “package”:) comic book included.
FACTS and FIGURES
- Name: STYRACOSAURUS with TURRET
- Toy Line: Dino-Riders (Wave 1)
- Year: 1988
- Company: Tyco (U.S.A.)
- Scale of the dinosaur: 1:24
- Size of the figures: 2½’’ or 6,5 cm