Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#64 DINO RIDERS – ANKYLOSAURUS with STING (1988)


The smallest of all dinosaurs in the first wave (together with the Quetzalcoatlus) is the Ankylosaurus. Since the first wave is far more common and easy to find that any other, this dinosaur is the easiest to find and the cheaper one too. The Quetzalcoatlus is slightly more expensive since it is more difficult to find complete due to a couple of small parts. The Ankylosaurus armour consists only of the harness and a giant bow. The brainbox, that all Rulons’ dinosaurs have, is a part (not removable) from the harness. 

This box, unlike the others middle-sized Rulon’s dinosaurs doesn’t include any trap. It seems that Tyco wanted to make a toy that could be affordable for everybody, and that may introduce the line to children. Many of those children would become other (bigger) dinosaurs in some other occasion like Christmas or Birthdays.

Sting is an Antman. The Antmen is a group of Rulons led by Antor (rider of the Deinonychus), and include this type of creatures and the Mantismen (first available in the second wave), similarly to how occurred with the Sharkmen and the Raymen. Antmen are workers, but also warriors. The figure came with the usual set of weapons from the first wave, including everything depicted in the photograph, plus the shield (I didn’t have any as I took it), the comic book and the instructions. In this case, the rope ladder doesn't make any sense, but it was still included.

This diorama pictures at the beginning of this article you can make yourself an idea of the size and beauty of the dinosaur. The four legs are articulated, but not the head or the tail. In case you don’t know, this small herbivore, defends itself with a thick bone at the end of its short tail. The Ankylosaurus uses its tail as a kind of hammer that can break other dinosaur’s legs. Note that the eyes are painted, while in all the other dinosaurs (except the Quetzalcoatlus), the eyes are done much better, with some kind of shiny plastic balls, that look like real ones. 

BONUS Spanish instructions sheet:



FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: ANKYLOSAURUS with STING
  • 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
PS. Click on label "Dino Riders" to see more dinosaurs of this toy series!

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