Sunday, February 9, 2014

#379 DINO RIDERS - PTERANODON with RASP (1988)

The Pteranodon was one of the three flying saurians in wave 1. This creature came in a middle-sized box, although the dinosaur is not that big. It might have a large wingspan, but it is quite light and has fewer accesories/armour parts. The dinosaur comes with a seat/saddle (various parts), two cannons that can be placed over the wings and the brain-box. Additionally, as other middle-size dinosaurs, the Pteranodon came with trap (in this case it is a trap for flying saurians), which is some kind of net, stretched between two poles. Rulons "need" traps to capture the dinosaurs and place the brainbox on their heads, while Valorians communicate with them by means of their AMPs.



The prehistoric animal is, as usual in this collection, very well made, has glass eyes, and also a mechanism that allows flapping its wings. The mechanism is very well made, but it still not so well done as for example in Kenner´s Jurassic Park toyline. The wings are rigid, they have no articulation at the middle of it. The beak can also be opened and closed, revealing the tongue, but no teeth (the Pteranodons were the first Pterosaurs without teeth).




Included in the set was a small transparent conical base for the figure to stand. Otherwise, the figure cannot be placed for display in a position fixed position. The base had a peg to be inserted in the belly of the creature. This base is quite difficult to find. In most loose toys this part has been lost. Unfortunately, I neither have it, but I will try to find something similar to replace it.




Rasp
The figure included in this set is Rasp, the commander of the Snakemen. It is quite an impressive figure because of (almost-completely) black uniform. The weapons and accesories for this figure belong to the "set1" in red.


FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: PTERANODON with RASP
  • 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

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