Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#380 DINO RIDERS - QUETZALCOATLUS with YUNGSTAR (1988)

 

The Quetzalcoatlus takes its name from an Aztec god, which was represented as a feathered snake. Although this sauria was bigger than the Pteranodon, both action figures are the same cast, except for the head and neck. The Quetzalcoatlus had some kind of round crest over the head, unlike the Pteranodon, which had a long pointed crest.


Similarly to what happened with the Triceraptops/Torosaurus/Pachyrhinosaurus, the Monoclonius/Styracosaurus/Chasmosaurus, or both Deinonychus, the Quetzalcoatlus shares its cast with the Pteranodon and also with the Quetzacoatlus in wave 3. This "trick" allows Tyco to expand their toyline with a lower investment. Casts are very expensive, and sharing them brings many advantages.



The armour consist of a seat/saddle and two cannons over the wings, rather small equipment for such a dinosaur (and such a retail price back in 1988). The figure came with the already classic "glass eyes", flapping wings and opening beak.




Yungstar
The figure included in this set is Yungstar, which is one of the main characters in the comics and the TV-series. The figure has one of the classic casts, so it is not very interesting. The accesories are the ones included in the classic "set1" in grey.


FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: QUETZALCOATLUS with YUNGSTAR
  • 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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