Friday, July 29, 2016

#705 DINO RIDERS FIGURE 2-PACKS from WAVE 1 (II) (1988)


In this entry I will put pictures of each set "loose".
 
If you pay attention to the figures and you are familiar with the other figures that were sold together with each dinosaur, you´ll recognise, that all these 16 figures are repaints of already existing figures (Rulons from wave 1 are in fact, all the same, only with one out of three different heads).
 
 
Each pack included one Valorian and one Rulon figure. 13 of them are new characters, only Krulos, Questar and Mind-Zei could be considered as a "v2", that is, the original characters where included with the T-Rex and Diplodocus respectively. So if you bought these packs, you may had two Questars and two Mind-Zeis or two Krulos. The same will happen in the second wave of double pack figures, as we will explain some day.
 
Maybe this is intended, being the T-Rex and the Diplodocus expensive toys, children could still enjoy the most important characters without having to buy the big boxes, but if I were the designer, I would have packed Questar and Krulos with middle-size dinosaurs, as M.A.S.K. for example (to take a similar scale reference) did with Matt Trakker in the Thunderbird. They didn´t pack Matt Trakker with Boulder Hill, otherwise, very few children would have had this figure in wave 1.
 
All figures from the blister packs have either silver colours (for the Valorians) or golden colours (for the Rulons), and this paint is quite fragile. Only MOC samples are still really bright and good-looking. From many action figures toylines, we know that these two colours in particular suffer paint loss and decoloration over time. Maybe they are sensible to hand sweat, or maybe they are damaged easily by sunlight, the fact is that silver and gold are often gone. Gold, by the way, turns into a a more solid brown, and then to a greenish brown. Be careful when buying these figures loose!
  
Questar + Krulos (I have the mask of Krulos, but I got it recently, after I took theh pictures)
 

 
Mind Zei + Fire
 


Proto + Rattlar
 


Orion + Six-Gill
 


Nova + Demon
 


Mercury + Fang
 


Quark + Finn
 


Boldar + Termite



 
FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: QUESTAR and KRULOS, MIND-ZEI and FIRE, PROTO and RATTLAR, ORION and SIX-GILL, BOLDAR and TERMITE, NOVA and DEMON, MERCURY and FANG and QUARK and FINN
  • Toy Line: Dino-Riders (Wave 1)
  • Year: 1988
  • Company: Tyco (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 2½’’ or 6,5 cm

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