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Dino Riders was a short lived toy line by Tyco started in the late 1980s; it also had an accompanying carton series and combined very detailed dinosaur models with futuristic weaponry. Each dinosaur came with its own unique armour which, depended on the size of the dinosaur included 1-3 small humanoid figures, in scale with the original dinosaur.

The Triceratops’ role for its Rulon masters was to be used as a heavily armoured tank, with a number of weapons as well as a radar dish and it featured a motorized walking action.

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Name: Triceratops with Hammerhead and Sidewinder
Line: Dino Riders
Manufacturer: Tyco
Released: 1988
Price: Then – $20 to $40 MIB, Now – $60 to $100 MIB
Scale: 1:24
Accessories: Two Rulon mini figures, two mini figure weapon sets

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List of Parts
Inside the box you get the following items:
One Triceratops
One Rulon Hammerhead Figure
One Rulon Sidewinder Figure
Two Top Guns
Two Rear Guns
Two Side Swivel Guns
Two Seats
Two Seat Inserts
One Harness
One Radar Dish support
Two Gun Shields
One Radar Dish
One Brain Box
One Rear Seat Platform
One Harness Strap (rubber band)
Four Gun Tips
Two Sets of Rulon Weapons
One Instruction Book
One Comic Book

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PACKAGING
The artwork on the front of the box features a very colourful battle scene portraying the Triceratops battling various other Dino Riders. Upon lifting the flap you are able to view the toy inside the box as well as a number of pictures listing the highlights of the product. A cropped section of this artwork is displayed on both sides of the box, with the back of the box showing all products from the current series engaged in battle with each other.

This is a very solid box and appears to be a pretty standard design with larger toys during this time period; it has a styrofoam insert to protect the toy and its parts from damage; the dinosaur and the small figures have sections in the styrofoam cut out for them.
The accessories and armour are contained in sealed plastic bags behind the Styrofoam.
The box was always a standout for me, beautiful artwork featured on the front of the box – This was something I always loved about Dino Riders.

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SCULPTING
The Triceratops is highly detailed with a very nice scale effect all over the dinosaur, the head is made from a soft plastic material to make it easier to fit the brain box on. The animal’s face features what appears to be a sad expression, which is made more prominent when the brain box is placed on the head – apparently this is one dinosaur not happy to be a Rulon slave! The eyes are a separate piece, they are glossy and appear very realistic, as they are not painted, but done in a way to mimic real eyes.

The body is a hard plastic, which houses the electronics for the walking feature; underneath where the dinosaur’s belly is, there is a rectangular section cut into it which can be removed to place the battery inside the beast. Also on the back there is a slightly raised spine which acts as a holder for the purple harness to help it sit correctly on the dinosaur.

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PAINT
The Triceratops has a nicely blended combination of teal/grey/green over the top of the body and green on the underside, with green for the three horns on its face – this is a very clean and crisp application, with no slop what-so-ever. These colours really push that depressed vibe that the sculpting on the head suggested IMO. Also, in order to tell an original Triceratops from a Smithsonian version release, the eye colour of the original will be yellow, not green.

Paint for the armour is used sparingly, mainly on the tips of the side mounted guns and on the two Rulon figures, only the eyes and small sections of armour or clothes have been painted, otherwise the plastic has been cast in the colour it’s meant to be. The paint work here is also very crisp with no slop. Also as a side note, there is slight variation with Sidewinder’s armour colour where the pink/purple/maroon on some figures it’s a brighter colour then others, but that could just be from discolouration on some figures.

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ARTICULATION
As far as articulation goes for the Triceratops, he’s pretty limited; this is mainly because of the walking feature; technically you can pose the head and legs to your pleasing but most of the time he will be just standing in the usual pose, of all four legs on the ground, which is just fine as I don’t see this Triceratops having the need to be doing any flying punches or kicks anytime soon – for a dinosaur and a toy from the 80s the amount of articulation is just fine.

The two Rulons figures on the other hand, have plenty of opportunity to be put in many different poses. The articulation for each of these small figures is as follows: swivel head, swivel arms – where the arm meets the body, swivel legs – where the leg meets the body and hinge joints at the knees. For an older figure this is more than enough for it to not only work well with the accessories but be seated with the armour as well. Obviously articulation has come a long way since then, but you still get quite a lot with these two figures – this was standard articulation for most of the mini figures released in this line at the time.

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ACCESSORIES
There are two weapon sets with the Triceratops, one for each Rulon: one crossbow, one set of binoculars, one shield, one bazooka, one electronic whip (ball and chain) and one ladder. they are quite detailed and cast in red plastic; they easily clip on to the Rulon’s arms.

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Besides losing some of the parts or having gun tips break, the only main problem with second hand Dino Riders is that you have to watch out for grey plastic that has yellowed, besides the colour change, it causes the plastic to become brittle as well! – It is quite a common problem.

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PRICE
Depending weather it’s MIB, MISB or loose will affect the price you pay. However, from time to time you can grab a bargain on eBay. Just make sure you are happy with the condition the figure is in when you buy it for the price you are going to pay.

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OVERALL
I’m sure any child who received this figure back when it was originally released would have had a lot of fun with it as there are plenty of play options. It’s a very cool looking figure and it’s quite hard to beat the combination of dinosaurs and futuristic weapons, together with the walking feature, you have a winner. As a collector it’s quite easy to get sucked into buying a few of these and having a small army as they look quite impressive lined up together – not to mention that you can always race them!

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Trixie, is that you?

 

This is a repost of a review originally posted by Mighty Mike on January 19th, 2011.

 

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Paige is one of the newer WWE Divas, making her debut around mid 2012 on WWE’s NXT wrestling show. She has held both the NXT Woman’s Championship and Divas Championship titles and was the first NXT Woman’s title holder. She has also had feuds with AJ Lee and the Bella Twins.

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Name: Paige
Line: Elite Collection Series 34
Manufacturer: Mattel
Released: 2015
Price: 28.99 MIB
Scale: 6 inches in height
Accessories: WWE Divas title belt and NXT Woman’s title.

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I really enjoy collecting Mattel’s Elite wrestling figures, I’ve said in the past they make some of the best, if not the best wrestling figures. Even tho I don’t watch the WWE as much, if at all post 2003 I still keep up to date with wrestlers and characters so if I see a new wrestler I like the look of, I’ll add them to my collection, this was the case for Paige as I really liked her look and wanted to add another female wrestler to my Mattel collection.

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SCULPTING
Paige has quite a few new parts, besides her head, the torso and even lower legs all appear to be new. This is good as the old Divas body was getting a little tired looking. I do have at least one complaint with the torso, or more to the point the upper torso,it is that the neck looks really weird. It looks too thick and too short so that the head looks as if it’s just balancing on the end of it, however the neck does go all the way up to the head. The hair is also a little too stiff as well and really hampers the head articulation as well. I also feel the shoulders look a little too big and broad on Paige. Besides these nit-picks, the head scan is quite good for Mattel’s first attempt the sculpted clothing pieces look nice too. I also really love the pale flesh tones they have chosen for Paige, they look great!

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PAINT
Mattel always do an excellent job with their paint applications and Paige is no exception the paint apps are clean and crisp, even if kept to a minimum. She even has her fingernails painted black too! The make-up looks nice and isn’t too heavy and her ring attire looks very authentic to what she wears in the ring!

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ARTICULATION
Paige features a lot of great articulation: Ball-jointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-jointed chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge groin, hinge knees and ankles. You can get plenty of good poses out of Paige, however like most of Mattel wrestling figures, it can be a bit hard to get her into certain wrestling poses, (I still haven’t found any company’s figures to be perfect yet) but the figure certainly has enough articulation to keep any wrestling fan happy.

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ACCESSORIES
Paige comes with two title belts both the Divas title and woman’s NXT title. Paige has held both these titles and it’s nice to get two belts with the one figure. Both are new and the Divas title included is much smaller than the previous one. They are both up to Mattel’s normal standards and I love the chromed look that all the elite belts have, it just makes the belts look that much nicer!

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POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Mattel’s wrestling figures both basic and elite are almost indestructible (my son plays with his basic Roddy Piper like nobody’s business and still hasn’t damaged it!) so I can’t see too many problems with this figure, besides perhaps a joint or two might be a bit stiff at first and potentially you could get one with a bad paint application, but that’s fairly rare.

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PRICE
I bought my Paige figure from Ringside Collectibles, so I paid a bit of a mark up, which I feel is fine as the figure IF it was available in Australia, (remember us Australians can’t get Mattel WWE Elite figures here as they apparently don’t “sell well” at retail stores.) it would be around that price anyway. I normally buy a few figures and get them bundled together to save on shipping costs, even more so now with the falling AUD. It’s up to you whether you feel 28.99 is a good price or not and how much you want the figure.

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OVERALL
This first Paige figure from Mattel is a great start. There are a few things that bother me about the figure, but overall it is a great addition to the small number of Divas that I have . Paige’s purple costume and pale skin tone coupled with long black hair really make her pop for me and she will definitely be put near the front of the display, once I find a spot for her among the other wrestlers.

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