Oh I'm sure you've seen the toys. The dinosaurs were, and still are (which is a tragedy because their science is soooo out of date) some of THE most accurate dinosaur toys ever produced. The molds have been used consistantly since, and Rex in Toy Story is the Dinorider T. Rex. Tyrannosaur, Kentrosaur, Styracosaur, Monoclonius (even though the clade is dubious at best), triceratops, and diplodocus are some of the most widely available toys out there of all time. Produced by museum toylines, even.
Mattel already use the Dino Riders trademark. They produce dinsosaur themed Hot Wheels cars under the Dino Riders name. Smyths sell them. This may be Mattel renewing that trademark. Keeping in going in case they want to do other things with it.
Post by Baron B of Triple B on Dec 2, 2015 14:11:24 GMT
There was a report a few weeks ago, posted on the Kapow FB page I'm sure, that said they were looking to update the series with possibly a new cartoon or film.
The toys were brilliant. I've still got a few of the smaller ones and the larger ones were electronic and could walk on their own.
I used to have the cartoon on VHS. Some of the dialogue is terrible but it has dinosaurs in it so I'm happy. At the end of the episodes they used to have adverts for the Dino Riders toys and the Nigel Mansell Scalextric sets.
IIRC Mattel also teased fans at SDCC with a screen featuring logos for other properties such as Street Sharks, Food Fighters and I'm pretty sure Dino Riders too. The person asked the audience if anyone wanted these brands back and if so they'd like hear about it. I think this at the panel where they announced the Thundercats acquisition.
“MV Studios™ are excited to announce that we have secured the Dino-Riders™ trademark in the UK and are in the early development stage of a reboot inspired by the much loved 80’s toy line. We will be partnering up with the hugely talented MFA collectibles for a range of collectible statues. These will be split into three lines. The first will be a 1/10 Dinosaur & Rider series, the second will be a 1/6 single character series and the third will be a 1/10 Diorama series based on some of the incredible artwork used on the original line. It is our aim to honour the legacy of the original Dino-Riders™ series by depicting scientifically accurate dinosaurs as this was a key part of the success and appeal of the original toy line. As well as collectible statues we are also in early talks with Creative Beast Studio to partner up on a brand new toy line and will release more Information on this in due time. We hope to release images of our first statue; a 1/10 Serena and Pteranodon in the coming months as well as pre-orders through MFA collectibles.”
It seems like they're interested in following lock step with the original, and being at least reasonably scientifically accurate.
But like... Yeah. I would pay $200 for a scientifically accurate tyrannosaur toy with reasonable articulation that's scaled to a line of well sculpted joe sized figures that have the aesthetic of that design up there.
When transformers did dinosaurs that were straight out of a 50s schoolbook, Dino-Riders made toys that are still used as museum pieces. The kentrosaur is still one of the most accurate dinosaur toys ever made.
Dinosaurs were actual animals. That actually existed.
If you put a polar bear in armor, doesn't make polar bears not be a thing. At the same time you can't just put a golden retriever in armor, call it a polar bear, and be done with it. Because everyone knows what a polar bear is.
Dinotopia is a fantasy book series that has talking dinosaurs living with people, in the 1800s. Sometimes they wear armor. Sometimes there are semi-intellegent robot dinosaurs. The fact that James Gurney constantly works to update the animals to the latest knowledge base only helps make it real.
Making the dinosaurs look like actual dinosaurs does not negate the sci-fi elements. It actually enhances it. The original dino-rider toys are extremely dated now, but they were largely on point back then.
I think even in the 1980s we knew Dinosaurs didn't look like that.
What I am shocked by is the lack of Dino Riders elements in the Grand Moff Universe.
We knew in the seventies that dinosaurs didn't look like the Dinobots. In fact, I've made arguments that the diaclone toy that became Grimlock reflects this, as the designer seems to understand tyrannosaurs. We knew by at least the late seventies they didn't drag their tails. We knew by the late eighties that birds are dinosaurs. Pop culture though was still stuck in the sixties. The Sunbow Dinobots didn't reflect the actual knowledge of dinosaurs in the early eighties, they reflected pop culture's zero research knowledge.
Playskool's(?) Definitely Dinosaurs and Dino-Riders did a really reasonable job of leaning into what we actually knew about dinosaurs at the time. Like... They didn't get everything right, changed some things for functionality (using rex's tail as a tripod), but they were very much the most scientifically advanced toys at their time. And sadly the prevailing attitude of "they're not real, it doesn't" means they still are some of the most accurate toys. Dated as they are. You can still find the basic dinosaur molds in use today, for museum giftshops.
Only Jurassic Park, and Beasts of the Mesozoic as major toylines have more advanced/current dinosaurs.
As for the dinobots in sunbow and marvel, they were a product of their time. Modernized Accurate Dino-Riders, which is a completely seperate toyline does not make sunbow/marvel dinobots stop existing. Nor would updated dinobot toys.