"DINO-RIDERS - TYRANNOSAURUS REX" LARGE & IMPRESSIVE BOXED BATTERY-OPERATED DINOSAUR TOY.
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Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:00:00 PM)
Auction #208 - Part II
Item numbers 1278 through 3040 in auction 208
"Dino-Riders" was a series of toys manufactured by Tyco Industries, Inc. and an accompanying cartoon series that focused on the battle between the heroic Valorians and the evil Rulons on prehistoric Earth. The Valorians befriended dinosaurs whilst the Rulons brain-washed them. Produced beginning in 1988, there were four series of Dino-Riders toys: Series 1 (released in 1988), Series 2 (released in 1989), Series 3 and Ice Age (both released in 1990). The larger toys in the line had motorized walking action w/the dinosaur's head swaying from side to side. Rulon faction toys came w/a different self-automated trap. The dinosaurs were acclaimed for their highly detailed bodies/color and impressed the Smithsonian Institution who contacted Tyco to reproduce the dinosaurs for their "Dinosaur And Other Prehistoric Reptiles Collection." The first series of toys consisted of five Valorian and six Rulon toys and eight two-figure packs. A sixth Valorian toy, Torosaurus, was released at the end of the first series. Offered here is Tyrannosaurus Rex, the biggest dinosaur toy produced in the first series. Battery-operated, it walks forward and its fearsome jaws open and close. The toy comes w/figures of Krulos (the Rulon leader), Bitor and Cobrus as well as "Full Battle Accessories" that consists of armor and weapons that could be placed on the dinosaur, effectively turning it into a walking battle station. This toy was the highlight of the first series of toys. Comes w/mini comic book. Toy comes sealed in its original 14x22x10" deep box w/front flap that can be lifted to view contents. Box has some lt. corner tip wear and some creases to flap. VF w/contents Mint as sealed. From the personal collection of Lee Volpe, Tyco Toy’s Manager, Director, and VP of New Product Development (1982–1994) who was involved from the beginning of the development of Dino-Riders, Garfield telephones and several other Tyco toys. This is the last example from his collection being offered by us.
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