Dino-Riders Return! Sort of…

Harness the Power! Dino-Riders were a short lived toy line […]

Harness the Power!

Dino-Riders were a short lived toy line and TV show that was made of a mix between Kick -Ass and Amazing. They were Amazing-Ass. Wait… that doesn’t work. Kick-Amazing? OK, nevermind. Dino-Riders brilliantly combined Dinosaurs with Sci-Fi and aliens. What could go wrong here? It’s perfect, like mixing Alcohol with an energy drink!

Four Loko

Geez, I am not doing well with metaphors today.

How about I just show you this picture that will perfectly ensnare the concept into your mind. This image PERMANENTLY BURNED into my 9 year old brain.

Dino-Riders Promo Image 1988

There are LAZERS firing from these DINOSAURS.

Get it now?

Yes, Dino-Riders were awesome.I have been wondering when they were going to make a comeback, what with most 80’s properties getting updated toylines, movies, etc. in a wave of nostalgia.

Well, I rounded the corner at the local Target and I saw them! Dino-Riders have returned!


The fisher-price Imaginext toy line has incorporated “Dino-Rider like” sets into their toy lineup, and if I had sons still in this age-bracket I would be tempted the pick them up.

We still have our “old” Imaginext toys, but those aren’t really compatible with these new ones. The old Imaginext toy series was a building system where you could assemble Castles, Police Stations, Pirate hideouts, and the like, with wall panels, floor pieces, towers, traps, ad nauseum.

fisher-price imaginext police rescue center

They were VERY cool and I have spent countless hours with my kids building things for and with them. Somewhere in the past few years, fisher-price dropped this building aspect to the toys, changed the figure size and stopped me from buying any more of these things for my kids.

I guess that is OK, because as I have said, my sons are leaving the suggested age range anyway.  Imaginext did some cool stuff by using the DC license to create a line to rival Marvel’s “Superhero Squad” scale of figures.  I guess they made Hasbro sweat. This year Hasbro is running it’s last line of SHS and introduced a line of toys in the same scale as the Imaginext stuff, but Hasbro has the wealth of Star Wars, Transformers and Marvel characters to draw from. Pretty neat, but I’m (and more importantly my kids are) really done with all of that.

So without further ado, here are the Imaginext “Dino-Ridery” sets, in glorious cell-phone in the toy-aisle quality!     Harness the power of Dinosaurs!

Imaginext Dinos Display

Imaginext Dino Riders on the shelf at Target

Imaginext Dino Riders on the pegs at Target

About Wugmanmax

Hailing from the Twin Cities, Wugmanmax is an avid toy collector, graphic designer, video producer, husband, father of 3, firefighter, and Ingress player.