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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

D is for Diminutive Dinky Dino's - Board Games II

So the second game today, and - possibly due to the infant nature of its graphics - it was only 50p. Can't say no to that, especially when it's a box-full of dinosaurs, if; rather small dinosaurs!

The box, all very exciting! From Paul Lamond here in the UK, but the dino's are base-marked RBS (for BS Randal) so under license or a repacking? Originally developed in 2001, it claims to be the 'Classic dinosaur board game' which is either hyperbole or points to an earlier version? I suspect the former!

The game is still in the 2018 PLG catalogue, coded - as per the image - 5780.

The board, it's already gone to recycling, and the light was wrong, so I've had to enhance/tweak it in Picasa, which has left it looking a bit waffted!

But the best bit - which you will already know if you've got the game for your kids or studied the first picture - it has 17 sculpts, each player gets four different dinosaurs and the 'chaser' gets a slightly larger T-Rex! That's value for money, think of Risk; three identical sculpts for 6 different armies and it's probably only accident that they've changed the designs every ten years or so, the AWI sculpts seem to have been recently replaced with new Napoleonics?

They are not as small as the eraser/egg animals we've looked at a couple of times now, but still small enough, while to prevent tears (when one's favourite dinosaur gets eaten by the tyrannosaur) they just go back and start again - the winner being the first to get all four past the patrolling 'Rex

The lower picture contains a few other mini-saurs which have come-in, with odd-lots in the last week or two. Two rubbery/PVC types with cartoony countenances and a nicer-sculpted polyethylene sort-of-raptor in purple! And I've placed them with physically similarly game-tokens, which also shows they aren’t particularly in-scale, with the two sauropods not even the biggest sculpts!

In the upper picture Number 1 is on the left (T-Rex) and 2-17 are from back blue to front yellow, moving down the rows toward the viewer, left to right;

Dino Line-up

1. Tyrannosaurus Rex ('T.Rex')
Age: 65 million years old
Size: 12 metres (40 feet) long
Weight: 8 tons
Diet: Carnivorous
Habitat: North America and Asia

2. Styracosaurus
Age: 70 million years old
Size: 5.2 metres (17 feet) long
Weight: 2.7 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: North America

3. Stegosaurus
Age: 150 million years Old
Size: 9 metres (30 feet) long
Weight: 2 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: North America

4. Giganotosaurus
Age: 100 million years old
Size: 12.5 metres (42 feet) long
Weight: 8 tons
Diet: Carnivore
Habitat: South America

5. Deinonychus
Age: 110 million years old
Size: 2 metres (6.5 feet) tall
Weight: 80kg (176 pounds)
Diet: Carnivore
Habitat: The American mid-west

6. Protoceratops
Age: 80 million years old
Size: 1.8 metres (6 feet) long
Weight: 400 kg (500 pounds)
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: Asia (Mongolia)

7. Oviraptor
Age: 80 million years old
Size: 1.8 metres (6 feet) long
Weight: 20 kg (44 pounds)
Diet: Omnivore
Habitat: Asia (Mongolia)

8. Ornithomimus
Age: 70 million years old
Size: 4 metres (13 feet) long
Weight: 150kg (331 pounds)
Diet: Omnivore
Habitat: North America

9. Diplodocus
Age: 150 million years old
Size: 27 metres (88 feet) long- tail bones are 14 metres (46 ft) long
Weight: 12 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: North America

10. Brachiosaurus
Age: 150 million Years old
Size: 30 metres (100 feet) long
Weight: 30-50 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: North America Africa

11. Rioiasaurus
Age: 220 million Years old
Size: 10 metres (33 feet) long
Weight: 1 ton
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: South America (Argentina)

12. Wannonasaurus
Age: 85 million years old
Size: 60 centimetres (24 inches) long
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: Asia

13. Velociraptor
Age: 80 million years old
Size: 1.8 metres (6 feet) long
Weight: 25 kg (55 pounds)
Diet: Carnivore
Habitat: Asia- Mongolia and China

14. Iguanodon
Age: 130 million years old
Size: 10 metres (33 feet) long
Weight: 5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: North America, Britain & N. Europe

15. Minmi
Age: 115 million years old
Size: 3 metres (10 feet) long
Weight: 1 ton
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: Australia

16. Megalosaurus
Age: 170 million years old
Size: 9 metres (30 feet) long
Weight: 1 ton
Diet: Carnivore and Scavenger
Habitat: UK

17. Parasaurolophus
Age: 75 million years old
Size: 10 metres (33 feet) long
Weight: 3.5 tons
Diet: Herbivore
Habitat: North America

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