JAPANESE DINO-RIDERS

Dino-Riders were also available in Japan.  Unlike the typical box art that appeared everywhere else, the Japanese boxes showed the actual toys instead of an illustration.  These pieces are highly sought after by collectors because of their unique look.  For the most part, the toys are identical to the U.S versions.  There are a few exceptions.  For example, the various human figures that came packaged with the Dino-Riders toys had painted black eyes instead of the standard blue.  In addition, certain of the figures had black hair instead of the standard brown or blond.  Each toy also came with its own unique miniature comic, which was completely different than the standard comics that were packaged with the U.S. and other foreign country boxes.  It seems that only the first series of toys were released in Japan. 

The boxes were also unique in that the Dino-Riders and the Rulons were given their own symbols, similar to the symbols used to represent the Autobots and the Decepticons in Transformers.

Dino-Rider Symbol   Rulon Symbol

 

Here are pictures of the Japanese boxes:

Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

     
 

Diplodocus

 

     

 
     
 

Triceratops

 

     

 

Dino-Rider Deinonychus

 

     
 

Rulon Deinonychus

 

     

Pterodactyl

 

    

Monoclonius

 

     

 

Pteranodon

 

    

Ankylosaurus

 

    

Styracosaurus

 

Torosaurus

 

 

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