The premise of the Dino-Riders story is the classic good versus evil. The good guys,
known as the Valorians, were a super human race from the future who lived peacefully
for many years until they were unexpectedly attacked by the evil Rulons, a race of
alien-like/humanoid creatures. The Rulons, in their spaceship known as Dreadlock,
used their “tractor beam” to try to annihilate the Valorians and their spaceship.
The Valorians attempted to flee the Rulon assault by utilizing the Space Time Energy
Projector (S.T.E.P.), which is basically a time travel device. Of course, something
goes wrong and the Valorians are transported back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.
Once on earth, the Valorians quickly befriend the dinosaurs through the use of their
amplified mental projectors (“AMPs”), which are necklaces that allow the Valorians
to telepathically communicate with each other and with animals. Unbeknownst to the
Valorians, the Rulons also traveled through time when the S.T.E.P. was activated.
The Rulons, led by their evil leader Krulos, enlisted the help of the dinosaurs via
brain-boxes, which are brainwashing devices. The Rulons quickly launch an assault
on the Valorians, who in turn, successfully fight them back with the assistance of
their new dinosaur friends. After their victory, the Valorians, led by their leader
Questar, declared themselves Dino-Riders and the battles waged on . . .
A total of 14 cartoon episodes were produced. Three of them were produced on videotape
in the United States. The cartoons were heavily based on the toy line. Tyco actually
used the cartoons as a way of advertising and showcasing the toys that it hoped to
sell to millions of kids. In fact, entire episodes of the cartoon were often devoted
to a single toy. The cartoon animation was generally well done and the episodes well
written. The whole concept of combining futuristic weaponry and prehistoric dinosaurs
translated very well into the cartoon genre.
The cartoon aired on Saturday mornings in the U.S. as part of the Marvel Action Universe.