No successful toy franchise would be complete without its own line of cheap plastic
weapons and accessories. Dino-Riders was no exception. The Henry Gordy company produced
a variety of Dino-Riders licensed toy weapons, including plastic guns and swords.
If you have any of these items or similar items that you want to sell, please e-mail
Below is a sword and axe that were included in a Dino-Riders themed “showbag” in
Australia in the late 80’s/early 90s. Showbags are a uniquely Australian phenomenon
that are basically bags containing various novelty items, promotional products and/or
candy. Showbags are typically sold at agricultural shows, which are essentially the
Australian equivalent of state fairs or traveling carnivals. It appears that there
were at least three different versions of Dino-Riders themed showbags. Some of the
advertiseYou can see a few advertisements below and although the quality of the ads
makes it a little difficult to see, you can see that the actual bag appears to have
featured a picture of the Tyrannosaurus Rex from the box art. The sword has a Dino-Riders
sticker on it but the axe does not. Instead, the front and back of the ax have an
imprint of different symbols, neither of which are associated with Dino-Riders. It
is not clear exactly what the other listed items from the showbag look like but based
on the descriptions and the quality of the sword and ax that I have, the items are
probably the same as the Henry Gordy role playing items. If anyone has any additional
information or pictures of these items, I would really appreciate it if you would
send me an e-mail.
Pop Pistol Target Set
Soft Bullet Target Set
(with Red Gun)
Soft Darts Target Set
Soft Bullet Target Set
(with White Gun)
Each of the ads above and immediately below show a picture of the actual showbag
and list the contents as an axe, sword, shield, compass, belt, binoculars and a sheath.
The ad above lists the contents as a sword, pop-up pistol and targets, water gun
and 4-piece survival kit. Presumably these items were the same items as those released
under the Henry Gordy line.
Each of the ads above list the same contents (axe, sword, shield, compass, belt,
binoculars and a sheath) but also include figures. Based on the value listed in the
add, my guess is that the figures would have been one of the carded figure sets.