The following pictures are scans of original Polaroid photos of various Dino Riders
prototypes taken by a former Tyco employee. Many of these show very early versions
of the toys and few people in the world have seen these until now.
The following pictures are production shots from Product Dynamics. Product Dynamics
was a leading product development company that specialized in the design and fabrication
of precision prototype models. The company worked hand-in-hand with Tyco in creating
the toys and was responsible for creating the molds for the toys.
Here are pictures of some of the original molds used to make the actual toys that
were sold on eBay.
Here are pictures of “final approval” prototypes that were sold on E-Bay. These
are more or less identical to the production versions, except for the unpainted T.
Rex and Edmontonia.
Here are two Rulon "test shot" figures that were sold on E-Bay.
The following pictures are of a prototype Stegosaurus that was auctioned off in March
2013 by Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. This is a rare piece that came from the
personal collection of Lee Volpe, the Manager, Director and VP of New Product Development
for Tyco from 1982 to 1994. This piece is considerably smaller but more scientifically
accurate than the production Stegosaurus. The prototype is more comparable in size
to the Kentrosaurus. The prototype arrived unassembled and there are ink notations
indicating where certain pieces go. Interestingly, the head has ink notations on
it for a brain box design, which indicates there was at one time a plan for an evil
Rulon version of the Stegosaurus. Comparison pictures against the production Stegosaurus
and Kentrosauurs are included for reference.