A Land Before Time

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I loved dinosaurs when I was little. Most kids go through a dinosaur phase, no doubt because of the prevalence of dinosaur toys; every kid has a plastic T. rex or stegosaurus at one time. But I had a specific love of dinosaurs. I loved learning about all the different species, their names, where they came from and what strange and uncanny forms they took.

Sometime during the very early nineties, dinosaurs came back in a big way thanks to the upcoming Jurassic Park. I remember my parents sent off for a big poster and sticker set. It depicted a typical prehistoric scene – sauropods wading in lagoons, winged pterodactyls silhouetted against a blazing sky thick with clouds of volcanic ash. I loved it! I had quite an imagination back then, and looking at that scene transported me back to the ancient past.

Being something of an expert, I can name them all. Left to right we have stegobeast, Smaug, dippydocus, monstro-swan and spikeface.

Being something of an expert, I can name them all. Left to right we have stegobeast, Smaug, dippydocus, monstro-swan and spikeface.

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Toy Review: Dinosaur Head on a Stick

Dino Head Grabber Thing

Magazine cover mount (2013)

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“He did it, the crazy son of a bitch, he did it!”

See, I told you that I would eventually review a modern toy, and what a toy it is. Although I’m cheating a bit: while manufactured in space-year 2013, the animal-head-on-a-stick has been around since the dawn of time, and touched almost every child in some way. Quite literally, I suppose; earlobes, noses, fingers… all children have felt the vice-grip of those plastic jaws at some point.

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