My son loves Imaginext Dinosaurs, I mean, really loves them, loves them so much that he wants not just one red Tyrannosaurus Rex but also its partner, the looks-just-the-same-except-for-the-color green Tyrannosaurus Rex. Both are named Razor, by the way, but my son never calls them that. It’s always just “T-rex”. And those T-rexs live, of course, at T-rex Mountain. He loves these dinosaurs, which I suppose are probably the heirs to my old Adventure People from years ago in the 1970’s. And man, I loved those Adventure People.
And the dinosaurs are pretty cool. They move and make noises and stuff like that, but rather than just make them dinosaurs who coexist with each other, Fisher Price has turned it into a battle. From the Fisher Price site –
Imagine…a primitive civilization of humans and dinosaurs, living in a lush, green land. One side—the predators—are using up its natural resources, wiping out everything and everyone that gets in their way. The other side—the ecovores—want to preserve their land. And they’re willing to fight to make that happen.Will the predators succeed in destroying the land, causing their own extinction? Or will the ecovores stop the destruction and make the land a place where dinosaurs and humans can live together peacefully? In the world of Imaginext®, anything is possible!
Is it possible? Really? “If I had a hammer….”
Let me ask you this – did the predators win? Or the ecovores?
I don’t want to give this away, gentle reader, especially if you don’t know how this whole thing ends, but I really, really can’t help myself. I’m sorry. It’s just too difficult to keep such spoilerific information all to myself.
Okay, I’ll say it – they both lost!
Here’s how it happened.
The place is Pangea, and our enemies, the Predators and the Ecovores, are meeting up and about to have one of those mother-of-all battles, you see, and there they were, Razor and Ripper and Slasher and all of their allies, and they were moving in for the kill on Whip, Thunder, Tank and Hammer, when out of the blue, they heard something in the sky. They stopped their running and slashing and biting and looked up, quizzically, to the sky.
And thus died the Imaginext Dinosaurs as that big comet hit the Earth and destroyed them all. Sadly, they, and their political agendas, were lost in the coming ice age.
Can’t we just let them be toys?
Ah, the beloved Adventure People. Not the most cleverly named line of toys, but certainly one of the most loved for the kids of the 70s… My favorites – the submarine and rescue helicopter play set as well as the kayak- were bathtime staples. Incredible water-bourne adventures were undertaken as I languished in the tub becoming a wrinkled, prune-like mass of child flesh. Good times. Good times.
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