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September 3, 2004

{     Dinomania: Series 1 (American edition)     }    

Dinosaurs! Like any American male who was once eight-years-old I find it nearly impossible to even think the word without roaring triumphantly, or at the very least grinning uncontrollably. These thunderous and bizarre creatures far too alien to be from this planet we call Earth, surely have a way of bringing out the inner second grader in me. Some of my most beloved of childhood memories are of the all-too-infrequent school trips to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh where amongst all the dreadfully boring rocks and local songbirds were the titanic remnants and reconstructions of these beloved long-dead monsters. Suffice to say, Dinomania sufficiently gets my rocks off or rather my rock-like petrified bones off. Produced by the Japanese firm Kaiyodo renowned for tiny models of excellent quality and brought to these shores by Promotopia, Dinomania gives us Westerners a rare chance to appreciate the joy of the vaunted Japanese capsule toy. There are 24 different dinosaurs and other strange creatures from way-back-when to collect in this series. Judging by the numbers assigned to each of these models this must be a repackaging of the Japanese series 3 (they're up to series 4 on the other side of the Pacific). This might explain the lack of familiar faces like Tyranosaurus, Triceratops, and Autobot Slag. I for one welcome the addition of such uncommon "faces" as Acrocanthosaurus, Glyptodon, and Pleurocystites. In each pack you get one dino model, a sticker with pertinent facts, and a piece of candy (it seems to be a form of coffee). The models are simple snap-together jobs and are luxuriously hand-painted. Collect them all and build your own museum (for ants, perhaps?).

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ben, the only second grade memories i hold of museum visits and dinosaurs is looking forward to purchasing the pink rubber peradactyl eraser from the sunrise museum in chucktown

Posted by: paul at September 7, 2004 10:00 AM

Yeah, but that eraser was pretty fucking boss, right?

It should be mandatory that every child in America be able to live within a field trip's driving range of at least one dinosaur skeleton or other such display.

Posted by: benjamin at September 8, 2004 3:51 PM
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