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Walking with Dinosaurs Arena Spectacular

Walking with Dinosaurs, the BBC documentary series, took the world by storm a few years ago.  The CGI dinosaurs mixed with actual history and science became the new gold standard for dinosaurs.

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Now the “Walking” franchise has extended to a touring arena show.  The show featuring finely detailed dinos in a mix of animatronics and people in suits are playing mid sized arenas around the world.

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Playmobil Dinosaur Spinosaurus, Babies and Explorers, (4174)

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This Spinosaurus is my first massive playmobil dinosaur. He towers over the original T-Rex from 3170. He’s got a beautiful paintjob, nice pointy teeth, and an opening jaw. You can tell that play was the top concept when designing all these dinosaurs. All of their jaws open and close, so they can do what dinos do best… chomp. (Well actually the two Spinobabies’ jaws do not open, but alas). I like how you get a nice bit of prehistoric landscaping, the nest (which was also used as the hay in the manger for Baby Jesus in the Nativity set), two poseable baby dinos, three eggs, two explorers and loads of gear.

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Playmobil Dinosaurs Brachiosaurus in Rocky Territory, (4174)

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Now, this is the biggest playmobil animal I have. It’s so big, it doesn’t fit on the playmobil Noah’s Ark (this would be a good illustration for that evolution vs. intelligent design debate!) Anyhoo, he features moving legs, neck, jaw, and his head can turn side to side, up near where the head meets the neck. I think it’s great that they added the detail that he has square teeth. The carnivores feature pointy teeth, and this herbivore features flat teeth. Just another surprise.

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Playmobil Dinosaurs Triceratops and Exploding Volcano, (4170)

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Sweet! If I didn’t have you at “triceratops” I certainly should have had you by “exploding volcano”. This set features a fully poseable triceratops and baby, two explorers, dino skeleton, a lizard in a box, some cool gear and a super sweet exploding volcano. The adult triceratops features moving legs, neck, and jaw. The baby cannot open his mouth. (Which, would be a blessing some days… I kid, I kid…)

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Playmobil Dinosaurs Amphibian Vehicle with Deinonychus, (4175)

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I think the dinosaur in this set has my favorite dino of this current batch, he’s not the biggest, but he’s perfectly pocket sized. Playmobil calls him a Deinonychus, but to me it shares characteristics with the Velociraptors from Jurassic Park. Anyway, he’s got a great paint job, his legs, arms neck and jaw are articulated, he’s just taller than a playmobil person, and he’s got a great look. I like the Amphibian vehicle too. There are latches on the side in which you can clip on the shovel, axe and spear. There’s an interesting steering wheel for the little guy to grip onto, and there’s a large flashlight that can come off and be held by the playmobil guy. And it’s a truly amphibious vehicle, the underbelly has a high arch that you can connect the speed boat motor (sold separately) to the underside so it will move around in the water yet it holds the motor high enough that the car can still roll on the ground… good touch.

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Playmobil Dinosaurs T-Rex and Velociraptors, (4171)

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RAWWWWR! This T-rex is huge! At first I had assumed that this newly released T-Rex was just a new color of the old mold, but I was wrong, this set’s surprise is that when playmobil pulls out the stops, you get some sweet dino carnage. Standing at about 8″ tall, this Tyrannosaur has an opening jaw, moveable neck, moveable “tiny arms” and hips. No matter what pose you put him in, he looks ready to chomp something quick. Can something be just born looking hungry? Guess so.

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Playmobil Dinosaurs Pteranadon, (4173)

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At first I wasn’t going to get this set, because on the box, you can see that the arms are not poseable, and that seemed so very important at the time, but here is suprise #2, this is one of my favorites now that it’s in my hands.

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Playmobil Dinosaurs 4 Wheeler, (4176)

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Ahhhhhhh! More dinosaurs! I loved the dinosaurs in ice theme that came out a few years ago. Playmobil took a short break from the dinosaur theme, but now is back, in force, with 7 all new sets. That’s right, these aren’t the dinos repackaged, these are all new toys. There were so many that I split my review in half. I cover the first five sets here, and the larger two, in a few days.

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