Cadillacs and Dinosaurs Quetzalcoatlus vs Dino Riders Pterodactyl

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If you have kept up with things here at DK for a while then you know that one of my favorite toylines is Dino Riders. I’ve covered several here already (with more to come!) but this time I want to compare a Dino Riders dinosaur and a related product from Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. C&D was another Tyco toyline that used some of the same dinosaur molds as Dino Riders and added new armor and weapons. Let’s see how they compare.

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I don’t know much about Cadillacs and Dinosaurs but the main thing I needed to know was that Tyco took four of the Dino Riders dinosaurs and repurposed them into the C&D toyline. The first one I have picked up is Zeke the Quetzalcoatlus. The same mold was used in the Dino Riders line as the Pterodactyl.

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The first thing I noticed about the C&D Quetzalcoatlus is that it was carded whereas the Dino Riders dinos were all boxed. Zeke looks fine on the card as opposed to being boxed. He doesn’t come with a figure like all the Dino Riders toys did so being carded is fine. It didn’t really matter in the end because I was going to be opening him up to get a better look anyway.

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The Dino Riders Pterodactyl came with Llahd and was used as a hang glider. There were two rockets/bombs attached to the hang glider bars and though it is one of the smaller toys in the Dino Riders line it is a pretty cool looking dino.

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The Cadillacs and Dinosaurs version is a messenger with a backpack and two log bombs that can be dropped from the sky. There is also a brain box similar to those used by the evil Rulons in Dino Riders and though I don’t know if the dinosaurs from C&D are good or evil I am putting my C&D Zeke in with my Rulons due to the brain box..

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The armor/weapons on the Cadillacs and Dinosaurs dinos was much less impressive than their Dino Riders counterparts but they do add a little more variety to the Dino Riders so I don’t mind adding them in. You have to imagine that the Valorians and Rulons from Dino Riders couldn’t make every dinosaur completely awesome, they had to have a few that received some lesser weapons.

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The dinosaurs themselves are the same sculpt but the Dino Riders version has a little more brown in its paint job while the Cadillacs & Dinosaurs version is a little more green. That’s really the only difference and the armor is actually interchangeable because the hole for the hang glider’s peg was left intact on the Cadillacs & Dinosaurs version. Actually with a little gray paint the two could be combined into an even better hang glider for Llahd.

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The Cadillacs are Dinosaurs dinos go for much less than their Dino Riders brethren but they are a nice addition and add a little variety when you are ready for something new.

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In the end I think I like how the C&D Quetzalcoatlus sits on the back of the Dino Riders T-Rex. I believe a little gray paint on the backpack, some purple on the brain box and maybe some red paint on the logs will really help him feel like a part of the Rulon army.

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