Dino Riders Ice Age Giant Ground Sloth


T-Rex. Triceratops. Brontosaurus. Sabre Tooth Tiger. Ground Sloth? Yep, you read that right. Tyco added one of the least frightening creatures ever to the ranks of the Ice Age cavemen in Dino Riders. To be fair, the ground sloth is a powerful creature and the Valorians have helped the prehistoric cavemen load the sloth down with weapons but in the end it’s still a ground sloth. Is this out of place beast still a good toy? Let’s find out.


Historically ground sloths were powerful and tough. They had a thick hide and massive claws. The Dino Riders Sloth also has the added advantage of laser guns and a large ice shield covering most of its backside.


The Sloth has rotating guns on each side and another on the very top in front of the rider’s perch.


The rider for the Ground Sloth is supposed to be Ulk, another dirty caveman in the tribe. unfortunately I don’t yet have Ulk so I am going to let one of my extra Valorians ride the Sloth for now. I’ll have to track down Ulk soon. Fortunately it works out ok because the standard Valorians were released in the Ice Age line as well as their Neanderthal counterparts in figure two-packs.


The Sloth can stand on his hind legs but it isn’t very useful when armored up as the seat on the harness looks towards the sky when the Sloth stands on only two legs. The Sloth looks great on all fours with the weapons and seat all pointed forward. The Sloth may not sound like a formidable beast but getting a good look at it easily changed my mind. It fits right in with it’s Ice Age brethren and is another Dino Riders toy I am glad to own.


Obviously the Sloth looks cooler with the armor and weapons but it’s a great looking beast even without the armament. It’s designed to stand upright or on all fours and has great balance even raised slightly off the front two legs (as seen in the first picture of this piece). Tyco made some great toys in this line and the Sloth may not be as exciting as the T-Rex but it’s still a great addition to Dino Riders.


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6 thoughts on “Dino Riders Ice Age Giant Ground Sloth

  • avatar
    October 1, 2015 at 1:09 am

    I’ve never seen the Ice Age movies but, if they were a bit more like this, I’d probably own all of them and perhaps even write fanfiction about them. This guy is definitely the best action figure of a sloth I have ever seen!

    Ice shield. I love it! What a beautiful, inconvenient, crazy idea. An ice shield! Brilliant in it’s sheer lunacy!

    • avatar
      October 1, 2015 at 6:07 am

      You need to write that fanfiction now! I know next to nothing about those Ice Age movies but I too would be totally into them if they were like this.

  • avatar
    October 1, 2015 at 4:13 am

    What a great piece. I have never this one even existed until now. 🙂

    • avatar
      October 1, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Thanks! It’s definitely an odd choice to put a Sloth in the line but it turns out to be a cool toy.

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