Dino Riders Rulon Deinonychus


I just covered the Valorian Deinonychus last week so it seemed fitting that I follow that one up with the Rulon version. Same dinosaur, slightly different coloring, and totally different weapons make this the better of the two deinos in my opinion. Ready for a closer look?


Tyco used the same mold for both deinos with no changes in the sculpt at all. The only difference in one deinonychus vs the other is the stripes. The Valorian deinonychus has purple stripes whereas the Rulon deino has brown stripes that barely show up at all. Neither color shows very much when both dinosaurs are armored up so even with the slight color difference there isn’t much visual differentiation.


When the Rulon deinonychus is fully loaded with its harness and weapons it really stands apart from the friendly Valorian version. The Rulons gave their deino bigger guns and what might be jet engines to propel this already speedy dinosaur along at an even faster rate. There’s also the standard Rulon brain box used to control their dinosaurs. This brain box fits easily on the head and looks great.



Like the Valorian deinonychus, the Rulon deino stands perfectly balanced on those two legs. That’s something even a large number of modern toys can’t do and it’s very impressive to see this dinosaur stay upright whether on a level surface or uneven ground.


Antor is the Rulon who came with their deinonychus. I like all the Rulon figures much better than the Valorians but Antor is probably towards the top as far as looks. I think his colors combine to make a really nice looking figure.


Dino Riders are a blast to play around with as these toys were made when toys were designed as playthings. Never forget toy collecting is rooted in fun.


The Rulon Deinonychus looks great with the other brain boxed dinosaurs. Its size is a nice middle ground between the smaller dinos such as the Placerias and the larger mounts like the Triceratops.



Antor has the standard articulation that Tyco gave all the figures in the line. There’s a swivel neck, swivel shoulders and hips as well as hinges at the knees. This was basic but it was pretty normal for the time and was honestly all that was needed in Dino Riders.


As another toy from Dino Riders gets added to Doom Kick I can’t help but notice we’ve covered almost all of Series 1. We’ve dabbled in Series 2 and 3 but Series 1 is almost coming to a close.




10 thoughts on “Dino Riders Rulon Deinonychus

  • avatar
    July 18, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Another great review. Hope you get and review every toy in the series.

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      July 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks! I hope I can get them all, too. I’ve got most of them but I’m getting down to only a few of the affordable ones left and then I’m gonna have to save up for those last 3 dinos from Series 3 that cost a big chunk of change.

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        July 20, 2015 at 6:09 am

        When you do get the other affordable ones, even without the series three toys, it will still make for an incredible display/picture.

        • avatar
          July 20, 2015 at 7:49 am

          You’re right about that. I should try and take a good group pic of the ones I have now. I have over 20 of the dinos.

          • avatar
            July 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

            I doubt I could start collecting them again from scratch and get all the ones I had and want.

            Oh well, I still have one M.A.S.K. toy and I hear Hasbro might be bringing it back in some form. Maybe I will collect them. Along with the upcoming Classics Thundercats. 🙂

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