Review and photographs by “Paleona”
Another gem from the Tyco Smithsonian line of toys is the Dimetrodon. Everyone’s favorite synapsid features a simple, but fun action feature and a charming disposition.
This squatty little creature measures about 7.7″ (19.5cm) long and 4.5″ (11.4cm) tall. In hand, it feels like it’s just the right size; not too big and not too small. This particular model was one of my favorites as a kid because it is so accessible and detailed. The coloring is mostly a darker forest green, with hints of lime and a light beige underside. It is completely covered in sculpted scales, with some larger bumps on its side and a few nicely placed skin wrinkles. The pose is very neutral, but always gave me the impression of the animal just sitting about in the sun, or keeping an eye on his surroundings.
His eyes are clear orange beads that almost seem as if they should light up. There are no electronics for this figure, but there is a simple action feature, as I stated at the beginning. Pressing a button located at the tail base makes the lower jaw move and gives a satisfying “snap” of the jaws if quickly pressed. Super simple, but it works perfectly and gives this small prehistoric creature some playability value. The legs can all swivel, as well, for limited posing.
As far as I can tell, the anatomy isn’t half bad, either. The front legs are splayed out to the sides, but the back legs do seem to have more dinosaur-like hips. The tail is nice and long and the sail looks quite nice. The skull profile looks a bit off, and there isn’t much of a snaggly maw, but there does seem to be a hint of it. Not perfect, but unmistakably still a Dimetrodon.
I wouldn’t say this little fellow is a must-have, but he’s highly nostalgic to me, and may be to others who owned one during their childhood.