Micromachines, a brand noted for their wide range of miniature automobiles, stepped outside the box when they produced a series of dinosaurs in association with National Geographic. Obviously they are all tiny, a bit smaller than the figures in Kaiyodo’s dinotales range, but they are quite nice and very collectible. Also like Kaiyodo, they are not to scale to each other.
Detail from the back of the card of a showing the six different sets available.
Six sets were produced, one including a set of skeletons (and tiny palaeontologists) (set 1), two sets of Jurassic dinosaurs (sets 2 and 3), and three sets of Cretaceous dinosaurs (sets 4-6) . Each set contained three dinosaur figures, nicely packaged on a card. Set 4 (pictured loose below) contained Brachiosaurus, Euoplocephalus and Pachycephalosaurus. The figures are jointed in places, the Brachiosaurus neck, the Euoplocephalus tail, the Pachycephalosaurus legs and arms, but otherwise they are static. The figures are nicely detailed but quite dull, and all quite similar in colour. The quadropedal figures in the line are freestanding but the bipedal ones are attached to a simple grey supporting base.
Set 1 (pictured below, mint in box), contains Protoceratops, Ceratosaurus and a pterosaur. The skeletons are white with speckled dark bits. The pterosaur is interesting because transparent plastic indicates the outlines of the wing membranes. The details are general very fine and pretty accurate in the series, although there are some notable figures which are out of date (Spinosaurus and Deinonychus for example).
Although they are out of production, they are often available for very little money, if you search for Micromachines dinosaurs on Ebay.