The Dinomania series by Kaiyodo contains small but very detailed and accurate snap-together figures. The Dinomania series is a rerelease – all the figure in this line were originally released as the UHA Chocolasaur DinoTales Series 3. These Kaiyodo figures in their Dinomania guise came packaged in a box so that the species you got was a surprise. In this series, there is a limited number of an unknown mystery dinosaur, not so much of a mystery, however, given that it is featured on every single box. It is the Tyrannosaurus rex. Sorry if that spoils the surprise!
It is sculpted in a rearing posture. The details are nice but obviously hand-painted, the arms are tiny and tucked into the body, and the tail is extermely long (too long), which helps support the figure. I grabbed this, my first Kaiyodo Dinomania figure, in the American Museum of Natural History, New York. I was actually hoping for a plesiosaur but was counter-intuitively disappointed to discover that I was ‘lucky’ enough to have the rare green T. rex. I didn’t dare to splash out on a second box, partly because Sod’s Law dictates that I would get the same figure again, and partly because I’m not sure I could resist the addiction once a small collection was initiated (oh go then, just *one* more). Edit – I eventually acquired the plesiosaur, and a few others, on Ebay several years later.
Actually that is a Dinotales Series 3 T-Rex. I also don’t think that it is supposed to be a roaring position. I think it is supposed to be based on the classic Reconstruction, with the Rex draggng it’s tail while having a kangaroo stance. The Dinotales usually have a more accurate Rex.
We are both right, this series was released twice under different names 🙂
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I think rex in the photo may have been released in a different series too, but this particular figure is certainly from Dinomania Series 1. The figure number is SP04.
However, looking in more detail at the T.rex pictured on the Dinomania box, It is not exactly the same as ‘mystery’ rex (SP04). Perhaps thats what you mean?
I’m not sure, but I have the distinct impression that this is from another Kaiyodo series called Kaiyodo Dino Land, not from DinoTales. The DinoTales Series 5 T-Rex is very different.