Head: Vintage Dino Rider Rasp
Torso, upper arms: 25th Rock & Roll
Lower arms: Hydra Soldier (Captain America 1st movie)
Legs: RoC Neo-Viper
Vest: Roc Elite Viper


Launched by Tyco in 1988, Dino-Riders combined everything that kids loved: Dinosaurs, lasers, heroes and evil creatures. In the series, the heroic Valorians, led by Questar, try to escape the evil Rulons, led by Krulos, by travelling to prehistoric Earth. Unfortunately, they are pursued by the Rulons and the war continues. Each side uses dinosaurs as weapons and an arms race develops. Each episode brought a new dino into the mix.

The show lasted only 14 episodes and the toy line got 4 series. However, series 2, 3 and ''Ice Age'' were produced in very low numbers and are now very rare. It's surprising that it was not a bigger hit. I was 11 when the TV show and toy line were launched. I loved the show and got a couple of the toys - the Ankylosaurus and the Monoclonius.

The Vipers and their commander - Rasp - were my least favorite of the three Rulon races as a kid. On the show, they were duplicitous, constantly scheming to take over. They were portrayed in a very similar fashion to Starscream in Transformers. The Vipers served as pilots for the Rulon air force as well as special operations troops. When I built and painted this figure, I used elements from the TV show and the toys to create a hybrid look.

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