Thursday, November 7, 2013

Transformers G1 Victory: Rairyu D-327 (Dinoforce)

If you have been reading these posts in the original order as they were posted, this is the last entry before we get to the Dinoforce's combined form, Dinoking!

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I love how TFWiki describes Rairyu as the idiot amongst a team of idiots. I really need to go back and watch my Shout! Factory Victory DVDs so I can remember just how dumb these Dinoforce guys really are!

If I had Bill Gates' wallet I would like to upgrade Rairyu's box. You'll see on the pictures below how parts of the white box appear to be dirty. I don't know what has caused this, but I'm too afraid of trying to clean the box due to harming the cardboard.

Rairyu's Pretender shell is that of a brontosaurus aptosaur. Your guess is as good as mine as to what his robot's alternate mode is. He comes packaged with his Bronto gun and Dinoking's waist piece. His U.S. equivalent is the Monster Pretender Birdbrain.

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Overall the box isn't in horrible condition, but can you see how the white parts just aren't as vibrant as compared to some of my others?

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Right and Left sides

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Another beautiful shot of this box art. Too bad they didn't sculpt the Pretender shell's dinosaur head angled up more like the artwork.

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Here is another example of the "back" of the tech spec card. The back can be found on the inner left side box flap.

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Rairyu is the only gray dinosaur of the group and while his Pretender shell should probably be the largest, it's pretty small. All of this teammates look more menacing, but that doesn't mean this isn't a cool looking toy. If you look closely you'll notice a little bit of gold paint on the forehead. Just like w/ Goryu and some of the others, this gold is notorious for wearing off easily. The hard plastic backpack stores his gun and Dinoking's waist piece, but I gotta be honest when I say I don't care for the look w/ the combiner part. I guess it could be considered a rocket launcher of sorts?

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Where as Yokuryu's beast mode fairly resembles his Pretender shell, Rairyu's beast form I guess comes close to matching the Aptosaur...or not. On second thought, it looks more like a rhino.

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Interesting enough the gun that Rairyu is wielding in his box art doesn't even come close to the weapon he is packaged with. Shame too as the mini gatling gun looks much cooler than his double barreled Bronto gun. I really can't find too many negative things to say about Rairyu or his teammates. While the robots are small and fairly simple all of them are stand out as individual toys.

Up next is Dinoking himself!

Doryu D-325
Gairyu D-323
Goryu D-322
Kakuryu D-324
Yakuryu D-326


  1. Well, if we're sticking with the prehistoric creature theme, he could be a brontotherium, which is an ancient Rhinoceros.

  2. Wow never even knew this existed. Reminds me of the Dino Riders cartoon.

  3. damn excellent. This is one of my favourit-er dino shells. A "Brontosaurus", haha.
    Now, time to whip out you D-328 Dinoking giftset? =)