Friday, January 31, 2014

Prehistory Animal #2 Triceratops


In continuing from my previous post, here's Part 2 : Prehistory Animal #2 Triceratops.



Although this figure is a KO, it really deserves to be reviewed (and owned) since we're talking about a very obscure gem of the 80's……..."Prehistory Animal Triceratops.

In the "bootleg" universe, it's not always about cheap quality and lame gimmicks.  Every now and then there are figures which should rank up among the best, thus becoming extremely rare and highly collectible.  And why not I ask you?  Some unofficial toys should rank way
above the rest of the barter junk and have been found with high prices on auction sites like eBay.  In the Transformers toys there's some highly valuable obscurities like the Korean Oversized KO G1 Bruticus "Destrong Combat Robot".


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Exactly like G1 Bruticus…just twice as tall.
Goodluck in finding one.

Back in the 1985 when the Dinobots hit the toy shelves, Chinese bootleggers released their two respective KO Dinobots toy lines called "Ancient Animal (or Dinosaur Robot)"; a direct copy of the Diaclone "Kyoryuu Robo", and the "Prehistory Animal" which were "redesigned" Dinobots like "Tyuannosaurus" (Grimlock) and "Prontosaurus" (Sludge).

Front of box - bottom left
Prehistory Animal #2 Triceratops
As for Prehistory Animal "Slag", on the box it's called Triceratops, but in the booklet it is called "Triceratope".


Artwork on box front


Unfortunately, both sides of this particular box took the brunt of the damage over the years, but given the age,  how decent all the other sides are, and especially how nice the figure is, I would say it's a small inconvenience.

 

Love this back artwork

Top of the box

While the actual figure's clear plastic is not blue as in this picture, I think that still would have looked fantastic.


The company that produced these were copying exactly off the Takara's Diaclone's.  These toys are so good, that they even got the box down almost perfectly. They did produce the other Dinobots and they look exactly like there Takara counterparts. They even had the die-cast parts. Even included all the same weapons as the Takara dinobots.  The box has the exact same artwork that Takara created. But the box has no Takra markings and does not say Diaclone.  These were also being sold at Toy R' Us during the hype of Transformers.




The main design of its dinosaur mode has several modifications from the original Triceratops/Slag, starting with the dinosaur head which has more sculpted details on the "mouth" part.
An additional small horn on the nose and a redesigned head frill.

Prehistory Animal #2 Triceratops meet G1 Slag
His remoulded "deer-like" horns were gold-chromed, unlike Hasbro's red horns used on Slag.

Who wins this battle of the horns?
Here you can clearly see how nice the gold chrome still is on the Prehistory Animal.


Both Ancient and Prehistory Animal figures were made with a plastic quality very similar to the original Dinobots, with their only real small flaw being chrome wear.

G1 Slag : "You really look familiar to me…..have we met before?"


You can see Prehistory Animal has two horns on its snout instead of G1's single horn.  Technically, that would change Prehistory's name from Triceratops to "Tetraceratops" or "Multiceratops"…….or am I just putting too much thought into this.



This one stare down shot may be my favourite out of all of them due to the contrasting features in both figures.

Prehistory Animal tail spikes vs G1 smooth
 Personally I prefer the spikes for that extra little bit of damage and protection.

           G1 Slag                              Prehistory Animal
Prehistory's transformation is the same as Slag's, along with its articulation.


This is the kind of KO that deserves to be re-released, since the vintage ones are extremely rare and when they appear they reach outrageous prices. A complete Prehistory Animal #2 usually goes for around $200, and that's not even "MIB" or complete……..quite expensive for a bootleg, but it's one of those rare obscurities that are worth the price.

You have to be extremely intolerant (and I really hate to use that term because as I have said before, it really depends on your finances or the direction you are taking your collection in) to knock offs to not have this piece in your collection.  Both Ancient and Prehistory Animal lines are absolute relics and probably one of the Holy Grail of Knock Offs nowadays.

Do me a favour before you go and try to find one.  Wait till I post that I have them first…..then you can go and get one.  I don't need to have any competition at the moment.

Cheers,
Joe


5 comments:

  1. Maybe I'm not as familiar with TFs as I'd like to believe, because I've never heard of the giant Bruticus KO, but it sounds interesting.

    As for the KO Slag - wow. I've seen a the Sludge (with wings , I think?), but never the Slag. He looks great with the new frill and horns. The robot mode colors are out there, but that Dino mode is sweet.

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  2. Hey Alex,

    Thanks for checking out this post!

    Never seen that particular Bruticus KO myself either but I've heard people talk about it before online. I haven't been able to find any really nice pics of it either.

    You are right; the Sludge does have wings and more of a duck bill kind of nose. Out of the bunch I would say it's the weirdest looking and it still suffers much like the G1 version in having a floppy head and in it's particular case, wings.

    I think the robot colors of Prehistory "Slag" actually look really good. He has the white legs of the "Canadian Slag" and his yellow metal paint works really well.

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  3. I've seen a set of these in person at a friend's house, they look great. Maybe one day, once I get finished G1

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    1. Hey Bryce,

      You have that right. They do look great as a complete set, and definitely a nice variation on the G1 Dino's.

      By your account, how far along are you on completing your G1 set?

      Cheers,
      Joe

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