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".
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
|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 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|
|Who wins this battle of the horns?|
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|
|G1 Slag Prehistory Animal|
Prehistory's transformation is the same as Slag's, along with its articulation.
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.