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Rogue Zoat Inactive Member29 Sep 2011 11:21 a.m. PST

For some pretty impressive dino gaming, although this would probably tend to be Weird West/Sci-fi/Doctor Who/Lovecraftian (it never really happened… but hey with all the Elder Thigns and Yith etc running around why not?)/Fantasy but nevertheless, I wondered about getting some toy dinos for the job, as metal ones are expensive and crazily heavy, at least for the biggies. There are lots of excellent companies doing terrific sculpts, and I'd definitely get their smaller dinosaur ranges, but sometiems you need a rugged, chunky piece of plastic on that table! So how about it? A list of companies and/or retailers?

First off, French company Papo do a really nice Tyrannosaurus, complete with moving jaw. It's perhaps a wee bit big at 23cm (I estimated the right length nose-to-tail would be about 21cm… but for 2 whole cm eh?? It could be big Sue). It retails for around a wallet-friendly 10-15, or $20-25 (summat like that) and looks superb- it's rearing up a bit, balancing on it's tail but given it's a fairly modern depiction methinks this was actually for stability of the toy. Lots of places seem to sell this.

next is the Kyodo Revoltech T. rex: Best place I've seen this, and i rushed to preorder this… I was NOT disappointed!!! This is a lovely figure. Stunning detail and articulation. It's very cute and is perfect at the 21cm length! Only problem is that it may be quite fragile for regular rampages round the ol' tabletop "golf course". It's one of the more robust Rev figures, but I'd be quite reluctant to use this too much given it's price.

Papo also do an Allosaurus that looks good, but I have no info on length- again it would be pretty close to T.rex in length.

Magister Militum link have just started a 28mm line, and boy do they look good! Good prices too. I think it's Navigator Minis that sell 'em in the US?

Well that should be enough to get the ball rolling. Please do add to this :D Also, please do add proper wargames minis too! These guys do great jobs (I've seen some nice ones, just not sure who the manufacturers are, do COpplestone do some?).

Also feel free to add some you've come across, got or seen. Here's a wee list of the more famous dinos and the rough size they'd be in 28mm's scale (1/58??)

Triceratops would be around the 15cm length.
Stegosaurus, as above.
Diplodocus, 46 cm!! (I'm sure there was a model the Early Learning Centre did maybe 20 years ago, maybe the still do it?)
Apatosaurus (aka Brontosaurus) 44cm.
Deinonychus would be just bigger than human size, and velociraptor maybe 1/2 to 2/3 size. I know magister already do them. probably other places.

Anyway, this post is big enough now…

Mako11 Inactive Member29 Sep 2011 12:32 p.m. PST

The nice, heavy duty plastic ones, like they sell in nature shops have always been my favorite.

Pricing, compared to miniatures is quite good, and they are very durable and heavy, since they are made of a nylon-like plastic. There's a decent selection too.

Target had some plastic ones in their $1.00 USD section, a few years back, which were pretty decent, especially considering the price. They even have little metal parts inside, which when squeezed cause them to roar.

They were made of a rubber-like plastic material.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2011 12:35 p.m. PST
Fishbuckle29 Sep 2011 12:45 p.m. PST

I really like the dinos by Schleich. They can be found in many stores in the UK


Lovejoy29 Sep 2011 1:11 p.m. PST

Some of the 15mm dinos from Khurasan are big enough to work well with 28mm figs…

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Sep 2011 1:16 p.m. PST

Magister Militum link have just started a 28mm line, and boy do they look good! Good prices too. I think it's Navigator Minis that sell 'em in the US?

Actually this is the Primaeval Design line from Acheson Creations created by Richard Deasey and manufactured over here in the US.


ordinarybass29 Sep 2011 1:52 p.m. PST

Here's a thread at dakka asking roughly the same thing. Lot's of good dinos there, though you have to wade through alot of cowboy miniatures as the thread is related to a game called "Dinosaur Cowboys".

Donogh Inactive Member30 Sep 2011 3:40 a.m. PST

I've just picked up a few of the Papo ones (the Allosaurus and the Spinosaurus).
I'm really impressed – I think they're listed at 1/40 scale so yes they're a bit big for 28mm (it's not going to stop me though!)
I'll see if I can post some photos with measurements over the weekend if that'll help?

Rogue Zoat Inactive Member30 Sep 2011 11:00 a.m. PST

Thanks folks!! Appologies Ed I did not know.

I've ordered a Schleich Allosaurus (the small one) from Amazon, so that'll work well. I'm familiar with Dinosaur COwboy, although I've not read the rules yet. I'm hoping to perhaps game an updated Valley of Gwangi :D A childhood favourite I must say.

dwight shrute30 Sep 2011 3:46 p.m. PST

the Tamiya 1/35th dino's are worth looking at … especially the velociraptors set

alien BLOODY HELL surfer Inactive Member04 Oct 2011 2:15 a.m. PST

There are no dinosaurs suitable for 28mm gaming, they are all into 15mm instead ;-p

Personal logo Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Oct 2011 6:46 p.m. PST

Appologies Ed I did not know.
None needed at all, just wanted to help those that may be interested in them here in the US.

wolfen Inactive Member15 Oct 2011 11:31 a.m. PST

I was at the Dolar Tree Store today. They have some nice dinosaurs for only a $ 1.00 each and sized is about right for 28mm figs

jimmymack Inactive Member23 Oct 2011 3:13 p.m. PST

Strange Aeon is making a big type T Rex, but it could be pricey.
scroll down the page.

28mmMan Inactive Member23 Oct 2011 5:49 p.m. PST

It is hard to pass on the Papo line









The Carnegie Collection/Wild Safari line is nice also





Dan's Dinos is a good place to start


Space Aardvark Inactive Member25 Oct 2011 4:52 a.m. PST

I got some very cheap dinos off amazon, they are plastic and only a few inches tall, but for a quickie monster they do the job just nicely.

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