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#1 ironmask

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:33 PM

In your opinion, what is the best Dino mini figure line, 2" or under, that you have seen, and why?

I'm partial to the Dinofroz, for cool sculpts and lack of dickish cyber-blah-blah add-ons. (I really hate that stuff!)
I know a lot of folks on here are partial to the Panosh dinos, MIMP dinos, and SOMA stuff... I was just curious as to what the common opinion on this board was, and also, if there was a line that I somehow managed to neglect.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:38 PM

Depends. You've got realistic (to our current level of paleontological understanding) lines like the stuff you can buy in museums, and you've also got cool-exagerrated stuff like DInofroz.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:43 PM

I mean, it's a basic court of public opinion. The only conceit that I ask, is that the line be 2" or under. I'd love to hear all sides of the argument.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 08:49 PM

I've always been a fan of Dino-mites (panosh dinos).
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:28 AM

My fav is the German Scholler Dino line.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:35 AM

I don't think I've ever seen those.



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Erpaderp, yes I have.
Why those?

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:46 AM

Their unique, cartoonish style. One, I think it looks nice, and two, it really sets them apart from the dozens of other dino minifig lines. The color selection is really nice too, and they are very attractive, unique colors as well.

Two negatives for the line would be the hard plastic (i prefer rubbery vinyl) and the low number of sculpts, five. Another negative is that they are based out of Germany and are this kinda hard to acquire.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:52 AM

I see. I tend to like little dinosaurs that have a little grit to them. I like Dinofroz, because they are lumpy, and nasty looking, and some have really dynamic poses.
I liked the texturing and craftsmanship of the Jurrassic Park line, but they were A ) too big, and B ) in static, and uninteresting poses.

But I agree about hard rubber/firm vinyl being the way to go.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:05 PM

I don't know the name of these fellas, but I'm digging them.
http://www.ebay.com/...984.m1423.l2649
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:10 PM

I don't know the name of these fellas, but I'm digging them.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/140628509895?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649


Were thinking they are Dinofroz, but they could be bootlegs. we'll see soon. :)
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:18 PM

The ones in that auction picture are definitely Dinofroz (Dinofroz World), it probably is legit figures, factory escapes or seconds perhaps.
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 09:21 PM

We'll find out between the 8th and 14th, according to the shipper.
Needless to say, I'm pretty stoked.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:00 AM

The ones in that auction picture are definitely Dinofroz (Dinofroz World), it probably is legit figures, factory escapes or seconds perhaps.


These kinds of Hong Kong auctions are all about deception and avoiding as much attention from eBay as possible. Judging the final product by a single group shot is a terrible idea, and in general is not recommended now that eBay's implemented their stock picture policy. In this specific case, we'll have to wait and see, but with the lack of use of even the Dinofroz name, I'm not holding my breath that they'll be up to snuff.

ironmask, do you own any legit ones for comparison?
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 12:04 AM

Not yet. Well, not on hand. I have some on the way from a board member, but I think the ones from HK will arrive first.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 06:18 AM

These kinds of Hong Kong auctions are all about deception and avoiding as much attention from eBay as possible. Judging the final product by a single group shot is a terrible idea, and in general is not recommended now that eBay's implemented their stock picture policy. In this specific case, we'll have to wait and see, but with the lack of use of even the Dinofroz name, I'm not holding my breath that they'll be up to snuff.

ironmask, do you own any legit ones for comparison?


Shoot, I hope it works out for you, ironmask. I'd hate to think I lead someone to a scam.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 07:03 AM

We'll see what happens. As long as they are reasonable facsimiles, made out of a reasonably durable plastic or rubber, I will be satisfied.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 08:31 AM

These kinds of Hong Kong auctions are all about deception and avoiding as much attention from eBay as possible.


I've bought from these HK/China sellers many times and always got what was promised (eventually).

99% positive feedback tells its own story.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 02:00 PM

I'm not too concerned, so long as they are little dinosaurs, made out of decent plastic. If they are terrible, lesson learned.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 02:48 PM

I've bought from these HK/China sellers many times and always got what was promised (eventually).

99% positive feedback tells its own story.


Did you think I was talking about people not getting their toys at all or something? When the seller is willing to bribe unhappy buyers with full refunds, yeah I'm sure they can maintain positive feedback percentages.

I've dealt with and seen HK sellers in action all the time. Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z minifigures, bootleg Figma action figures, Godzilla High Grade figures... these sellers use stock images or from other auctions, of genuine product rather than what they're obviously selling. Sometimes as little as picking out a higher-quality version of what they're selling is enough compared to the real deal. I don't know why you're so willing to defend HK sellers!

EDIT: These kinds of HK sellers, that is. There are of course legit guys among the massive network of bootlegs and factory seconds.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 04:27 PM

Did you think I was talking about people not getting their toys at all or something? When the seller is willing to bribe unhappy buyers with full refunds, yeah I'm sure they can maintain positive feedback percentages.


I don't think someone with 99% positive feedback on 13,000+ transactions can be entirely down to bribing people with full refunds, that's not a viable business model. Odds are that most people were genuinely satisfied with what they got.

I don't know why you're so willing to defend HK sellers!


Because I don't recognise the scenario you have described. Maybe you've just had some bad experiences.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 05:35 PM

Just opened the package. The pain schemes are a little dodgey, but all in all, they are Dinofroz. I'll post pics in a little bit... But I think these may have been some that were just barely under factory standard, or something.
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 08:08 PM

Here's the suspects:
Note, the paint apps don't look as sharp, at least from all of the other pictures of Dinofroz that I have seen.
The rubber/plastic, is firm but still rubbery. The details seem to be pretty sharp, as well. These are my first 'Froz though, so I may be remiss.

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Posted 31 December 2011 - 08:17 PM

IMO, these are the best:
http://www.amazon.co...t/dp/B003EMU77W
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 11:12 PM

I don't think someone with 99% positive feedback on 13,000+ transactions can be entirely down to bribing people with full refunds, that's not a viable business model. Odds are that most people were genuinely satisfied with what they got.


That's not what I'm saying at all! :closedeyes: There are always people that know what they're getting into or are ignorant enough to remain oblivious about what they're getting. It's that tiny percentage of people who do notice and complain that I mean. I'm sure the even smaller percentage of those that aren't bought out are the ones keeping it from 100%. Let's not get into the "sanctity" that is eBay feedback for bulk sellers right now.

Because I don't recognise the scenario you have described. Maybe you've just had some bad experiences.


Heaven forbid! Haha, not from personal experience, but from learning from many other collectors... usually. Other than the one or two times where I believe I helped my brother get a series of DBZ figures that turned out to be bootlegs, I don't look to those kinds of HK sellers for my wares. For bootleg Figmas, it got to the point where infographs on the bootlegs vs. authentic figures were commonplace on 4chan, as well as the exact process on how to ID keywords in auctions to tell the legit ones apart from the fakes ("Chinese version", etc.) I have, however, helped crack the code on what turned out to be an unlicensed production of some Godzilla vinyls when the frequent appearance of two particularly rare figures from a boxed set, alone and without sign of the other 18 figures, consistently appeared for sale from a handful of sellers.

Then there were the days when the Transformers fandom had frequent, very early access to the movie and Animated toylines courtesy of "factory extras". But speaking of factory extras...

That looks to be what happened in ironmask's case! It'll be perfect if any are dupes of your legit ones, just for confirmation.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:59 AM

Like I said, the paint being kind of shitty, is the only major difference I can tell so far.
Looks like Soupie may get one with the paint removed, because I'm going to be a lot less heartbroken about experimenting with these.

Eh, they were great, for what I paid for them, especially considering I had ZERO Dinofroz before they arrived.
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