I recently found a good deal on a set of McDonald's 'Dinosaur Days' Diener dinosaur figures that I couldn't pass up. Shortly afterwards I stumbled across a bargain lot of assorted rubber figures that included a number of what appeared to be Diener dinos and a few Medusas. When I got the two lots in, I immediately noticed a few things:
- The orange Dinosaur Days dinos were firm rubber with the exception of the the ankylosaurus which was the expected keshi/eraser material, leading me to believe it was mis-matched from the set.
- All of the dinos I got in the second lot weren't Dieners but were slightly smaller, very similarly sculpted figures. There are noticeable differences like leg positioning so they're clearly not re-casts, but it's almost like the sculptor was using the Dieners as reference pieces and making adjustments here and there. Made of MIMP-style flexible rubber, with 'China' as the only markings.
Here are some comparison shots.
Noticeably the the lowest-detail KO of the batch.
I haven't come across a KO of the ankylosaurus yet, but here's the mismatched eraser-material one I received with my McDonalds set.
The brachiosaur sculpt doesn't appear to have a Diener counterpart.
I guess it's possible that this is just a coincidence, but they seem too similar to me. What do you guys think? If anyone has more concrete information to about the legit Dieners or these KOs please share