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Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex


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  • Dig up a plastic skeleton of a t-ren
  • Waiting to be unearthed
  • Assemble the bones
  • Into a cool t-rex
  • Detailed instructions
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Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex + Hatch'em (Growing Pet Dinosaur) + National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.2 x 11.8 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00200JX3S
  • Item model number: 52047
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,151 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

Conduct your own archeological dig with Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs. Plastic T-Rex dinosaur skeleton is buried deep within a sand block, waiting to be unearthed. Dig out using excavation tools which are included in the set (marsh pick and brush) and assemble them into a dinosaur skeleton. Set also includes safety goggles and instructions.

From the Manufacturer

Conduct your own archeological dig with this cool kit. Dig up a plastic skeleton of a t-ren. Waiting to be unearthed and assemble the bones into a cool t-rex. Detailed instructions are included.

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Customer Reviews

My 12 year old grandson loved it.
Donna
A great toy for dinosaur fans, aspiring young archaeologists or simply children with some curiosity and capacity for wonder.
Gauteng
The fun part was how excited he got with every bone he uncovered!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Freeman on April 14, 2013
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I was looking for something fun to do with the kiddies and remembered seeing this or something like it in a museum gift shop. Immediately found this one with Amazon search tools and bought it on the basis of the Smithsonian brand. I bought a competitor, too.

The plaster is neutrally colored and despite some worries I found that it washed right off the concrete on my dad's porch. The kids of course loved the digging and especially the brushing away of dust from the bones, which is of course the part that makes even a grown adult feel more like Robert Bakker.

In that connection, provided tools are as I recall a little paintbrush, a round wooden "chisel," and a very light wooden hammer. These are adequate to the task of excavation, but it will take a while. For younger children you may wish to consider using a cold chisel and a light "real" hammer despite the risk of damaging the "fossils," which latter are by the way made of a rather softish plastic.

The skeleton is to my moderately practiced eyeballs basically anatomically correct (at least one competitor has the ilia reversed) and stands up reasonably well to moderate playtime use by juvenile hominids once assembled. The wee ones needed a little help assembling the skeleton, which is in about a dozen pieces. Recreational disarticulations can be addressed effectively with application of a small amount of plastic cement or similar.

Overall, a great time and not too big a mess. Good I'd say for basically-normal kids from about 5 to about 15. As there is to my knowledge nobody in my immediate family who is basically normal, I'll note that it's probably good for nerds ranging from 3 to 30.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Symons on December 28, 2011
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Our children had a wonderful time pretending to be real archaeologists unearthing the bones. It provided them with some of the frustration of being real scientists, since they found that the pieces were unable to fit together. Also, our bone collection came with two copies of the right side of the hemithorax and pelvis, and no copy of the left side, so it was unable to be built into a complete skeleton.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Weinrich on August 19, 2010
My 4 year old son enjoyed this toy so much I had to write a review. For an hour solid he hammered away at the block of sand, wacking his hand numerous times but never complaining. He had so much fun and every minute was shouting to show me something he had chisled out. As a parent I loved the hand-eye coordination aspect of it as well as the sense of discovery. I am ordering the velociraptor one now and wish there were more options.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David on December 15, 2010
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This works best with the under 6 crowd, especially if you hide it outside and then pretend to find it. They are still gullible at that age and don't question that the skeleton is plastic. It's on the small side so you have to claim it's a baby or something. For the older kids, I think it's more educational than amazing.

The only drawback was the quality of the fit. I had trouble getting the skeleton pieces to stay together. It took a 5 minute epoxy job later that night to get everything to hold together and that didn't last beyond some basic play. It's made to stay on a shelf and be looked at. That said, for $15.00, it's just fine.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By madrenatura on January 26, 2013
Pencil, ice cream scoop, BBQ brush, swim goggles. This is the improvised equipment you can use when the anticipated dowel, mallet, brush, and safety goggles aren't included in your Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinos(tm) activity kit.
What WAS included in our kit, suspiciously, was instead a note on Smithsonian letterhead directing customers who are missing pieces of their kit NOT to contact the Smithsonian or return their kit to the store, and instead to contact the Quality Control Department of NSI International who manufactures the kit. Clearly this is a known issue and Smithsonian continues to slap their name on this terrible let-down of a toy (and profit off the tears of children of aspirational parents).
At least the dino brick was included. We are now a bit dusty and the proud owners of a newly-reassembled T-Rex skeleton, which will probably sit on a shelf and collect a different kind of dust until I pitch it.
I almost added a second star because my son had a blast playing paleontologist. But then I thought of the disappointment of every kid who was let down by this toy, or the panic of parents with kids chomping at the bit to start digging who have to go hunting for something their kids can use to safely clear away the dino dust. Not worth it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bach99 on January 3, 2013
My 6 year old son and his buddy had a great time digging out the "fossil". Once they uncovered the parts and found that it was missing a leg and the rest of the parts did not fit together, they were done. It's in the garbage now. If you think the cost is worth 15 minutes of fun then go for it. Just another poorly made toy from China.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By canim on April 19, 2014
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This kit is small, the skeleton is small and somewhat cheap compared to others. The best ones we have found are the T Rex and Triceratops from Mindware. Much bigger digging surface, more skeleton pieces, better tools, MUCH better skeleton model in the end. We have both and this one pales in comparison.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gauteng VINE VOICE on May 22, 2011
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This was a birthday present for my eight-year old daughter. She had great fun digging it up at her birthday party. Safety was not an issue with the wooden mallet and the included goggles though I would note that she reported the goggles as uncomfortable. The cleaning of the bones was a bit challenging for an eight year old as was the assembly of the whole dinosaur so she needed help from an older sibling. A great toy for dinosaur fans, aspiring young archaeologists or simply children with some curiosity and capacity for wonder.
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