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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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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.
My six year old is being much more meticulous about it and still working a day later.
The dinosaur is pretty cool, the jaw is hinged which makes it even better. I'm adding pictures of the kit and skeleton with a ruler.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3 hours of intense entertainment for a 4 year old boy with adult supervision. He LOVED it!Published 3 days ago by JennyS
My daughter was given this for Christmas last year. She had a blast trying to dig out the bones. It could get a little messy, but well worth it as this 'dig' occupied my... Read morePublished 5 days ago by CPH
my 5 year old grandson spent 2 1/2 days slowly chipping away he needs another but not trexPublished 7 days ago by Pam Winegardner
Purchased as a gift for my dinosaur obsessed niece. We got a few hours of fun out of this neat little kit. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jennifer T