Based on the Nick Jr. show Dino Dan comes a new line of Dino Dan-inspired toys. Just like Dan on the show, kids can interact with dinosaurs through these toys. The Dino Dan Dinocular Kit includes four plastic dinosaur figures: T. Rex, Stygimoloch, Styracosaurus, and Diplodocus. There are also information cards with facts and fun tips about each dinosaur. The kit also includes binoculars, or "dinoculars", and a 14-minute DVD with a full-length Dino Dan episode. Each of the info cards unlocks elements on the website. Just press your finger to the black area on the card to reveal the access code. Then enter the code at www.dinodan.com.
Dino Dan follows the adventures of a little boy, Dan, who is fascinated by dinosaurs and imagines seeing them in his real world. It's an interesting concept, and it certainly gives kids an idea of the size of dinosaurs and how they interact with their world, but the show also integrates a lot of dino facts into the scripts and helps kids deduce things in a scientific manner. We wish this toy was as engaging. The figures are really generic, and we're not sure that the dinosaur's colors are correct. However, a lot of the facts on the info cards seem to be correct. The binoculars are okay for toys, but they're not very powerful, and they've got cheap-looking labels on them.
The Dino Dan Dinocular Kit is for ages 5 and up. This is probably best for young kids who like the show and the colors of the dinosaurs. Older kids are likely to want something more substantive.
This kit is available exclusively at Toys "R" Us and ToysRUs.com.
We noted that the box said "paleontologist approved." The box features the name of the Royal Tyrell Museum, a Canadian dinosaur museum, but no other information was readily available. However, GeoWorld says that the Dino Dan toy line was designed by Italian paleontologist and geologist Dr. Stefano Piccini.
We were interested to find out where the bright colors on the dinosaurs came from in the show and in the toys, but we couldn't find any information that would indicate this was an accurate representation. (This, however, is true of all dinosaurs. We're just guessing.)
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