Dino Power: Ninjatron is a hard line to come by! The figures are somewhat easy to find, but everything else is very hard to get. And even if you find the figures loose, the chances of finding them complete are slim - because each of six figures comes with a number of very small accessories, such as shuriken, which are unique to each figure and easily lost.
On top of that, distribution! The United States did see some single carded release but the bigger sets can almost be deemed 'Eurasia-exclusive'... if there is such a term.
Luckily for those in Western Europe, Simba was kind enough to reissue, this time under the name 'Ninja Attack' and I was able to barter off a set of these medium packs.
It is my guess that although Simba changes packaging, it is not in their nature to drastically alter configuration. Meaning, I'm fully convinced these sets exist in original Dino Power packaging just as you see them here.
The gun toting animals - extremely elusive in the original Ninja: Hero of the Dark versions, have been repainted here for Dino Power. These have now been confirmed to have been a part of the initial Dino Power run, as well - they weren't repainted for Simba's use.
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2011 14:13:10 GMT -5 by Ghouldrool
Now for my 2010 Christmas present! I was aware of the larger Dino Power sets through the original Chap Mei Toys forum that ran a catalogue shot of not one but TWO repaints of the near-impossible to find Beast Raider centerpiece, Mighty Hurricane.
A very frustrating shot, because it meant not only I had to find this set but I had to find it twice! The horror.....
Well, I FOUND the Holy Grail of Dino Power. Here is the set with the red T-Rex, Fiery Tyrannotron!
It's a very cool set which also includes a great repaint of Dino Quest's Dilophosaurus. But the real treasure is of course Tyrannotron.. and the information on the back side of this box, revealed for the first time!
This box reveals that there was MUCH more to the line I initially thought, including repaints of ALL the Beast Raider steeds, another repaint of the small triceratops (with silver highlights this time to set it apart from the Beast Raider one), the confirmation that my black/orange Ankylosaurus is indeed a Dino Power piece, and the confirmation that the gun-toting animals appear in this series too. Best of all, the character names!
Mezotron, Juratron, Cretatron and Triatron, all named after the ages the dinosaurs ruled the Earth...
And the villains, Ferratron and Spartatron!
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The same seller that had the Fiery Tyrannotron set also carried two more medium sets. I have them both!
This striking repaint of Whitefangs would have been my new Holy Grail if I didn't have the chance to grab it immediately. It's fantastic, and will go right into my Beast Raider Universe!
Also included is another purple Dilophotron and a cool repaint of the motorized skateboard we know and love from Ninja: Hero of the Dark!
This repaint of BigBlast, now called Big Pteranotron, is equally cool in black and white.
The box comes with a special Dino Power repaint of the yellow quad vehicle we've also seen in Ninja: Hero of the Dark as well as Soldier Force, Police vs Bad Guyz, and Wild Park. This however is the coolest one!
And a little more info on the back of the box...
Last Edit: Jan 4, 2011 14:20:17 GMT -5 by Ghouldrool
Post by Ghouldrool on Jan 29, 2011 12:39:19 GMT -5
This fantastic jet-powered Hoverboard came from a Soldier Force IV set, but there's no doubt it originated in Ninja: Hero of the Dark, and to show it off I've selected Dino Power's Juratron to be the pilot.
This board is awesome. The large missles on the side swivel up and down, and the missles themselves are detachable, just like any JOE vehicle. The figure's feet are held in a harness - this is made of very rigid plastic, harder than the legs of most figures. So if you're having trouble getting a particular figure's feet in the harness, the legs will have to be bent sooner than the harness itself. The harness also is able to pivot 180 degrees, allowing the figure to look to the side as well while its feet remain strapped in. it should come as no surprise that the Ninja figures of Hero of the Dark and Dino Power are THE perfect fit for this baord!
Below the board are two large broad wheels., so the board can 'glide' over smooth surfaces.
Overall, this is an excellent small one-man vehicle, like many many others available in Chap Mei's arsenal. Like Star Wars, these 'mini rigs' are my favorite type of vehicle as they offer so much playability!
Here are two shots of both 'official' Dino Power Ninjatron vehicles, with their drivers! I recently picked these up, and like their original Ninja of the Dark counterparts, they are amazing. AND with better paint jobs! Enjoy the Quad, and the skateboard!
I didn't even know that the bear EXISTED until just recently. I had only ever seen the gator, boar, rhino and wolf in person.
Man, I wish I had bought more of these when I had the chance.
The scorpion was what threw me most. I didn't know that the gun toting animals were repainted for Dino Power but I certainly didn't expect that scorpion!! And to this day I have never seen it in its original Ninja Hero of the Dark colours. The others I've seen, typically in JOE auctions that go way too high...
Post by Ghouldrool on Dec 14, 2011 15:01:46 GMT -5
And here's my Dino Power Ankylotron, which I've been able to confirm and name with the back of the Fiery Tyrannotron box!
I believe there must have been small sets where one could buy one of the six ninjas with a smaller dinosaur included. This is a common way for Chap Mei to market their lines. Although there may have only been four different sets of those available - we've seen Dino Power repaints of the Ankylosaur, Triceratops, Dilophosaur, and the small Pteranodon.
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2011 15:04:25 GMT -5 by Ghouldrool
Hi, everybody. First time I write here. Congratulations for such a nice forum. I collect Chap Mei since few months ago only, but I´ve been very lucky to find some of their wonderful playsets at discount prices. I have two of that small sets you was wondering about (include a Ninja figure, a small dinosaur, and a cycle that is not like the ones from the Ninja Attack collection). It´s called Cyclonetron playset. Few Spartatron boxes are still availables in the store I found mine. Just tell me if you want to trade. As I´m a beginner, I´ve a long wanted list.
That sounds very cool. I don't think I've seen those sets before. Please post pictures if you can!!