Dino-Riders

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(ended 1988)

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Dino-Riders

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Before Jurassic Park clawed its way into the public eye, the coolest dinosaurs in pop culture were the ones on the late 80's cartoon series Dino-Riders. Airing as part of the Marvel Action Universe, Dino-Riders lasted only 14 episodes but had a very successful action figure line distributed by Tyco Toys. The series told the story of the Valorians, a peaceful race of telepathic beings whose home planet was conquered by the Rulon Empire. A small band of survivors, led by the heroic Questar, managed to escape destruction by time travelling to Prehistoric Earth using the experimental Space Time Energy Projector (a.k.a. the S.T.E.P.). But the grotesque Emperor Krulos and his most evil Rulon commanders followed these survivors on their ship the Dreadlock. Stranded in the past, the two groups had to rely on the planet's dinosaurs to survive and battle each other. If you were looking for good to triumph over evil in great adventures that included cool-looking armored dinos and good-old 80's cheese, then Dino-Riders was the show to watch! Dino-Riders / Valorians: Questar: The heroic yet compassionate commander of the Dino-Riders. Questar’s reputation as the greatest leader on Valoria made him the only choice to head the small band of survivors that would escape Krulos’s tyranny. While a brilliant commander and strategist in battle, Questar wants to find a nonviolent method of defeating the Rulons in accordance with the ways of his people. His ultimate aim is to rebuild a peaceful civilization on Prehistoric Earth for those he is responsible for. He primarily rides a Deinonychus or in the Diplodoctus’s command pod. Yungstar: A lively young daredevil, Yungstar is always eager for action and usually resourceful enough to get himself out of the scrapes his rashness inevitably lands him in. He is a great flier (the Quetzalcoatlus is his main ride), a brave warrior, and a charismatic figure whose dedication to his fellow Dino-Riders is unquestioned. Yungstar has implicit faith in Questar and will always follow his commands — even if they require him to do boring things like repair work or wait patently before a fight. Serena: The beautiful and feisty healer. Serena can sense when any being, whether man, beast, or Rulon, is wounded; using her own inner life force she is able to heal those wounds, although at considerable risk to her own safety. While her presence is soothing, she is more than capable of holding her own in a fight while flying on her intelligent Pteranodon. Serena has a deep regard for Questar that is mutual on his part, although their relationship was always shown to be strictly platonic. Gunner: The mightiest fighter among the lead Dino-Riders, Gunner is confident, assertive, and blunt. He has a temper and is wary towards things he isn't accustomed to, but he also has a great appreciation for teamwork, a talent for training others, and a fierce devotion to his beloved Torosaurus. Gunner provides rock-steady support for Questar whenever he needs it. If the camp needs to be defended or a search and rescue organized just in the nick of time, then Gunner's the man to see. Turret: The slightly geeky but always capable “idea man” whose science talents are most often called upon for technological design. Turret is enthusiastic about his work and eager to feel useful; his modifications and original ideas are invaluable to Questar in many areas (including the continued operation of the S.T.E.P.). Occasionally overwhelmed by all the warriors surrounding him, he nevertheless knows that both he and his trusty Styracosaurus have a place on the battlefield as well as in engineering. Mind-Zei: Serena's blind grandfather is anything but a helpless old man. His finely tuned telepathic powers enable him to freely move through his surroundings, expertly operate the armory pods in the Diplodoctus, and sense approaching danger. Also, he is as fit as a young Dino-Rider and knows how to defend himself. A wise and patient advisor, Mind-Zei prizes the ideals of peace and compassion long held by the Valorians. But he's no pushover and has an iron will that Questar doesn't challenge. Llahd: The resident kid among the Dino-Riders, Llahd gets frustrated when he can’t help the adults, especially his heroes Questar and Yungstar. Llahd gets into trouble easily and has often been captured while tagging along with the others (usually against direct orders). But he means well and is learning to be cautious — both he and his favorite dinosaurs (the Pterodactyl and the Pachycephalosaurus) have provided valuable aid by bringing word of danger or defending the S.T.E.P. crystal. Icon: One of Questar’s chief advisors, Icon calculates tactical and survival probabilities instantaneously using his staff. He’s a cunning strategist who is willing to make the necessary sacrifices for the greater good, and it is his job to give Questar the hard facts that he may not want to hear. Icon’s demeanor can seem cold and detached, but in truth he’s only looking out for the Dino-Riders’ best interests. Tagg: This Dino-Rider oversees the training and care of the new dinosaurs that are recruited in the ongoing battle against Krulos. He’s a strong, brave, and caring individual who takes pride in his work and has a natural rapport with his dino friends, particularly his Pachycephalosaurus. Understanding their individual strengths enables Tagg to help determine how each dinosaur can be of use to his people. Aero: The dashing fly-boy who serves as Yungstar’s rival in the skies. Aero takes things more seriously than his rash friend, opting for the more careful yet still impressive maneuvers. A confident and competitive man, he loves giving his fellow fliers a friendly challenge. Aero is a sensible pilot on his Quetzalcoatlus who knows when to show off his expertise and when to follow Questar’s orders. Vector: A true professional, Vector has the vital job of assessing any damage sustained by the camp and organizing the repairs. He formulates the calculations through a metal gauntlet that he wears based on his knowledge of the Dino-Riders’ manpower and resources. He may not be the most exuberant man, but his reliability and mechanical skills are crucial to Questar’s goal of maintaining the community.

Dino-Rider Commandos Astra: As leader of the commandos, Astra is an elite scientific warrior adept at thinking on his feet. But he can be too confident and independent, forgetting he needs his people’s help as much as they need him. Astra is an educated man who taught at the Valorian University. Although he disagrees with Questar on how to wage war with the Rulons, he has no qualms about obeying his former student’s orders. Rock: This scruffy commando specializes in mountain climbing and crossing rough terrain. He knows all the mountain paths in the area and is fully equipped with cables and gear that are strong enough to hold his entire band. Rock’s a straightforward guy who follows both Astra and Questar without hesitation or question. Glyde: Providing the commando's aerial cover is Glyde, who is most at home in the sky. He can wear his glider either on his back or suspended from a cable; while airborne, he fires lasers from the box strapped to his chest. Glyde gets a dreamy air when he talks about flying that sharply contrasts with his discomfort when underground. Bomba: As the commando in charge of explosives, Bomba loves nothing better than to blow things up loudly. His many bombs and grenades can provide cover for the Dino-Riders, break in or out of Rulon bases, or just plain annihilate stuff. While he loves the fire and noise, he’s very careful with his equipment. Kameelian: The naturalist and wildlife expert who knows how to blend in with his surroundings in order to do recon. Kameelian’s the “nerd” of the group and occasionally grumbles about doing the commandos’ least glamorous chores. But he’s generally an easy-going guy who’s a great scout and an adept warrior. Faze: The electronics and artillery expert, Faze’s specialties include cutting through Rulon wires and shooting missiles at the enemy with pinpoint accuraccy. He has a bit of an existentialist surfer mentality that can leave his fellow commandos at a loss. He may seem laid back, but aside from Astra he’s the most eager for action.

Rulons Krulos: This tyrannical ruler of the Rulon Empire was responsible for conquering thousands of worlds. A frog alien who wears a domed exo-suit to stay in contact with water, Krulos is a powerful being who keeps his minions in line with his strength, ruthlessness, and nasty temper. He is always ready to plunge back into battle atop his pet T-Rex or Triceratops despite repeated failure (which he blames on his commanders). Krulos’s ultimate goal is to capture the S.T.E.P. and return to the future after destroying Questar and the Dino-Riders. Rasp: One of Krulos’s three main commanders, Rasp heads up the vipers, a race of snake men who are physically weak but universally treacherous. Rasp is both a suck up and a smart aleck, pledging his loyalty to his “great and glorious leader” while muttering snarky remarks under his breath. He’s always trying to step over Hammerhead to become second-in-command. While never gutsy enough to challenge Krulos directly, Rasp would willingly stab him in the back given the chance. Hammerhead: The head of the shark men in Krulos’s army, Hammerhead is probably the most competent of the three commanders. He’ll stay on Krulos’s good side because of his power, but he’s not afraid to stand up to his leader to a certain extent. Hammerhead is ambitious and has devised several inventive schemes on his own. The two people he hates more than anyone else are Rasp, who is always trying to steal their leader’s favor, and Yungstar, with whom he has an unexplained history. Antor: This last Rulon commander leads the ant men and is generally the least competent of the bunch. Antor lacks the smarts, creativity, and charisma to advance beyond Rasp or Hammerhead to become the favorite of Krulos. Though he’s had his share of success in battle and would love more power in the Rulon army, he has to settle for venting his frustrations to his bone-headed soldiers. In the end, Antor has learned to keep quiet to avoid being throttled by his leader like his rival commanders. Skate: He is the squeaky-voiced commander who serves Lord Krulos out of equal parts loyalty and fear. Without more of his kind to back him up, Skate can never quite rise to the same level of assertiveness as the main three commanders. If he’s not careful, then the others will have him take the fall for their own failures. Krok: The only crocodile alien among Krulos’s minions. Krok’s an extremely loyal commander who won’t tolerate anyone talking back to his mighty leader. While he tends to obey Krulos completely, he’s a hands-on character willing to snatch whatever is at hand in order to advance the Rulon agenda. Krok is more effective paired with another commander than operating alone. Lokus: Like Krok and Skate, this minor Rulon commander is a unique species on Prehistoric Earth. Lokus isn’t as strong as his more flashy associates, so he makes up for it by showing great attention and concern for whatever project Krulos assigns him. He knows as well as the others that his best chances for a promotion lie in capturing a Dino-Rider.moreless

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Voice of Questar

Noelle North

Noelle North

Voice of Serena

Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

Voices of Gunner, Antor, & Bomba

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Voices of Krulos, Rasp, & Glyde

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Voice of Hammerhead

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

Voice of Tagg

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A very short lived cartoon that any kid could ask for!

    8.0
    Dino-Riders was a cartoon in the eighties that lasted only fourteen episodes. Unclear why however, with dinosaurs and lasers and spaceships, what else could a kid ask for? This show seems like it was cut in its prime. I did happen to find out that the reason behind this show was to promote a new line of toys. Well toys or no toys this show seems to have followers even today, so the main problem I have is that fact it is so short. the fourteen episodes were very good and I would have loved to see more. well maybe they'll make a movie or something but until then I am glad to have the episodes to watch again and again!moreless
  • This short-lived 80's cartoon combines two critical ideas that every kid loves: dinosaurs and outer space. Time travellers from the future have crash landed onto Prehistoric Earth and are waging war by mounting their weapons and armor on dinosaurs.moreless

    10
    I love this cartoon. Yes, I am fully aware of how cheesy it is and how dismal the animation and dialogue can be in certain episodes. But this has to rank as one of my all-time favorite cartoons.



    As a child, my mother would tape cartoons for us while we were in school. Often she'd watch the shows in order to get rid of the commercials so that we wouldn't have to mess with the remote or the VCR too much (my mom rocks). This cartoon lasted for 14 episodes; my mom taped 12, so we had virtually all of them pretty much in order. I found the other two episodes online a few years ago. And I still watch the whole series at least once a year.



    It's so much fun. We have overdramatic bad guys and righteously noble good guys shooting laserfire at each other while riding armored dinosaurs. The characters are types, but they are well-defined and amusing types. You learn lessons every episode, which all good cartoons manage to a certain degree. Good always manages to triumph over evil. Things get blown up pretty much in every episode. And the cheese factor is part of the fun!



    There may be better cartoons out there, but few hold as special a place in my heart as Dino-Riders. It's a part of my childhood that I haven't let go of and most likely never will.moreless
  • Humans living in peace and working together with Dinosaurs while the alien creatures who controlled them did not. It also had like laser guns and such.

    10
    I don\'t remember much about it, but I know I loved it. My brother and I watched it all the time. We had the tape and we watched it so much. I guess we lost the tape or it got damaged because I\'ve been looking for it around the house forever. I guess someone threw it away. Sad really. I used to love that movie.
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