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Encouraging your Plastic Paleontologist
When my little lady began showing an interest in dinosaurs I jumped on the chance to encourage it! Neither of my parents were particularly dino-crazed, so I never gravitated toward the scaly monsters. I was strictly a bugs and faeries girl. While this wasn’t a bad thing, I just felt like maybe I was missing something.
Unfortunately – or fortunately depending on how you look at it – my mother, aka Nana Bean, also wants a paleontologist in the family. So, Bean became the proud owner of – not one but – two dinosaur sets within one week. Lucky duck! Nana Bean was the clear winner in the competition for best dinos though. She bought the Boley Dinosaur Figurines. While I bought the Pretex Dinosaur Figurines. I chose? Poorly!
The Boley Educational Dinosaur Toys 12 pack are truly educational, for little beans and big beans a like. The Boley dinosaurs are noticeably bigger than the Pretex and made of a pleasantly pliable plastic. The Pretex are smaller and made from a rigid hard plastic that does not invite play. Another plus? Boley actually made an effort to paint the dinosaurs in a realistic fashion. Now I am fairly certain the Dilophosaurus did not have bright pink brow-ridges, so these are not true to life renditions. But then I wasn’t a dino nerd, so I really don’t know, maybe they did! Pretex made no such effort with their dinosaur figurines. I may not be an expert, but I know from Jurassic Park that the Tyrannosaurus Rex is not bright dayglow orange.
The only drawback to the Boley dinosaurs? They smell like plastic for the first few days you have them. We let ours sit out on the back porch for a few days to let the odor dissipate. We let them “gas-off” as Nana Bean said. Even now, if we shut them in a box for too long, the second you open it back up you get a whiff. It quickly becomes unnoticeable, but for those few seconds it is obnoxious. The Boley Dinosaurs are four-eggs. Losing that fifth due to the initial horrendous smell. But the Pretex? Two eggs at best. They get the job done, but I wouldn’t repurchase them having seen the competition. Such a difference in quality should be reflected in a drastic price differential – one would think. But no, the Boley Dinosaurs are not much more expensive. As I write this they are only $1 more on amazon. I am glad Nana Bean wasn’t cheap like me!
How about you guys, are your little ones interested in the scaly beasts? Let me know in the comments below!
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