Saturday, February 14, 2015

Review - Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon - Dragon Riders

Left to right: Snotlout and Hookfang, Hiccup and Toothless, Astrid and Stormfly.

At last, Spinmaster has given us a line of How to Train Your Dragon toys which feature vikings able to sit neatly astride their dragons (as opposed to awkwardly standing on their backs). The figures can easily dismount, and their somewhat flexible legs make them compatible with all dragons in the line. Best of all? An affordable Astrid (here's hoping Ruffnut and Tuffnut see a future release).

Hiccup and Toothless, close-up.

Dragon Riders Hiccup and Toothless.

Astrid and Stormfly, close-up.

Dragon Riders Astrid and Stormfly.

Snotlout and Hookfang, close-up.

Dragon Riders Snotlout and Hookfang.

Dragon Riders vikings: Hiccup, Astrid, and Snotlout.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the human characters were not as "super-deformed" as I had initially feared. Aside from the oversized hands (which exist to hold the removable weapons), they're actually quite evenly-proportioned. They are articulated at the waist, neck, and shoulders (I've heard of some people having trouble with the figures popping apart at the waist joint, but this has not happened to me personally, even after much fiddling). Unfortunately, they cannot stand alone well.

The riders are secured by either pegs or by squeezing onto the saddle.
Hookfang features the most elaborate "saddle", which includes pegs to secure the rider's feet.

I was surprised at the amount of detail put into the Dragon Riders line--especially considering the price.
The level of detail on the dragons is quite good, rivaling the Power Dragons in spite of the smaller size and lower price tag ($11.99 USD).

Bottom line: A step in the right direction, this line sees a widely available release of Astrid, as well as a bit more attention put on the human characters in general. I found that the riders are also semi-compatible with the larger Power Dragons line, due to the flexibility of their legs. Fantastic and durable as children's toys, but detailed enough to serve as collectibles--a rare combination.


  1. These were fun to see in detail - thanks for posting this!

    I love the dragons, although I wish the people looked a little better. But then that seems to be the way I feel about a lot of the HTTYD-related toys - I like the ideas (and parts of the sets), but there's something about the whole that just doesn't work for me. At least from a display perspective - I think they'd be great for play! :)

    1. There is definitely a bit of a Playskool vibe with the human characters. I really do wish they'd skipped the weapons and made the hands proportionate, but I'm still pleased to finally have decent riders for the dragons (I own a number of Power Dragons, and that's what irked me about that line). I definitely see what you're saying, though! :)