If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know that Princess Nagger has a thing about dinosaurs.  All dinosaurs almost all the time – with a few detours to dragons and Warrior Cats.  But she always migrates back to dinosaurs.  She’s still debating on if she’ll become a Paleontologist when she grows up – it’s between that or the next Taylor Swift.

A couple of weeks ago she was all excited that he had found a robotic dinosaur on eBay that she really, really wanted, so I decided to go ahead and get it for her as an early birthday present.  I snagged it for way less than it originally cost brand new (way less), though I have to say I was extremely disappointed by the way the seller packaged it to ship.  The box wasn’t big enough, so it had gaps and bulges all over:

The tail was even sticking out of one side of the box:

When I opened the box, this is the sight that greeted me:

No padding, just shoved in the box.  The roboraptor was too long for the box, so in addition to its tail sticking out of one end, his head was twisted to the side:

There were some air pockets thrown in almost as an afterthought – the large raptor, remote and smaller raptor made the journey with no protection just rattling around in the box:

Crazy, right?  Luckily it turned out OK after I had to tweak the poor thing’s neck chiropractor style so he wouldn’t look like a dinosaur version of Quasimodo, and clean the contacts in the battery compartment since the batteries had been left in too long so they leaked.  It also appeared there was cake or pudding residue inside.  Ew.  After all that, though, Princess Nagger was thrilled with her new friend:

It’s really cool – it has a ‘friendly’ mode and an ‘attack’ mode.  It does all sorts of things, makes all sorts of sounds, and can avoid walking into walls when you give it free reign.  In spite of its rough travel mode, it works great and has entertained Princess Nagger for hours.  She wants to do a video to show you all how cool it truly is, so we’ll have to work on that for you.  Any special requests?


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  1. Geez, I hope you gave the seller a negative review for that packaging. Horrible!

    Anyway, I would love to see the video of it working. I like dinosaurs a ton too. In fact, I wrote a story about a pet dino once. ha ha At the Science Museum in St. Louis, they have a huge raptor that moves right in the middle of the building. I will try to find the story and photos for Princess Nagger.

  2. Totally glad it made it okay, what was the seller thinking??? All’s well that ends well, and thankfully it ended well. Your daughter looks thrilled. 🙂

  3. I bet she is still having a ball with that! My nephew had one and loved it. Glad all turned out well, that was the worst packaging I have ever seen!

  4. Heh…ALL OF YOU, I KNOW THE PACKAGING IS TERRIBLE! But, hey! It works right? That’s all that really matters to me :3 And what i absolutely LOVE about Roboraptor is the fact there’s a Guard mode. NOW I GET TO SCARE MY CATS WHENEVER THE HECK I WANT! >:3

  5. Worst. Packing. Job. Ever.

    That’s TERRIBLE! I can’t believe someone thought that was adequate “padding”.

    And people don’t understand why I don’t like my boy playing tackle football! He’s worth more than any toy, certainly more than this ole dinosaur. 😉


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