Remember the totally badass Dino-Riders Tyco toy line from the late 1980s? Of course you do! A concept as inspired as equipping prehistoric robot-dino hybrids with laser guns isn't something your childhood memory would soon forget, but just in case you need a reminder, check out this clip from the tie-in TV show:
Yes, those are evil, galactic space dinosaurs, and yes, they are the coolest things you've seen all day. But on to why this all matters.
According to a report from The Tracking Board, Mattel and Solipsist Film are working on turning Dino-Riders into a full-blown movie franchise. Aiming to compete with Hasbro's exceptionally successful Transformers line of toys, the family friendly film(s) will be designed to offload as many plastic T-Rex figures as possible.
As for the narrative of the movie, The Tracking Board offers the following synopsis:
In a futuristic war, the evolved human race known as the Valorians are trying to save the galaxy from Krulos and his army of mixed-species Rulons. In an effort to escape a Rulon onslaught, Questar, the leader of the Valorians, turns on a machine that takes them all back in time to prehistoric Earth. Once there, the war continues with the Valorians using their psychic abilities to convince dinosaurs to aid them, and the Rulons using machinery to enslave dinosaurs to fight for them.
The producers are still in need of a writer for the project, so it's unlikely we'll see this epic battle play out on the big screen for a good few years yet. In the meantime, why not dig out some of those old toys from your childhood and let your imagination do the rest of the work...